Judith Van Gieson Headlines New Mexico Press Women Banquet

Judith Van Gieson, author of 13 mystery novels set in New Mexico will be the featured speaker at the 2019 New Mexico Press Women Annual Conference. Van Gieson’s first eight books featured Albuquerque lawyer Neil Hamel and were published by HarperCollins.

Her next five books featured UNM librarian Clair Reynier and were published in paperback by Signet and in hardcover by UNM Press. Her fifth Claire Reynier mystery The Shadow of Venus won the Zia Award in 2004. Three of her Neil Hamel books were optioned for films. The Wolf Path was optioned for a feature film by La Bajada Entertainment. The Lies That Bind was optioned by CBS. She will discuss her experiences with the film industry at the awards banquet on Saturday evening.

If you want to know more about here work please visit her website.

The deadline for 2019 NMPW Conference “A Salute to the New Mexico Film and Media Industries” registration is Monday, April 22 at midnight.


Conference Registration Update

The 2019 NMPW Conference registration DEADLINE is midnight, Monday, April 22. See conference details on our Conference page.

The banquet speaker will be the award-winning novelist Judith Van Gieson. Three of her thirteen mystery novels have been optioned for movies. She will discuss her experiences with the film industry.

Join us to celebrate New Mexico Press Women’s 70th anniversary. We will be honoring eight long-time members at the banquet.

Finalists for the NMPW Zia Book Award Announced

Four outstanding New Mexico women writers will be honored for their work in fiction on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:15-1:35 p.m. at the Canyon Club at Four Hills, in Albuquerque.
The 2019 Zia Book Award finalists are (in alphabetical order):
Cave of Bones, by Anne Hillerman;
Long Night Moon, by Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl;
She Was Sheriff, by Melody Groves; and
When a Woman Rises, by Christine Eber.
An overall winner will be announced at the event, with the other finalists receiving Honorable Mention awards.
The awards will be presented during the 2019 New Mexico Press Women’s Annual Convention. Anyone interested in attending the convention or the awards luncheon can get more information on the NMPW 2019 convention page.

NM Press Women offers Breaking Bad Tour as Part of State Conference

If you are planning on attending the New Mexico Press Women State Conference, you may walk on the underside of this year’s conference theme, “A Salute to the New Mexico Films and Media Industries” with a special Breaking Bad tour of landmarks around Albuquerque used as background during the series. You can see Walter White’s house, Jesse’s house and have a light breakfast at Los Pollos Hermanos. See the car wash, Tuco’s place and Chucky’s. The cost of the tour is $55. and includes all transportation from the conference center.

More information for the Saturday afternoon (April 27) tour can be found here.

The tour lasts from 1:45 to 4:45 p.m. and you will return in time for the banquet. This is one of two exciting tours conference attendees can sign up for. Get more information on the conference webpage.

NM Press Women Salute the Film and Media Industries

The theme of New Mexico Press Women’s 2019 conference is “A Salute to the New Mexico Film and Media Industries.” It will be held at the beautiful, serene Four Hills Country Club’s Canyon Club on April 26-27. So far, our confirmed speakers include Alisa Valdes (author of The Dirty Girls Social Club), Craig Butler (writer and director of The Righteous and the Wicked), David Morrell (Rambo), and Don Bullis (author of No Manure on Main Street).) Mark your calendar and register now at our online store.

The conference schedule is now available.

SPECIAL NOTE: The New Mexico Writers organization offers scholarships for writers for purposes such as attending writing-related programs. If you would like to apply for a grant to cover your registration for the 2019 NMPW conference, you can find out how at the NMWriters scholarship web page.