Book Reading and Signing, Sergio Troncoso, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son

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Free and open to the public.

How does a Mexican-American, the son of immigrants, a child of the border, la frontera, leave home and move to the heart of gringo America? How does he adapt to the worlds of wealth, elite universities, the rush and power of New York City? How does he make peace with a stern old-fashioned father who has only known hard field labor his whole life? With echoes of Dreiser’s American Tragedy and Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, Troncoso tells his luminous stories through the lens of an exile adrift in the 21st century, his characters suffering from the loss of culture and language, the loss of roots and home as they adapt to the glittering promises of new worlds which ultimately seem so empty.

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Book Reading and Signing: Jaima Chevalier and her Book “Fringe”

6:30 pm

Jaima Chevalier’s book Fringe is a tribute to flamenco legend María Benitez and includes almost 200 rare and exclusive images from locally famous to world-renowned photographers, all showcasing Benítez’s central role in dance history. Beníitez is an iconic figure in American flamenco. Her riveting story begins with the complexity of her mixed Native American and Puerto Rican heritage followed by her extraordinary journey as a young woman leaving her home on the outskirts of Taos Pueblo to study flamenco in Spain. From the inherent irony of her identity as a Native American woman striving to master the art of a culture that had colonized the Southwestern United States, she grew into an artist driven to forge her own way in the world, starting a business, , a non-profit institution, a school, and a professional touring company. Her illustrious career, from appearances in film and television to stages across the world, is an inspiration to artists, students of history, and seekers of core human truths. Her ability to overcome both racial and gender discrimination made her equally comfortable on the Metropolitan Opera stage as well as dancing around a gypsy campfire–all coalescing to make her story one that dances straight into the heart of what it means to be an American original.

Jaima Chevalier, a Santa Fe native, is the author of five books including La Conquistadora: Unveiling the History of Santa Fe’s Six Hundred Year Old Religious Icon and Nativo (with Oliver Galvan-De La Cruz). Her documentary films include Veiled Lightning/Native Voltage (director) and El Corazon de Santa Fe (Producer).

Join us in the Salon Ortega of the historic History and Literary Arts Building on the NHCC Campus.

This event is free and open to the public

Día de Los Muertos: Lecture and Book Signing with Ann Murdy

1:30 – 3:00 pm


You are invited to a special lecture and book signing!

Join artist and author, Ann Murdy, for a discussion of her book, On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of Mexico’s Day of the Dead / En el camino de los cempasúchitles: Tradiciones vivas del Día de Los Muertos de México with Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, Director of the NHCC Art Museum. The discussion will be followed by a book signing with the author.

About the Author

Ann Murdy is an award-winning photographer who has been taking pictures of México’s Day of the Dead and other celebrations since 1991. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the photo archives of the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. She has a B.A. from Chapman University in Orange County, and also B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Book Reading and Signing: Refugees, Rivers and Rebels with Renny Golden

6 pm

This presentation will feature poets Sen. Bill O’Neill, Margaret Randall, Damien Flores and Renny Golden.

Renny Golden’s The Music of Her Rivers pays homage to the Rio Grande and Illinois Rivers. Sharp-eyed and empathetic, Golden serves as a witness, documenting place, history, and people, especially those left voiceless due to violence or discrimination—from the refugee border crossers of the Rio Grande to the Irish immigrants and former slaves struggling to build lives in Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Book Presentation and Signing: Dr. Mari-Luci Jaramillo and her book “Sacred Seeds”

2:00 pm

A notable educator and civil rights advocate, Mari-Luci Jaramillo is best known for her accomplishments as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras in the 1970s. From humble beginnings in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Mari-Luci went on to a long career that included numerous positions at the University of New Mexico, and serving as the U.S. Department of State, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs under President Carter, and as the U.S. Department of Defense, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Latin America under President Clinton. Dr. Jaramillo resides in  Albuquerque, NM.

Mari-Luci tells the story of her own coming of age in the 1930s, stories of the every-day and the out-of-the-ordinary, stories of how she learned the values of community, faith, love, tradition, and passion for learning. Featuring New Mexican Spanish and illustrated by photographs and sketches, this collection of stories reveals the observant eye and open heart of the girl who became Madame Ambassador.

This event is free and open to the public.

Semana Cervantina: Lecture and Discussion “Spain and the Independence of the United States” by Tom Chavez

7 pm

Organized by Instituto Cervantes Albuquerque in collaboration with the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Spanish Resource Center to commemorate the “International Day of the Book” and the “Day of the Spanish Language.”

“Spain and the Independence of the United States” is a Lecture and discussion group. Historian Dr. Tom Chavez will discuss the making of early U.S. history from Spanish resources, the language of Cervantes.

Dr. Chavez will give a 45-minute lecture and there will be a group discussion to talk in detail about his research and further opportunities for researching in Cervantes’ language. Assistants will need to sign up for the discussion group limited to 20. Contact to register.

Book signing – bring your own book.

Free and open to the public; donations welcome

National Poetry Month

Join the NHCC’s History and Literary Arts program for a month of events including widely distributed pocket-size poems (in English and Spanish), poetry readings and book signings (including those associated with the Children’s Bilingual Book Festival), displays, and other events celebrating Latinx poets.  In 2019, for the 100th birthday of Walt Whitman, we will pair several Whitman poems with poems by Latinx writers, creating a “conversation” between poets who never met, but who talk to each other across time.

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Eric J. Garcia: Presentation & Book Signing

6-8 pm

Known for mixing history with contemporary themes, Eric J. Garcia always tries to create art that is much more than just aesthetics. Born and raised in Albuquerque’s South Valley, Garcia received his BFA with a minor in Chicano studies from the University of New Mexico, then went on to complete his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has shown in numerous national exhibitions and his artwork can be found in the collections of The National Hispanic Cultural Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, The Art Institute of Chicago. Garcia is a versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from murals, to sculptural installations, to his controversial political cartoon series El Machete Illustrated, but all of his works have the common goal of educating and challenging.

Read more about Eric’s book here.

Free and open to the public

Reading & Booksigning and Walk Along the Bosque with Michelle Otero, Albuquerque Poet Laureate

6 pm: Walk Along the Bosque

7 pm: Poetry Reading

Please join us for a reading by Albuquerque’s fourth (and newest) Poet Laureate, Michelle Otero. In addition, Michelle is coordinating a series of walks along the Rio Grande Bosque, “Walking with Poets,” hosted by local poets, highlighting the work of poets we love,  and raising awareness of the need to conserve and preserve our beloved Rio. The walks will lead to a bosque  poetry anthology, to be edited by Otero. “Walking With Poets” takes place on the fourth Thursday of each month from July through October.

Otero is a tenth generation New Mexican. Her work has appeared in New Mexico Magazine, Brevity, Puerto del Sol, and other literary journals and she is the author of Malinche’s Daughter (essays).

Otero is Creative Director of El Valle Encantado, an organization promoting sustainable development initiatives in Albuquerque’s Atrisco neighborhood. She holds a B.A. in History from Harvard and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College.

Escribir Nuevo Mexico—Taos County

3 pm

Escribir Nuevo Mexico—Taos County: Featuring NM Authors David Gurule, Rose Spader, and Joanna Vidaurre-Trujillo

The NHCC is proud to present a new reading series featuring books about New Mexico authored by New Mexican writers. Each reading will feature 2-3 writers whose books focus on a particular place in the Land of Enchantment. On Oct. 6 we feature Tortillas and Butter, A Young Man’s Quest for a Meaningful Life by David J. Gurule, Overturned Bucket, by Rose Spader, based on the true story of one woman’s resilience during the New Mexico Territorial fight for land, and Potatoes and Beans/Papas y Frijoles, by Joanna Vidaurre-Trujillo, a collection of short stories and poems written in the traditional Spanish dialect of northern New Mexico, with English translations.