Author Mike Katko Hosts Tour And Book Launch Dec. 18

Los Alamos Author Mike Katko with his first novel ‘Big Medicine Pretty Water’. Photo by Nate Limback/


With his first novel, Big Medicine Pretty Water, Los Alamos author Mike Katko delivers a story of an often-overlooked place and moment in United States history; the American Southwest during prohibition with a Native American heroine.

Taking inspiration from his Native American great-grandmother, he weaves a tale from historical facts, creating a moment of monumental change in northern New Mexico and the world. 

Big Medicine Pretty Water powerfully shows the meaning and importance of spirit in all living things and the interconnection between everything. The author believes that much of the story was channeled to him through his great-grandmother Brigida Tolmich. An abducted Apache girl who became a housewife for a Sargent Tolmich assigned to Ft. Garland, Colo. in the 1860s.

Katko’s story, he says, is an author’s way of giving her voice when she never had that chance in this world. Written by the author as an homage to her memory and all the other Native American women lost in retelling history. 

“The details carry you immediately into the story. The reader is there with the characters in 1927 New Mexico. The writing makes it an unputdownable book until the end, with a twist. It cries for a series and makes you question for days; did this happen?” said Judy Chavez of Grant Public Schools in Grants,  N.M.

Big Medicine Pretty Water is taking pre-orders for autographed copies in paperback print versions at and

The tour and book launch will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at historic Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos and print and eBook copies will be available on Amazon in January.

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