Saturday, February 25th 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Book discussion and signing with author, Sue Boggio
Fresh out of college, Santiago Silva begins his dream career in San Francisco, only to receive shocking news from home in Esperanza, New Mexico. A woman he briefly dated has reappeared with a three-year-old son she swears Santiago fathered. She claims they are in danger. Confronting the unfolding crisis in New Mexico, Santiago faces a soul-wrenching crossroads between the new life he has worked so hard to achieve and the undeniable pull of Esperanza. Long Night Moon continues the story of the Vigils and the Silvas, begun in the authors’ first two award-winning novels, Sunlight and Shadow and A Growing Season, depicting a complicated extended family in New Mexico’s beautiful Rio Grande Valley.
Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl grew up together in Iowa and are retired after long careers in health care at the University of New Mexico.
Friday February 24th 2017 1-3 PM
“Colors of Leaves”
Conversation and Book signing with author, Vijay Chopra
Unique insights about life gained through tragedy, loss, and new love influence the enriched views and distinctive perspectives that emerge in this collection of poems by Vijay Chopra.
Through these introspections written during the poet’s years of sorrows and pleasures, the reader is taken on a thinking man’s sensitive journey. The collection is dotted with playfulness and humor while sharing emotions devastated by lost love or drenched in new romance and at times tingled with social bias and absurdities with the inevitability of life itself.
In this first-time collection, the poetry is often tender; sometimes intense and painful. In one poem the reader may be overtaken with a simple smile of satisfaction, and on the very next page forced to confront a new intellectual or emotional self-awareness. Often, a poem in its style and word choice will reach the marrow of our being and awaken a new and unexpected feeling. The poet’s use of colorful and solid imagery help to enrich and challenge perceptions and sensitivities.
What makes this collection so pleasing is the special vision and feelings Chopra lends to the universal emotions we all have.
Besides being a life-long student of technology and working for a large corporation, Vijay Chopra has shown an unusual grasp of expressing softer and more complex human feelings equally well. This is his first published work.
Born and raised in India, he is a graduate of the famed Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He also has a Masters in Management from Lowell Technical Institute (currently University of Massachusetts at Lowell) in Massachusetts. Vijay and his wife, Aruna, live in the Chicagoland area.
All proceeds from the sale of his book go towards supporting the following charities:
1. Les Turner ALS Foundation: Hope and help for people with ALS — http://www.lesturnerals.org
2. Build On: Breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy in underdeveloped world — http://www.buildon.org
These events are free and open to the public.
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