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Literary Sala Announces Book Release Celebration

By Carole Schor

The August Literary Sala will celebrate the publication of An Orchid Sari: The Personal Diary of an American Mom in 1960s India by Cynthia Claus. The program will also present poetry by Honora Simon.

San Miguel Literary Sala Presents
An Orchid Sari: The Personal Diary of an American Mom in 1960s India
By Cynthia Claus
Here, In The Morning
By Honora Simon
Thu, Aug 10, 5–7pm
Hotel Posada de Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
100 pesos (50 pesos for Literary Sala members)
Complimentary Wine Reception

Cynthia Claus

Cynthia Claus’s brand new book is a travel memoir written mostly during a trip to India in 1968–1969. Cynthia was with her Indian husband and their two-year-old son, Ajay, as she and her son met her husband’s relatives for the first time. Her chronicle, fifty years in the making, captures all she experienced: from impossible toilet situations to mysterious family relationships; from snake charmers to fire-breathers; from soul-crushing bureaucracy to fouled-up reservations; and from beggars with matted hair to the Taj Mahal.

Cynthia has been bitten hard by the book bug and plans for her next book to be a collection of short stories that will comprise a short memoir. “The last book that I think I have in me will be about San Miguel,” she says. That one will probably take me to the end of my days.”

When asked what advice she would give to the aspiring writers here in San Miguel, Cynthia replied, “Do it! You can do it! There is so much support here for all artistic endeavors, but especially for writers by the Literary Sala and the amazing Writers’ Conference in February. You’ll never find another place quite like San Miguel!”

Honora Simon

Kirkus Reviews called Honora Simon’s book of poetry, Here, in the Morning, “a spare volume of heartening, reflective insight.” The book is the author’s collection of thoughts and feelings from a lifelong study of life, quantum thought, our place in nature, and various relationships. Her poems combine her search for the meaning of spirituality while offering thought-provoking questions and concerns about awareness and the realm of nature. About spirituality, she says, “How can we know? Where can we find it? It is as close to us as breathing, yet it is further than the furthermost star. Its goodness passes before us in the realm of nature, in the varied experience of our lives.”

Join us for a delightful romp through India on an amazing trip, as well as a deep exploration of spirituality through poetry at the San Miguel Literary Sala on August 10 at 5pm at the Hotel La Aldea. Admission is 50 pesos for members and 100 pesos for nonmembers, including a wine and snack reception.

Literary Sala Membership

Consider becoming a member of the San Miguel Literary Sala. Membership supports not only the literary life of San Miguel, including scholarships for teens and reading projects for children in the campo; it also offers attractive benefits like reading groups and discounts at the monthly author readings, as well as discounts and priority seating at the Annual Writers’ Conference. A Membership Table will be available at the August 10 Literary Sala event. It is also possible to obtain information and join online at


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