Pasatiempo - - In Other Words -

Sto­ry­telling tra­di­tions of the blonde tribe More than 110 cel­e­brated fe­male au­thors read from their work and dis­cuss their craft at the Women Au­thors’ Book Fes­ti­val this week­end at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum.

Some of the high­lights in­clude ap­pear­ances by Jil­lian Brasch, an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist whose book The Last Gifts ex­plores how to care for loved ones who are fac­ing ter­mi­nal ill­nesses; Jac­que­line Dun­ning­ton, co-author of Viva Guadalupe!; Les­ley Pol­ing-Kem­pes, who has writ­ten a num­ber of in­ci­sive books about North­ern New Mex­ico; and Dod­ici Az­padu, who has writ­ten com­pelling work about les­bian life and her cos­mopoli­tan Arab-Ital­ian roots. Santa Fe cul­tural stew­ards Shelby Tis­dale, di­rec­tor of the Mu­seum of In­dian Arts & Cul­ture, and Ni­co­lasa Chávez, cu­ra­tor of Span­ish Colo­nial and con­tem­po­rary His­pano/Latino col­lec­tions at the Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art, will also speak at the gath­er­ing. Those look­ing for “chick lit” will not be dis­ap­pointed ei­ther: Hadley Finch reads from her “lap­top novel” Tribe of Blon­des: Ad­ven­tures of Break Up Sur­vivors Seek­ing Love On­line & Hap­pi­ness in Re­la­tion­ships.

On Fri­day, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., a va­ri­ety of work­shops, ad­dress­ing ev­ery­thing from cre­at­ing chil­dren’s sto­ries that cross bor­ders to deal­ing with re­jec­tion from editors to liv­ing a mul­ti­lin­gual lit­er­ary life will be of­fered. Ad­mis­sion is $25 for a full day and $15 for a half day, payable at the door.

The event, which is ex­pected to draw a large crowd, con­tin­ues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 2, and Sun­day, Oct. 3; there is no charge for these days. The New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum is at 113 Lin­coln Ave. Visit www.newmex­i­c­ocre­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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