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JJ Wilson (left) and Sharman Apt Russell hold their award-winning books
JJ Wilson (left) and Sharman Apt Russell hold their award-winning books. Photo courtesy Jay Hemphill, WNMU.

Sharman Apt Russell’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door and JJ Amaworo Wilson’s Damnificados won New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in, respectively, the Science Fiction and the Fiction categories. Two other Silver City authors were also finalists – Ron Hamm, for Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the American Southwest, and Catalina Claussen, for Diamonds at Dusk – so it was a great year for our literary community. The full list of winners can be found here: This article about the awards and winners may also be of interest:

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