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John Biscello: Reading and Book-Signing

When: May 21, 2016

From: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Please join us at Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St, for a book-signing and reading from John Biscello’s Raking the Dust on Saturday, May 21st at 2 p.m.

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello, has called Taos, New Mexico home for the past twelve years. He is the author of the fiction novel, Broken Land: A Brooklyn Tale; and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, and Kansas City Voices. His blog–Notes of an Urban Stray–can be read at johnbiscello.blogspot.com, and his website is: johnbiscello.com.

In this rogue’s tale, full of sound, fury, and erotic surrealism, we meet Alex Fillameno, a writer who has traded in the machine-grind of New York for a bare bones existence in the high desert town of Taos, New Mexico. Recently divorced and jobless, Fillameno has become a regular at The End of the Road, the bar where he first encounters the alluring and enigmatic D.J., a singer and musician. Drawn to her mutable sense of reality, the two begin a romance that starts off relatively normal. When D.J. initiates Alex into the realm of sexual transfiguration, however, their lives turn inside-out, and what follows is an anti-hero’s journey into a nesting doll world of masks and fragments, multiples and parallels, time-locks and trauma; a world in which reality is celluloid and what you see is never what you get.

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George Donoho Bayless and Joni Stodt: Reading and Book-Signing

When: May 22, 2016

From: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

A revised edition of Marian Meyer’s Mary Donoho; New First Lady of the Santa Fe Trail has recently been released, and George Donoho Bayless, great-great grandson of Mary Donoho, and Joni Stodt, daughter of the author, will be at Garcia Street Books on May 22nd at 2 p.m. to give a reading and book-signing of this 25th anniversary edition. Please join us and get your signed copy!

“Susan Magoffin was long believed to be the first American white woman to travel the [Santa Fe] trail. But Santa Fe historian Marian Meyer discovered in 1987 that Susan had been preceded by a trader’s wife 13 years earlier. ‘Mary Donoho, 25 years old, arrived in Santa Fe in 1833, with her husband William and a nine-month-old daughter, ‘ Marian said. ‘They were with a party of 150 Missourians and great wagon train of freight…'” -From The National Geographic, March 1991 Marian Meyer has written the story of Mary Donoho who was the first woman to survive the rugged and grueling crossing of the Santa Fe Trail in 1833. Mary Donoho, “the new first lady of the Santa Fe Trail” was a woman of uncommon substance who lived in Santa Fe until the 1837 Perez Rebellion and then moved with her husband to Clarksville, Texas. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Donoho ran the ‘legendary’ Donoho Hotel in Clarksville, Texas, and raised her six children. Mary Donoho’s life lives up to the image of the undaunted pioneer woman of the past.

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F. Harlan Flint: Reading and Book-Signing

When: June 18, 2016

From: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Please join us at 2 p.m. on June 18 at Garcia St Books for a reading and book-signing by Harlan Flint from his book, Journey to a Straw Bale House. 

Journey to a Straw Bale House is the author’s life ramble that led to the adventure of building a cabin in the northern New Mexico wilderness. The place, called Santa Rita by its founders, was the site of a tiny settlement built by Hispano homesteaders a century earlier. One of Flint’s new neighbors was Baudelio Garcia, a descendant of original pioneers. Garcia partnered with the author to take on the unfamiliar task of building a straw bale house, beginning when the winter snows were still on the surrounding mountains and having the house under roof when the fall snows arrived. Garcia helped navigate the largely Hispano neighborhood to make the project succeed. The collaboration revealed the strong attachment of the local people for their home place, their patria chica, and the persistence of their ancient language and culture.