Nasario Garcia: ‘No More Bingo, Comadre!’ Sept. 9


Teatro Paraguas News:

Noted author Dr. Nasario Garcia will read from his new book “No More Bingo, Comadre!” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.

Leading New Mexico Folklorist Dr. Nasario Garcia

It takes all kinds to populate Northern New Mexico, and this book has everyone from gypsies and gamblers to ranchers and criminals.

García introduces us to some of these people and the challenges they face. The title character, Adelfa, flirts with the glamour of casinos and finds herself addicted to gambling. Sam “Spam” Austin, an inmate serving a long sentence for murder, is paroled, attends medical school, and becomes a doctor. The affable grandfather in “Yo Quiero Hacer un Lie ’Way,” a hardworking and honorable rancher, stuns the proprietor of a mortuary with his request to put a coffin on layaway.

No More Bingo, Comadre! was just published by the University of New Mexico Press this month.

A native New Mexican, García was born in Bernalillo, but grew up in Ojo del Padre (Guadalupe) in the Río Puerco valley southeast of Chaco Canyon. Considered a leading folklorist in New Mexico, he has published more than 26 books in Spanish and English, 10 of which relate to folklore and oral history. García has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years to preserve the Hispanic culture and language of northern New Mexico.

Admission to this book reading is free. For reservations call 505.577.2679, or visit

This project made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1 percent Lodger’s Tax, and the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry.