The Day After


I am brutally honest about everything and fairs are no exception.
Those who know me, know I am brutally honest about everything and fairs are no exception.

First of all, the Balloon Museum Holiday Fair is one of my favorites. I have to say, this year, the sales I had were down. That being said I heard from a number of shoppers that every fair they had been to this fall, the attendance was off. I have heard people are not in the holiday mood. It has been very warm and people are unsettled about the economy and world news. I am no exception. I am not in the mood yet! The fair is well organized, they advertise on TV, radio, and in the papers. Originally it was book oriented but I like all the different things for sale with books thrown in. I bought Smallcakes to take home. Everything is made in New Mexico. And that view! The other thing that has to be talked about is that they provide tables. That is a big deal as we all grow older. The set-up the evening before is wonderful. You can start the day fresh. I have now done four Balloon Museum Holiday Fairs and I plan on doing more.

The day before, I did the Christian Book Fair for the first time. It was dark. It took place in the Sheraton Uptown Hotel but the hall was ill-suited to vendors. They also only had only 40 people who registered for the Conference. AND, they didn’t advertise for others to come buy books. I will not go back.

At the same time, was the Albuquerque Museum Author’s Fair. Obviously, I couldn’t go, but I talked to many of my authors who went and they had a great time and they sold. Joe Badal gets congrats on organizing the Fair and he even got Garcia Automotive Group to sponsor it. This is a good Fair. A keeper.

This weekend had MANY fairs. All of these fairs were free and that is also a good way to get new people involved. Scope out a fair and next year you can do one that works for you. Remember, no matter how you get your books – books make the best gifts. And local books are even better!

Barbe Awalt


HENRIETTA CHRISTMAS & PAUL RHETTS ("The Basic Genealogy Checklist")
Dec 9: Los Lunas Public Library, 10am
January 6: Hispanic Genealogy Research Center at National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, 10am
January 9: El Castillo Living Center, Santa Fe, NM, 7pm

JOSEPH SANCHEZ ("Historic Route 66")
Nov 18: Bookworks, Rio Grande Blvd, 3pm

JOHN TAYLOR & RICHARD MELZER ("Tragic Trails & Enchanted Journeys" & "Captain Maximiliano Luna")
Nov 16: Bookworks, Rio Grande Blvd, 6pm

ROBERT TORREZ ("Voices from the Past")
Nov 30: Bookworks, Rio Grande Blvd, 6pm

ROSS VAN DUSEN ("What Makes the Lightning?", "How the Crocka Dog Came to Be"; and "Lyle Got Stuck in a Tree")
Dec 1: Treasure House Books, Old Town Plaza, 6pm