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ooks by many local authors are featured at a book sale and discussion on Black Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 24 at the Tranquil Buzz, 112 W. Yankie Street, Silver City. Free gift wrapping will be available. Gifts of poetry, science fiction, fantasy and historical novels can be signed by their authors. Non-fiction offers an opportunity to study terrain features and the local fauna and flora compiled by local researchers and to visit the past in histories written by local historians. Children and grandchildren can be delighted with picture books about horses or a purple dragon. As several of the speakers at the recently held Southwest Festival of the Written Word held in Silver City pointed out, the world of publishing has changed in the past few years. Large, established publishers are no longer accepting new authors. (Or, so few it can’t be counted) Self-publishing, or Indie publishing as it is called, along with new, small presses have leaped into the gap. They don’t have to pay back huge merger loans. They can experiment. They can bring something new to our local culture. They are the future of publishing, and they are where creativity occurs today. Visitors are invited to participate from 1 to 3 p.m. during the event day, as authors give talks on topics ranging from Kate Rauner’s “Why Mars Will Kill You” to John Maberry’s “Finding and Using Writing Prompts.” Beate Sigriddaughter will address two topics: “A Writer Should Take No Advice” and “Writing in a Woman’s Voice.” Chris Lemme will talk about “Writing Short Stories.” E J Randolph will discuss “Plot Versus Story.” Jack Crocker will share “Finding the Right Spot to Write.” Sharman Apt Russell will present “Fruitful questions: Writing and the Art of Surprise.” Catalina Claussen has a strong interest in “Interior and Exterior Dialogue.” Azima Lila Forest will share her experiences with “Coming to Writing Late in Life.” Others will address “Why do I write?” and “What is my writing process?” Discussion periods will follow each talk. The following authors are among those who will be at the event and presenting their books as well as their advice and wisdom. Catalina Claussen wrote “Diamonds at Dusk,” a lively tale of a young girl on the eve of womanhood who who has grown up on a ranch in Southwest. Claussen teaches English and writes in the Young Adult genre. “I’m drawn to stories that tell us how to see ourselves in each other and how the natural world moves to shape who we are,” she said. “So I write them.” Jack Crocker, Vice President of Academic Affairs and English professor at Western New Mexico University, is a poet and songwriter. This year he is the poet laureate of Silver City along with Beate Sigriddaughter. In 2009, he wrote “The Last Resort.” He is inspired by Wallace Stevens’

line, “Death is the mother of beauty.” Sharleen Daugherty makes a unique contribution to the culture of New Mexico in her memoir trilogy. She left a successful computer consulting business on the fast-paced East Coast and started a business selling Navajo weaving. “I write about my Navajo experiences because the people and their beautiful culture literally turned my life upside down,” she said. Azima Lila Forest has written her journey from love of one man to love of the Divine in a “Journey from Love to Love,” a book of poetry that follows the Sufi tradition of love poetry. She is a Sheikha, a Unitarian Universalist minister, a Reiki healing practitioner, and a spiritual retreat guide and has lived in Silver City for the past 16 years. “Writing, both prose and poetry, keeps me connected to my soul – a most important connection at any time, but, it seems, utterly essential in our turbulent times,” she said. Chris Lemme explores the psychological dimension of urban life in two books that don’t shy away from the most intimate details of his main character’s life and thereby illuminates many things we don’t always want to talk about such as depression and our closest relationships. “Ideas come to me from strange places,” Lemme said. “But they are never fully formed stories. I write them down so I can find out how the story ends.” John Maberry has written a memoir called “Waiting for Westmoreland” and a collection of short stories available online called “The Fountain.” “I always wanted to be a writer since my first rejection slip for an article submitted by a teacher to Scholastic,” he said. Pierre L. Nichols has written “Secrets of the Blue Door: A true story of bringing closure to sexual abuse at a ranch for boys.” The death of a child brings to light the hidden sexual abuse perpetrated by a priest at a boy’s ranch in New Mexico. “I never wanted to write a book about pain and sorrow,” he said. “I wanted to hide the hurt, hide the facts, not show my own weaknesses. But courage came from others who needed to hear m y story, and so, amid the struggles of putting it into writing I found peace and satisfaction, hopefully for others as well.” EJ Randolph writes science fiction with political and social themes. Her two books “Retrograde” and “Ore Pirates” feature a female diplomat sent to planets troubled with internal unrest or war. She also wrote and illustrated a children’s book set in the Southwest starring a purple dragon who saves the town. “Writing centers me,” she said. “Makes me content.” Kate Rauner is developing a hard science fiction series on Mars colonization. With her strong scientific background she can bring a colony on Mars to life with habitat construction, water mining, and all the personal problems that develop under the stress of living in close quarters. “Mars fascinates me, both the planet and the idea of people building a new home for humanity on such a barren world,” she said. “I’ll never take the one-way trip myself, so I


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