Sub­texts Pitcha­palooza at the UNM Sum­mer Writ­ers’ Con­fer­ence; the sev­enth an­nual South­west Book De­sign and Pro­duc­tion Awards

Pasatiempo - - NEWS - — Jen­nifer Levin

Pub­lish­ing with­out per­ish­ing: Pitches and prizes Get­ting the at­ten­tion of an agent or pub­lisher is con­sid­ered the sec­ond big hur­dle (af­ter the writ­ing process) in the long road to lit­er­ary fame and for­tune. At­ten­dees of the UNM Sum­mer Writ­ers’ Con­fer­ence in Santa Fe, which con­tin­ues through the week­end, have a chance to try one-minute book pitches at Pitcha­palooza on Fri­day, July 29, at 6:40 p.m. in the Drury Plaza Ho­tel (828 Paseo de Per­alta). A panel of pub­lish­ing in­sid­ers, in­clud­ing Arielle Eck­stut and David Henry Sterry, also known as the Book Doc­tors, cri­tique pitches and help would-be au­thors hone and re­fine how they de­scribe their books. One win­ner will be in­tro­duced to an agent or pub­lisher. Only reg­is­tered con­fer­ence-go­ers can pitch their books at the event, but the pub­lic is in­vited to watch the chaos un­fold. With some luck, all writ­ers will leave with a bet­ter sense of how to pitch. The event is free. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit https://un­mwrit­er­sconf.unm.edu.

The New Mex­ico Book As­so­ci­a­tion hon­ored lo­cal and re­gional writ­ers at a cer­e­mony in June as win­ners and finalists in the South­west Book De­sign and Pro­duc­tion Awards, now in its sev­enth year. La­guna Pue­blo, a pho­tog­ra­phy book by Lee Mar­mon and Tom Cor­bett, edited by John Byram and pub­lished by the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico Press, won in the il­lus­trated trade book cat­e­gory. I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down: A Mem­oir About De­pres­sion and Dis­cov­er­ing Art by David San­dum, from San­dra Jonas Pub­lish­ing House, took the top prize for non-il­lus­trated trade books and also re­ceived the Pres­i­dent’s Choice Award, which is new this year. An­other new award in 2016, the Michael Hice Memo­rial Award, was given to Find­ing Abbey: The Search for Ed­ward Abbey and His Hid­den Desert Grave by Sean Pren­tiss, pub­lished by the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico Press. For a full list of awards and win­ners, visit www.nm­bookas­so­ci­a­tion.org.

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