Happy Hour Authors Club
Join the Friends in book discussions with the authors at the Bourbon Grill at El Gancho in our new Happy Hour Authors Club. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Happy Hour discount prices during the informal author introduction and free-ranging conversation. Bring your thoughts, opinions, and your questions for the author. (flyer)
Cost: Free for Friends members; $5 for non-members, memberships available at the door
Time: 5:00–6:30 PM
Location: 104 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Thursday, March 2
Michael McGarrity will lead a discussion on his American West Trilogy, which includes Hard Country, Backlands, and The Last Ranch. (It is not necessary to have read all three novels.)
Hard Country is the story of one family’s struggle to settle and endure in the vast, untamed territory of New Mexico. In the wake of the death of his wife as she gives birth to his son, and the killing of his brother on the West Texas plains, John Kerney is forced to give up his ranch, leave his son behind, and strike out in search of the murderous outlaws and a place where he can start over. He drifts south until he meets a man who offers him work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory, forever changing his life. Spanning the years from 1875 to 1918, Hard Country is the Western reinvented and enlarged into a saga that celebrates the people and the land of the great Southwest. Backlands and The Last Ranch continue the Kerney Family saga.
Thursday, May 11
Lesley Poling-Kempes will lead a discussion on her latest book, Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest.
Ladies of the Canyons is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world. Educated, restless, and inquisitive, Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley, Alice Klauber, and Mary Cabot Wheelwright were plucky, intrepid women whose lives were transformed in the first decades of the twentieth century by the people and the landscape of the Southwest. Part of an influential circle of women that included Louisa Wade Wetherill, Alice Corbin Henderson, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Mary Austin, and Willa Cather, these ladies imagined and created a new home territory, a new society, and a new identity for themselves and for the women who would follow them. Their adventures were shared with the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and Robert Henri, Edgar Hewett, and Charles Lummis, Chief Tawakwaptiwa of the Hopi, and Hostiin Klah of the Navajo. Their journeys took them to Monument Valley and Rainbow Bridge, into Canyon de Chelly, across the high mesas of the Hopi, down through the Grand Canyon, and over the red desert of the Four Corners to the pueblos along the Rio Grande and the villages in the mountains between Santa Fe and Taos.
Thursday, July 27
Ramona Ausubel will lead a discussion on her latest novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty.
Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty begins on Labor Day 1976, in Martha’s Vineyard. Summering at the family beach house along this moneyed coast of New England, Fern and Edgar — married with three children — are happily preparing for a family birthday celebration when they learn that the unimaginable has occurred: there is no more money. More specifically, there’s no more money in the estate of Fern’s recently deceased parents, which, as the sole source of Fern and Edgar’s income, had allowed them to live a beautiful, comfortable life despite their professed anti-money ideals. The once-charmed family quickly unravels. In distress and confusion, Fern and Edgar are each tempted away on separate adventures: she on a road trip with a stranger, he on an ill-advised sailing voyage with another woman. The three children are left for days with no guardian whatsoever, in an improvised Neverland helmed by the tender, witty, and resourceful nine-year-old Cricket. Brimming with humanity and wisdom, humor and bite, and imbued with both the whimsical and the profound, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty is a story of American wealth, class, family, and mobility,
Thursday, October 19
Anne Hillerman will lead a discussion on her latest mystery, Song of the Lion.
A deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer. When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon. But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes. Retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career, and as the tribal police’s investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge. Song of the Lion is the third in the series, following Spider Woman’s Daughter and Rock with Wings.
Our thanks to The Bourbon Grill at El Gancho for generously donating the space for the Friends Happy Hour Authors Club discussions and offering drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Happy Hour discount prices throughout our book club meetings.
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