by Connie Nelson
Over forty NMBA members and guests attended the Winter Fiesta in-person event at Las Campanas on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
Shirley Melis and Miguel de la Cruz, 2023 NMBA Co-Presidents, coordinated the program which centered on presenting the annual Richard Harris Award to Leslie Marmon Silko for her book Ceremony. The NMBA will, as part of the award, purchase copies of the book to donate to New Mexico libraries that don't have Ceremony in their collections. Ms. Silko was unable to attend due to her health. Long-time NMBA member, Barbara Ruther was eulogized by Paula Lozar.
Participants were asked to join one of the four NMBA standing committees and/or one task force which include:
The task force will review the tax-exempt status of NMBA during 2023. The standing committees are ongoing.
Shirley encouraged the participants to get involved.
Next, the guests were encouraged to promote their books with one minute “elevator speeches”. Many authors also sold books.
A sign-up sheet for information on the Tucson Festival of Books was circulated. Registration information will be added to the NMBA website next week. NMBA will have a booth at the event which will be held March 4-5 in Tucson.
The NMBA monthly meeting will be held via ZOOM on February 10 at 11:30 a.m. You can RSVP to the meeting by clicking here.
The next workshop, Self-Publishing Journey, is scheduled for February 21, you can register to the workshop by clicking here.
Photos, courtesy of NMBA member Pat Galagan
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