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Book Reviews: Adrienne Celt

Adrienne Celt will speak at the 2017 Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:30am at the Old Elks Lodge. The topic will be “Mining Fact for Fiction: Using research & personal history in your writing.” Celt explains: “As fiction writers, we get conflicting advice –Read the Rest…


Book Review: Mythical River by Melissa L. Sevigny

Melissa Sevigny will be appearing at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Sunday, October 1, 2017, 11:30am to discuss her book Mythical River: Chasing the Mirage of New Water in the American Southwest. In a lyrical mix of natural science, history, and memoir, Melissa L. Sevigny ponders what itRead the Rest…


Book Review: All They Will Call You by Tim Z. Hernandez

Tim Z. Hernandez will be appearing at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word at 3 p.m. at Old Elk’s Lodge in downtown Silver City on Saturday September 30, 2017. He will discuss his research and his book All They Will Call You, which focuses on the subject of a famous 1948Read the Rest…


Book Review: Elise Stuart, Another Door Calls

Southwest Festival of the Written Word: Word Travels Fast. Friday through Sunday, September 29 through October 1, 2017. Silver City, New Mexico

Thank you to JJ Wilson for reviewing Elise Stuart’s new book of poetry, Another Door Calls: Elise Stuart’s debut collection shimmers in the rain, gets snagged on the cholla, frees itself in the night winds, and goes rolling down a flooded arroyo. This terrific collection couldn’t have been written anywhereRead 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…


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…


Recent Review of Damnificados

In his debut novel Damnificados, JJ Amaworo Wilson has created a unique yet familiar world. No doubt reflecting Wilson’s experiences living in the United Kingdom, Egypt, Lesotho, Colombia, England, Italy, and the United States, the story is set in a fascinatingly diverse, polyglot city surrounded by an equally multi-national countryside.Read 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…


All the Wrong Places — by Philip Connors

Review by JJ Amaworo Wilson This memoir hinges on the suicide of the author’s brother, Dan. The book starts with a hot air balloon ride organized by Dan for himself and the author. They soar into the atmosphere and gaze down at the vast desert sands of New Mexico, theRead the Rest…


Night at the Fiestas – by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Review by JJ Amaworo Wilson As debut collections go, give or take the odd Junot Diaz or Ray Carver, this is about as good as it gets. The writing is measured and beautiful, witty yet restrained, and there’s not a single dud among these tales. The ten stories that makeRead the Rest…


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