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Spotlight: Southwest Mystery Authors

Three prolific and entertaining Southwest mystery writers-Steve Havill, Susan Cummins Miller, and Jonathan Miller-will come together at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Saturday, September 28 in Silver City, New Mexico to discuss the craft of writing mystery series. All three live in and write about trouble andRead the Rest…


Greed, Sex, and “the Latest Thing”: Review of William Charland’s Soundings

Mary E. Hotvedt reviews Soundings by Bill Charland, who will be on the panel Books, Nooks, and Hooks: How the Publishing Industry is Changing on Friday, September 27 at the Festival.  In a short while we will post an interview with Mr. Charland on this blog. Greed, Sex, and “theRead the Rest…


Reading New Mexico’s DNA

Book review Rick Collignon: A Santo in the Image of Cristóbal García The story starts simply enough, for it’s a Rick Collignon novel. A fire burns in the mountains above Guadalupe, New Mexico, and Flavio Montoya struggles to irrigate his late sister’s fields. Then the story gets a little complicated,Read the Rest…


Poetry in the Weeds

The New York Times publishes a men’s fashion style magazine several times a year. I usually don’t read the New York Times men’s fashion magazine because it’s long been my observation that most men are fairly ugly and sport goofy expressions. The graven guys in the Times are neither uglyRead the Rest…


The Story of Poems2

The Creation of Poems² By Joseph W. Wade, Jr. Artist/Proprietor of JW Art Gallery, Hurley, NM When I first came to Grant County, I became acquainted with Mrs. Dorothy McCray at her gallery, Atelier 108 in Silver City. Mrs. McCray later encouraged her friend Elvira Godfrey to offer her penRead the Rest…


Bestlists

We’re quality persons and we believe in quality stuff. What we eat is the freshest and purest. What we watch has been strained through the finest seive–the New York Times or the London Times or the smallest literary journal with the most anemic editor. Our stocks have been blessed byRead the Rest…


Boekhandelaar

Netherlanders are a thrifty, enterprising people. Their historic wisdom, a distrust of excess, I think, came from the constant awareness of knowing where they are, a sort of cultural GPS, possibly developed after the Tulip Bubble, the first capitalistic mania.  When William of Orange conquered England during the “Glorious Revolution”Read the Rest…


Local

Is planning for a book fair something like investing in buggy whip manufactory just as Model A Fords hit the market? While a big box book retail chain declares bankruptcy and Publishers Weekly prints jeremiads about the implosion of major New York publishers, we in Silver City discuss poetry readings,Read the Rest…


Books

The “book” festival friends didn’t want a book festival, although in conversation every one of us says “book” festival because “word” festival sounds kind of snooty. Some of us have visited the Tucson Book Festival, a major event in which major publishers and major authors take up major space. TheRead the Rest…


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