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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.