Would you like to host a workshop that members could benefit from? Once a month, an NMBA member gets the opportunity to host a workshop in Santa Fe.
The workshops typically happen on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-8pm at La Montanita Co-op. They tend to include a presentation of some kind and include an interactive element like a Q&A session, lasting anywhere from 1-2 hours. If you are scheduled to host a workshop, you can give a brief 20-minute presentation at that month’s luncheon to get members interested in attending your workshop.
Payment/Pricing: NMBA will give a 60/40 split, where the presenter will receive 60% of the revenue after expenses. The Co-op will charge around $25 to use the room for 2 hours. We typically charge members $15 to attend a workshop, and non-members $20.
To submit your workshop for consideration, please email the following to email@example.com:
Michael Sutin, a noted New Mexico lawyer, died Sept. 7 of natural causes related to his battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 84. Michael was born in 1935 in Terre Haute, Ind., and moved in 1946 with his family to Albuquerque, where he later graduated from Highland High School. Throughout his teen years, he played baseball — he pitched right-handed, despite being a natural lefty — participated in thespian clubs, wrote poetry and worked as a sports stringer for the Albuquerque Journal. For a few years, he attended a prelaw program at University of Arizona, where he met his wife, Esther Sacherson. He then moved back to New Mexico to attend the University of New Mexico. He graduated from its law school in 1959. In 1986, Sutin and his wife moved to Santa Fe, where he worked for his father’s firm at its office here. He left the business in 2006 to pursue other interests, but he joined the Sommer Udall Law Firm two years later. Though Sutin dreamed of working at a remote lookout station for the U.S. Forest Service, those who knew him said he made remarkable impacts as a lawyer. Michael published three books of poetry — Voices from the Corner/Voces del Rincon; Naked Ladies on the Road; and Graven Images: Poems — and contributed to various literary organizations, including the New Mexico Book Association and Poetry Center of New Mexico, now known as New Mexico Literary Arts.
Sales at the Homegrown Authors’ table on Tuesdays at the Farmers Market have been very slow this summer. Most new authors from NMBA have not been able to cover the higher costs the Market charges us for a space. That discourages attendance, and we have had to rely on old timers, many of whom are also not meeting their costs. With several of them on vacation, the reduced attendance brought me to the decision to limit our space to only one table for the rest of the summer. Roberta Parry will join me at the table. This will allow us to keep our improved site alive until next year when, perhaps, the market will revive and we can expand again. I apologize to all the new authors who were looking forward to joining us and encourage them to watch for the reopening next spring.
Former monk turned financial advisor, Doug Lynam, gave a fun presentation at September’s monthly luncheon. Doug introduced the topic of sustainable money management, where you can invest ethically to grow your wealth. Doug led the group through a PowerPoint presentation filled with illustrated cartoons that helped him tell his story, which involved his childhood in a rich family, the long-haired hippie days running away from materialism, time in the Marine Corps looking for selfless service, and his twenty years in the monastery under a vow of poverty where he began helping alleviate others’ financial burdens.
This all led to his current profession as a financial advisor. Doug’s book, From Monk to Money Manager, provides clear, step-by-step guidance on how to grow “a little bit wealthy.” His insights include how to vanquish debt, invest ethically to grow wealth, conquer your psychological money monsters, establish an emergency fund, create and stick to a good budget, start your own business, and share your wealth intelligently. You can contact Doug Lynam, Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist℠ and ESG Fiduciary™ at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-988-9555.
Robert James Sheldon, who was a bookseller and worked for a range of publishers, distributors, and book organizations in the West, died July 25. He was 73 and had had a long struggle with serious health problems.
He began his book career as manager of a Westwood bookstore in Los Angeles, then opened and operated the Raven Bookstore in Boulder, Colorado. Later, he became marketing director for Capra Press and also worked at North Point Press, John Muir Publications, Clark City Press, Johnson Books, and Pruett Publishing. He also worked for distributors Bookpeople in Berkeley, and Consortium in Minneapolis. He held several positions in the Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Association (now PubWest) and was director of literature programs for the Western States Arts Federation.
He would want to be remembered as a lover of books and authors, opera, and the American West.
The Hoffer-honored books are from small, academic, and micro presses, including self-published offerings. (No unpublished manuscripts, please.) Throughout the centuries, writers such as Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, Walt Whitman, and Virginia Woolf have taken the path of self-publishing rather than have their ideas forced into a corporate or sociopolitical mold. Today, small and academic presses struggle in this same environment. The Hoffer award will continue to be a platform for and the champion of the independent voice. Winners of the Hoffer are given prizes, honors, and worldwide media exposure, as well as being covered in the US Review of Books. Nominated books are judged by independent panels within eighteen all-inclusive categories. The annual Grand Prize winner is awarded a $2,500 cash prize. Each category is assigned a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions, with recognition given to the best academic, small, micro, and self-published presses. The Montaigne Medal is awarded to the most thought-provoking books, and the da Vinci Eye honors exceptional cover art. The First Horizon Award is given to the best first-time authors. Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award results are publicly announced in the spring, and every nominee is notified via the contact email on their registration form. For more information, visit http://www.hofferaward.com/
Southwest Contemporary magazine is kicking off a brand-new event series in October. The Better Wednesdays salon series is an eclectic event designed to draw people together to celebrate, observe, learn, discuss, and have fun with creative work and ideas. Each salon event will feature an eclectic lineup of 5-10 presentations spanning various disciplines and formats, music, food and drink, and conversation in an intimate setting. We invite creators, performers, musicians, educators, poets, writers, filmmakers, storytellers, and others to submit proposals for salon presentations. If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring a salon event, please contact Lauren at email@example.com. Click for details.
Pens and Keyboards Transport Us into the Courage of Our Predictions: “Experience-Near” Reflections on Writing
By Leona Stucky
We sapiens tell stories to make sense of ourselves and the world we live in. We may tell them only to ourselves, but we create them and willingly let them carry us into narratives where meaning is made. While no particular diagnosis can stereotype writers, we can articulate a few characteristics that many writers share. We might ask why writing is therapeutic and what we manufacture for ourselves by being concrete creators of story, of knowledge, of meaning; why we define what it means to be human. Why we need to contact expansiveness and yet be contained by reality, if not in fact, then at least in metaphor.
Raw courage—is how I characterize 12 years of writing one story. It’s an experience I do not want to double and yet I would not trade it. Nor would I trade the challenges it has provoked in my daily schedule after the writing is done, if it can ever be done. Future chapters may be written without words.
Bio for Leona Stucky LeonaStucky@gmail.com, 505-820-2433
A psychotherapist for more than thirty years, UU community minister, post-graduate teacher, clinical supervisor, and AAPC Diplomate, Rev. Dr. Leona Stucky recently became an author by turning the mirror inward to reveal her own personal story in a gripping and morally unflinching memoir, which has received acclaim from Ms. magazine and won other awards. In her professional life as well as her memoir, The Fog of Faith: Surviving My Impotent God, Leona plumbed the depths of faith and justice contradictions, speaking what we seldom say out loud. In her life and writing she provokes new discussions with heart-wrenching, vital stories. Her own journey includes trauma and terror, and a resilient drive that brought her into the professional world where she has made numerous contributions.
By Jessie Emerson
Shel Neymark gave a short talk at our Luncheon when the legislature was in session. We were encouraged to contact our representatives about the Rural Library Endowment. This would give the state’s libraries about $45,000 per year. He just reported that the bill passed unanimously in the House and was signed by the governor. Unfortunately it was only for $1 million instead of $50 million. Each library in the state will receive $900 per year. Shel thinks the prospects are good to get a significant amount added to it this year and thanks the New Mexico Book Association for its support. We can still support this worthy project by contacting our representatives and the governor. We learned at our May luncheon how far behind the other states we are in reading. As writers and publishers, we need readers! If our state is to progress, we need to increase literacy. If any one has any questions for Shel, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some hands were wringing as NMBA approached our 25th Anniversary Gala in June. What about directions to Linda Durham's home, refreshments, and parking spaces for fifty-plus members?
No worries! Everything turned out wonderfully as we gathered at Linda Durham and Francois Marie Patorni’s gracious home in Las Campanas on the evening of Saturday, June 8. Jessie Emerson spoke with heart about NMBA's fine and multi-faceted history serving New Mexico book people of all kinds through our first quarter century of service. Publishers, authors, editors, book designers, printers, booksellers, and readers of every kind have been served in so many ways through those 25 years, and it continues. Our NMBA “road” includes Libro Nuevo, book catalogs, three editions of New Mexico's Book World, the New Mexico Book Views review journal, our New Mexico Book Design and Production Awards, and much more.
It was fun to learn about our beginning, when New Mexico was named the featured “country” for the renowned Guadalajara Book Fair of 1994. NMBA has been an active presence at local and national book festivals ever since, presenting authors and their books to booksellers of all kinds. Victor di Suvero was at our beginnings and it was so delightful to see him again at the Gala. Elaine Coleman, Robyn Covelli Hunt, Delany, Jim Mafchir, Sally Blakemore, Fern Drucker, Jeanie Williams...and many more devoted “from the beginning” book people were right there with warm smiles at our Gala! For me, it was those personal contacts that made the evening so very memorable and that made me proud of our NMBA people.
Jared Gann and Sandi Wright guided us all through the evening, announcing and honoring the winners and finalists of the 2019 Southwest Book Design Awards. Barbara Beasley Murphy was recognized as a Lifetime Honorary Member of our NMBA Board. Barbara has served NMBA continuously from our beginnings in 1995. She was our treasurer during most of those 24 years and frequently hosted us for events at her Santa Fe home on Circle Drive.
Our first monthly Friday Networking Luncheon took place in Santa Fe in 1995. New Mexico continues to grow as a national center for writing and publishing. Today I found this interesting tidbit: NMBA annual membership dues are still just $50 per year —same as they were a quarter century ago!
Longtime NMBA Board Member (who most enjoyed writing for and producing Libro Book News for many seasons and offering your books to buyers at dozens of shows here and across the country)
Click here to view the winners of the 2018 Southwest Book Design Awards.
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