More local writers join September 18 Celebrate Authors; some slots still open


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Celebrate Authors 2022 will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 at the Thomas Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., featuring nearly 50 local and regional artists.

A few spots remain in this year’s event for authors whose books were published in 2020, 2021 and/or 2022, said event organizer Alice B. Davenport.

Here are other participating authors this year.

  • David Thomas has been researching and writing the history of the Mesilla Valley for almost 20 years. To date, he has published 10 books on the subject and won five literary awards.

Thomas’ latest book is “The Frank W. Angel Report on the Death of John H. Tunstall”. Angel’s 395-page handwritten report of October 3, 1878 “on the sadistic and unprovoked murder of Tunstall is published for the first time after 144 years in this book,” Thomas said. “It includes the testimony of the men present during the brutal murder – including eyewitness testimony from Billy the Kid – and the violent aftermath that followed.”

  • Frank ThayerThe latest book from “The Quantum Jump Machine,” deviates from its long tradition of writing about flying saucers and exploring supernatural horror. It left fiction behind to expose the hilarious reality of college life at a community college in the 1960s. The story tells of an idealistic young college professor facing incompetence and neglect in a new Ontario institution. Names have been changed, but little else, in this chronicle of the daily life of a journalism professor whose sense of humor leads to guerrilla warfare in pursuit of integrity in education.

Thayer’s other books include ‘The Aztec UFO Incident’, ‘Cobston Trilogy: The Ontario Horror’, ‘Terror Tales of the Southwest’ and ‘The Whispering’.

  • Lisa ArcherThe latest work from is a bilingual picture book produced in collaboration with Susan Lynn Zenker telling the true story of Archer’s rescue dog, a Corgi who had been severely abused before finding safety in Archer’s home.

Archer has also published a bilingual, educational coloring book about dogs, cats and other pets and “I, Julius King of the Castle”, a collection of cozy mysteries featuring an Angora cat, a Labrador and a mouse. In “Nuttin’ Butt Dawgs”, all of his dog stories are collected in one book.

“My advice to other writers is to join a review group and accept constructive criticism,” Archer said.

  • Peter Goodman, poet, novelist, photographer, columnist and radio host, is the author of “The Moonlit Path,” which contains the 1914 diary of Katherine Willard, a 32-year-old artist and gardening enthusiast in Oakland, California. At first, she has no idea how eventful 1914 will be for her. An independent woman in a man’s world and an artist in a profit-driven society, she is haunted by dark secrets. Impulsively, she begins to write in a blank garden journal. Later, she records surprising experiences and unforeseen challenges. Willard’s notes provide a clear view of 1914 and significant issues in the United States on the eve of World War I.
  • Lori Ann King and Jim King are the authors of “Raging Love”, which they describe as “much more than a sports memoir”. The book “is a story of perseverance and determination and a reminder that finding your way is an evolution from psychological discipline and mental toughness to forgiveness and self-love”.

A national powerlifting champion, finding peace and happiness in helping others, Jim King is a West Point graduate and retired US Army officer. He coached the U.S. Army European Championship Wrestling Team in 1976 and was the U.S. National Drug-Free Deadlift Champion in 1992.

Lori Ann King is the author of “Come Back Strong” and “Balanced Wellness After Surgical Menopause” and a two-time contributor to “Chicken Soup For the Soul.”

  • Susan Lynn Zenker is a New England poet and playwright who now lives in El Paso. Her latest work is a bilingual picture book, “Daisy Finds a Home: Un hogar para Daisy”, written in collaboration with Lisa Archer. A stray dog ​​tells her story of homelessness as she searches for an owner to love. Zenker’s story collections are “The Long and Short of It” and “Moonlight, Rainstorms, and Other Things that Have a Soul”. “On with the Show” is a collection of monologues for teenagers. “Moody Gardens” and “Desert Winds” are his poetry books.

Zenker’s advice to writers is: “Use writing prompts and timed writing; polish your work and send it to competitions. Write a story every week and in a year you’ll have enough for two or three collections.

Contact Davenport at 575-527-1411, email [email protected] or drop by Moonbow’s Book Nook, 225 E Idaho #32.


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