Monday, August 15, 2011

August Book Co-op Newsletter
Next Coop Meeting
September 23, New Mexico Book Co-op lunch features Don Bullis talking about his role as New Mexico Centennial Author, his experiences with publishers, and his newest book for the Centennial. We will also announce the Finalists in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards!
The October meeting (Oct. 28) will feature Lynn Baca of SAR Press & Renee Tambeau of Museum of New Mexico Press talking about What They Do For Survival.
Price Going Up For The Halloween Holiday Fiesta at the Barn in Los Ranchos
The Book Coop is renting the Los Ranchos Community Barn for a special day of bookselling on Saturday, October 29. We are calling it the "Halloween Holiday Book Howl." This should be a great event to show-off and sell local NM books. You can get more information and sign up by CLICKING HERE. Spaces for this will go very fast so don't delay.
Make sure you get your spot for the Los Ranchos Barn October 29. Already other sellers – other than books- are reserving. Fees go up September 1.
Last call for Literacy Day
There are few spaces left so if you want to be a part of Literacy Day at the Albuquerque Public Library Main location and sell books join Slim Randles, Anne Hillerman & Don Strel, Nasario Garcia, Joe Hayes, and many other but sign up NOW! CLICK HERE You need to reserve your table now for Literacy Day at the Main, Albuquerque Library. Library folks need time to email a selling release sheet so no last minute walk-ins will be handled.
Books In The Movie Odd Thomas
Thanks to Loretta Hall a number of New Mexico books are on the set of a fake bookstore for the filming of the Dean Koontz movie Odd Thomas. We saw quickly: Old West Trivia by Don Bullis, Out Of This World and Underground Buildings by Loretta Hall, Voices of New Mexico, Navajo and Pueblo Earrings by Robert Bauver, The World Comes to Albuquerque: The Official Balloon Fiesta Book for the 40th Anniversary, Saints of the Pueblos by Charlie Carrillo, Memories of Cibola by Abe Pena, Avenging Victorio by Dave DeWitt and books by David Corwell and Lela Belle Wolfert in the window display in the old Borders in Winrock. We hope they survive the cuts! The downside of the books being in a movie is that some were destroyed in a fight seen when the “bookstore” window was blown up. But that is what contracts are for!
Seems some Board Members of NMBA don't like the Book Co-op. On July 31, 2011, Scott Tyson, an NMBA Board member, sent an email to New Mexico Book Association Board members that was vile, nasty, and just wrong. Besides the many factual errors, he maligned Ruthe Francis, Barbe Awalt, and Paul Rhetts. His ill-informed and ill-timed remarks set back relations between NMBA and the Co-op. To compound the issue, another NMBA Board Member, Richard Harris, then proceeded to send out an email to the NMBA Board and the Book Co-op implying that the Book Co-op was not a legal or legitimate organization and that it did not comply with state regulations. Both of these accusations are false and again show a complete disregard for the facts. Another blow to NMBA-Book Coop relations. Who knows what else has been said. The sad thing is that both organizations were considering some future joint projects in these tough times. These joint efforts on behalf of authors and publishers are probably no longer possible. The Co-op is the largest not-for-profit book organization for authors and publishers in New Mexico and these remarks seem to be sour grapes multiplied.

Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning youth novels ‘Belle’s Star,’ and ‘Belle’s trial,’ based on the life of a real dog and written from her point of view. Available from Artemesia Press at and, and Anazon,com Belle’s Star was a New Mexico BookAward in 2009 and 2010; First Place for Juvenile Fiction New Mezxico Press Women and National Federation of Press Women Communication Contests 2010’ Silver Mom’s Choice Award 2010.
Belle’s Trial’ won First Place for Juvenile Fiction in the 2011 New Mexico Press Press Women’s Commuication Contest, and a Silver Mom’s Choice Award for 2011. The book received an Eric Hoffer Award nomination for 2011.

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