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.