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.

Reading & Booksigning: Diana Silva, Molé Mama; A Memoir of Love, Cooking and Loss

2 pm to 4 pm

Join author Diana Silva for a book reading and signing of Molé Mama; A Memoir of Love, Cooking and Loss about the intimate journey of Diana’s mother’s final thirteen months. She cooks her mother’s heirloom Mexican recipes every weekend while Rose presides from her nearby hospice bed and completes taste tests to ensure that Diana has perfected her favorite dishes. Rose also uses this precious time to help Diana understand the secrets to a good life: forgiveness, love, faith, and gratitude for every moment. The book includes some of Rose’s most cherished recipes, Chicken mole, Spanish rice, chili beans, enchiladas, guacamole and others. Diana Silva is a San Francisco-based author, radio host, video blogger and home chef. Her Molé Mama Recipes YouTube channel celebrates family recipes, cooking delicious meals at home and adding love to every recipe. Diving into her Latina roots, she uses her magical molcajete, and other tools and techniques that make her food taste like grandma used to make back in Mexico.
Free community event

Reading & Booksigning, Borderless: The Art of Luis Tapia

2 pm to 4 pm

Join us for a panel discussion and book signing celebrating Borderless: The Art of Luis Tapia, a new book that documents pioneering Chicano artist Luis Tapia’s 45-year career in art. The first full-length study of Tapia’s work, Borderless delves deep into his artistic legacy as a celebrated and influential figure in Chicano and New Mexican art, from the early 1970s to today. Leading art historians, curators, and literary figures consider Tapia’s refined craftsmanship and insightful commentary to be visual and social touchstones for a tradition in transition. Contributors include Dana Gioia, Charlene Villaseñor Black, Lucy R. Lippard, Denise Chávez, Edward Hayes, and Director and Curator of the NHCC Art Museum, Tey Marianna Nunn.
Free with a suggested $5 donation to the museum

Reading & Booksigning: Irene Blea, Beneath the Super Moon

2 pm to 4 pm

Join author Irene Blea for a reading from her book Beneath the Super Moon.

The third book in Blea’s “Suzanna” trilogy, Beneath the Super Moon follows Suzanna Montoya from the mid-1960s, in the early days of the Chicano Movement, as she has settled in the city, developed a critical consciousness, and begun to address urban concerns about race, class, and gender. Suzanna’s analytical gift provides a colorful voice as she takes action to address the manifestations of racism, sexism, and class discrimination where they happen—in her life—all while she seeks to reunite with the sons she left behind when she ran from her abusive husband.
Free public event

Reading & Booksigning: Jonathan Marcantoni, Kings of 7th Avenue and Tristiana

2 pm to 4 pm

Join author Jonathan Marcantoni, who will be traveling to Albuquerque from Colorado, for an interactive reading event, drawing from the material in his books Kings of 7th Avenue and Tristiana.

Kings of 7th Avenue takes an unflinching look at Tampa’s multi-ethnic communities to show how the roots of misogyny and abuse have grown so deep that they have become tradition, tracing the meteoric rise of one couple and the violent fall of another against the backdrop of Tampa’s infamous Ybor City club district. Tristiana, Marcantoni’s first Spanish-language novel, explores a beautiful and troubled land where a group of men and women debate between the playful comfort of the world of ideas and the cruel reality of political violence. The epic of these “Tristianos,” embodied in paintings and murals—transcends the lines connecting the struggles of the past and the dreams of a free future.
Free public event

Reading & Booksigning: Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Mestizos Come Home! Making and Claiming Mexican American Identity

6 pm to 8 pm

Join author Robert Con Davis-Undiano for a reading from his recently released book, Mestizos Come Home! Making and Claiming Mexican American Identity.

Davis-Undiano’s landmark book details the profound ways in which Mexican Americans have contributed to U.S. culture since the 1960s. It addresses the need for Mexican Americans and Latinos to stop apologizing for being in the U.S., as well as the need for mainstream culture to stop making them the “enemy.” The intent of the work is to encourage Latinos to take pride in what they have accomplished already, and to help others to be more understanding of what Mexican Americans and other Latinos are continuing to try to accomplish.

Robert Con Davis-Undiano is a Mexican American and a professor/administrator at the University of Oklahoma.
Free public event

Reading & Booksigning: Antonio C. Marquez, Volver

2 pm to 4 pm

Join author Antonio C. Marquez for a reading from his new book, a memoir titled Volver: A Persistence of Memory.

Volver recounts Marquez’ life story from his childhood memories to the impact of immigration and war on his family; his experiences of gang conflict in El Paso and Los Angeles; his enlistment in the Marine Corps; and his activism in the civil rights movement and the antiwar movement of the Vietnam era. Born on the eve of World War II into a family of Mexican immigrants in El Paso, Marquez recounts a story of survival and courage.

Antonio C. Marquez is professor emeritus of English Language and Literature at the University of New Mexico.
Free public event

Reading & Booksigning: A. Gabriel Meléndez, The Book of Archives

2 pm to 4 pm

Join author A. Gabriel Meléndez for a reading from his new book The Book of Archives and Other Stories from the Mora Valley, New Mexico.

The Book of Archives tells the story of New Mexico’s Mora Valley, located in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, through the ghosts of history it harbors: troubadours and soldiers, Plains Indians and settlers, families fleeing and finding home. There, more than a century ago, villagers collect scraps of paper documenting the valley’s history and their identity—military records, travelers’ diaries, newspaper articles, poetry, and more—and bind them into a leather portfolio known as “The Book of Archives.” When a bomb blast during the Mexican-American War scatters the book’s contents to the wind, the memory of the accounts lives on instead in the minds of Mora residents. Poets and storytellers pass down the valley’s traditions into the twentieth century, from one generation to the next.
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Reading & Booksigning: Celia López-Chávez, Epics of Empire and Frontier

2 pm to 4 pm

Join author Celia López-Chávez for a reading from her new book Epics of Empire and Frontier: Alonso de Ercilla and Gaspar de Villagrá as Spanish Colonial Chroniclers.

Epics of Empire and Frontier reveals new ways of thinking about the themes of empire and frontier from the muse of the epic poems La Araucana by the Spanish nobleman Alonso de Ercilla and Historia de la Nueva México by Gaspar de Villagrá, Mexican-born captain under Juan de Oñate in New Mexico, both of which valorize the Spanish conquest of native peoples. Employing historical and literary analysis that goes from the global to the regional, and from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, López-Chávez considers Ercilla and Villagrá not only as writers but as citizens and subjects of the powerful Spanish empire.

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