July 2019

Keep on Bookin'

New on the Border Book Shelf

Murder She Read — The Eastside chapter of the book discussion group supporting women mystery writers meets 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, to discuss “Murder in the Marais” by Cara Black. Meeting place varies; call for location. Admission is free. Information: 629-7063 or labodda9@aol.com.

Tumblewords Project — The writing workshops are 12:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturdays at the El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon. Workshops are free; donations for the presenter are encouraged. Information: 328-5484 or tumblewordsproject@yahoo.com.
  July’s workshops, “Confessions of a Native Son,” are led by Carlos Nicolas Flores. A native of El Paso, Flores teaches English at Laredo College. In the 1970s, his decision to teach a course on Black and Chicano literature led to a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at Dartmouth College. Currently, he is finishing “The Pillars of Creation,” a novel about a young Chicano in search of God amid the border cartel wars.
  Flores will read selections from various works with participants writing and reading aloud their responses.
July 6: “In Search of Ghosts in Paso del Norte.”
July 13: ”Why Don’t You Write Something Positive?”
July 20: “A Trivial Satire for Serious Readers.”
July 27: ”Work-in-Progress, Existentialism, and Future Landscapes.”

Reading Art Book Club — The book club of the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main, meets at 2:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the Museum of Nature and Science classroom next door. The July 10 book is “Radcliff Bailey: Memory as Medicine” by Carol Thompson. Meetings are free and open to the public; participants do not need to have read the book. Information: (575) 541-2217, sabdon@las-cruces.org or las-cruces.org.
  The Aug. 14 book is “Talking with the Clay: The Art of Pueblo Pottery in the 21st Century, 20th Anniversary Revised Edition” by Stephen Trimble.

El Paso Writers’ League — The league meets 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, in the conference room at Bartlett Assisting Living Center, 221 Bartlett.
Guest speaker is R.S. Dabney, author of the “Soul Mender Trilogy” and co-host of the Tipsy Nerds Book Club podcast. Dabney will talk on how to open a story in the right place without falling into traps such as clichéd beginnings, passive voice, and info dumping. Bring a sheet of paper and pencil. Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 755-4958 or on Facebook at ElPasoWritersLeague.

Rail Readers Book Club — The club meets at 11 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla in Las Cruces. The July 17 book is “Mystery at the Mortuary” by Donna Milburn. Participation is free. Information: (575) 647-4480.

Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club — The book club devoted to Victorian era science fiction meets at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin. This month’s book is “The Invisible Man,” by H.G. Wells (1897). Tea and pastries provided. Victorian era or steampunk dress encouraged, but not required. Tea and pastries provided. Admission is free. Information: 533-5147, visitmagoffinhome.com or Facebook.
  The Aug. 17 book is “Rappacini’s Daughter,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1844).

LGBT book group — The bimonthly book group meets on odd-numbered months. Open to all LGBT and LGBT-friendly people interested in book discussions. Cocktails and eats available. Information, location: Ted, 867-4261 or on Facebook at ElPasoGLBTBookGroup.
  The next event is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, to discuss the recent nonfiction work “When Brooklyn Was Queer” by Hugh Ryan.

Barnes & Noble — East Side, Fountains at Farah; West Side, 705 Sunland Park; and Las Cruces Mesilla Valley Mall. Information: barnesandnoble.com. At all location:
  Book Club is 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, featuring “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner. Special edition sold at the store with a reader’s guide and author essay. Sign up at store or at barnesandnoble.com.
  A Young Adult Book Club is 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, to discuss the fantasy “We Hunt the Flame” by Hafsah Faizal.
  Stories for children are at 11 a.m. Saturdays. Baby & Me Storytimes are 11 a.m. Sundays for children 0-24 months and their caregivers.
  The Summer Reading Program runs through Sept. 5, for grades 1-6.
  Andrea Flores, co-author of “Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope and Change from Young Female Staffers from the Obama White House,” will sign copies of the book at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Las Cruces store.

Books Are Gems — 7744 North Loop Ste B (behind Compass Bank). The nonprofit organization sells and gives away new and used books. Children who come to the store may receive six free used books. Teachers can also receive free books for their classroom. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. Information: 845-5437 or booksaregems.org.

Black Cat Sunday Poets — Black Cat Books and Coffee, 128 Broadway in Truth or Consequences, N.M., hosts free poetry readings at 1 p.m. the second Sunday of the month. Information: (575) 894-7070.

New on the Border Book Shelf

‘Copper Stain: ASARCO’s Legacy in El Paso’ by Elaine Hampton and Cynthia Ontiveros (University of Oklahoma Press). Through nearly 100 interviews with ex-employees and others involved in the smelter’s demise, the book is filled with “stories of horror, humor, courage and sorrow documenting the grim reality of laboring under giant machines and lava-spewing furnaces while turning mountains of rock into copper ingots.” According to a release from Hampton, the book exposes the political tug-of-war between industrial and enviromental issues. Available at oupress.com.

'A Fighter’s Will' by Thomas “Tommy” Dominguez III (Dorrance Publishing Co.). The 16-year-old Faith Christian Academy student has authored his first book, featuring a cover design by his sister Mia Ilani Dominguez. The coming of age story about a high school student named Bryson, which Dominguez should appeal to lovers of Shounen Jump stories and martial arts. Information: dorrancepublishing.com.

Twenty Miles West of Branch, Texas’ is a collection of 13 short stories and a novella by veteran El Paso writer K.C. Knouse. The book begins with the title story of a brief encounter between a would-be good Samaritan and a stranded motorist on a West Texas highway. The ending selection is the novella about an old-school salesman coping with changing times as he makes some calls in Truth or Consequences. Available for $11.79 in paperback or $2.99 as ebook from Amazon.com and other online sellers. Information: KCKnouse.com.

“Broken Circle” (Akahsic Books) by J.L. Powers and M.A. Powers. A teen-ager finds out his family business is headed by the Grim Reaper, and is surrounded by fellow teens all destined to become soul guides in Limbo. The authors area sister and brother, who now live on opposite ends of the country but grew up in Vinton. J.L. Powers’ first novel was “The Confessional,” set in a fictional version of Cathedral High School. This work still has some traces of the authors’ border roots, including a dose of Día de los Muertos.

Walking Juarez,” black and white photographs and text by NMSU journalism professor Bruce Berman (Border Blog Press). The book compiles photographs and stories he’s taken of Juárez and the border spanning 45 years. Berman said the book, “Walking Juarez,” is not about “how horrible Juárez is” but about the “sweet epiphanies and little insights.” The oldest photos in the book are from 1972, while the most recent photos are from 2017. Information: bruceberman.com.

The South Franklin Trinity,” by Jim Murphy (BLBM Publishing). The story takes place in El Puente, Texas, a far-west Texas community nestled in the Franklin Mountains. Three signature characters are absorbed in their own personal search for the meaning of life. Their unpredictable destinies cross a fiery path on the third Tuesday of April 2016. 
  Also recently released by Murphy is “I'm So Pissed Off!!!—An Adult Stress Relief Book.”

‘My Favorite El Pasoans: Past and Present
’ by James Robert Murphy (BookBaby). El Paso writer and musician JMurphy has compiled a list of 200 El Pasoans who have made their mark (but not always in a good way) in the fields of performing arts, literature, athletics and charitable causes, politics, history, crime and other areas.
Murphy said he began the project three years ago and put in on the back burner until a friend encouraged him to revisit it.
“My first version was a little stiff you might say; filled with the regular happy-go-lucky El Pasoans everybody hears about all of the time,” Murphy explains on his website. “So I went back to work and gathered a host of new colorful characters like escape artist Fred Brown. After his incredible 1937 street performance in San Antonio, Texas, the police arrested him for vagrancy.”
Other notables Murphy celebrates include pioneering auto mechanic Tom Ogle, bootmaker Tony Lama, blues guitarist Long John Hunter, record producer Terry Manning, actress Irene Ryan (Granny from Beverly Hillbillies), and even notorious serial “Night Stalker” killer Richard Ramirez.
The book retails for $20 and is available via jamesrobertmurphy.com.

‘El Paso 120: Edge of the Southwest’ by Mark Paulda (TCU Press). In his follow-up to “Celebrating El Paso,” his first book of local photography, Mark Paulda has expanded his radius to 120 miles from El Paso, hence the title. The collection of landscapes and aerial images are grouped by location, mostly geographic gems such as the Guadalupe Mountains, Hueco Tanks, Kilbourne Hole and White Sands National Monument.
Paulda is an El Paso native who learned the craft and art of photography around the world, winning internationl awards.
“El Paso 120” is available for $35 at bookstores on online at pres.tcu.edu.

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