Travel writer Ray Bartlett will read from and sign copies of his debut novel, Sunsets of Tulum, show slides of his travels, and answer questions about writing, travel, and publishing.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is 2-3 p.m., April 16 at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos.
This is Ray Bartlett’s debut novel, published by Barrel Fire Press in October, 2015. Bartlett is a travel writer who has written numerous guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Insight Guide, Moon Handbooks and AA CityPack over a career that has spanned almost two decades. He is a graduate of the Boston University Creative Writing Program and taught creative writing at BU before pursuing travel writing full-time.
In addition, Ray is the nephew of Los Alamos residents, Melissa Bartlett and Bill Priedhorsky, and spent time studying and traveling in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest during his four years at Colorado College. He also lived in Japan for two years working as an English language instructor.
It is Bartlett’s extensive travels in Mexico that serve as a backdrop for Sunsets of Tulum, which is set in the exotic Riviera Maya, Yucatán. Midwest Book Review made it a February 2016 Fiction selection, saying: “All the more impressive considering that Sunsets of Tulum is travel writer Ray Bartlett’s debut as a novelist. Sunsets of Tulum is an impressively written and exceptionally absorbing novel from first page to last. Very highly recommended and certain to be enduringly popular…” It is available in hardcover, paperback, and as an ebook.