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LitEruption! Books, Crafts, Literary Readings, on December 6

By Jenny Purdue, photo by Jim Knoch

Alfonso Tirado, Donna Meyer, Christopher Cook, Eva Hunter, Laura Juliet Wood getting ready for LitEruption!

“Tony Cohan is someone I’ve wanted to talk with for a long time, ever since reading his memoir about San Miguel, On Mexican Time,” says David Barrow, attorney and local resident. “I’m hyped about asking him what he thinks of San Miguel now.”  Tony Cohan will read from a work-in-progress piece at 1pm at the Hotel Aldea on December 6. But he won’t be the only locally- (and internationally-) known author participating in this Holiday Book and Crafts Fair, LitEruption! sponsored by SOL: English Writing in Mexico. Books by Sandra Gulland (the Josephine trilogy); Christopher Cook (Robbers), Eva Hunter (A Little Mormon Girl), as well as books by authors Gerard Helferich, John Scherber, Lynda Schor, and others will be available for holiday purchase. A series of seven-minute readings throughout the event give book lovers an opportunity to hear their favorite authors. Throughout the book and craft fair, a coffeehouse area will provide a place to meet friends and hang out.

Holiday Books and Crafts Fair sponsored by SOL: English Writing in Mexico
Books and crafts, author readings, coffeehouse
Sat, Dec 6, 10am-2pm
Hotel Aldea,
Ancha de San Antonio 15

The poets represented, among them James Cervantes and Laura Juliet Wood, offer their poetry collections or chap books of internationally recognized work—perhaps providing the answer to especially sensitive, or especially romantic, gift giving. But LitEruption! isn’t only about books; a group of hand-selected artisans will offer their crafts. Artists Rae Miller, Dawn Gaskill, Lena Bartula, and Hannah Jarmain will present glittering and unique ideas for holiday giving or treats for the buyer. Hand-made books, shawls, holiday cards, prints, and photography are among the offerings.

The book fair will be the premier presentation of Eva Hunter’s novella about San Miguel, The Council of Women: Atonement in San Miguel. “This gothic-style ‘little book’ — and I mean that in the classic literary sense — is reminiscent of novella-size books popular from the 1930s through the 1950s in the United States,” Hunter says. “I’m excited to have a book about San Miguel.”

LitEruption! is the third recent San Miguel book fair sponsored by SOL: English Writing in Mexico, according to its chair, Robert Russell. A SOL-sponsored holiday book fair was held a year ago, and another was held last July. “But this is the big one,” Russell says. “Including the craftspeople, there will be more than 30 vendors. It’s going to be terrific.”

The book and crafts fair is an opportunity to participate with SOL in helping others, says Russell. In its five years of existence, SOL: English Writing in Mexico has donated the proceeds of its winter (January through March) literary reading series to specific non-profits. For the first four years, the recipient was San Miguel PEN International’s literacy program for at-risk youth. This year, the profits from SOL’s activities go to the “J’accuse” project, which brings a voice to the victims of rape, incest, and other sexual crime.


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