Sunday, March 22, 2009

Book Signing Coming Up Soon at Borders!

Book Signings at Borders Cottonwood

Borders Cottonwood, located at 10420 Coors Bypass NW, Albuquerque, is hosting a series of book signing events to honor winners in the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards. This is your opportunity to come and meet these great authors.

Mar 28, 2-4pm Sheila Ortego (The Road from La Cueva-First Book) & Mike Sutin (Graven Images-Poetry)

The Road from La Cueva
By Sheila Ortego

The central idea of the book is the struggle for the survival of a woman's spirit, as experienced by the protagonist, Ana. The story is about Ana's life in poverty on a bad road in New Mexico, a road that serves as a metaphor for life itself. She struggles to 'drive straight' and not get stuck in a bad relationship, as she gradually learns how to navigate her life properly, how to self-actualize and find personal fulfillment. Readers will cheer Ana on as they see that through her persistence, a focus on 'the higher good', and on healthy love relationships, any woman can not only survive, but thrive.

Graven Images
By Mike Sutin

Mike Sutin is a member of the prominent Santa Fe law firm, Sommer, Udall, Hardwick & Hyatt, P.A. His first book of poems, Voices from Corner/Voces del Rincon, a one-person anthology centering on northern New Mexico’s multi-cultural tensions, was published in 2000 by Pennywhistle Press. Mike’s second book of poems, Naked Ladies on the Road¸ chronicles the good, bad and ugly of Santa Fe’s celebrated and legendary Canyon Road and was published in 2005 by Sunstone Press. His third book of poems, Graven Images, a tribute to poet Robinson Jeffers, also published by Sunstone Press, concentrates on human goddesses and god-men, and won first place in the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards competition. An adherent to the old school of meter and rhyme, Mike’s Graven Images poems are full of sharp, witty lines, sometimes deceptively complex, with candor, power and poignancy, often illuminating the glorious absurdities of our lives. Poetry book royalties being insufficient to maintain his family in its accustomed standard of living, Mike intends to remain at his grinding-out-work desk at the firm until publication assures immortality. Mike is a member of, and serves pro-bono counsel to PEN New Mexico, the New Mexico Book Association, and Santa Fe’s Live Poets Society.

Mar 7, 1-3pm Lexi Petronis (Our Favorite Recipes-First Book), Dave DeWitt (Cuisines of the Southwest-Cookbook) & Clyde Casey (Red or Green?-Cookbook)

Our Favorite Recipes from Albuquerque The Magazine
edited by Lexi Petronis

Sometimes what's on our nightstand isn't a novel, or a book about current events, or science fiction, or even poetry. Sometimes what's on our nightstand is a cookbook. #1 reason why it might be there is that we just want to read recipes. #2 reason why it might be we might need just a little inspiration to remember the great food from the holidays. These are tried and true "kitchen cook friendly" recipes that are a joy to make and a delight to serve. You can't go wrong. The pictures alone are an inspiration to get into the kitchen. These recipes were a great hit for the holidays. You and your family will be glad you tried them.

Cuisines of the Southwest
By Dave DeWitt

At last, a food history-based cookbook that captures the spirit and the flavors of the cuisines that evolved in what is now the American Southwest! From southwestern Texas through New Mexico and on to Arizona, discover the Southwest’s culinary history, unique ingredients, and flavorful recipes. Filled with historical photos selected from museum and university archives, this book vividly portrays the cuisines of America’s spiciest region, from Tex-Mex to New Mexican to Sonoran, plus barbecue from all three sections. The recipes include many incarnations of enchiladas and chili con carne, plus unique specialties such as Julio's Salpicón (a shredded beef brisket salad), Smoked Pork Mole Enchiladas, Pueblo Blue Corn-Chile Bread, and Piñon Flan with Caramel Sauce. “No one knows more about fiery foods than Dave DeWitt.” --Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue Bible.

RED OR GREEN
New Mexico Cuisine
By Clyde Casey

“Red or green?” This is the most commonly asked question in New Mexico’s restaurants. In Red or Green: New Mexico Cuisine, author Clyde Casey helps you decide that question, offering more than 200 recipes for traditional and modern dishes from New Mexico. And while this book specializes in chile cuisine, it features wonderful recipes of all kinds. Casey also includes discussion of the various types of chile peppers, New Mexico’s wines, wild game cooking, adjustments for high-altitude cooking and a user-friendly index.
Mar 8, 2-4pm Teresa Wilkins (Patterns of Exchange-Multicultural) & Sally Moore (Backroads & Byways of New Mexico-Travel)

“Patterns of Exchange: Weavers and Traders”
by Teresa Wilkins

“Patterns of Exchange: Weavers and Traders,” a book by UNM-Gallup anthropology professor Teresa Wilkins on the historical interactions between Navajo weavers and traders, has received the 2008 New Mexico Book Award for best non-fiction multicultural subject. Wilkins, who has a degree in art marketing and production from Appalachian State University, obtained her Master’s as well as her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. She has been with UNM-Gallup since 1997. Her next project, she says, will probably be about Navajo weavers and traders and the Shiprock Fair in the early 1900s.

Backroads & Byways of New Mexico
by Sally Moore

Backroads & Byways of New Mexico is the result of a love affair with New Mexico. The state is a seducer of the potent sort whose siren lure many years ago captivated a born-and-bred easterner whose roots go back to 17th century Massachusetts. An award-winning travel writer with over 25 years experience, Moore wanted to create a guide which would direct visitors and natives to those out-of-the-way, less explored places along our back roads and byways. The resulting book whisks you away from our major tourist attractions of Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque and gives you ten neatly packaged day trips and weekend getaways to take you to many fabled, infamous and unbelievably beautiful locations, revealing the tall tales and stories behind them. Each trip provides recommendations for where to find a memorable meal and a place to hang your hat should you need rest along the way. It is the shortest route to explore like a native and for natives to delve more deeply into the history and magic of their home state.

Mar 15, 2-4pm Kersten Hamilton (Red Truck-Children's Picturebook) & Marcy Heller (Loco Dog and the Dust Bowl-Young Reader)
Red Truck
By Kersten Hamilton

The award winning RED TRUCK is the ‘youngest’ picture book Kersten Hamilton has written. It is tailor-made for little boys who love trucks and adventure. With such a short text—just 106 words—every little thing had to be perfect. Not just words, but even the sound of individual letters and letter combinations. Hamilton says the whole book was ‘sparked’ by the sound of the title words: RED TRUCK. She loved the repetition of the R’s; the almost hard D and the hard CK sounds. She liked the way it felt to say them, the way they settled in her ears. She added a vroom! and a sploosh! or two, and the fun sounds grew into a book!

Loco Dog and the Dust Devil in the Railyard
by Marcy Heller and illustrated by Nancy Poes

Once upon a time, in a small, dusty Southwestern town, in the middle of the busy railyard, there lived a large, black dog. His name was Loco, short for Locomotive.
The railyard was always gritty, and sometimes dust devils swirled through. One wild and windy spring evening, a huge, powerful dust devil forever changed the lives of everyone who loved the railyard and its big, black dog.

Mar 21, 1-3pm Kathy Barco (ReadDiscover New Mexico-Children's Activity Book) & Jill Lane (New Mexico A to Z-Children's Activity Book)
READiscover New Mexico – A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy
by Kathy Barco

Tag along with Rosita the Roadrunner on her journey to learn about the Land of Enchantment. On the trail, meet Roja & Verde (the Chile Twins), Biscochita (a Smart Cookie), Piñon Jay, Dusty the Tumbleweed, and a town full of prairie dogs who love to read. "Rosita's Ramble" is provided in English, Spanish, and Navajo. READiscover New Mexico encourages the discovery of the vast cultural, natural, historical, and literary treasures found in our beautiful state. Enrichment material includes programs, activities, crafts, song parodies, celebrations, and bibliographies. Also featured are riddles, New Mexico trivia, relevant websites, an extensive booklist, several recipes for Biscochitos, instructions for making Star-O-Litos, and a large collection of reproducible artwork.

New Mexico A to Z
By Jill Lane

A 32-page Coloring Travel Guide to New Mexico, the book takes the reader through the alphabet and throughout the state, introducing children to our many treasures. In addition to fun illustrations and children oriented information about the destination, the book also includes contact information on each location, driving the reader to either the Internet or phone to further explore the area. A companion piece to “New Mexico A to Z” is the “Kids’ Passport to New Mexico” ($3.99)-a souvenir passport for kids to track their New Mexico explorations. It also includes New Mexico facts.

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