Category archives for: Literature

Literary Sala Presents Works in Progress

Linda Hampton

By Carole Schor The annual “Works in Progress” Literary Sala event gives audiences an opportunity to hear some of San Miguel’s outstanding writers who are working on a gem of a piece that has not been exposed to an audience—until now.. Frank Thoms taught English in four Soviet schools during the Mikhail Gorbachev era. He [...]

What was first … The Egg or Stirling Dickinson?


By AlTirado How is it that we have reached the point where San Miguel is well known internationally as a tourist destination as well as an artistic destination? Metaphorically speaking it is said that, “Who was first the egg or the hen,” because somehow life began. In San Miguel we live, breathe, and even drink, [...]

Recent Arrivals in Fiction


By Diane Gravell Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood, Swing Time by Zadie Smith, Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple, The Life-Writer by David Constantine, All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews, The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan, and They May Not Mean To But They Do by Cathleen Schine lead the list of [...]

Libros Para Todos Continues To Expand

LIT LIBROS Children in the youth writers workshop

By Fredric Dannen Last February, the nonprofit organization Libros para Todos tried out a new and venturesome program for children, something of an experiment. Libros had been created in 2013 with the mission of inspiring young Mexicans to get excited about reading by distributing free books to hundreds of mostly rural children, and then having [...]

Three Poets to Headline Final Spring Café

Gregory Ellis

By Maia Williams Poets Gregory Ellis, Judith Jenya, and Dan Siegel will headline Poetry Café Bellas Artes on Thursday, April 20, beginning at 5pm. Join these multi-faceted creatives for what will be another memorable celebration of poetry. Literature Poetry Café Bellas Artes presents Gregory Ellis, Judith Jenya, and Dan Siegel Thu, Apr 20, 5–6pm Sala [...]

Three NYC Poets with a Flair for the Dramatic

Tasha Paley

By Maia Williams Three unique poets, Tasha Paley, Harold Dean James, and Gaia Schilke, who share an affinity for poetry, performance, and a former life in NYC, will headline Poetry Café Bellas Artes. Literary Poetry Café Bellas Artes presents Three NYC Poets with a Flair for the Dramatic By Tasha Paley, Harold Dean James, Gaia [...]

Poetry Alive! Celebrates Billy Collins

By Maia Williams To commemorate the first anniversary of San Miguel’s popular reading series, “Poetry Café Bellas Artes,” two special events are planned in anticipation of the February 16 appearance of Billy Collins as a keynote speaker at the 2017 San Miguel Writers’ Conference. Mr. Collins, one of the world’s most beloved poets (and funniest), [...]

Textile Fiestas of Mexico


By Sheri Brautigam In the truest sense, as a designated Pueblo Magico de Mexico, the town of Cuetzalan is just that, a magic town! High in the hills of the state of Puebla, it is a lush, humid place, full of beautiful flowers, orchid farms, epiphytes hanging in the trees, and luscious vegetation. The winding, [...]

Page Turner Book Review

By Elizabeth M. Marshall The Road to Little Dribbling By Bill Bryson Bill Bryson has done it again in his latest book, The Road to Little Dribbling. In this rather hefty volume he describes his travels through the nooks and crannies of the British Isles by car, foot, bus, and train. His keen observations and [...]

December Literary Sala: Inspired Teachers of Children and Adults: Frank Thoms and Margaret Nash

By Carole Schor “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” -Malala Yousafzai, world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner. Frank Thoms In this world of troubling times, we look to the next generations to give us hope. Hope begins in the classroom where children are taught to [...]

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