Library’s Authors Speak Presents Melissa Savage

Cover of ‘Rio: a Photographic Journey down the Old Rio Grande’ by Melissa Savage. Courtesy photo


The author of “Rio: a Photographic Journey down the Old Rio Grande,” Melissa Savage, will speak 7 p.m. March 23 at Mesa Public Library. Savage is a conservationist, geographer, professor emerita with UCLA, and director of the Four Corners Institute in Santa Fe. The book is published by UNM Press and contains an introduction by William de Buys, along with essays by Rina Swentzell, G. Emlen Hall, Juan Estevan Arellano, Estella Leopold, Norma Elia Cantu, Jan Reid and Dan Flores.

UNM Press describes the book as follows: “The dynamic Río Grande has run through all the valley’s diverse cultures: Puebloan, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo. Photography arrived in the region at the beginning of the river’s great transformation by trade, industry and cultivation. In RIO, Melissa Savage has collected images that document the sweeping history of that transformation — from those of 19th-century expeditionary photographer W. H. Jackson to the work of the great 20th-century chronicler of the river, Laura Gilpin. The photographs are assembled in thematic bundles — river crossings, cultivation, trade, floods, the Mexican insurrection, the Big Bend region, and the estuary where the river at last meets the Gulf of Mexico.”

The Authors Speak program at Mesa Public Library provides a unique opportunity to meet prominent authors from the region that includes New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and West Texas. The readings and conversations take place on the fourth Thursday of each month, upstairs at Mesa Public Library. The authors sell and sign books after the talks. The program is supported by Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

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