Subtexts Bookém boys!
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.