Tomorrow Saturday November 21st, I will have the pleasure of returning to Taos—virtually, of course—for an online reading.
November is “prose month” and I am honored to join a group of wonderful writers who are sharing their work with SOMOS, the beloved Taos literary organization.
First, I would like to thank curator Johanna DeBiase for inviting me. ¡Gracias!
To make the event even more exciting, I will be sharing the virtual stage with talented and witty Lynn C. Miller, who will read from her fourth novel, The Unmasking (University of New Mexico Press, 2020). I just finished reading it and absolutely loved the story. A former professor of Theater and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin, Lynn is co-publisher of Bosque Press and lives in Albuquerque.
Allow me to share a review of The Unmasking that I posted on Amazon
One of the most interesting mysteries I have read in a long time. Read it in less than three days! The story, that puts a modern twist on the locked-room mystery, will keep you in suspense, gaining intensity as the plot progresses. The descriptions contain plenty of vivid images. I felt like taking a tour of Silver City and the Gila Wilderness, and very much at home in the Oso Grande Lodge.
Characterization is great. Strong female characters, all accomplished (and witty) scholars whose friendship is an essential part of the story. During a Chautauqua festival at Oso Grande Lodge, the friends perform famous women like Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf, among others, bringing them very much to life.
Those familiar with the academic environment will probably recognize a few universal characters along the way. And don’t forget the Tarot cards and what they may reveal. Highly recommended!
I will read from Death of a Telenovela Star, published last August by Soho Crime. The novella is based on a Caribbean cruise that Gary and I took…when cruises were still safe. The plot follows our real-life itinerary, from a “consultation” with a shamana in Belize to a visit to the Chichen Itza pyramids to an early-morning session of swimming with dolphins. While on board, I witnessed a few shenanigans that inspired me to write the story.
The Taos News gave me the opportunity to publish the first version of the novella in serialized form—it appeared as “Death by Smartphone” in 2018. It was so much fun to receive comments and ideas. I used the feedback to change several scenes of the final version. Because readers know best!
And here is the link to our Zoom event tomorrow Saturday at 7 p.m.