Traveling to the Singing Wind Bookshop
On November 22, we’ll join a group of authors at the Thanksgiving Book Fiesta at Singing Wind Bookshop, located on a working cattle ranch near Benson, Arizona. We’ll be telling the amazing story of Mary M. Dunlap, Attorney at Law, and signing copies of A Life in the Law.
Winn Bundy, the dynamic 80s-something owner of the Singing Wind, has built an amazing collection of Southwestern books for her bookstore. Brand-new and hard to find titles alike fill the shelves. The former UCLA librarian and her husband relocated to Arizona in the 1950s and balanced ranching, raising a family, and work. For more than 30 years Winn has brought together authors, readers and book lovers.
Our first visit was to treat a Tucson friend to a special birthday lunch at the Bookshop—yes, Winn can cook, too! too.
The Thanksgiving Fiesta starts at 12:30 pm, and the celebration is scheduled from 1 to 4 pm.
For directions, see the website:
Singing Wind Bookshop
- 700 W Singing Wind Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
We just got the news that A Life in the Law is a finalist in the Biography, New Mexico Subject category. The winners will be announced on November 20, 2015 at the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Dinner, to be held at the Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Road, Albuquerque, NM. Cocktails are served at 6:30pm and the dinner follows. I think Mary M. would be very pleased!
All authors must feel a little jittery when it’s time to talk about their latest work. However, at the Tucson Festival of Books (see photos) and the book signing at BookWorks [www.bkwrks.com], in Albuquerque (see photos), it was fun to talk with visitors who are thinking about writing a book themselves.
Often the book they are thinking about involves the life of a family member, just like my mother’s story in A Life in the Law. A common question I get is, “How can I get started?” Another is, “I waited too long and now she (or he) is gone. How can I tell the story without her?”
My mother’s book was an accidental gift. As she was recovering from a serious battle with cancer, she had retreated to a small house in Placitas, NM, up in the mountains. She was far from bookstores or coffee shops or a library, and was bored. As a way for her to fill the time as she got better, I sent her a little tape recorder and some blank tapes and encouraged her to talk about her law practice, which ran from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. Although her sudden death stopped the project and we had only 12 tapes in all, she left a wealth of funny stories about the times.
If you have been thinking about writing that memoir or biography, today is a great time to start.
In the next article, we’ll offer ten steps to help you get started on your book.