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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click for details.
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