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Literary Sala Presents Works in Progress Readings By 10 Authors

Wendy Bichel

By Susan Page

One of the Literary Sala’s perennially popular events will occur on June 21 from 5 to 7 PM at the Aldea Hotel, when ten San Miguel de Allende writers will read from their works. You will hear a sampling of some of the best writers working here today, including fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry.

Tree Bernstein

Tree Bernstein recently served as a senior Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia. She taught writing at Brooks Institute for a decade and poetry workshops with California Poets in the Schools. Her MFA in writing and poetics is from the Naropa Institute.

Rosaleen Bertolino

Rosaleen Bertolino will read from Green Man, a story about a woman on a road trip with her dead husband’s ghost. Her fiction has been widely published in literary magazines. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she moved to San Miguel last summer.

Wendy Bichel

Wendy Bichel is a lyricist, librettist, and composer. Her works have been produced in New York City and San Miguel, where her musical Bikers in Camelot will be produced next winter. Her poetry retains the musicality of years of writing lyrics.

Susan Boland

Susan Boland’s hair-raising nonfiction book, Secondhand Memories, is the true story of a Canadian housewife who became an unwitting guinea pig in a brutal “brainwashing” experiment funded by the CIA that was designed to erase her mind and reprogram her as an assassin. The housewife was Susan Boland’s mother.


Libbe Denard

Local poet Libbe Denard will read from her new collection entitled Whispered with the Wind. It is two stories: a woman struggling to come into her true spirit and a community in mid twentieth-century America. Libbe’s photographs, prose, and poetry are brought to life by her travels around the world.


Sallie Latch

Sallie Latch will read from Hear Me, a collection of raw interviews she conducted with refugees, international volunteers, and Greek nationals while she was in Greece during the refugee crisis. She has written freelance articles on social issues through the years.


Sarah Pankow

In Sarah Pankow’s novel, Gaia, a free-spirited German woman moves to the Emirates in search of change and encounters a culture clash. Naked is Sarah’s first novel.


Sharon Steeber

The novel But Do You Love Me With Locura? tells the story of an American journalist and the Mexican doctor she meets while researching attitudes of rural Mexican women toward birth control. Sharon Steeber’s published works include a novel, The Jews, and a textbook series, Reading Faster and Understanding More.

Carolyn Studer

In her memoir, Soon and Very Soon, Carolyn Studer writes about her father, a Presbyterian minister who desegregated a church on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. Carolyn has published numerous articles on racial and gender justice.

Mary Katherine Wainwright

A Taste of Salt by Mary Katherine Wainwright is a collection of poems written over the last forty years. She earned a PhD in American studies at Purdue University and has published poetry in various literary periodicals. She currently teaches classes in literature at the Lifelong Learning Program.



San Miguel Literary Sala presents

Works in Progress

Ten Writers Read from Their Works

Thu, Jun 21, 5-–7pm

Hotel Posada de Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15

100 pesos

50 pesos for Literary Sala members

Complimentary Wine Reception




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