Hell or High Water wins the Nebraska Book Award for Fiction.

Island of Bones wins an International Latino Book Award and is named a Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award.

August 9, 2012:
Joy Castro's Hell or High Water, where a journalist takes it upon herself to investigate the 800+ sex offenders still missing three years after Katrina, optioned to producers Jane Startz of Jane Startz Productions and Aida Bernal of Spellbound Entertainment who have teamed up with sisters and producing partners, Zoe and Cisely Saldaña from Saldaña Productions, by Holly Frederick at Curtis Brown.

July 24, 2012: has selected Hell or High Water as one of its Summer Beach Reads.

July 17, 2012:
with Corey Matteson of the Lincoln Journal Star about Hell or High Water and the book's release.

February 13, 2012:
Interview about Hell or High Water, writing, and teaching appears in the Daily Nebraskan.

August 8, 2011:
  Thomas Dunne goes to Nola with Castro.

April 11, 2011:
Joy receives the UNL Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Distinguished Teaching.