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Charles Bowden Dead at 69

Charles Bowden died Saturday, August 30, at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, according to Tucson Weekly.

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.

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