Fiction and Nonfiction: Award-winning Authors Talk about their Work

Loretta Hall

Loretta Hall

Albuquerque Press Women will host authors Lynne Hinton and Loretta Hall on Monday, Sept. 10 at 11:45 a.m. for a lively discussion about writing, choosing a subject and the obstacles they encountered on their way to publishing.  The luncheon meeting will be held at the MCM Eleganté, 2020 Menaul NE.

Loretta Hall won a first place in nonfiction from New Mexico Press Women and a third place from NFPW with her book “Out of this World: New Mexico’s Contributions to Space Travel. “ In the book, she describes crucial contributions to space travel made by scientists, engineers, and assorted adventurers in New Mexico, beginning with Robert Goddard’s arrival in Roswell in 1930.

In subsequent decades, creative and courageous researchers refined rocketry and resolved other potential impediments to human spaceflight, including cosmic radiation, prolonged weightlessness, acceleration and deceleration forces, confinement and isolation in a space capsule, and the ability to react appropriately to emergencies in space.

Hall is a freelance writer with a wide range of interests.  She has written on topics ranging from ecological architecture to multiculturalism.  She has lived in Albuquerque with her family since 1977.

Lynn Hinton

Lynn Hinton

Lynne Hinton is a novelist and a hospice chaplain as well as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She was born and raised in North Carolina, but makes her home in the southwest.  Her first novel “Friendship Cake” appeared on the Extended New York Times Bestseller List and was a finalist for the Book Sense Book of the Year.

She went on to write four other books to complete a series with this bestseller. These books include: “Hope Springs,” “Forever Friends,” “Christmas Cake,” and “Wedding Cake.” She most recently wrote “Pie Town” winner of the NM Fiction Selection of the Year for Adventure and Drama, 2011 and the National Federation of Press Women’s Fiction Book of the Year 2012, and “Welcome Back to Pie Town, “ released July, 2012.

She is also the author of the stand alone books, “The Things I Know Best,” “The Order of Things,” “The Last Odd Day,” and “The Arms of God.” Hinton has also published a mystery series with St. Martin’s Press, written under the name, Jackie Lynn. This series includes: “Down By the Riverside,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”

For “Friendship Cake, Lynne received the following endorsement from Dr. Maya Angelou, “I would welcome a friendship with Lynne Hinton. I would welcome an invitation to sit down at her table, but mostly I would welcome her next book.”

Lynne Hinton is a graduate of the University of NC at Greensboro and the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband, Bob Branard.

Cost of the luncheon is $15 for members, $21 for nonmembers.  For reservations, please call (505) 720-7821 or email by Wednesday, Sept. 5.





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New Mexico’s Struggle toward Statehood Topic of Luncheon

Dr. Richard Melzer

Richard Melzer

As New Mexico celebrates its centennial anniversary of statehood, it is well to remember that statehood did not come easily for our nation’s 47th state.  Albuquerque Press Women will host a lively talk by historian Richard Melzer on Thursday, June 14 at 11:45 a.m. at the MCM Elegante, 2020 Menaul NE.  The luncheon meting will be co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico.

Melzer will describe the 62-year struggle, focusing on 5 main obstacles to achieving this coveted goal. He uses political cartoons from the early 20th century to illustrate New Mexico’s political problems and eventual success in 1912.

Melzer is originally from Teddy Roosevelt’s hometown of Oyster Bay, New York. He has lived in New Mexico since 1973.  Melzer has taught history at the University of New Mexico’s Valencia Campus since 1979. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 15 books as well as over a hundred articles and chapters about New Mexico history.

The lunch will be $15.  Reservations can be made by calling 720-7821 or emailing  NOTE: Persons who have luncheon reservations and who do not attend will be billed unless we are notified by 10 a.m. on the day of the luncheon.