NEW BOARD MEMBERS
On October 9 the new board members met and voted for new officer positions. We are deeply grateful for the service of our departing members, including former president, Jared Gann, Vice President Sandi Wright, and Secretary Hal Malchow.
NMBA welcomes three new faces to the board! We are excited about their ideas to better serve the NMBA Membership. First, we welcome Jordan Jones as the new NMBA President, Miguel De La Cruz as Vice President, and Connie Nelson as Secretary/Historian. Long-time member Paula Lozar retains her role as Treasurer, and Richard Polese and David Freobel remain as members at large.
The annual gala is something that NMBA members look forward to--getting dressed up each year and catching up with their fellow members--but this year we had to think of new ways we could safely host the event. In hopes of obtaining some sense of normalcy, we decided to continue the event but with a twist: it would be held virtually. Despite the obstacles, the gala was a success! We had members from all across the country, many of whom had never been able to attend the annual gala before because of the physical distance. In total, we had around 50 members log onto the virtual meeting and vote for board members.
Along with membership voting, the main attraction of the gala was the announcement of the winners of this year’s Southwest Book Design and Production Awards. Jared Gann and Sandi Wright put together a presentation that featured the winners and images of their books that played as they announced the winners. They also created lovely certificates for all winners and finalists that were mailed out after the announcement. It was a great turnout and it was nice to see everyone, even if it was virtually!
PEN AMERICA HOSTS VIRTUAL GALA
This year, PEN America will merge their annual New York Literary Gala and Los Angeles LitFest Gala into one national, virtual celebration on Tuesday, December 8. Join them for a unique, one-night-only event and celebrate the power of words. Additional honorees and special guests will be announced soon. You can register for the gala, here.
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS RESCHEDULES
PUBWEST ANNOUNCES BOOK DESIGN AWARDS
PubWest Book Design Awards recognize superior design and outstanding production quality of books throughout North America. As they celebrate their 43rd annual awards, PubWest invites you to submit your 2019 and 2020 titles. Books must be published from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2020, to be eligible. There are a variety of categories that can be entered. Click here for a list of eligibility requirements and a submission form. Submission deadline is December 31, 2020.
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.
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