Since 2004, Mesa Public Library (MPL) has hosted the acclaimed Authors Speak Series that has featured noteworthy New Mexico authors across genres.
In May, the library kicked off a new series with Los Alamos’ own noteworthy authors. The quarterly series is called Literary Locals. The second event in the series will take place 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.
September was named the official Los Alamos Arts and Culture Month by County Council proclamation. In honor of this, Mesa Public Library will celebrate six local authors across genres:
- Bob Fuselier, a veterinarian with an interest in neuroscience;
- Jennifer McKerley, an author of children’s books and a writers’ guide;
- Cary Neeper, a science fiction author; a blogger and essayist;
- Inez Ross, a romance writer; and
- Darla Graff Thompson, a poet and sculptor.
Though not limited to self or otherwise published authors, this series is meant to showcase new, unpublished, or less widely known writers, those who live or work in the Los Alamos community.
For September’s events, the organizers decided to try a new format, with brief introductions from the authors themselves, then the audience may move on to smaller groups for in-depth chats with one or two or all of the authors at their individual tables. Some authors will also have work for sale and signing.
“The library hopes the community, patrons and visitors enjoy the afternoon, a great way to learn more about and be inspired by Los Alamos’ talented locals,” MPL Gallery Manager Carol Meine said.