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Award-winning Grant County author Catalina Claussen announces the release of Being Home: A Southwestern Almanac with Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. This collection of humorous vignettes is featured monthly on KURU 89.1 FM and is now available in print.

Tune in KURU 89.1 FM on the first and third Monday of the month at 4:30 PM. You can catch all the episodes on Catalina Claussen’s website:

Being Home: A Southwestern Almanac is a laugh-out-loud story collection made for radio featuring quirky characters shaped by the seasons, the desert landscape, and small-town living, making audiences feel right at home in the Mimbres Valley. From Brandon Johnson’s mystifying encounter with a coyote to Ernesto Puro Corazon’s 6th grade drive to school with his abuela in his Chevy Impala SS, Claussen captures moments and people that are sure to surprise and entertain.

The collection is illustrated with a unique photographic series taken by her daughter, Ajalaa Claussen.  Ajalaa says, “I wanted to capture the essence of each story in the images, placing the reader in the moment. But, I also wanted to create space for the viewer to imagine themselves as one of the characters.”

Catalina Claussen

Catalina Claussen is a southwestern storyteller, young adult novelist, and poet whose works include young adult novels Diamonds at Dusk (2016), Diamonds at Dawn (2018), Holding on to Hope (forthcoming), and many poems. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and now a long-time resident of the Mimbres Valley, Claussen has gained an appreciation for the slow pace of small-town living. Her work has been recognized by the Arizona-New Mexico Book Awards, Wishing Shelf Book Awards (in the UK), and the New Apple Book Awards for Independent Publishing.

She will be at Future Forge Maker’s Market in the Silver City Main Street Plaza throughout the month of August to sign and sell copies of her current young adult novels, provide a preview of an advance copy of Being Home and offer the chance to pre-order signed soft or hardcover copies. You can also visit the booth to register for her giveaway contest to win a free copy of Being Home.

The Being Home podcast is available at Follow Catalina on Instagram @catalinaclaussen or on Facebook.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

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