Pasatiempo - - In Other Words -

This week­end’s Tra­di­tional Span­ish Mar­ket in­cludes book sign­ings, as it has in the past, but the Col­lected Works Book­store book tent — which has be­come a reg­u­lar fix­ture at the mar­ket in re­cent years — is ab­sent this year. In­stead, a few au­thors will be on hand to sign and sell their work at the mar­ket’s sales booth on the Plaza.

From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Satur­day, July 24, Mar­garet Moore Booker signs The Santa Fe House: His­toric Res­i­dences, En­chant­ing Adobes, and Ro­man­tic Re­vivals (Riz­zoli, 2009). Then from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., editors Wil­liam Wroth and Robin Far­well Gavin sign Con­verg­ing Streams: Art of the His­panic and Na­tive Amer­i­can South­west from Pre­con­quest Times to the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury (Mu­seum of New Mex­ico Press, 2010). They sign copies of the book again on Sun­day, July 25, at 1:30 p.m.

On Sun­day, July 25, author and Em­my­win­ning for­mer KOB-TV news an­chor Carla Aragón presents the Span­ish Mar­ket Youth Awards at 11:15 a.m.; from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., she signs copies of her bilin­gual chil­dren’s book, Dance of the Eggshells/Baile de los Cas­carones (Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico Press, 2010; il­lus­tra­tions by Kathy Dee Sav­ille, Span­ish trans­la­tion by So­corro Aragón and Ge­orge Gon­za­les).

The lo­cal fam­ily and com­mu­nity tra­di­tion of dec­o­rat­ing eggs and fill­ing them with con­fetti — and the dance the eggs in­spire a week af­ter Easter — can be traced to Santa Fe’s roots in Span­ish Colo­nial Amer­ica and the high con­sump­tion of eggs dur­ing the meat-ab­stain­ing days of Lent. The dance is pre­sented each year by La So­ciedad Folk­lórika, a lo­cal cul­tural preser­va­tion so­ci­ety, of which Aragón’s mother is the long­est act­ing mem­ber.

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