Book Fair: A Special Saturday Of Enjoyment

Nine Goldfish in David’s Pond by Ellen Calvert. Courtesy image


Two events in Los Alamos will offer opportunities for a fine Saturday this weekend.

Bathtub Row Press of the Los Alamos Historical Society is hosting the Los Alamos Book Fair in Fuller Lodge, and PEEC (Pajarito Environmental Education Center), now based in the new Los Alamos Nature Center, is presenting its Earth Day Celebration. The two organization are working in conjunction with the Los Alamos Creative District to increase the fun for everyone.

Whether visitors to these events begin at the Nature Center or at Fuller Lodge, they are encouraged to pick up a Passport, available at both venues, and have it validated. Validation involves having the Passport stamped by any four official sites at the Nature Center and by any four book sellers at Fuller Lodge. Once all eight stamps are collected, the Passport is turned in (at either site) for a drawing in which the winner claims a $50 gift certificate for use in Los Alamos businesses!

Walk into a world of books when you enter Fuller Lodge on Saturday! Have your children encounter a charming prairie dog, who will teach them a history lesson or two in The Adventures of Santa Fe Sam by Sandi Wright, or perhaps some Amazing Armadillos by Jennifer McKerley, a bilingual book in the Step into Reading series.

Another bilingual option is Ellen Calvert’s Nine Goldfish in David’s Pond, a story to teach a child responsibility for other living creatures in the world we share.

In addition to the many individual authors who will be selling their titles and enjoying a one-on-one experience with their readers, four New Mexico publishers will also be on hand with a large variety of books from which to choose.

The award-winning LPD Press/Rio Grande Press focuses on Hispanic art and culture of the American Southwest, featuring such authors as Rudolfo Anaya, Nasario Garcia, Charlie Carrillo, Peggy Pond Church, Loretta Hall, and Slim Randles. All of these authors and many more will be available from Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts, publishers.

An Apricot Year by Martha Egan. Courtesy image

Casa de Snapdragon and owners Arthur and Janet Brennan will be showcasing some of their newest titles—Fabrytius’s Chylde by Lynn Strongin, 86 Sonnets for the 21st Century by Mary Barnet, The Strange Tale of Hector and Hannah Crowe by Nathaniel Hensley, A Dance in the Woods: A Mother’s Insight by Janet K. Brennan, All I Can Gather & Give by Patti Tana, The Idler by Rusty Watson, and My Horse, My Self by Susan Erlandson Washburn.

Artemesia Press of Tijeras, NM, offers its latest releases—Sleepless Nights by Pierre C. Arseneault, Forced Journey: The Saga of Werner Berlinger by Rosemary Aibart, and the popular non-fiction title Barns from the Land of Enchantment, an illustrated tour of unique barns in New Mexico with drawings and delightful text by Jerry R. Davis.

And last but far from least, Los Alamos’ own Bathtub Row Press presents a selection of the books that reveal the history of the Pajarito Plateau, the Los Alamos Ranch School, and the Manhattan Project with topics to prepare residents and visitors alike to enjoy the upcoming Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The New Mexico Book Association, the people who support and promote all things to do with books and publishing, will have a presence as well. They will display a variety of New Mexico authors and publishers, ranging from children’s picture books to history, poetry, and adult fiction. Among their sales titles will be Loco Dog in the Santa Fe Railyard by Marcy Heller, a fun and informative children’s book that also includes a history of the Railyard in photographs; the multi-award winning An Apricot Year, the popular novel by Martha Egan; and Farewell, Aleppo by Claudia Sutton, the story of her father’s escape from Syria to the U.S. via China, as well as a history of the once-thriving Jewish community in Aleppo.

The second annual Los Alamos Book Fair is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 25 at Fuller Lodge. Get ready for a fun-filled weekend for all!




e New Mexico Book Association, the people who support and promote all things to do with books and publishing, will have a presence as well. They will display a variety of New Mexico authors and publishers,

Get ready for a fun-filled weekend for all!

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