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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…


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…


Southwest Festival of the Written Word authors win awards

Several authors who took part in the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, October 2015, have gone on to win significant awards and recognition for their work. Denise Chávez won a 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for her novel The King and Queen of Comezón. She has also been namedRead the Rest…


Catalina Claussen Releases New Young Adult Novel

We are excited to celebrate the release of Catalina Claussen’s YA novel Diamonds at Dusk with Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. The Diamonds at Dusk Release Party will be May 21, 2016 04:00PM at Javalina Coffee House, 117 W. Market Street, Silver City. Enjoy a show of Ajalaa Claussen’s photos thatRead the Rest…


The Art, the Act, the Publishing of the Written Word-Sessions at the 2015 Festival

Readers need writers.  Writers need readers.  And,  the  Southwest Festival of the Written Word in historic downtown Silver City NM–dedicated to encouraging writers to write and readers to read–brings  a “cloud nine” weekend for both types of word aficionados, October 2-October 4, 2015. For those who “put pen to paper”Read the Rest…


The bookend lives of Bonnie Buckley Maldonado

Reviewed by Sonnie Sussillo Bonnie Maldonado writes of life lived edgewise of easy, slant-wise from soft. In her most recent books of poetry, The Secret Lives of Us Kids-A Childhood Memoir 1941-1945, and Too Personal for Words-The Invisible Path of Aging we get a picture of her life from childhoodRead the Rest…


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…


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