Barnes & Noble at NMSU grand opening celebration takes place Sept. 16-18

September 15, 2011 by Mark Cramer, NMSU News Center

2004 Distinguished Alumni award winner Denise Chavez, author of “Loving Pedro Infante” and “The Last of the Menu Girls,” will appear at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU bookstore at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 to celebrate its grand opening. (photo by Darren Phillips)

2004 Distinguished Alumni award winner Denise Chavez, author of “Loving Pedro Infante” and “The Last of the Menu Girls,” will appear at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU bookstore at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 to celebrate its grand opening. (photo by Darren Phillips)

The new Barnes & Noble at New Mexico State University bookstore has been open more than six weeks; now that the fall textbook rush is over, the official grand opening celebration will take place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16-18.

In addition to a weekend-long sale on Aggie apparel and good deals on first-generation iPads, the store, located on the corner of Jordan Street and University Avenue, has a variety of special events planned for the weekend, which coincides with the I-10 Rivalry football game between NMSU and the University of Texas–El Paso. Events include live vocal performances, author signings, discounts and even appearance of a costumed character from the children’s book “Give a Mouse a Cookie.” The character will appear at the bookstore from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, and on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10-11:30 a.m. and again from 2-4 p.m.

A formal open house will be held from 3-5 p.m. Friday that will conclude with a ribbon-cutting celebration and remarks by NMSU President Barbara Couture and a variety of other speakers, including Janine von Juergensonn, vice president for marketing with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and Associated Students of NMSU President Austin Graham.

Following the ribbon cutting, at 5:15 p.m., the official pep rally for Saturday’s NMSU-UTEP game will take place on the Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel lawn, across from the bookstore on Jordan Street. Aggie head coach DeWayne Walker will join NMSU cheerleaders and the NMSU Pride Band at the rally, which also will feature a dunking booth and UTEP Miner piñatas.

A variety of authors will make appearances all three days, reading from and signing their works. Authors scheduled to appear include Lawrence Welsh (“Begging for Vultures”); NMSU Distinguished Alumni award winner Denise Chavez (“Loving Pedro Infante”); Sasha Pimentel Chacon (“Insides She Swallowed”); NMSU history professor Jon Hunner (“J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War, and the Atomic Age”); Richard Yanez (“Cross Over Water”); Jessica Helen Lopez (“Always Messing With Them Boys”); Gary Cozzens (“The Nogal Mesa: A History of Kivas and Ranchers in Lincoln County”); Walter Earl Pittman (“New Mexico and the Civil War”); Margaret Randall (“Ruins”); and children’s author Ana Baca (“Tia’s Tamales”).

In addition, Tres Chicas – Miriam Sagan, Renee Gregorio and City of Santa Fe Poet Laureate Joan Logghe – authors of “Love & Death: Greatest Hits,” will appear Saturday to read from their works and then host a writer’s workshop Sunday.

Throughout the weekend, customers also may register to win a dorm refrigerator, courtesy of Honest Tea. NMSU students will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a $500 textbook scholarship for spring 2012 semester books as well.

For dates and times of individual appearances and events visit http://bit.ly/nsZXvV. For more information call 575-646-4431.


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