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Christopher Cook and Gerard Helferich read at the SOL Literary Sala

Christopher Cook

By M. Fahey

Christopher Cook has gypsy in his soul. This Texas native has not lived in the United States since 1994. His spirit of adventure brought him to Paris in 1994, to San Miguel in 1996, to Prague in 2001, and back to San Miguel in 2013. Native New Yorker Gerard Helferich divides his time between Jackson, Mississippi, and San Miguel.

SOL English Writing in Mexico
Mon, Mar 2, 5-6pm
Paprika Restaurante
Ancha de San Antonio, 9A
100 pesos
50 pesos drink credit

Cook will be reading from his latest work-in-progress, and Helferich will be reading from his book, Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin: Madness, Vengeance and the Campaign of 1912, on Monday, March 2, from 5 to 6pm at Paprika Restaurante on Ancha de San Antonio, 9A. The 100 pesos admission charge includes a 50 pesos credit toward a beverage purchase. The author readings are part of the SOL: English Writing in Mexico literary program. Proceeds from the readings assist the project J’Accuse, an outlet for voices speaking out against sexual violence.

Cook is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to stimulate interest in Texas letters and to recognize literary achievement.  He studied pre-med at Rice University in Houston and psychology at Macalester College in Minnesota. His career path took a twist, however, and he became a newspaper and magazine journalist working in Minnesota, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas. He has been writing fiction and screenplays full time since the mid-1990s.

A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Helferich publishes book reviews in the Wall Street Journal and has contributed to the Fodor’s travel guides to Mexico and Guatemala. He is on the faculty of the Columbia publishing course at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York. For several years he presented nonfiction workshops at the San Miguel Writers Conference. He graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Before beginning his writing career in 2002, Helferich worked as an editor and publisher for 25 years at Doubleday, Simon and Schuster, and John Wiley and Sons in New York.

Cook’s award-winning book Robbers has been optioned for a TV series and Screen Door Jesus has been made into a feature movie. For more information, see

Helferich has received high praise for his nonfiction work and his book about Theodore Roosevelt has been a New York Times e-book best seller. For more information, see

Cook is engaging and a master of mystery. Helferich’s nonfiction makes the past come alive. Don’t miss these two talented authors reading from their latest work March 2, from 5 to 6pm at Paprika Restaurante.

M. Fahey is the SOL media relations editor and a former journalist from Washington, DC.


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