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Report on the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books

Thanks to JJ Wilson for sharing his thoughts on this year’s Tucson Festival of Books!   Another year, another blockbuster. Once again I missed out on a couple of big names – Colson Whitehead and Michael McGarrity – but there was plenty of consolation in seeing some lesser-known, bright young (andRead the Rest…


Search Begins for Silver City Area’s Third Poet Laureate

Nominations are now being sought for the Silver City area’s third Poet Laureate, following Bonnie Buckley Maldonado’s tenure as the first and Elise Stuart’s as the second. This honorary position is awarded to a person who has established a presence in the world of poetry, has demonstrated a commitment toRead the Rest…


Congratulations to Award-winning Silver City Authors

Sharman Apt Russell’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door and JJ Amaworo Wilson’s Damnificados won New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in, respectively, the Science Fiction and the Fiction categories. Two other Silver City authors were also finalists – Ron Hamm, for Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the American Southwest, and Catalina Claussen, for DiamondsRead the Rest…


An Evening with the Maestro – Reflection by JJ Wilson

JJ Wilson shares his thoughts on Juan Felipe Herrera’s visit: The 21st Poet Laureate of the Unites States came to little Silver City this week. The place will never be the same. Herrera was a hurricane of ideas, poetry, stories, music and love. In front of a packed house, heRead the Rest…


Review of “Notes on the Assemblage”

Notes on the Assemblage by Juan Felipe Herrera Review by JJ Wilson originally posted here. Juan Felipe Herrera is a protean figure, a one-man dynamo: an actor, activist, professor, musician, author of thirty books, and now the first Latino Poet Laureate of the United States. His personal story is extraordinary.Read the Rest…


David Chorlton Poetry Reading

Poetry reading by Phoenix poet David Chorlton Friday, October 14, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Yankie Creek Coffee House, Silver City Born in Austria, David Chorlton grew up in Manchester, close to rain and the northern English industrial zone. In his early 20s he went to live in Vienna andRead the Rest…


Seven Great Banned Books

Originally posted by JJ Wilson on September 23, 2016. In celebration of Banned Books Week – Sept 25-Oct 1 – here’s some great literature that governments banned at one time or another. Rather than the usual suspects — Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Lolita, the Harry Potter series (witchcraft!), and pretty muchRead the Rest…


Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, to speak at Western New Mexico University

Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, to speak at WNMU, Silver City Juan Felipe Herrera will give a talk about his life and work at Light Hall, WNMU on Monday November 21st. This event is free and open to the public; however, to reserve a seat youRead the Rest…


Ten Great Latin American Novels

It’s all here: magical realism, characters as big as gods, social (in)justice, love and death and the depredations of colonialism. Ten masterpieces from that gorgeous and perennially troubled continent. -JJ Wilson 1. The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa Llosa wrote several great novels –Read the Rest…


RIP Lisa Lenard-Cook, 1952-2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lisa Lenard-Cook. Lisa was a writer, writing coach, editor and co-founder of the literary journal bosque. She delighted everyone who came into contact with her and we were privileged to have Lisa as one of our presenters at theRead the Rest…


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