News and updates from SOMOS and SOMOS Members:
Demetria Martinez Announces Publication of New Novel
"I am writing to announce the release of my newest book, a novella set in Albuquerque called The Block Captain's Daughter. In this story I paint a portrait of six characters whose lives intertwine through their activism as they seek to create a better world and find meaning in their own lives. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press, the book encompasses political themes that have long been my passion and the landscape and people of New Mexico from which I draw sustenance.
I invite you to read more about this and other books on my new website."
Summer Wood Wins WILLA Award
Taos author Summer Wood followed her first novel Arroyo with Wrecker, an affecting novel about the rearing of a lovable boy, with destructive tendencies, named Wrecker. This is a story of love and family among a ragtag group living on the outskirts of society. Bloomsbury USA is going to release the book in paperback with a new title: RAISING WRECKER. Release date September 4, 2012!
RAISING WRECKER has just been awarded the 2012 WILLA Award for Contemporary Fiction. Wood joins a distinguished list of previous awardees, including Annie Proulx, Pam Houston, Debra Magpie Earling and more.
Patricia Mervine Book Release
How Katie Got a Voice (and a Cool New Nickname) is a story that celebrates that which makes us all unique, but also highlights how sometimes a little help is needed to show us how much we are alike. This book can be read in the classroom, in therapy, and at home as a way to open a discussion about acceptance, inclusion, disability etiquette, and overcoming challenges through assistive technology. The author, Patricia Mervine, is a speech/language pathologist and assistive technology consultant with 20 years' experience in working with students with significant communication disorders.
The book is 40 pages, softcover, and sells for $21 (includes s&h) at www.speakingofspeech.com.
Peter Callan's Book prepare to die!!! and other stuff nobody told you
is now available!
From the website:
Ever wonder what is going to happen to everything and everyone in your life when you kick the bucket? In the complicated world of estates, funerals and all the other stuff left in the wake of our departures it can be quite the ordeal for our loved ones to sort out our unsettled affairs when they really just want to be able to grieve in whatever semblance of peace can be salvaged in the face of great loss.
With this easy to follow, step-by-step guide you can begin to grasp the many things one needs to do to prepare for death. In addition to preparing your affairs for loved ones, it can also help to prepare aging parents and serve as a guide through the sudden loss of siblings and other family members. A must have for all those who don't want to leave their loved ones with a mess.
Learn more at http://www.prepare2diebook.com. Congratulations, Peter!
Mirbai Starr receives glowing reviews
Starred Review, Publisher's Weekly: Religion in Review -
"Maybe if Starr (Dark Night of the Soul) were less of a storyteller, her style would be less invitational, but she writes about the three Abrahamic religions as a woman in love, not as a tenure-hungry prof. The result, bearing the brilliance of her surname, plaits a strong braid from the essences of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: God is love. Starr’s inter-spiritual quest (a birthright, she asserts) follows the same formula in each chapter, covering topics such as suffering, silence, and the feminine. Each begins with quotations from the three religions’ holy books and seekers; then come scenarios that define the theme in a warm second-person voice; for example, in the chapter “Welcoming the Stranger,” Starr, who teaches world religions, describes doors you open--or do not. After knowledgeable and humbling descriptions, she lays out the religions’ teachings and profiles practitioners, for example, Christianity’s Dorothy Day, Judaism’s Baal Shem Tov, and the Sufi ecstatic Rabia Al-Adawiyya. In the non-fluffy afterword, Starr nudges travelers on the three paths to follow her sure-footed approach." (Apr. 24)
Taos: Images of America on sale at SOMOS
Arcadia Publishing presents a book on Taos featuring historic photos for their Images of America series.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country.
Images of America: Taos by Lyn Bleiler
Available for sale at the SOMOS office.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to SOMOS.