Albuquerque’s—and New Mexico’s—literature scene is thriving. Of course, there are those great Albuquerque scribes we’ve all come to know: Rudolfo Anaya, Max Evans, and Tony Hillerman—just to name a few. But that’s just scraping the surface, if even that. The New Mexico Book Co-op alone is comprised of over 12,000 Arizona and New Mexico publishers and authors, according to the co-op’s website.
ATM paid the Co-op’s meeting a visit during lunch today. The conference room it was held in was packed. Close to all of them were authors, most of whom were from Albuquerque. Then we were handed a list of the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards finalists. It was pages long. Our hat’s off to you brave authors, keeping the written word alive. Please continue what you do and thanks for helping our booming book scene. And once you’ve come to a good stopping point in the book you’re reading (or once you finish this blog), slip a bookmark in it and head to one of these awesome ABQ events.
Speaking of books, don’t forget to drop by La Entrada Park (Corrales, 4313 Corrales Road) tomorrow, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., for the Corrales Library Fall Book Sale. Friends of the Corrales Library members get first dibs on books for the first hour, but everyone can join at 10 a.m. Can’t make it tomorrow? You can go back on Sunday, Sept. 27, during the same hours for the same sale. In fact, on Sunday, between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. will be the “Fill a Bag Sale,” which nets you as many books as you can put in a paper bag for only $5.
Do you find it unfair (we couldn’t help ourselves) the New Mexico State Fair had to come to a close? Well, it’s only sayonara for one more year. Before you know it, you’ll be in line for some more deep fried bacon.
In the meantime, tomorrow’s Albuquerque International District Festival should fill that carnival craving. Did you drop too much cash on inflatable Sponge Bob’s last week? This festival, which goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park (1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE), is free to enter. Peruse arts and crafts, listen to live music, take your kids to the Kidz Zone, and grub out at a food truck. Don’t forget to check out the car show, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, before you head home.
The Babes and Bullies are a local pit bull advocacy group. They help educate the public and raise awareness for pit bulls and other bully breeds, the loving dogs that often get a bad rap. On Sunday, Sept. 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Marble Brewery will host Brews for Bullies. The Babes will be on hand selling their annual calendar and other gear. Merchandise proceeds go toward helping The Babes help the pooches.
What are your weekend plans?