This year we hosted our seventh annual awards competition, the Southwest Book Design and Production Awards. We had a robust set of entries in all categories, and entries from numerous cities across the country. The judging of the entries took place in August, and the winners and finalists were announced at NMBA’s first virtual gala/membership meeting in September. Check out a full list of the winners and finalists here.
Have you won a SWBDA? Click here to purchase Winner or Finalist stickers to place on your winning titles!
SECRET GIFT BOOK EXCHANGE
We realize human contact is very limited right now, and we wondered what would be a great way to bring authors and book people together—through gifting books to each other anonymously! How it works: First, make a donation to NMBA in order to be assigned to another participant, your giftee, and to have someone assigned to send one to you. You will have a chance to share what kinds of books you enjoy or stay away from. The book should be in new or excellent condition. Yes, you may send one of your own books if it seems appropriate for the receiver’s taste. We ask that you ship your gifted book to the recipient by December 15, 2020, with a note about why you chose that book. This is a fundraiser for NMBA to help us offset operating costs and help us get a good start for the new year. Sign up here.
IN MEMORY OF PAT GOEHE
From Pat Goehe’s Facebook Page:
It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Patricia Ann Bahn Goehe, a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, teacher, mentor, and friend to many. Pat was born in Staunton, Illinois, on February 17, 1934, and left us to start her latest journey on October 15, 2020.
First and foremost a teacher, Pat joined the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Department of Speech Communication in 1969, retiring as an associate emeritus professor in 1994. With a background in speech, theater, and English, including both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from SIU Carbondale, Pat received numerous awards over her long career, including her most treasured accolade, the Great Teacher Award in 1993 from SIUE, where she sponsored the Very Special Arts Festival offering individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience the arts in a hands-on way through interactive performances, art projects, and more. Some of Pat’s favorite memories included performing the role of Grace in Amazing Grace and directing The King and I, and starring opposite Johnny Haymer of M.A.S.H. fame in the play Tribute in St. Louis. Pat’s favorite musical was Les Miserables, and she had been looking forward to seeing her heartthrob Hugh Jackman in The Music Man before Broadway went dark due to everyone’s curse of 2020, COVID-19.
Pat dedicated her life to making a difference and breaking barriers, and retired to her beloved Santa Fe, New Mexico, to focus on her writing, publishing two children’s books. She was an avid patron of the arts, especially the New Mexico School for the Arts, where she attended every possible performance. Pat also loved dogs and had a lifelong connection to St. Clare of Assisi, but her greatest gifts were her children, Linda, Chris, and Gretchen, and grandchildren, Max, Vincent, Annemarie, and Loralai, whom she always encouraged to be the person they wanted to be and to follow their dreams no matter what anyone said.
Terra Nova Books is now live on Zoom! They will now be hosting online book reading events for their authors virtually on Zoom. Mark your calendar to enjoy readings with a range of different authors at 7:00 p.m. mountain standard time on the third Thursday of each month. Upcoming readings include NMBA members Carrie Ishee and her book Seduced by Darkness and Donald Willerton and his book Teddy’s War. To sign up for the events, click here.
Fellow member Elaine Pinkerton Coleman honored the late Pat Goehe by sharing a touching blog written by Pat on her website Goodbye Baby. The blog features the topic of adoption, something that was near and dear to her heart. Read her blog post here.
PAST HARRIS AWARD WINNER
NMBA member & Harris Award winner William deBuys gives interview with Nuevo Profundo Interview Series with the Historic Santa Fe Foundation. “This first interview is conducted by Frank Graziano with William deBuys at his home in El Valle, New Mexico. Bill, as you most probably know, is a wonderful writer, committed environmentalist, and currently the Board Chair of Searchlight New Mexico. His books included River of Traps, Salt Dreams, A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest, and Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s National Preserve, with photographer Don Usner. The interview is fascinating given Bill’s history in Northern New Mexico, as well as the constant buzzing from hummingbirds in the audio, and a fine interruption by Bill’s dog.” -Nuevo Mexico Profundo View the interview here.
This year’s Southwest Book Design and Production Awards Best in Show winner, Meneese Wall, for her book, We Demand the Right to Vote, was recognized in an October issue of the weekly Pasatiempo in the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper. Meneese tells her story of how she was inspired to write her book about the 19th amendment and her journey of researching the topic. Check out the article, here.
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