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‘Border Book Festival’ in New Mexico to end after 2 decades

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The Border Book Festival in southern New Mexico is ending its 20-year run.

Novelist Denise Chavez announced in an email this week that the spring festival won’t be scheduled this year. Chavez, the festival’s co-founder and longtime director, said she and her husband, Daniel Zolinsky, will instead focus on selling books on Abebooks, the international book search engine.

The Border Book Festival moved to Las Cruces nearly three years ago after the rent increased at the nonprofit organization’s former headquarters in Mesilla.

El Paso poet Bobby Byrd, co-owner of independent publisher Cinco Puntos Press, applauded Chavez and her husband for continuing to support books and authors.