Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Mexico Women Authors Book Festival


Festival to Feature 71 New Mexican Women Authors in a Variety of Genres

SANTA FE, NM—Seventy-one New Mexico women authors will gather on Museum Hill on Saturday, September 26, for the second “New Mexico Women Authors’ Book Festival,” the only festival in New Mexico that spotlights the strength of the state’s women writers and celebrates the joy of reading for people of all ages.

Admission is free to the festival, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Milner Plaza on Museum Hill. Guests receive a free book bag and free admission to the Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Food booths will be open on Milner Plaza.

Nationally acclaimed “Chick-Lit” author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Tony Hillerman Prize-winner Christine Barber, award-winning investigative reporter and author Sally Denton, beloved children’s book author Barbara Beasley Murphy, renowned feminist author Sallie Bingham and 66 other notable New Mexican authors will present works in areas of fiction, poetry, history and biography, creative arts, spirit, health and family, and children’s literature. A variety of authors will also explore such special topics as self-publishing, romance writing, memoir, revision and rewriting, and more. (A full schedule of authors, topics and presentation times is attached and at )

Modeled after the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival, the New Mexico Women Authors’ Book Festival features a series of open-air pavilions where authors read and discuss their craft in 25-minute intervals in a casual, interactive setting. Book signings follow each author’s presentation. In addition, select authors will meet with members of local book groups who wish to make an author’s particular work a selection of their book club. And Santa Fe’s popular Book Arts Group will exhibit a selection of handmade books.

The New Mexico Women Authors’ Book Festival is a project of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Shops’ “New Mexico Creates,” program, which provides marketing and promotion opportunities and support to artists, artisans, authors, and other creative entrepreneurs statewide. The event is made possible by a generous grant from the Marineau Family Foundation.

For information about additional festival sponsorship opportunities, or how to become a festival volunteer, contact John Stafford, Museum Shops Director of Retail Operations, at 505-982-3016, ext. 25, or email

For more information about the New Mexico Women Authors’ Book Festival, and for a full schedule of events, please visit

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