Congrats To Our Bucket Books & More

Winning is so much fun! Winning re-confirms that one is doing something right. This last weekend we found out we did a lot right. Five of our books won top honors in two book contests and 3 others got 2nd place. Not bad!


We are honored to have so many awards for our books from New Mexico Press Women and the Historical Society of New Mexico.

  • First Places: New Mexico Historical Encyclopedia by Don Bullis, The Basic Genealogy Checklist by Henrietta Christmas & Paul Rhetts, The Complete Santa Fe Bucket List by Pat Hodapp, Grandpa Lolo’s Matanza by Nasario Garcia.
  • Second Places: Kicking the Bucket List by Gail Rubin, Lyle Got Stuck in a Tree by Ross Van Dusen, The Complete Space Buff’s Bucket List by Loretta Hall.
  • And we got an Award of Excellence for an Organization Second Place.

NMPW 2ndPlace-squashed

In the HSNM awards program,
From Saltillo Mexico to San Antonio and East Texas by Joe Sanchez & Bruce Erickson received Fray Francisco Atanasio Dominguez Award.

Camino-Tejas-cover 2-squashed

All of our books are great and this is just a small part of what we are proud of! — you can check out all our books at

Barbe Awalt


Rio Grande Books
June 16-18: Sacred Art Market, Gallup Cathedral
July 15: Lavender in the Village, Los Ranchos Agri Center
Nov 4, 2017: Tempe Book Festival, Tempe Public Library

Henrietta Christmas & Paul Rhetts
April 30: Santa Fe Public Library, 2pm "Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Finding Your Family History"
June 24: Treasure House Books, Albuquerque Old Town 1-3pm "Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Finding Your Family History"

Loretta Hall
April 29: Loretta will be on Green Knees Radio Show on KSFR ( reading "Miguel and Michelle Visit Spaceport America"
May 3: Bear Canyon Senior Center, 10:00-11:30, "Getting Men to the Moon: Behind-the-Scenes Stories"
June 10: Bookworks, 11am. 4022 Rio Grande Blvd ABQ
July 13: OASIS, 1:00-2:30, "What Sex Differences Mean for Space Travel"

Pat Hodapp
April 23: Collected Works, 2pm "Santa Fe Bucket List"

Ross Van Dusen
May 7: Ross will have a reading at the New expo at the ABQ Balloon Museum at 11:30am and again at 2pm
May 11: Ross will read to the kids from Griegos Elementary School at a special event at Bookworks on Rio Grande Blvd.
June 4: Treasure House Books, 1pm "Lyle Got Stuck in a Tree" and "What Makes Lightning?"