Thursday, August 18, 2011

Booksignings for Slim Randles
Slim Randles, author of A Cowboy's Guide to Growing Up Right, will have two book signings in September.
Saturday, September 3, 2011 — 11am to 2pm
Wagon Mound Ranch Supply
6855 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 — 7pm to 8:30pm
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM
“This cowboy has a hit on his hands...I can say this book is a beacon of hope in troubled times.” — Daily Sun News, Sunnyside (Yakima), WA
“Slim Randles’ advice about living life comes from someone who has endured the rigors of the outdoors and stuck with the discipline of writing. Randles hammers the point with humor.” — The Graham (TX) Leader
Every cowboy knows there is a great deal more to being a grown-up than getting tall and inheriting the ability to reproduce. A cowboy (and by this we’re including girls, too) is simply the pinnacle of evolution, the nadir of American culture. You’ll find there are the right ways to do something, the wrong ways, and the cowboy ways. And this little book will help you become an adult cowboy, a grown-up able to spit in the eye of evil and sloth and be respected—perhaps revered—for your independent thought and kindness to others. These steps are simple and learnable, whether we have had the privilege of growing up with a full loving family or not. You can do nothing good about your past except to learn from it. So take what you have been given, roll up your sleeves, and get ready for a wonderful future.
Growing up right is never easy, even if all the stars line up and you win the parent lottery. If you don’t, it’s even tougher. Since a cowboy is the pinnacle of human evolution (just ask one) he has certain values and responsibilities and attitudes to pass along to help others, even if they are in the city, and regardless of age or gender.
Told with the frank humor of the range and mountains by a master storyteller whose column is read by nearly two million people each week, this book gives unique advice straight from the shoulder for those who would aspire to have a great life.
Looking for work? Work for free. Do the right thing, even when no one’s looking. Courtesy makes the homeliest of us beautiful. And lots more …
Remember: the saddest thing is not that someone dies, but that some people never quite live.
Slim Randles learned mule packing from Gene Burkhart and Slim Nivens. He learned mustanging and wild burro catching from Hap Pierce. He learned horse shoeing from Rocky Earick. He learned horse training from Dick Johnson and Joe Cabral. He learned humility from the mules of the eastern High Sierra. Randles lives in Albuquerque.
Randles has written newspaper stories, magazine articles and book, both fiction and nonfiction. His column appeared in New Mexico Magazine for many years and was a popular columnist for the Anchorage Daily News and the Albuquerque Journal, and now writes a nationally syndicated column, “Home Country,” which appears in several hundred newspapers across the country.
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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