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Sub­texts Book ’em, boys! From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fri­day, June 11, the New Mex­ico Book As­so­ci­a­tion holds its an­nual mem­ber­ship meet­ing and gala at El Farol (808 Canyon Road, 983-9912).

The event, which is open to non-mem­bers, in­cludes three im­por­tant NMBA an­nounce­ments: the win­ner of the Book in Hand Honor, which, since 1998, has been given to a per­son or an or­ga­ni­za­tion that has helped put books in the hands of New Mex­i­cans; the Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion Awards, given for mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vice to au­thors, read­ers, and pub­lish­ers statewide; and the South­west Book De­sign & Pro­duc­tion Awards. Among the 18 fi­nal­ists in the de­sign cat­e­gory are se­lec­tions that run from books on food and drink — like Frank Hadley’s en­gross­ing work The Spirit of Tea (Sher­man Asher Pub­lish­ing) and Choco­late: A Path­way to the Gods (Uni­ver­sity of Ari­zona Press) by Mered­ith L. Dreiss and Sharon E. Green­hill — to Amelia Klem Osterud’s The Tat­tooed Lady: A His­tory (Ful­crum Pub­lish­ing). Ad­mis­sion is $25 and in­cludes tapas and iced tea or cof­fee. A cash bar is also avail­able. For in­for­ma­tion, call 660-6357 or visit www.nm­book.org.

This week­end is also the 27th Santa Fe Writ­ers Con­fer­ence, which runs Fri­day to Sun­day, June 11 to 13, at Ho­tel Santa Fe (1501 Paseo de Per­alta). The theme of this year’s con­fer­ence is “Write, Pub­lish, Thrive in the Dig­i­tal Age,” and speak­ers in­clude author Sal­lie Bing­ham ( Red Car); screen­play writer and film pro­ducer Kirk El­lis ( John Adams); and James McGrath Mor­ris, author of the bi­og­ra­phy Pulitzer: A Life in Pol­i­tics, Print, and Power. For reg­is­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion, ad­mis­sion prices, and sched­ule, visit www.santafewrit­er­scon­fer­ence.com.

—Rob DeWalt

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