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.newmexicocreates.org for more information.