ALBUQUERQUE ― The National Hispanic Cultural Center will present Dr. Irene L. Blea for a presentation on and book signing of her novel “Daughters of the West Mesa,” based on the true story of the discovery of 11 female remains and an unborn fetus west of Albuquerque.
The event is free and will take place in the NHCC’s History and Literary Arts Library at 2 p.m., Aug. 6.
Dr. Blea is an award winning academic, and a New Mexico Humanities Scholar, who incorporates her cultural and scholastic knowledge of the people and history of the region to render solid accounts of migration patterns of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Her most recent novel, Daughters of the West Mesa, is the story of a single mother whose daughter is missing while the remains of eleven women and an unborn fetus are discovered near her home.
A New Mexico native, Dr. Blea earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is an accomplished author of several textbooks, academic, and popular articles. Blea retired as a Tenured, Full Professor and Chairperson of Mexican American Studies at California State University-Los Angeles to write fiction. Dr. Blea has also written and published poetry and a play.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the perservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities, and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.