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Mother Tongue and Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana

Review by Tom Hester   Twenty-eight years ago Demetria Martinez—poet, journalist, and activist in the Sanctuary Movement – faced a prison sentence of up to 25 years for smuggling into the U.S. two pregnant Central Americans, refugees from violence in their home country. The federal jury pronounced Martinez, and theRead the Rest…


Take a Look at the 2015 Festival Schedule and the Presenters

  We’ve posted the schedule for the 2015 Southwest Festival of the Written Word. Like everything in life, it’s subject to change, but it’s a pretty true representation of what will be offered up for your enjoyment on the first weekend in October.    So take a look and startRead the Rest…


Crater County: A legal thriller of New Mexico

Crater County: A legal thriller of New Mexico by Jonathan Miller Reviewed by Tom Hester   When Jonathan Miller participated in the last Southwest Festival of the Written Word, he had what drama professionals call “presence.” Presence is confidence, mixed with a cupful of charm and a dash of threat.Read the Rest…


Adult Summer Reading Program? Oh my!

        AUTHOR:  LILLIAN GALLOWAY Summer reading for children and teens is a long-held tradition at the Silver City Public Library, but did you know that summer 2015 is the third time that the library is offering summer reading for adults? This is a great opportunity to readRead the Rest…


Ditch Rider by Judith van Gieson–A Review

  Reviewed by Charlie McKee As a Southwestern writer, Judith van Gieson imbues her novels with the sensations, atmosphere, cultural mix, and visual images of New Mexico, as well as its raw human transgressions and intrigues. On page one of Ditch Rider, named one of New Mexico’s 100 Best NewRead the Rest…


Mailbox Chronicles No. 4: Diary of a Citizen Scientist by Sharman Apt Russell

AUTHOR:  JJ WILSON Posted on December 15, 2014 by JJ Wilson at http://jjawilson.wordpress.com/   Last week a much-awaited publication arrived in my mailbox: Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World, by my friend and ex-colleague Sharman Apt Russell.   The firstRead the Rest…


History, Mystery and Myth

    AUTHOR:  SONNIE SUSSILLO I am drawn by three southwestern writers—Barry Lopez, Sharman Apt Russell, and Mary Sojourner–into thinking about the intersections of history, mystery and myth and what I understand and believe about the larger world. I recently finished digesting Barry Lopez’s Winter Count. He pushes the marginsRead the Rest…


Bonnie Maldonado Reading:

  Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, Inaugural Silver City Poet Laureate and WNMU Professor Emeritus, reads from her new memoir, The Secret Lives of Us Kids: A Childhood Memoir 1941–1942, on Sunday, January 25 at 3:00pm in the WNMU Miller Library. The public is invited to attend, free of charge. Refreshments willRead the Rest…


Oh, THAT Mary Sojourner!

AUTHOR:  SONNIE SUSSILLO   Mary Sojourner is coming to town. She is one of three writers who will be presenting workshops and an evening reading the first weekend in October. So I set out to see who Mary Sojourner is, and what she writes. A trip to the Silver CityRead the Rest…


Why Am I Crying? It’s Only a Mystery!

AUTHOR:  SONNIE SUSSILLO I recently found myself crying—not sniffling, but full-out two-Kleenex tears—over the last chapters of not one, but two books. Both books were part of a series of mysteries starring Miss Maisie Dobbs as the intuitive, insightful sleuth. I got to wondering about what it is that makesRead the Rest…


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