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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SUNDAY, APRIL 9 from 1-3pm
Loretta and Jennifer Hall at Treasure House Books, 2012 South Plaza in Albuquerque

I was watching Steve Stucker on KOB TV (I am glad he is back from being sick!) but he said support local, small businesses. The thought is great and he is right, but how can we support local, small businesses when our own state government doesn’t?

We just received a bid from the Public Education Department in the 2017 Governor’s First Grade Reading Initiative. We are one of three publishers picked - we have to supply the Navajo books. Yup, our,
Don’t Touch this Book in English and Navajo was picked. It was a great honor.

But I don’t YET know who the other two publishers who were picked, are. In past years, five to be exact, no New Mexico publishers were picked for all three spots. Last year, no New Mexico publishers got any bids at all. So, New Mexico small, local book publishers were not good enough even though three bid and two had bids lower than the winning books. New Mexico tax money went to out-of-state publishers – South Carolina, Arizona, and New York. Sad! We must be rolling in money.

I will find out the other two publishers and if they are New Mexican – great! No problem! But every publisher I have talked to in New Mexico, didn’t do the bidding process this year, because they felt it was a waste of time and unfair. The 2016 Initiative had a number of problems and I am in the process of suing PED. That makes the 2017 Initiative award so interesting. Was it payback to make me back off, or was it made to make PED look fair? Or was is it just a case of the best publisher won?

I don’t know but the next day it snowed – in the spring – so was it a sign from up above? More on this!

Barbe Awalt


April is:
National Poetry Month
National Library Week, April 10-15
National School Library Day, April 4
National Encourage a Young Writer, April 10
National Library Workers Day, April 11
Nation Bookmobile Day, April 2
National Scrabble Day, April 13 (You use words!)
National Support Teen Literature Day, April 13
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day, April 23
National Children’s Book Day, April 2
World Book and Copyright Day, April 23
English Language Day, April 23

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
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 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"
June 10: Bookworks, 11am. 4022 Rio Grande Blvd ABQ
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" and "What Makes Lightning?"