Candy Moulton: Reading the West 1-30-12
Celebration of the centennials for New Mexico and Arizona, the Civil War in the West, and the strong traditions of Western film in New Mexico will be keynote events at the 2012 Western Writers of America Convention June 12-16 in Albuquerque.
The sessions will be held at the Marriott Hotel, 2101 Louisiana Blvd. Neb. Hotel rates are $109 for single, double or triple rooms. To make reservations call the Marriott at (505) 881-6800 and use the code WWAO.
Convention program planning is still underway, although sessions will be held that focus on the centennials for New Mexico and Arizona. This will be an opportunity to showcase the events and the interesting characters which have shaped these two Southwestern regions. Among the presenters in that session are True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell, Arizona Historian Marshall Trimble and New Mexico Historians Don Bullis and Ollie Reed Jr.
Experienced reenactors and historians Bill Markley and Terry Del Bene are already at work putting together a panel that will focus on the Civil War in the West. This will no doubt include information about the March 26-28, 1862, battle of Glorieta Pass in New Mexico.
James A. Crutchfield, the 2011 Wister Award winner and former WWA executive director, who is also the author of books about the Santa Fe Trail and the uprising in Taos in 1847 as well as the new Settlement of America: An Encyclopedia of Westward Expansion, will headline a session dealing with those Southwest topics. His session also will highlight the 1846 march of Stephen Watts Kearny and his Army of the West in their military incursion that significantly expanded the country.
There is mystery in the Southwest and the organization expects to explore some of it in panels and presentations. Other sessions will deal with Art of the West, Writing Popular Nonfiction, and a plenary session dealing with the work of ‘Ol Max Evans.
The convention is open to any writer interested in participating. Registration materials and other details will be available on the WWA Web site at http://www.WesternWriters.org in March. Or you can e-mail me if you’d like material sent by regular mail, CandyWWA@aol.com.