Category archives for: Literature

Poets, Writers to Present Poems at Bellas Artes

By Maia Williams Three experienced poets and writers with a shared history of teaching will present their poems at the February 22 Poetry Café Bellas Artes. Beth Spencer is a recent émigré to Minnesota, stalking grandchildren in the Minneapolis area. She was formerly a teacher and counselor in the Neenah, Wisconsin schools. Beth has published [...]

Solamente en San Miguel, Volume III Begins Month of Author Readings

By Susan Page The San Miguel Literary Sala proudly announces the publication of the third volume of our popular anthology, Solamente en San Miguel, Volume III, as well an upcoming series of readings by authors from the just-released anthology. Have you ever heard yourself saying, “I just can’t convey what San Miguel is all about [...]

Book Signing Reception for Sea of Scoundrels Author Jannat Thompson

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By Pam Vadeboncoeur Join us for a book signing and cocktail reception of the newly published book Sea of Scoundrels by author and San Miguel resident Jannat Thompson. Sea of Scoundrels is about corporate attorney Anna Thornbury, who is running on empty and too busy for love when she meets and marries handsome stranger Jonathan [...]

“Pop-Up” Bookstore Give Conference Attendees Plenty to Peruse


By Willa Madden For five days you can peruse the largest English language bookstore in Mexico. Blink and it will be gone. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit a small independent bookstore with 175 titles written by 90 different authors. Literature San Miguel Literary Sala presents Writers’ Conference Bookstore Wed–Sun, Feb 14–18, 8:30am–6:30pm Hotel Real [...]

Panels and Workshops Open to the Public

By Susan Page The San Miguel Writers’ Conference opens on February 14 with something for everyone. Of special interest to those not attending the entire Conference are the panel discussions. Panel Discussion: “Writers as Activists in Dangerous Times” We could not have a timelier topic, right at this moment in history. Novelist and keynote speaker [...]

Latin American Literature in Translation

By Judy Rosenthal La Biblioteca has formed a new section called “Latin American Literature in Translation.” It is housed between the English and Spanish collections, near the Recently Arrived bookshelf. Why read these classic novels? The literary fiction of a country is a window to the culture, the ideas, and even the obsessions of its [...]

Poetry Alive! Celebrates Rita Dove

By Maia Williams Photo attached: Rita Dove (Credit: Fred Viebahn) To commemorate the second anniversary of San Miguel’s popular reading series, Poetry Café Bellas Artes, the poetry of Rita Dove will be shared in anticipation of her February 15 keynote address at the 2018 San Miguel Writers’ Conference. On February 8, several local poets will [...]

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

By Naomi Zerriffi Starr Carter is the 16-year-old African American narrator of this story. When she was 12, her parents had “the talk” with her but besides the birds and bees they also told her how to behave if stopped by a cop. Near the beginning of the story she has occasion to use their [...]

Memorials, a Celebration of the Art of Rodrigo Lara

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By Kahren Jones Arbitman As Rodrigo Lara’s artistic reputation continues to rise in the US, his heart still lies somewhere between Querétaro, where he was born, and San Miguel de Allende, where his native talent was nurtured. That helps to explain why Lara chose San Miguel to launch a major publication about his recent work. [...]

Calvin Trillin Returns to San Miguel

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By Susan Page Calvin Trillin, who presented one of the most beloved and memorable Writers’ Conference keynote speeches in 2014, is returning to San Miguel for a Literary Sala Special Event. For more than forty years, Trillin has been a reporter for The New Yorker magazine, where more than 300 of his pieces have appeared. [...]

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