The author and journalist was born in Tucson, Arizona, and formerly wrote for the Tucson Citizen and contributed to New Times. He was 69.
As a nonfiction author, Bowden wrote about the Southwest, penning environmentally conscious works and spending decades writing about the region's underbelly, the War on Drugs, and the city of Juárez in particular.
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Among his books were Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields, Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America , and Red Line.
He worked as a contributing editor for both Mother Jones and GQ, and contributed to Harper's, The New York Times Book Review, and Aperture. He won a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction in 1996, the 1996 Sidney Hillman Journalism Award, two Southwest Book Awards (one in 2006 and another in 2010), and a United States Artists grant in 2010.