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Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010                                                                                        
New Mexico Women Authors’ Book Festival

Santa Fe, N.M. —The third annual New Mexico Women Authors’ Book Festival (NMWABF) benefiting the Museum of New Mexico Foundation opens Friday, October 1 and runs through Sunday, October 3, 2010, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Mexico History Museum. The festival celebrates the joy of reading and the creative power of New Mexico’s women writers. The program expands this year with best-selling author Anne Lamott kicking off the festival with a ticketed event Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the historic Lensic Theatre in downtown Santa Fe.

More than 110 talented New Mexican female authors who have been juried into the festival will discuss their current work and craft in 30-minute segments Saturday and Sunday in six different venues throughout the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) campus. Authors will be grouped by Fiction, History/Biography, Poetry, Food/Cooking, Creative Arts, Spirit/Health, Children and Special Topics. They will be presented in three tents in the Palace Courtyard, the auditorium, the Meem Community Room and the Learning Center.

 “New Mexico has a long history as a literary mecca,” says John Stafford, founder of the festival and director of retail operations, Museum of New Mexico Foundation. “We built the festival with the hopes that we can offer something to everyone in terms of world-class lectures, talks, book signings and events for both the general public and authors.  Friday, October 1, is an educational day for authors with seminars throughout the day on a variety of subjects. These events will be programmed and supported by the NMWABF Authors' Committee.

“We launched New Mexico Creates in 2002 with 319 artists in the program, and now work with more than 1,200 New Mexico artists,” says Stafford.  “Over the last five years the MNMF Shops have purchased over $5,500,000 of works directly from these authors, artists and artisans, helping build their livelihoods as well as contributing to the economy of New Mexico.  Please join us for an enlightening literary week and support the Museum of New Mexico.”  

The New Mexico Women Authors' Book Festival is organized and produced by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Shops, part of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, through the MNMF Shops initiative “New Mexico Creates.” The mission of New Mexico Creates is to promote and strengthen creative entrepreneurs while offering visitors and New Mexico citizens the best of New Mexico and supporting the units of the Museum of New Mexico.

Book sales and authors' book signings will take place in the lobby of New Mexico History Museum. Music, food and special presentations include the Palace Print Shop, Santa Fe’s Book Arts Group and the Fray Angelico Library, creating a fun and educational event expected to draw over 3,000 people.  Entertainment includes music by
Indigie Femme, Shunnae Love, Richard & Edna Martin, Brooks & Bianco and Muddy River String Band. The festival is generously supported by the Marineau Family Foundation and more than 60 volunteers who devote many hours of their time to make the event a success.
WHAT: New Mexico Women Authors’ Book Festival
WHERE: New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM, 87501
WHEN: Friday, October 1, Author Workshops.   Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, Free and open to the public.
COST: $25, Friday.  Free, Saturday and Sunday.
Visit or call 877-567-7380.     
                                                                    Saturday, October 2,  2010
  Poetry-Meem Spirit and Health -      Tent 1 History & Biography-Tent 2 Fiction -Tent 3 Children's-Learning Ctr Special Topics-NMHM Auditorium


11:00AM   Michelle Rozbitsky Nancy Benson   Marcy Heller  


11:10AM Catherine Strisik     Irene Blea   Valerie Nye/Kathy Barco - The Joy of Co-Authoring


11:35AM   Ruth Drayer Kathryn Flynn   Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw  




11:45AM Anne Valley-Fox     Hana Samek Norton   Susan Topp Weber - Christmas on the Pueblos


12:10PM   Jillian Brasch Barbe Awalt   Carla Aragon  


12:20PM Valerie Martinez         Trish Porter - U.S. Olympian on Rekindle Your Dream - Energize Your Life


12:45PM   Phaedra Greenwood Lois Rudnick Pati Nagle Neecy Twinem  


12:55PM Sallie Bingham     Martha Egan   Maragaret Moore Booker - Mud, Murals, and Mansions: Women and New Mexico Architecture


1:20PM   Sally K. Severino/ Nancy Morrison MD Sally Denton   Sue Houser/Jill Lane  


1:30PM Joan Logghe     Judith Ryan Hendricks   Renee Gregorio - Writing from the Belly - Experiments in the Poetry Dojo


1:55PM     Shelby Tisdale   Jennifer Cervantes  


2:05PM Michelle Holland     Jo-Ann Mapson   Hope Kiah - Dead on the Web


2:30PM   Meta Chaya Hirschl Virginia Scharff   Barbara Mayfield  


2:40PM Elizabeth Raby     Melody Groves   Lucy Rosen - Fast Track  Networking


3:05PM     Carolyn Meyer   Valerie Storey  


3:15PM Susan Gardner     Jonna-Lynn Mandlebaum   Jan Zimmerman - Marketing Your Writing and Art Online


3:40PM   Marianne Powers Lesley Poling-Kempes   Judith Newton/ Sue Blackburn  


3:50PM Veronica Golos     Lucretia Tippit    






                                                                    Sunday, October 3, 2010


11:10AM Poetry-Meem Spirit and Health Tent 1 History & Biography-Tent 2 Fiction -Tent 3 Creative Arts - Learning Center Special Topics-NMHM Auditorium


11:35AM   Elaine Pinkerton Karen Kershen   Victoria Rabinowe  


11:45AM Carol Moldaw     Summer Wood    


12:10PM   Marcia Starck Patricia Fogelman Lange   Nancy King  


12:20PM Marilyn Stablien     Hadley Finch   Lisa Lenard Cook/ Lynn C. Miller - ABQ Writers Co-op Presents!


12:45PM   Judith McLaughlin Melissa Powell / C Jill Grady   Karen McKinnon  


12:55PM Barbara Rockman     Pamela Christie   Barbara Beasley Murphy - Fridas' Kitchen


1:20PM   Pat Shapiro Inez Ross   Carol Olmstead  


1:30PM Helene Silverblatt / Dora Calott Wang     Jane Lindskold    


1:55PM   Mirabai Starr Martha Shipman Andrews   Sherri Silverman  


2:05PM Patricia Lee Sharpe     Meg Mullins   Christine Barber - Why is Santa Fe So Scary


2:30PM   Christina Florence Annie Lux   Marcia Keegan  


2:40PM Linda Whittenberg     Pari Noskin Taichert   Anne Hillerman - On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn - the Story of Tony Hillerman's Landscape


3:05PM   Clayton Coburn Phyllis S. Morgan   Dilys Evans  


3:15PM Zelda Leah Gatuskin     Mary E. Neighbour   Deborah Madison - Finding Great Fruit to Serve as the Last Course of the Meal


3:40PM   Natalie Reid Nancy Bartlit   Nicolasa M Chavez  


3:50PM Lori Romero     Judith Van Geison   Lois Ellen Frank - Seeds of Health: The Hungar for Ancestral Foods


4:15PM   Jean Eva Jacqueline Dunnington   Charleen Touchette  


5:00PM Elizabeth Fackler     Dodici Azpadu   Sharon Louise Crayton - Traveling the Kitchens of the World and Learning Mindfulness Along the Way



New Mexico Women Authors' Book Festival Schedule        
Friday, October 1, 2010
Educational Presentations for Authors        

11 a.m. Pari Noskin Taichert Publishing options for already published writers


12 p.m. Martha Egan Writing for the Multicultural Audience


1 p.m. Barbe Awalt and Sabra Brown Steinsiek NM Centennial For Writers- Resources, Opportunities


2 p.m. Susan Gardner Multilingual experiences, writing, reading and living a multilingual life; Poetry in the Here and Now; the influence of Buddhist philosophy on perceptions of reality


3 p.m. Lisa Lenard Cook& Lynn C. Miller Knock ‘Em Dead at the Mike (Performance Pointers for Writers)


4 p.m. Valerie Martinez The Necessity of Poetry, Today and Everyday


5 p.m. Sallie Bingham “Teaching Poetry to Students Who Hate Poetry”


6 p.m. Elizabeth Raby A workshop offering techniques for writing poetry that apply equally to adults and children




Meem Room:




11 a.m. Penny Rudolph How to write a super query letter and/or how to break all the rules and land an agent and publisher


12 p.m. Nancy King How stories have saved and shaped lives; how they help us explain and make sense of events in lives


1 p.m. Victoria Rabinowe Stories of the Night: Creative explorations into the symbols and metaphors of the Night Mind


2 p.m. Pamela Christie "Wives, Wantons and Witches? More than the above! A discussion on creating full-character women in historical fiction, particularly given the limited information available in texts."


3 p.m. Jennifer Cervantes Childrens' Stories that Cross Borders


4 p.m. Mary E. Neighbour What I learned from an Illiterate Man


5 p.m. Virginia Scharff How seeing women in history makes history look different


6 p.m. Lisa Lenard-Cook Fictional Seeds



Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 
Santa Fe, N.M. —Critically acclaimed author Anne Lamott kicks of the New Mexico Women Authors’ Festival Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 7 p.m. at the historic Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lamott will present a one-hour talk about her newest book, “Imperfect Birds.”

Lamott, often referred to as the “people’s author,” is an uncommon writer who traverses the worlds of spirituality and religion without alienating those uncomfortable with either, and she does so with humor, intelligence and grace. A political activist, progressive and author of several novels and works of non-fiction, Lamott's writings cover such subjects as alcoholism, single motherhood and Christianity.

Lamott has explained: "I try to write the books I would love to come upon - that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness — and that can make me laugh. When I'm reading a book like this, I feel rich and profoundly relieved to be in the presence of someone who will share the truth with me and throw the lights on a little, and I try to write these kinds of books. Books, for me, are medicine."

“Imperfect Birds,” is a sequel to "Crooked Little Heart" and "Rosie." The book opens during the complicated moment in a family's life when a child is hovering between adolescence and adulthood. "Life with most teenagers," Lamott notes, "was like having a low-grade bladder infection. It hurt, but you had to tough it out."

“We are very pleased to be able to kick-off the New Mexico Women Authors’ Festival with Anne Lamott,” says John Stafford, founder of the festival and director of retail operations, Museum of New Mexico Foundation. “She’ll be speaking about ‘Imperfect Birds,’ which is a thoughtful novel about a family crisis, and in typical Lamott fashion, doesn't ignore the pain or exalt in despair.

Lecture-goers will enjoy Lamott’s ability to capture the conflicted feelings of many parents and difficult issues, often with comedic hyperbole.  I encourage people to join us for this interesting lecture that benefits the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.”  

Lamott was born in San Francisco, and is a graduate of Drew School. Her father, Kenneth Lamott, was also a writer. His death was the focus of her first published novel “Hard Laughter.” She has one son, Sam, who was born in 1989 and a grandson, Jax.

WHAT: Anne Lamott kicks off the New Mexico Women Authors’ Festival with a one-hour talk about her newest book, “Imperfect Birds.”
WHEN: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Lensic Theater, 211 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
TICKETS: $15, $20, $25, $30, (505) 988-1234 or online at

Jennifer Marshall