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Local Authors Present Free Readings at Saturday’s Book Fair

By Sarah Grace Powers

Some people believe printed books are becoming extinct, and that Kindles will take their place. Wrong! E-book sales are actually declining! Many of us still savor the joys of holding a delicious new book in our hands and seeing it sitting among other favorites on our shelves.

San Miguel Literary Sala presents
San Miguel Book Fair
Sat, Aug 12, 11am–2pm
Casa Europa en México
San Francisco 23

If you are a book lover, you will discover many new books penned by local authors at the San Miguel Book Fair. It is a unique opportunity to converse with the authors themselves, get your books signed, and hear short readings. The bios of San Miguel authors are impressive.

James Cervantes will read from his book of poems, Sleepwalker’s Songs. He was editor of The Salt River Review for thirteen years and is currently foreign correspondent for Hinchas de Poesia.

Ellen Akerman will read from her fictional memoir, Buddy’s Story, based on the life of her uncle, Bernard Akerman. Friend lived in a time before cerebral palsy was understood and when the handicapped were locked away, an embarrassment and burden to their families. Finally, Ellen gives him a voice to tell his story.

Catherine Marenghi will read from her memoir, Glad Farm, a story of poverty and loss that is frequently compared to The Glass Castle. Former President Jimmy Carter has called the book “inspiring.”

Frank Thoms, a former teacher and educational consultant, is the author of two books of nonfiction about alternative teaching. He will read from his recently completed, Teaching Reincarnation in Kazakhstan.

Lynda Schor will read from her new novel, Dearth. She is the author of five books of short fiction. Her stories have been published in magazines such as Mademoiselle, GQ, Ms, and many others.

Agnes Olive worked in Lahore, Pakistan, from 1984 to 1987 with her then husband. She will read from her memoir, Letters from Pakistan, which is told in a series of letters sent home and original snippets from the local daily paper.

Joseph Toone is the author of the San Miguel de Allende Secrets book series telling the stories of the indigenous and Spanish culture behind today’ s San Miguel. Toone will explain tamales and their twisted tale of terror!

Glen Pourciau will read from View, a collection of short stories about what goes on in the minds of people involved in everyday situations. His first story collection, Invite, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and his stories have been published in many respected literary journals and magazines.

Margaret Nash is the author of three books dedicated to providing motivational advice and encouragement for aging well. She will read from her second book, How to Get Along with Everybody All the Time.

Barbara Hayes Deehan will read from To Find the Way of Love: For the Survival of Our Species, a book about the evolution and development of human relationships. Written by her deceased husband, Oliver E. Deehan, it has won four book awards and many five-star reviews.


Schedule of Readings at the Book Fair


11:00              James Cervantes
11:15              Ellen Akerman
11:30              Catherine Marenghi
11:45              Frank Thoms
12:00              Lynda Schor
12:15              Dennis Lanson
12:30              Agnes Olive
12:45              Joseph Toone
1:00                Glen Pourciau
1:15                Margaret Nash
1:30                Barbara Hayes Deehan
1:45                Laura Juliet Wood

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