February 2020

Keep on Bookin'

New on the Border Book Shelf



‘Buenas Noches El Paso’ book signing — Luke Lowenfield and Hal Marcus will sign their children’s book noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Barnes & Noble West, 705 Sunland Park. Information: 581-5353 or barnesandnoble.com.

‘Poetry Therapy’ — The sessions are 6:30 to 8 p.m. every third Friday (Jan. 17), at Brew Lab, 601 N. Oregon, Suite 1, sponsored by Literarity Book Shop. Information: 307-4242 or on Facebook at brewlabep.

Let It All Out volume V — The open mic event is 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Neon Rose, 2430 Wyoming. Participants can present original poetry, short stories, monologue or song, or read from a favorite author. All presentations must be under 15 minutes long. Raffle offered to benefit Keystone Heritage Park; all readers receive on free chance at a prize. Information on Facebook.

Tumblewords Project — The writing workshops are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Armijo Library, 620 E. 7th (new location). Workshops are free; donations for the presenter are encouraged. Information: 328-5484, 212-3710 (Armijo), tumblewordsproject@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
Jan. 4: ”Keeping Your Soul in the Modern Marketplace of Social Media” with Valentín Sandoval. Sandoval won the Border Regional Library Association's 2016 Southwest Book Award for his bilingual poetic narrative, “South Sun Rises.” He was the first recipient of UTEP’s Independent Filmmaking Award in 1996 and garnered three more for his documentary work throughout a 10-year period. Sandoval’s writing themes focus on the individual pursuit of transcendence within any given environment, and making memorable, bold, imprints into the collective consciousness.
Jan 11: “Write the Image” with Jeanette DesBoine. DesBoine is a writer, indie publisher, and emerging artist. The workshop links vision, voice, and third eye consciousness.
  Workshops with Giber E. Fonseca are Jan. 18 and 25. Fonseca was born in Juárez and discovered poetry in the fourth grade.
Jan 18: “thigmotropic hallucinations.”
Jan 25: “phonambular.”

Reading Art Book Club — The book club of the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main, meets at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 to discuss “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” by Wassily Kandinsky. 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.

Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club — The book club devoted to Victorian era science fiction meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin. This month’s book is “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ by Mark Twain, 1889. 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.

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 Jan. 15 book is “Signal for Vengeance” by Edward Marston. Participation is free. Information: (575) 647-4480.

Cactus Flower Bookery — 5024 Doniphan (Placita Santa Fe), Suite 9. Information: 203-8338 or cactusflowerbookery@gmail.com.

Barnes & Noble — Information: barnesandnoble.com. Locations are El Paso’s East Side, Fountains at Farah; West Side, 705 Sunland Park; and Las Cruces Mesilla Valley Mall. Following events are at all stores:
  Children’s storytimes are 11 a.m. Saturdays, and Baby & Me storytimes caregivers and ages 0-24 months are 11 a.m. Sundays.
  Book Club is 7 An Evening with Tracy K. Smith — UTEP’s Bilingual MFA in Creative Writing, and English at UTEP programs host the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Tomas Rivera Conference Center in the UTEP Student Union, Room 308. Smith will read from her poetry novel, “Wade in the Water,” with a special Spanish translation from Andrea Cote Botero. A Q&A moderated by Professor Sasha Pimental follows, and copies of Smith’s poetry collections will be available for purchase. Information: events.utep.edu.
  Her collection “Life on Mars” won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

“Love Story Read Aloud for Adults” — Hear some of the most beautiful, romantic poems and love stories ever written at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in to come to Thomas Branigan Memorial Library’s Roadrunner Room, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces. Staff will select some of the passages, and participants are encouraged to bring their own favorites (non-explicit) to share. Admission is free. Information: (575) 528-4012 or email cflynn@las-cruces.org.

Poetry Contest for Students — The El Paso Public Library is accepting entries for its 30th annual Youth Poetry Contest open to area students through Feb. 15. Students from 1st to 12th grade may submit original poems. Selected poems will be published in an official poetry contest booklet. Information: elpasolibrary.org.

‘Poetry Therapy’ — The sessions are 6:30 to 8 p.m. every third Friday (Feb. 21), at Brew Lab, 601 N. Oregon, Suite 1, sponsored by Literarity Book Shop. Information: 307-4242 or on Facebook at brewlabep.

Southwest Book Awards — The 49th annual Border Regional Library Association Awards Banquet is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Since 1971 the Awards have been presented in recognition of outstanding books about the Southwest published each year in any genre and directed toward any audience. Original video and audio materials are also considered. Librarian of the Year and Library Staff Person of the Year awards will be presented at the event. The public is invited. Cost for dinner is $37.50; register at brla.info/banquetreg.pdf. Information: 747-5066, brla.info or on Facebook at borderlibraries.
  This year’s awards go to “A Bad Peace and Good War: Spain and the Mescalero Apache Uprising of 1795-1799,” by Mark Santiago; “The Crossroads” by Alexandra Diaz; “Cutting the Wire: Photographs and Poetry from the U.S.-Mexico Border” by Ray Gonzalez and Lawrence Welsh; “D” by Rubén Moreno Valenzuela; “Hey Marfa,” by Jeffrey Yang; “ Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School” by Jim Kristofic; “Mesquite: An Arboreal Love Affair,” by Gary Paul Nabhan; “Nobody Hugs a Cactus” by Carter Goodrich; “Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived along the Border,” by Octavio Solis; and “A Song for the River,” by Philip Connors.

Leap Year Book Sale — Friends of the Esperanza A. Moreno Branch Library, 12480 Pebble Hills, host a book sale 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, with hardcover, paperback, trade size books, children's wrapped books, and more. Proceeds benefit the library. Information: 212-0442 (library) or 212-3587 (bookstore).
  The bookstore’s regular hours are 2:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Leaders R Readers Book Club — Leaders R Readers, a nonprofit community resource for network marketing, hosts book discussions 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free, but registration required. For current title being read and location, send text to 275-3308 or email Leaders_R_Readers@yahoo.com.

Tumblewords Project — The writing workshops are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at UTEP’s Centennial Museum, 500 W. University (new location). Workshops are free; donations for the presenter are encouraged. Information: 328-5484, 212-3710 (Armijo), tumblewordsproject@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
Feb. 1: “Clichés and How to Avoid Them” with Robin Scofield. Scofield is the author of “Sunflower Cantos and Flow,” which was named Southwest Book of the Year by the Border Library Regional Association.
Feb. 8: “Art Shots: Write the Image, Part 2” with Jeanette DesBoine. DesBoine is a writer, indie publisher, and an emerging artist. She was awarded the Woman of Achievement Award in Business and Technology for Contra Costa County, Ca. and also founded Oseye Cultural Arts Center in El Paso.
• Feb. 15: “Against Love Poetry” with Kit Wren. Wren has participated in the Tumblewords Project since he was 12 years old. He has been active in Tumblewords, the Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, and in FrontEra Slam.
Feb. 22: “Speaking In Tongues: The Poetry of Invented Languages” with David Romo. Romo is a writer, musician and historian who specializes in borderland studies. Romo is author of “Ringside Seat to a Revolution” and co-director of the Museo Urbano, a public history project based in El Paso. He will be joined by members of his poetry band, Glosolalia, Rick Quintanar and Carlos Fidel Espinoza.
Feb. 29: “Art of the Thank You Note” with Mónica Gómez. Gómez has made her living as a writer, performing songwriter, broadcaster, motivational speaker, and teacher of creative writing and martial arts. She twice received the El Paso Writers’ League’s Best of Best poetry award. This workshop makes use of memory and storytelling to convey an experience that sparks gratitude rather than platitudes and cliché.

Murder She Read — The Eastside chapter of the book discussion group supporting women mystery writers meets 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, to discuss “It All Comes Back to You” by Beth Duke. Meeting place varies; call for location. Admission is free. Information: 629-7063 or labodda9@aol.com.

El Paso Writers’ League — The league meets 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the conference room at Dorris Van Doren Branch Library, 551 Redd Road, with a discussion on “Outlining Your Novel.” Admission is free and open to the public. Information: (818) 359-9075 or on Facebook at ElPasoWritersLeague.

Reading Art Book Club — The book club of the Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main, meets at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 to discuss “Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” by Corita Kent and Jan Steward. 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.

Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club — The book club devoted to Victorian era science fiction meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin. This month’s book is “Robur the Conqueror” (1886) by Jules Verne. 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.

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 Feb. 19, book is “The Circus Train Conspiracy” by Edward Marston. Participation is free. Information: (575) 647-4480.

Adult reading challenge — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces, hosts the free reading challenge, “Blossoming Books,” Feb. 3-April 23. Participants are challenged to read five books across a variety of topics and genres. Participants who complete all five books will receive a prize of their choice. Registration: (575) 528-4005 or library.reference@las-cruces.org.

Barnes & Noble — Information: barnesandnoble.com. Locations are El Paso’s East Side, Fountains at Farah; West Side, 705 Sunland Park; and Las Cruces Mesilla Valley Mall. Following events are at all stores:
  Book Club is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, featuring “Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano. Sign up at store or website.
  Young Adult Book Club is 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, to discuss “Loveboat, Taipei” by Abigail Hing Wen.
  Children’s storytimes are 11 a.m. Saturdays, and Baby & Me storytimes caregivers and ages 0-24 months are 11 a.m. Sundays.

LGBTQ book group — The bimonthly book group meets on odd-numbered months. Open to all LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly people interested in book discussions. Discussion start with personal sharing, followed by book discussion (food available). Information, location: Ted, 867-4261 (call or text) or on Facebook at ElPasoLGBTBookGroup.

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

“Aaaachooo!” A Story and Drawing Book” written by author Cristina Casas Palmer and illustrated by Sirac Martinez (aka Sirac). The new children’s book, slated for a December release, is an exaggerated tale about a little girl named Amanda whose great big sneeze causes trouble everywhere she goes. Blank pages are provided for children to draw what happens when Amanda sneezes.

‘Buenas Noches, El Paso’ — Luke Lowenfield, who wrote the original poem, and artist Hal Marcus will release their “whimsical and timely” children’s book in time for the holiday season.
  “Buenas Noches, El Paso” is about a child’s magical journey of discovery that truly captures the unique charm of the border region. Celebrating the limitless creativity of children, the book aims to leave all who turn its pages more connected to their community and each other than before they opened its cover.
  The book will make its premier Nov. 1-3 at Junior League of El Paso’s A Christmas Fair, and will later appear at Las Artistas Nov. 23-24. It will also be available at Hal Marcus’s gallery at 1308 N. Oregon. Information: BuenasNochesElPaso.com. 

‘No Soy Meche: La De Juan Gabriel’ by Joseph Carlson (Pupfish LLC). The Spanish language book chronicles the life of Mercedes Alvarez “Meche,” and her relationship with iconic singer Adan Luna (Juan Gabriel).
  Meche, now in her early 70s, is the only living person who knew the true Juan Gabriel and the secret private life that the famous singer successfully hid from the public and his fans. She was instrumental in starting Gabriel’s career and is featured in several of his songs, including the one named after her, “Meche.”
  “I started this project because after Juan Gabriel’s death many of his fans kept telling me they wanted to know the real life history of the legendary singer,” Carlson said. “I hired a professional Mexican author, Fausto Lozano Lara, who spent nearly one year interviewing ‘Meche’ and reviewing her personal memoirs and photos; many which date back several decades.”
  Learn more at nosoymecheladejuangabriel.com.

‘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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