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Literary Sala Presents Courtroom Suspense Novelist and Seasoned Screenwriter

By Carole Schor

The August 8 Literary Sala is excited to present “the John Grisham of México,” courtroom suspense novelist Ronald Ruiz, along with screenwriter Frank Gaydos, in what will be an entertaining and spellbinding evening. Both Ruiz and Gaydos embody the dream of many of us who come to México to reinvent ourselves and become accomplished writers.

Ronald J. Ruiz

Ronald J. Ruiz follows in the footsteps of John Grisham, Scott Turow, and other courtroom thriller writers with his crime novels 120 Days and The Big Bear. His memoir, Lawyer, is the true story of a smart, determined Mexican American raised in the fields of Fresno, California, where he struggled to pull himself up and finally become one of only six Mexican American lawyers in all of Northern California. Like other Mexican and Mexican American authors, Ruiz tells heartwarming and heartwrenching tales of immigrants, borders, drugs, and family in the books Jesusita and Happy Birthday, Jesus.

Lawyer spans over 30 years of Ruiz’s criminal law practice and examines the impact of race on his life and on five memorable cases. Ruiz is a strikingly good writer who forces the reader to see behind the story through his highly skilled storytelling.

Frank Gaydos

Frank Gaydos retired from a long career as an organizational development consultant. He was invited to write a skit for a 2010 Literary Sala summer festival about the book In the Shadow of the Angel, and he wrote such a brilliant piece, he was encouraged to continue. While at the San Miguel Writers Conference in 2014, he met professional comedy writer Mark Saunders, author of Nobody Knows the Spanish I Speak. This was the beginning of a strong friendship and a productive writing collaboration. The pair has adapted Luis Urrea’s bestselling book, Into the Beautiful North into a screenplay, and they have cowritten several screenplays and TV pilots. Frank has gone on to write the screenplay for the historical novel, In the Shadow of the Angel by Kathryn Blair (often dubbed the Gone With the Wind of México) and is cowriting the Civil War TV drama, Black Dispatches and a comedy feature film, Road to México with another former San Miguel de Allende resident, Michael Hager.

At our Sala evening, Frank will be showing the trailer for his latest work, a romantic comedy set in San Miguel entitled Hotel Mañana, currently in preproduction and scheduled to be shot later this year.

Join us for a macho peek into the worlds of crime, the courthouse and Hollywood, and the art of screenwriting at the Literary Sala on August 8 at 5pm at the Hotel La Aldea. Admission is 50 pesos for members and 100 pesos for nonmembers, including a wine and snack reception.

Writers’ Conference

Tickets and registration for the 2020 San Miguel Writers’ Conference will be available at this Sala event, as will membership in the Literary Sala, with its many benefits. For full information, visit or



San Miguel Literary Sala presents

Ronald J. Ruiz

Author of Lawyer

Frank Gaydos

Screenwriter for Hotel Mañana

Thu, Aug 8, 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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