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Discover Abiquiú from A to Z

Published, printed and shipped to New Mexico, Discover Abiquiú From A to Z is finally on our bookshelf!

Author Carolyn Calfee and her book Discover Abiquiu from A to Z
Author Carolyn Calfee and her book Discover Abiquiu from A to Z

I had the idea for this book for some time, but I needed the right illustrations to bring the story to life. One morning over breakfast at The Grand Hacienda Inn, our guest who quickly became a friend, Wendy Cuyler, asked if we would consider creating a cookbook for our breakfast recipes. I explained that the cookbook project was on the list, but not until I published Discover Abiquiu from A to Z…my book which was on hold because I hadn’t found the perfect person to illustrate the pages. Lo and behold, Wendy - a renown artist - jumped at the chance to bring the book to life through her art.

Almost two years later, the book is published, printed and stocked!

Wendy isn't just an artist -- she is THE perfect artist for this project. She painted 28 original paintings for the book, and they are fabulous. We combined my writing with her artwork and violá -- the book magically came to life.

Last week a large truck pulled up to The Grand Hacienda Inn and began to unload a pallet loaded with boxes and boxes of the book. You can’t even imagine our joy receiving this shipment. We ripped open the boxes to find the book – more beautiful than we imagined – and opened the cover to expose page after page.

After working on this book, this piece of art, for so long…it’s a dream finally realized. The A to Z descriptions tell a story and the corresponding original paintings bring the story to life. We love the village of Abiquiú and northern New Mexico, and we love bringing the area to life in this new book.

A is for Abiquiu, B is for Bodes, C is for Ceolophylis…page by page, the reader takes a journey through the village of Abiquiú and northern New Mexico. With each turn of a page, you will be reminded of all that makes the area so special, even magical.

Two pages are devoted to each alphabetical letter – one page describes the location or object and the corresponding page holds a visual of the subject. But these aren’t just ordinary pictures – each started as an original, authentic canvas painting. The book highlights history, culture, events, stories, people and beauty of the region. From dinosaurs and volcanoes, cattle rustlers and Ghost Ranch, lakes and rivers, Tewa and Navajo, to artist Georgia O’Keeffe – original, breathtaking illustrations and detailed descriptions are your companion while you discover Abiquiú from A to Z!

A perfect memento for everyone who loves the village of Abiquiu, a treasure for those of you who have visited the area and returned home with so many incredible memories, or a gift for someone dear to you – Discover Abiquiu From A to Z will be a treasure for every bookshelf or coffee table in your home.

Your Signed Copy is Waiting for You Now!

Order Discover Abiquiú from A to Z through this link for a signed copy. Each book retails for $32 - you can have it shipped for $5 or pick up your copy at The Grand Hacienda.

It takes a village - about the Author, Illustrator and Designer

Book Discover Abiquiu from A to Z
Author Carolyn Calfee

Author Carolyn Calfee is the owner of Abiquiú’s luxury bed and breakfast inn, The Grand Hacienda Estate. Carolyn and her husband, Tom, live on Abiquiú Lake and have a great appreciation for the history, culture, and geology of the area. In Discover Abiquiú from A to Z, she takes her readers on a visual and written journey through the region, sharing her love and knowledge of area sights while pages come alive with gorgeous, captivating illustrations.

Photo of artist Wendy Cuyler
Artist Wendy Cuyler

Wendy Cuyler is a renown artist and designer, making her home in Midland, Texas, with her husband, Chris. “I love finding beauty in hidden places, like a surprise that takes your breath away,” Cuyler says. She came to Abiquiú on a bucket list adventure to visit where Georgia O’Keeffe painted and absolutely fell in love with the scenery and the people. “Visiting Abiquiú was like finding a missing piece of myself,” says Cuyler.

Photo of Anne Marie Arndt, owner of 24 25 Creative.
Anne Marie Arndt, owner of 24 25 Creative.

The design, layout, and presentation of the book are the result of the creative vision of Anne Marie Arndt, owner of 24 25 creative. She has a long-lasting love of the area and appreciates the inspirational landscapes, rich cultural traditions, and calming remoteness. To her, it’s a magical place to discover.

Copy of book cover, Discover Abiquiu from A to Z
Discover Abiquiu from A to Z

Book Details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CK7BGCRP

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Self Published (October 11, 2023)

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English

  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 60 pages

  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8218025694

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 years and up

  • Author: Carolyn Calfee Illustrator: Wendy Cuyler Designer: Anne Marie Arndt

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