Monday, March 3, 2008

Ways for Southwest Authors to Sell Books

The Chama Book Fair will be Saturday, June 7th at Cookin' Books from 10 AM to 3 PM. The keynote author this year is John Nichols, author of Milagro Bean Field War among other books. His sidekick author will be Taylor Streit, fly fishing guide and author of several fishing books. The author's seminar will take place from Friday, June 6th to Sunday June 8th. It will continue to be available to all authors at a cost of $75; reservations after April 15 are $99 each. That cost includes: Registration and Welcome Gift, Welcome Reception Tea, a special Friday evening event (“Sunset Express with John Nichols” Train Ride Special on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad with Picnic Supper and John Nichols Reading), a shared table(with one other author) at the Book Fair, 100% retention of all sales at the Book Fair, ticket to the Author's Seminar, which will be presented by John Nichols, and one ticket to the EHL Chuckwagon Suppershow. Guests are welcome to the Chuckwagon for an additional fee. There will be various lodging options available in Chama as well, with discounted author rates. Taylor Streit will also be offering at a cost a fly fishing class on the Rio Chama on Sunday morning, which is an optional event. Of course there are many other optional activities available as well, like the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, horseback riding etc. -- all available in the area either pre or post the Seminar. For more information, anyone can contact Jill Lane at 505 220-4933 or via e-mail at jill.lane@jillevents.

The Museum of New Mexico Shops is organizing the first New Mexico Women’s Book Festival on Milner Plaza on Museum Hill, Santa Fe, New Mexico; it is set for Saturday September 27, 2008. This event, modeled on the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival, held in annually in September on the mall in Washington, D.C., will celebrate the joy of reading and the creative power of New Mexico’s women writers. The festival will feature seven pavilions - “Fiction,” “Poetry,” “Mysteries and Fantasy”, “History and Biography,” “Art,” “Home and Family,” and “Children” where 70 authors will read and discuss their books and their craft in thirty minute intervals. Additionally, authors will be signing books and books will be sold by the MNMFShops during the day on Milner Plaza. Special activities, readings and educational games will be available for children and their parents. There is no fee to participate. If you are a woman author and are interested in participating email John Stafford, Director of Retail Operations, Museum of New Mexico Foundation at He will be sending out applications in mid-March for all those who are interested. They will select about 70 authors to participate.

Paul Rhetts
LPD Press & Rio Grande Books
925 Salamanca NW
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107
FAX 505/345-5129

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