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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…


Reviews: Four Novels by Rick Collignon

Below are Larry Godfrey’s thoughts on Rick Collignon’s series of four novels about the village of Guadalupe, in northern New Mexico.  Rick Collignon will be at the Festival on Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 for the panel Imagined worlds: The art of literary fiction.   My second reading through Rick Collignon’sRead the Rest…


Community Summer Reading and Reviews

The Silver City Public Library is offering an informal adult summer reading program.  Community members are invited to pick up a sheet of book review slips, and write a very brief review of whatever they have been reading this summer.  The Southwest Festival of the Written Word team is takingRead 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…


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…


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