Aeeeiiiaahhhh! I just learned that Bound To Be Read, one of our city's finest independent book stores, will be shutting down operations sometime this summer. Painful. Bernie Weiss, a spokesman for the store, says that the economics of keeping Bound To Be Read afloat were “challenging.” For that reason, the owners have decided to transition out of retail. We're going to miss them.
Billed as the biggest book fair in New Mexico, the New Mexico Book Co-op's Book Fiesta cracks wide open this Saturday, May 7, at the Cottonwood Mall. There's going to be more than 100 booths with more than 175 authors and publishers from around the state. Throughout the day, there'll be a ton of signings and new book presentations along with several cool lectures.
Kicking things off from 10 to 11 a.m., New Mexico Secretary of Cultural Affairs Stuart Ashman will lead a panel discussion called "I Have a Busy Day Job But Still Have Time to Write." During the following hour, New Mexico mystery author Michael McGarrity will deliver a talk on the brutal realities of book promotion.
Later in the afternoon, from 2 to 3 p.m., Return to Abo author Sharon Niederman will discuss the ins and outs of magazine writing. Then from 3 to 4 p.m. Thomas J. Steele, John M. Taylor and Mary P. Davis will engage in a panel discussion on writing historical books. Each of these discussions and lectures costs $5, and tickets must be purchased in advance due to limited seating.
Throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will also be book presentations and live music on the food court stage. These are completely free. For details on the book fiesta, log on to www.nmbookcoop.com or call 344-9382.