Book stuff

The UNM Press Warehouse – FINALLY!

UNM Officials Make 1st Visit to UNM Press Warehouse Before Making Massive Changes — Optics are bad!

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White House Sets Terrible Example!

I wouldn't want to even buy a used car from Anthony Scaramucci! Such a bad example for our kids.

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Update on UNM Press & Warehousegate

Things at UNM are getting worse. The news story about the UNM Press warehouse confirms they are going in the wrong direction!

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TriCore -- Really? Congrats to Slim Randles (sorry that I put both these in the same headline!)

TriCore Bad! Slim Randles Good!

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UNM: One Bad Decision After Another!

University of New Mexico is piling one bad decision on top of another and now they should be whipped with an ugly stick!

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Hot Weekend!!!

Hot Weekend — Friends and books! What a great combination.

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Best TV Commercial Ever?

Best TV Commercial Ever?

I have a candidate for the best ad that was ever made. Tell me what you think.

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Poop & Snowflakes—Hot & Cold!

Things sure are changing around here . . . and even faster than normal!

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UNM Press—What To Do While Staying Cool

Up in arms over the demolishment of the University of New Mexico Press, an important part of NM life since 1929!

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Think Lavender – July 15!

Come out and have some fun next weekend at the annual Lavender in the Village festival on Sat. July 15

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Special Fundraiser for the Carrillos

Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe holds special show and sale of works by Charlie and Debbie Carrillo. Effort to support their medical expenses from a recent terrible auto accident!

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Secret Ballots & Local Retailers

Trump wants personal information from secret ballots. Don't Trust Him to Keep My Info Safe!

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Happy 4th!

Make America CIVIL Again!
It starts at the top.



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Odds & Ends – Some Very Odd!

It is almost time to celebrate

The fourth of July is just around the corner! Let's celebrate by honoring all that makes this country great!

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Do You Want to Know?

UNM Press and Albuquerque in trouble — reorganization and car theft!

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New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair – Stay Cool Inside!

It's awful hot out there! Seek shelter where it is cool — come check out some books and some great art!

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Besides Great Art………..

Come to the Sacred Heart Spanish Market THIS WEEKEND in Gallup — see great art and attend a workshop on publishing your book!

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Stupid Odds & Ends!

The world is filled with stupid people in positions of power or as gatekeepers!

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National Higher Education Day – June 6

Higher Ed Day is supposed to be a time to celebrate the accomplishments of our colleges and universities. In New Mexico, all we get is the absolute failure of these institutions!

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Website With No Contact Info – Why?

Many people make great websites and then make it hard for folks to contact them. BAD!

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Fly Fishin’!

It is always exciting for a publisher to announce new titles. So, we are pleased to announce the release of Slim Randles' new book "THE FLY FISHERMAN'S BUCKET LIST."

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International Children’s Day - June 1

Hundreds of events are set to take place across the globe to celebrate childhood and get people talking about the issues affecting children at the moment – and how to solve them.


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A New Week and Updates

If one breaks the law one usually goes to jail, especially if one fraudulently misused taxpayer money to the tune of $75,000. Golf trips by UNM employees on the public's dime is wrong. Not to mention the fraud that they perpetrated by saying is was a basketball tournament in Ireland. Bad. Very Bad!

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El Rito Library, Santa Fe Library Shirts, and Nick Herrera

There are lots of ways to begin a fabulous 3-day Memorial Day weekend. One of the best ways is to go and support an organization that is at the heart of a community — the library! In this case the Library at El Rito and two of its most well-known residents artist Nicholas Herrera and photographer David Michael Kennedy. We all need to get out there and support those groups and organizations that bind our communities together!

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There is a God! UPDATE

The UNM Golfgate moves into high gear! When will these people learn that you don't screw with peoples money?

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Changing the pace – drive to El Rito Saturday!

It is time for a break in the routine … and El Rito Library has the perfect change-up. A Fundraiser pancake breakfast and a raffle with a fabulous Altar by Nicholas Herrera. You gotta see it. And you gotta buy a raffle ticket. Do it now before it is too late!

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UNM Makes Me SICK!

It usually takes a lot to make me sick! But UNM is gutting the entire UNM Press operation but is safe-guarding the sports program even when they break the law. Oh my . . . !


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The Future of Books

Book sales are off! Number of book stores is down. Money for libraries is non-existent! Oh, my. What are we gonna do?

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Special Offer!!!!!!!

Everyone loves a special offer! Here is three just for our readers. Special prices for a couple brand new books.
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Steel Bender Brewyard

Green chile is the best! And when you can have it in burgers and other good food items, all the better. You need to check out a new location called the Steel Bender Brewyard. It's the bomb!

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The Search For New

We all like new things! Don't fool yourself, new is fun and exciting. Even people set in their ways want new.

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You’re Fired – Really?

What has happened to common courtesy and civility?


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The Southside Santa Fe Library Celebration

I remember when the Southside Library in Santa Fe opened 10 years ago. I will confess, I went there to see the huge and wonderful sculpture that hangs in the front. I have been there many times since and it is a great addition to the community and to the Santa Fe Library collection. There is a celebration of the Library on May 20 and a kick-off of the popular Summer Reading Program.

Instead of me trying to reform the words, my friend Pat Hodapp has said it all in her Press Release about the event. Read it! Also, we have the two pieces of art from Ricardo Caté. At the moment he is one of my favorite artists for his humor. He is also very Santa Fe.

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National Teacher Appreciation Day

Teachers have one of the most important jobs for the future of our country. However, they are not paid enough. But most people are willing to pile on the money for our celebrity and sports "heroes." We need to change this immediately.

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Get Your Week Moving

It's always fun to get an extra boost to help you get through the week. Here are two to get you started … rabbits crossing and double corn.

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Donations, Thank You & Hope

It feels good to do the right thing. It feels even better when someone says "Thanks" for your efforts. But does that always work out? Maybe not . . .

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Publishers Talking About Authors

Every now and then, it is a good thing to express one's true feelings about things. That's true in publishing as well. Publishers tell all about what makes a good or a bad author . . .

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The Soda Tax Lost!

The public is getting tired of being told what we want and what is good for us. Maybe politicians should ask us before they jump off on some tangent. Case in point — the failed sugar tax!

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We Are Beset With Saguaro Cactus?

New Mexico Dept. of Education teaches kids bad science and bad geography! Saguaro cactus do NOT exist naturally in New Mexico. Maybe they should rethink what books they give to kids free.

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Children’s Book Week and…………

Sometimes we forget how important reading and books are. It has been proven that the more one reads at a young age the more likely one is to succeed in later life.

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Genealogy at the Santa Fe Library – Sunday!

Do you know who you are? Have you ever explored your family history? Well, now is a good time to give it a look.
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There Is Nothing Better!

It is always exciting to get a delivery of new books. Sometimes the shipments are HUGE and sometimes they are much more modest.

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Congrats To Our Bucket Books & More

Winning is so much fun! Winning re-confirms that one is doing something right. This last weekend we found out we did a lot right. Five of our books won top honors in two book contests and 3 others got 2nd place. Not bad!

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The Good, Bad, & Ugly About Book Awards

Book awards give a little recognition to a vast array of books on the market. They help point out the good books. They are a very important part of the book trade. But, sometimes awards go all wrong …. REALLY!

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We Are So Lucky!!!!! Let’s See Everything Closed!

Have you ever wondered about what would happen if no one came to your party? I'm sure that our Governor and our President have been thinking about this lately. They are both threatening to close up government if they don't get their ways. But it's possible that no one will care or even notice.

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Gallup to Flagstaff – Dinos in Holbrook

You find some of the most interesting and exciting things where (and when) one least expects them. Case in point, HUGE dinosaurs. Stop and they could just make your whole day!

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History Conference in Flagstaff

It is really good to get away and clear one's head — it is a great way to focus renewed energy on the job at hand — which in this case is selling books. Flagstaff was the perfect place for that this last weekend. (Photo above: Winslow Public Library, Winslow, AZ)

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Things Have Changed!

Amazing how things change when we least expect them or even able to notice the actual change. Our lives have definitely changed. Check this out!

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Chocolate vs Books

A new way to celebrate this season: a little chocolate and a bunch of books!

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Octavia Fellin Library Author Fair in Gallup, NM

Every town in the country can help promote literacy and reading. Take a look at the Gallup Public Library as an example. They do a really nice job in their relatively small community and it has a HUGE impact. Hats off to the Octavia Fellin Public Library and Gallup's city government.

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Village Pizza – Where Are You?

The retail landscape is morphing as we speak. Man, there have been a huge number of changes lately. Stores closing right and left. Where are all my old favorites?

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Loretta Hall at Treasure House Books for "Miguel & Michelle"

It's time to support a local author — this is a take off from the "BUY LOCAL" programs. Stop by and see Loretta Hall and her new book at Treasure House Books in Old Town Albuquerque on Sunday April 9 from 1 to 3pm. The book is "Miguel and Michelle Visit Spaceport America".

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April is a Big Month For Books!!!!

As you may have noticed, books are an important part of our lives. Not only do we produce between 20-25 books each year, but we read tons of them. We buy books and we get a "loan" from the library whenever we need more. April is a great time to remember the importance of libraries in all of our communities. Go check them out.

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Miguel & Michelle to be Released at Explora!

We launch new books all the time, but having a launch party at the Explora Science Center and Children's Museum is HUUGGGEEE for us! Stop by on Saturday and experience some fun stuff, including the release of Loretta Hall's newest book "Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America" a great children's book focussed on our own great State!


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Several Special Deals!

This is the season when many publishers are filling up their warehouses with new titles that will be released over the next couple of months. We all want to get our new titles some special coverage so we offer a few deals just for you!


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The Tale of the Run Over Book

As Rodney Dangerfield used to say —"No Respect!" Here is an example of how books get treated all the time … with no respect. Someone did not get the memo on how one is supposed to treat books!

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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.

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A Space Talk & Sneak!

Come hear all about New Mexico's contribution to space exploration at the Santa Fe Public Library. Learn more about this exciting history!


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Our New Spaceport America Book!

Yippee! We just released our first new title for 2017 — MIGUEL & MICHELLE VISIT SPACEPORT AMERICA by Loretta Hall. This is a fun book for children and young readers!

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Slim Randles & The Giant Eclair

The Chocolate Eclair That Ate the World? Or was it the author who ate the whole enchilada? Plus, other rants and goings on.

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The First New Mexico Writers Dinner

A wrap-up of the First New Mexico Writers Dinner — a huge success by the way! And a few rants on the state of affairs both in the book world and in politics.

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NM Writers Dinner and exploring the future of books

Come have some fun with some great writers at the NM Writers Dinner and then explore where the book biz is headed over the next year or two . . .

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"Readable" is a big question today

“Readable” has become the chosen term of praise in our times precisely because so many of us find ourselves unable to concentrate as we once could or still aspire to. But to praise readability is to embrace the vicious feedback loop that our culture now finds itself in.

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Odds & Ends, Macy’s & Puritan’s Pride

I thought I would just tell you about a bunch of stuff that as Donald says, is SAD!
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Four Things that Support Print Books

Four things that make one rethink the value of print books.
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Why Buy Local Books

You would think that buying New Mexico books in New Mexico would be a no brainer. It isn’t, but not for the reason you think.

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Food for Thought

So many good ads on the Super Bowl yesterday — but many seem to go against common wisdom and still come out winners.

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The Sellsheet & Signings

I hate booksignings. But the event and the act are important. I arrange booksignings all the time as a publisher but I still hate them!

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