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.
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.
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.
This year we hosted our 7th annual Southwest Book Design and Production Awards! We had a robust set of entries and they were some of the best entries we had ever received. Our 2020 award competition aimed to recognize creativity and quality in book design and distinction in production for books published from 2018-2020. We had 14 categories and four expert judges looking for elements that met or exceeded industry standards. Authors were able to submit multiple titles, and could be entered into multiple categories so some books won in multiple categories! We had one special title saved for a special winner: Best in Show goes to "We Demand the Right to Vote" by Meneese Wall. Congratulations to all our talented authors and publishers who submitted their books!! Click the button below to see the full list of winners and their books!
August 5th - September 9th
$150 per person
Tap into the spirit of “summer camp” and have some fun! Whether you are young or young at heart--all ages and ability levels are welcome! Through improv games, storytelling, poetry and short readings, followed by writing prompts, we will play, write, speak and discover the stories waiting within us to be told—all from the safety and comfort of our own homes!
o register contact Laurie at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 390-5597.
Esther Melvin, NMBA author, is looking for a book designer to get her new title into print! Esther was our key member for bookselling NMBA titles at the Silver City book fairs and has rejoined us recently. The text is complete, but design and production help are needed right away. Her new book is a strong biography, with some photos, and should fit in a standard trade format. Contact Esther directly at (808) 746-1538 and email@example.com.
Member Christine Lund is proud to announce that her book of poems, Me and Her Shadow, is now published and available for preorder to be shipped October 2020. Me and Her Shadow tells the story of the author’s journey of healing after the death of her daughter. The poems also celebrate her lost daughter’s life, through memories and some of her possessions. The author connects to her child through them, and through being out in nature. She sees her daughter first in butterflies, then in crows. While sensing her daughter’s presence in her heart, she comes to believe that spirit survives death. Yet there remains a poignancy to this loss. As she says at the end of her poem, Becoming a Healer, “…and while it feels like betrayal, healing has occurred.” Sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting, these poems are lyrical and honest, shared in the hopes of helping others who are experiencing loss—and everyone who feels love.
Christine R. Lund is a poet and writer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Me and Her Shadow is her first chapbook of poems to be published. Each of these poems lights in some way on her daughter, Kaja, who died at age 23. This tribute and elegy is the story of a mother and daughter, shaped as a musical drama, with poems in place of songs. A self-portrait of Kaja appears on the cover. Christine’s poetry has been published in The Denver Post, Hungry Poets’ Cookbook, and The New Poets’ Anthology, among other publications. Her travel articles and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Albuquerque Journal, and Endless Vacation magazine.
To reserve a copy of Christine’s book, click here.
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