Our Authors – Gotta Love ‘Em

The backbone of every publishing house are the authors who create all those beautiful words. We are blessed here at Rio Grande Books as well with many great people.

We are blessed with authors we love. They are our family. Yea, they win awards and countless reviews but there is so much to each of them. What makes them special is they promote their books and their books promote them.

Pat Hodapp is the Director of the Santa Fe Library and knows EVERYONE! She is also a hustler. She has done TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and is now talking to groups. She carefully mixes the Library, her love of Santa Fe, books, reading, art, and her first book — the
Santa Fe Bucket List book. She is a force of nature. I think her next gig is April 1, at lunch for the Northern New Mexico Press Women. Oh, did I mention the Santa Fe Bucket List book is an award-winner 3 times? Not bad!

Loretta Hall is also a force of nature but quieter and reserved, but just as determined. She is currently President of New Mexico Press Women. She is our space expert. He new book is
Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America. She authored it and her daughter Jennifer illustrated it. She also recently authored the Space Buff’s Bucket List book. Loretta has won two Best Books in the NM & AZ Book Awards for her Out of This World and Space Pioneers books.

Slim Randles just makes us laugh! His stories are MEGA! Slim has a few books with us:
Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right, Home Country, his new book for kids – Ol’ Jimmy Dollar and Cowboy Bucket List book. Slim is going to have his second Bucket List book very soon – The Flyfishing Bucket List book. It is filled with places to fish in the 50 states and many Slim stories. Slim also contributed and helped edit the Max Evans & a Few Friends birthday book.

Don Bullis is someone I pick on all the time but I do it because he can take it. He is one of the best New Mexico historians we know. His
New Mexico Historical Encyclopedia and New Mexico Historical Biographies will long survive him. UNSOLVED has been one of our best sellers. His Duels, Gunfights, & Shootouts and Old West Trivia are also part of New Mexico history. He is rumored to have a book coming out very soon too.

Ross Van Dusen does great art and he also has a wicked mind. His books with us are:
What Makes A Snowflake, What Makes A Rainbow, coming soon What Makes Lightning, How Crocka Dog Came To Be and Lyle Got Stuck In A Tree. He is also coming out with his first coloring book based on the science series – Lightning, Rainbow, Snowflake. The science series also won a gold medal award from Moonbeam Award for best non-fiction series.

Sabra Steinsek Brown is a good person. We have only done one book with Sabra -
The Tale of the Pronghorned Cantaloupe – but it is great and we hope to do another soon. She has supported the New Mexico Book Awards and the Co-op.

Nasario Garcia is a national treasure much less a New Mexico treasure. We first really got to know Nasario when he translated the
How Chile Came to New Mexico and How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico books. Then Nasario had his own books with us: Grandma Lale’s Tamales, Grandpa Lolo’s Matanza, The Talking Lizard, Grandpa Lolo and Trampa, Fe y Tragedias, An Indelible Imprint, and Bernalillo. Rumor has it that another Nasario book is coming out with us soon. Nasario also has many wonderful books with UNM Press. He could be the nicest person in New Mexico. Nasario has won many awards including the ones from the International Latino Book Awards.

Henrietta Martinez Christmas has done her second book with us –
The Basic Genealogy Checklist with Paul Rhetts. She also did Probates & Wills of Santa Fe. Henrietta is probably the Queen of Genealogy in New Mexico. She is the current President of the New Mexico Genealogical Society. Henrietta also received an award from the DAR for her work promoting the genealogy of Hispanic Americans.

Charlie Carrillo could be the King of Contemporary Santeros. He would never say that, but I can. He was in a terrible accident with his wife Debbie, but both are coming along. We will always remember going to Washington DC with Charlie to receive the Heritage Award from the NEA. Their funding has been cut by the brain surgeon President but they will have one final blast on the Mall in DC, this summer. Hopefully, Charlie will be well enough to go. Charlie has many books with us but the book he illustrated,
Shoes for the Santo Niño, was the Official New Mexico Centennial Opera for kids. He also has the wonderful, Saints of the Pueblos - the art is hanging in the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

This is enough gushing for now. We have more authors and illustrators and books to talk about and we have more blogs. You will read about them!

Barbe Awalt

Today's Rants: A Random Thought!
Trump family goes on $3M golf vacations almost every weekend (8 weekends out of the first 10 in office), then sends 100 Secret Service agents to guard adult Trump kids and their families so they can go skiing in Aspen. Plus, the plane trip all on the public’s dime. Trump kills Meals on Wheels but his family just rakes in the dough. VERY BAD!

Rio Grande Books
April 8: Gallup Public Library, 9am-5pm "Author Fair"
April 20-22: Arizona-NM Historical Society Conference, Flagstaff, AZ
June 16-18: Sacred Art Market, Gallup Cathedral
July 15: Lavender in the Village, Los Ranchos Agri Center

Henrietta Christmas & Paul Rhetts
April 30: Santa Fe Public Library, 2pm "Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Finding Your Family History"
June 24: Treasure House Books, Albuquerque Old Town 1-3pm "Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Finding Your Family History"

Loretta Hall
March 18: Santa Fe Public Library, 2pm "New Mexico's Contribution to Space Travel"
April 2: Explora Science Center & Children's Museum (Albuquerque Old Town), 2:30pm "Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America" new children's book
April 5: Bear Canyon Senior Center, 10:00-11:30, "NM is a Treasure Trove of Space History"
April 7, 14, 21, 28: LifeLong Learning Institute class, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, 10:00-12:00, "New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel"
April 9: Treasure House Books (Albuquerque Old Town), 1pm "Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America" new children's book
May 3: Bear Canyon Senior Center, 10:00-11:30, "Getting Men to the Moon: Behind-the-Scenes Stories"
July 13: OASIS, 1:00-2:30, "What Sex Differences Mean for Space Travel"

Pat Hodapp
April 23: Collected Works, 2pm "Santa Fe Bucket List"

Ross Van Dusen
June 4: Treasure House Books, 1pm "Lyle Got Stuck in a Tree"