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First published by University of New Mexico Press in 2005, Sharon Niederman’s debut novel, Return to Abo, is now available on Kindle form Amazon. Inspired by stories the author collected from New Mexico ranch women, the novel tells the story of three generations of women struggling to get along on a ranch in southern New Mexico. In the process, Maggie Chilton returns to her small town to make peace with all she fled twenty years earlier – her tough homesteader mother, the boyfriend who broke her heart, the best friend who betrayed her, and the constraints of small town life. She must also deal with her rebellious adolescent daughter, as she tries to re-invent a life on the dry, windy ranch that is her inheritance.

The novel, set in the geographic and cultural heart of New Mexico, was named a Willa Award Finalist and won a First Place in Fiction from the National Federation of Press Women.



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New Mexico One Taste at a Time
By Pat Veltri, Sharon Niederman photos

Reprinted by permission of the Raton Range
Story appeared Tues., Jan. 25, 2011
It’s been said by a daily customer at Yum-Yum’s, a “mom and pop” restaurant, in Tularosa, that the brisket served there is so tender she has to take her teeth out to eat it! This is one example of the many culinary anecdotes, experiences, and traditions gathered throughout New Mexico by author, journalist, and photographer Sharon Niederman  while organizing and writing her latest book, New Mexico’s Tasty Traditions: recollections, recipes and photos.

Niederman’s tenth book is comprised of sixteen essays, each illustrated with colorful photos and each focusing on food legacies, histories, traditions, and recipes representative of New Mexico. New Mexico’s Tasty Traditions treats the reader to “an armchair tour of cafes, ranches, festivals, home kitchens and farmers markets through the eyes of a veteran food-travel writer” according to the back cover of the book. The book concludes with a special section providing readers with a ready-made schedule outlining the state’s fairs, festivals, and other food events for the coming year.  (more…)

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From the Desk of Randy Forrester, KSFR’s “Gotta Dance”

Sharon Niederman is another one of those ridiculously multi-talented New Mexicans who is the author of 11 books, an award-winning photographer, college professor, a former DJ, has served on the Board of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, is a member of Women Writing the West, the Silver Spurs CowBelles and she’s recently been going around the state putting on a program she calls Klezmer to Swing and this Ratonian will be our guest on “Gotta Dance “ this Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. M.S.T. at 101.1 FM and http://www.ksfr.org. We’ll be talking about the klezmer guild formed in 1541 in Prague, but take this musical tradition back to the Temple in Jerusalem. We’ll be chatting about the Klezmer revival of the past 30 years that has seen Yitzak Perlman recording with the Klezmatics and then follow its transition into swing music with Benny Goodman and a fellow named Israel Baline, whom you likely know as Irving Berlin and chat about the night that swing was born and which Midwestern city was its birthplace.

We’ll be starting off the program with a couple of mini-dance movie reviews and then we’re moving into some Christmasy and Hannukah two-steppers and waltzes.

December 25 is a major day for Pueblo dances and we’ll be talking about when you can see the Matachines and traditional dances at Santo Domingo, Ohkay Owingeh, Taos and Picuris Pueblos, as well as where you can dance to Michael Hearne & Friends, the Bill Hearne Trio, Savor, the Jimmy Stadler Band and South By Southwest, as well as Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, the Holiday Milonga/Potluck at Double Time Studio, Noche de Bohemia, the Albuquerque Swing & Country Dance Club’s “Post Holiday Tea Dance” as well as a slew of New Year’s Eve dance ops.

Dance Correction

No milonga is taking place at the Scottish Rite Temple, on Saturday, December 18.

Dance Venue Change

Cathy Faber’s Swingin’ Country Band will be performing at The Lodge at Santa Fe this Sunday, December 19.

Dance Update

Friday, December 17 Jimmy Stadler Band The Alley Cantina Taos 109:00 pm to 1:00 am

Please contact Randy with any comments or suggestions that you have about “Gotta Dance” at gottadance@ksfr.org.

Randy Forrester
Co-Host of “Gotta Dance” Radio
101.1 FM KSFR, Santa Fe Public Radio
Sundays, 7-8 pm Mountain Time
Streaming live on the web at http://www.ksfr.org

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Temple Aaron commemorated at meeting – Oct. 26, 2010
By Steve Block
Staff Writer, The Times Independent, Trinidad, Colorado

The long and storied history of Trinidad’s Temple Aaron synagogue was the subject of a presentation at the 25th annual meeting of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society in Las Vegas, N.M. Saturday.
Sharon Niederman, a Raton-based author and historian, presented a montage of the temple, its people and the role it has played in the history of the region. The meeting was held at the Plaza Hotel in collaboration with the Board of the Texas Jewish Historical Society. Niederman’s address was part of three days of faith-based education, music and other festivities at the meeting. She talked about the early German-Jewish settlers in the region, who became a key part of the business, social and political scene during the years of its early development. (more…)

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Total Recall in Raton

By Denise Tessier

In an interesting illustration of the state of journalism today, the news that three Raton city commissioners, including the mayor and mayor pro tem, were recalled Tuesday comes not from a newspaper, but from a blog by the wife of one of the recalled commissioners.

On her blog, Embracing the North, writer/author Sharon Niederman reported Tuesday night that:

In an historic, sweeping recall election on Sept. 14, 2010, Raton citizens removed all three city commissioners on the ballot: Chuck Henry, Jesse James Johnson and Joe Apache. The two remaining city commissioners, Sandra Mantz and Charles Starkovich, who are both new to their positions, do not constitute a quorum, leaving the future undetermined. It is likely a special election will be called, once the procedures in such events are understood. Both the mayor, Johnson, and mayor pro tem Henry, are among those recalled. . . . (more…)

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Thayla Wright, Director of the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library in Raton, offers a selection of local authors.

Books By Local Authors at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library

The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library will have a copy of “New Mexico’s Tasty Traditions” by author Sharon Niederman on the shelves after the publication date of December 1, 2010.  Other non-fiction works by Ms. Niederman held by the library are,  “Hellish Relish”, “Living Treasures Celebration of the Human Spirit: A Legacy of New Mexico”, “A Quilt of Words: Women’s Diaries, Letters, and”, as well as “Return To Abo”, a novel of the southwest.  These do not represent all the printed works of Ms. Niederman, who lives in Raton, New Mexico, with her husband, Charles Henry.  Other works that can be borrowed through the interlibrary loan system include, “New Mexico: An Explorer’s Guide”, “Shaking Eve’s Tree”, and “The Santa Fe and Taos Book: A Complete Guide”. (more…)

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