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Richard Harris Becomes New Mexico Book Association President

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Richard Harris was chosen President of the New Mexico Book
Association, following the Annual Banquet Luncheon on Friday, May 19.
Harris is a well-known writer and editor of travel guidebooks and former
Editor at John Muir Publications and Blessingway Books. NMBA is an
organization for book professionals in New Mexico.

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Linda Day-Schmal, Publisher at SpiritPassage, was elected
Vice-President of NMBA. Elaine Coleman, formerly Vice-President, became
Secretary, and Barbara Beasley Murphy continues as NMBA

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Harris replaces Richard Polese, who had served as President since
1994. NMBA recently opened an office at 310 Read Street in Santa Fe in a
cooperative venture with the New Mexico Center for the Book, another
book-related nonprofit organization. Polese will oversee daily operations
at the office as NMBA? Executive Director.

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Gladys Dana and two outstanding New Mexico bookstores received the
NMBA? Book-in-Hand Honor for meritorious service to authors, publishers,
and readers in New Mexico at the banquet luncheon held in Tesuque, New
Mexico. Dana is owner of The Dana Bookstore in Socorro, New Mexico.
Receiving a Book-in-Hand Honor as a meritorious new books retailer was
Moby Bickens Book Shop in Taos, New Mexico, owned and operated by Art and
Susan Bachrach. A Book-in-Hand Honor for contributions to its community as
a used books bookstore was presented to COAS:<SPAN
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”>  My Bookstore in Las Cruces, New
Mexico. Pat Beckett and his family recently expanded their downtown Las
Cruces facility by an additional 5,000 square feet. COAS stocks nearly
500,000 books and has a vigorous online used and rare book

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Mickey Pearlman, whose What
to Read:  The Essential Guide
for Reading Group Members and other Book Lovers
is a continuing
best-seller, was featured speaker at the NMBA Annual

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style=”mso-tab-count: 1″>  NMBA? popular networking luncheons in Santa Fe resume June 9. For
additional details, see the association? Web site at

This article is from thePMA Newsletterfor June, 2000, and is reprinted with permission of Publishers Marketing Association.


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