Santa Fe author and artist Roberta Parry is the featured author for January, with a reading and lecture about her book Killing Time at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.
Roberta Parry has published several short stories, two play monologues, two excerpts from her novel Killing Time, and Femme Tales, a satiric re-vision of seven of the more sexist eighteenth-century Grimm Brothers’ tales from the experience and perspective of a twentieth-century woman. She has completed three additional novels. One of her short stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Two of her four plays have won awards and received full production. She studied with J. R. (Dick) Humphreys of Columbia and Walter James Miller of NYU. She says that her writing has been greatly influenced by that of William Gaddis, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Cormac McCarthy.
Parry studied as an art major at the University of Arizona in Tucson and at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Finding the need to help support a family, she changed her major to Education, with minors in Psychology and Fine Arts. She taught elementary students, college undergraduates, and in-service teachers; wrote curriculum materials; did a stint as a freelance editor; and finally settled as office manager of a pedodontic and orthodontic practice.
Her paintings are currently being shown in galleries and public exhibit spaces in New Mexico and neighboring states. She will bring several of her paintings to the reading on Tuesday- particularly those that illustrate scenes from Killing Time and the original painting from which the book cover was taken.
“After experimenting with oil and acrylic, I found my true affinity is with transparent watercolor,” Parry said. “I love its spontaneity, its freedom of flow, the surprises, and the challenge to master or at least control the independence of its gentle yet willful nature. I do still-lifes now and then, but I am particularly attracted to landscapes.”
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 they are followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments. They are generally held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month- please note the special date and time for this Authors Speak program.
February’s Authors Speak will feature Dr. Claude Phipps whose book “No Wonder You Wonder” is published by Springer.
For more information about all of the Los Alamos County Library System’s programs, visit the Events page at losalamoslibrary.org or call 505.662.8253.
More of Roberta Parry’s artwork can be seen on her website, www.robertaparrypaints.com.