Second annual book fair features local authors
By Marge Fahey
What do Eva Hunter, Christopher Cook, Mittie Rodger, Margaret Tallis, Joseph Dispenza and John Scherber have in common? They are all published authors who happen to be living in San Miguel.
Second Annual Book Fair
SOL and The Literary Sala
Sat, Jul 19, 10am-2pm
St. Paul’s Church
San Miguel is becoming known as a ‘writer’s town’ says Hunter, Executive Editor of SOL: English Writing in Mexico, an online literary magazine originating in San Miguel. “Writers and authors of the stature of Christopher Cook, whose highly acclaimed novel, Robbers, may soon become a cable series,” says Hunter. A Little Mormon Girl, Hunter’s highly acclaimed memoir, will also be available at the book fair.
So, you want to be a writer or do you just have a love of the written word? Then you won’t want to miss an opportunity to chat with these and many more local authors at the SOL: English Writing in Mexico and the Literary Sala’s second annual San Miguel Book Fair. The fair will be held Saturday, July 19, at St. Paul’s Church from 10am-2pm. The fair will be held indoors and everyone is invited to attend.
Tallis conceived the idea for the book fair in conjunction with Hunter, and organized both fairs. Tallis is the special events editor at SOL. The book fair features more than 25 local authors, who will be onsite selling and signing their books. In addition to the books, there will also be handmade books, photography, sculpture and jewelry for sale. A soft jazz group, courtesy of Cazz Roberts, will provide ambiance. Based on last year’s attendance, Tallis anticipates 200 or more people to attend the fair.
SOL, in addition to its twice-yearly publication featuring literary nonfiction, poetry and fiction, produces a book of many of its online published articles by San Miguel writers. Every winter from November – March, SOL provides a series of literary readings by well-known writers. The proceeds of these events go to nonprofit organizations.
The Literary Sala produces an annual Writers’ Conference, which attracts well-known writers, such as Sandra Cisneros and Barbara Kingsolver, who bring their stories alive to those in attendance. In addition, the Literary Sala sponsors a monthly reading by local authors. “The writer’s conference has raised the profile of writers in San Miguel and made it a writer’s town,” says Hunter.
Marge Fahey is the media relations editor for SOL: English Writing in Mexico. She is a former journalist from Washington, DC.