Authors Speak Series Features Stan Crawford April 23

Author Stan Crawford will talk about his latest book, The Canyon, at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 23 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

MPL News:

New Mexico author and local favorite Stan Crawford will talk about his latest book, The Canyon, at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 23 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library. His talk is part of the ongoing Authors Speak series, held on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Crawford, a Dixon resident, has spent a lot of time in Los Alamos, teaching writing at UNM-LA, selling garlic at the Los Alamos Farmer’s Market, and speaking at previous library events. In addition to The Canyon, he is the author of Petroleum Man and four other novels, as well as three books of nonfiction published by the University of New Mexico Press: Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico, A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm, and The River in Winter: New and Selected Essays.

The Canyon by Stan Crawford. Courtesy photo

His books are full of subtle (and not so subtle) humor, and his characters are portrayed with great compassion. The Canyon is a gently-told story whose main character is a 14-year-old boy named Scotty. His perspective on life is at once pragmatic and romantic; naïve and wise.

Crawford will talk about the art and craft of writing and the particulars of this book and other recent work. The talk will be followed by a book-signing.

The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and regional authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more. The series is funded by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Library System. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.

For more information about Authors Speak and other programs at the Library, call Katy Korkos at 505.662.8247.

From the catalog of UNM press:

“Scotty’s family owns a lodge near their silver mine in the Colorado Rockies. Summers at the lodge are idyllic for Scotty and his cousin Mickey. The grown-ups are dealing with the complications of business and adult dysfunction, but the boys are more interested in the complications of puberty, especially when Rosalind, the teenage daughter of family friends, is on hand. To read this quiet, rich evocation of adolescent watchfulness is to experience what it is like to be fourteen years old, waiting for something to happen, aware of everything but oblivious to as much of it as possible. Readers will be reminded of such modern masters as William Maxwell and John Updike,” – UNM press

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