Local Award Winning Author Liddie Martinez Garners Top Honors In 2020 New Mexico–Arizona Book Awards

Award winning author Liddie Martinez at a special luncheon celebration in her honor Friday at the Blue Window Bistro in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Chile Line also Wins in 2020 Southwest Book Design and Production Awards

The 2020 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards finalists and winners were announced Friday and local author Liddie Martinez garnered first place for her runaway bestselling cookbook, The Chile Line, in the “First Book by an Author” category for New Mexico.

“The award is truly humbling. I am so grateful to work with such an amazing team at Pajarito Press. This award reflects the amazing work of a very talented team,” Martinez said.

This is the 16th annual book awards program featuring the best books from New Mexico and Arizona authors and publishers.

There were just short of 800 entries this year among which 64 winners were selected in 48 categories, in  addition to 83 finalists. 

One-third of all the entries in 2020 were entered in fiction categories. Seven percent of the entries were in poetry categories.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, there will not be a banquet this year, so winners and finalists are being honored with individual celebrations hosted by friends and family members.

“I am absolutely thrilled that The Chile Line and Liddie’s efforts are recognized in these categories,” Co-publisher Nancy Bartlit said.

To see the full list of winners and finalists, click here.

In addition to her New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Martinez also won a first place for her cookbook in the New Mexico Book Association’s 2020 Southwest Book Design and Production Awards competition in the category Guides and travel, recreation, sports, cookbooks, gardening, crafts and how-to.

A second book published by Pajarito Press LLC, They Changed the World – People of the Manhattan Project by aj Melnick, has won three awards—the 2019 IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Award in the History category, the 2019 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards as a finalist and the 2020 Southwest Book Design and Production Awards as a finalist. For more information about the Southwest Book Design and Production Awards, click here.

To learn more about Pajarito Press LLC and to purchase copies of The Chile Line and They Changed the World – People of the Manhattan Project, click here.

Editor’s note: Author Liddie Martinez has written a monthly food column published in the Los Alamos Daily Post since March 2018 called, Liddie’s Traditional New Mexico Dishes.