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AMERICAN INDIAN CREATION MYTHS
By Teresa Pijoan, PhD

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Myths tell us much about a people. And all cultures have creation myths. The myths collected by the author in this book tell us about the rich and varied lives and imagination of the first Americans. They vary from simple to complex and all attempt to answer the question of human origin. Native Americans are of profound beginnings. Each Tribe, Group or Pueblo hold their beginning to be truths, unique from one another. The beliefs in this book are only a sampling of the many that still exist today.

“In collecting these tales,” the author says, “no tape recorder was used and no notes were taken during the telling. Immediately after the session copious notes were taken and later expanded into a recreation of the myth. Subjects were located through word of mouth and after a short time people started coming forward and volunteering their stories.

“The people hold the stories. May they continue to tell and share with their families, communities, and the outsiders. We have much to learn from Creation, from each other, and from the holders of the stories.”

TERESA PIJOAN was raised on the San Juan Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico and later her family moved to the Nambe Indian Reservation. She is a national lecturer, storyteller, research writer, college professor, and teacher. She has lectured throughout Central Europe, Mexico, and the United States.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-471-6
116 pp.,$18.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-094-0
116 pp.,$14.99


BOOTLEG MUSIC AND OTHER STORIES
By Robert W. Miles

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These six autobiographical stories range in time from 1929 to 1958 and in location from Lynchburg, Virginia to New York City. Engaging events are interspersed with reflection and analysis, but the story line is always the dominant element as we meet a struggling amateur athlete, a misbegotten short order cook, a disastrously incompetent military policeman, a victimized piano instructor at the Juilliard School of Music, a bar fly, and a struggling songwriter. Readers may well find experiences that feel familiar as they return to them more than once and share them with others.

Robert W. Miles, a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has a master’s degree in English, a library science degree, and many years experience in writing the music for musical theater works that have been produced in regional theaters throughout the United States. He has published many reviews of books about music in The Sewanee Review and has published articles on music in The New Republic. By contrast, the autobiographical stories in this volume, though not devoid of serious thought, are relaxed, informal, and often amusing. Miles is the son of the late Reverend Robert Whitfield Miles, DD, twenty-five of whose sermons were published by Sunstone Press under the title Eyes Forward: Messages for Today from Yesterday.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-832-5
48 pp.,$10.95


BORN IN TIME
A Re-telling of the Traditional Christmas Nativity Story
By Mildred Cram

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Mildred Cram, the famous American author of the long-time best selling Forever and Kingdom of Innocents applies her special magic to a re-telling of the traditional Christmas Nativity story in modern terms. In addition to her many novels and short stories, Mildred Cram was known for her work in motion picture scripts as well as radio and television scripts. Her short story “Stranger Things” was included in the O. Henry Award story collection. She is also the author of another book from Sunstone Press, Sir, a political thriller.

Mildred Cram was born in Washington, DC, and educated at Barnard and abroad. “Love Affair,” “Wings Over Honolulu,” and “Stars Over Broadway” are some of the notable motion pictures she scripted.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-131-3
34 pp.,$14.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-469-6
34 pp.,$4.99


CALIFORNIA PALMS
A Collection of Short Stories
By Marnell Jameson

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In her first collection of short stories, Marnell Jameson goes close to the heart, bringing us tender and sometimes painful looks at growing up and growing older, missed connections, things taken for granted, and other common threads of humanity. We experience the heartbreaking rift between husband and wife in the aftermath of their only child’s death. We relive the impatient curiosity of two adolescent girls “eager to move on with life.” And we sense the superficial emptiness of an upscale crowd that frequents a well-known shopping plaza. Like the California palms, all the stories reach far below the surface, only to rise singularly high above the lanscapt to offer perspectives not easily forgotten.

A fifth generation native of California, Marnell Jameson writes about her homeland with the authenticity of one thoroughly steeped in her quirky cultural climate. She received her master’s degree in creative writing from Vermont College, her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kansas University, has won numerous professional writing awards, and has taught writing a UCLA Extension.

“Reading California Palms is like walking in a hall of shinny little mirrors, catching glimpses of yourself—some amusing and some more than a little frightening. Don’t be surprised if you are still thinking about the stories days after you have put down the book.” —Albuquerque Journal

“The beauty of this book doesn’t come from loving depictions of happiness; the stories are often careful presentations of unease as they are chronicles of satisfaction. The collection of diverse fictions comes together in the impulses of involvement and investment moving the stories—a fine and generous harmonizing force.” —Cimarron Review

“A colorful montage of people and life reflective of her California heritage. Jameson offers an unsettling and painful glimpse at the callous superficiality of daily life.” —Booklist

“Short story writing is a special art and takes a certain kind of talent. Jameson has that ability.” —Book Chat

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-140-1
88 pp.,$16.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-949-3
7.99 pp.,$


CHILDREN OF DESTINY
True Adventures of Three Cultures
By Jean M. Burroughs

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The best way to know about history is to be part of it. The next best way is to read about it and come away feeling as if you had been part of the events and action. Jean Burroughs has selected twelve exciting episodes covering a span of five centuries to bring history to life. Her young heroes and heroines tell their stories from their own personal viewpoints and experiences. They represent the three cultures that are the bedrock of the Southwestern United States society: Native American, Hispanic and Anglo. Each story, based on facts, is preceded by an account of the historical event or incident that forms the basic framework for the tale. Young readers will enjoy reading about the adventures of other children from other cultures and centuries. History comes to life in this series of vignettes of important times in a land that passed from one country to another until it became part of the United States--New Mexico. Illustrations by New Mexico artist, Al Chapman, add drama to the text.

JEAN M. BURROUGHS is a former First Lady of New Mexico. She is also the author of BRIDE OF THE SANTA FE TRAIL, a fictionalized account of the pioneer trip of Susan Shelby Magoffin, also published by Sunstone Press. She has written numerous articles on Southwestern US history and taught Local and Oral History at Eastern New Mexico University. Burrough's special skill has been able to combine literary creativity with in-depth historical research. The results have brought applause and appreciation from a wide and grateful readership.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-91327-075-2
108 pp.,$12.95


COW TALES
Folklore from Texas and the Southwest
By Elaine Kavanaugh Jones

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These authentic stories that focus on cowboy life, past and present are historic and rich with unforgettable characters. There’s Totto, who is reluctantly pulled into a mysterious treasure hunt that brings a startling revelation. There’s Boy, who discovers that sometimes the people we come to love most are the ones we know nothing about. There’s romance and humor too in several delightful tales. And then there’s a mini novel of a lone cowboy who has the surprise of his life on the most beloved of holidays, a surprise that changes everything. Each story has truth at its core and powerful emotion in its depths that linger long after the last page is read.

After returning to the family farm to retire, Elaine Kavanaugh Jones embarked on a new occupation: cow hand. Feeding, birthing, caring for young calves and elderly animals became an almost full time job. But a greater appreciation for the animals came about. Understanding their habits, feelings and attitudes toward humans brought about this collection of inspirational stories.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-112-2
64 pp.,$16.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-453-5
64 pp.,$4.99


COYOTE TALES FROM THE INDIAN PUEBLOS
Authentic Native American Legends
By Evelyn Dahl Reed

"This collection includes a good sampling of the stories as told in a variety of different pueblos.... They also make comprehensible the moral and cultural heritage of the Indians of the Southwest." BOOKLIST

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One of the most constant symbols of North American Indian mythology is coyote, a figure that has not only persisted but successfully crossed cultural barriers. Coyote survives both as an animal and a myth in literature and art. These stories illustrate the many roles and adventures of coyote.

The Western Writers of America selected this book as a Spur Award winner for cover art.

Readers will also want to read KACHINA TALES, also published by Sunstone press.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=SM_ZeX2pVmUC

Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-094-7
64 pp.,$8.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-973-8
64 pp.,$7.99


THE FIRST KOSHARE
A Fictional Native American Clown
By Alicia Otis

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In many Indian tribes and pueblos of the American Southwest, the Koshare clown, a legendary figure, represents the humorous and mischievous as well as unpredictable aspect of the psyche. Koshare is like Rudyard the Fox of British folk tales and the trickster, Coyote, of Native American animal mythology. In dances and festivals, the black and white striped clown brings fear, and joy, to offset the serious side of various rituals with a sense of humor. One of Koshare’s favorite antics is to chase the children with whips (no harm is done) and then turn around and bring gifts to the same victims. This modern Koshare story tells about the birth and beginning of this likable clown figure.

Alicia Otis was first exposed to American Southwestern Native American culture by her grandfather who had an extensive collection of Indian artifacts. She was able to acquire first-hand knowledge of Indian mythology, lore and customs later when her family moved to the Southwest.

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-144-9
128 pp.,$19.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-995-0
128 pp.,$4.99


THE FOOD OF LOVE AND OTHER TALES OF LOVERS, DREAMERS AND SCHEMERS
By Melvyn Chase

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Love: Tender. Spiritual. Lustful. Liberating. Suffocating. A different truth, a different quest for each of these lovers, dreamers and schemers. Katherine McKenzie, a young woman living in Boston in 1918, yearns for love but is afraid of it. When tragedy sets her adrift, she returns to her rural Kansas roots where she rediscovers her past and confronts her fears. In a second story, a lonely and discouraged man finds new hope in the mystical message of an inspired dreamer who reached for the heavens. Is music truly the food of love? A pair of cautionary tales warns that no matter how sweet the song, one must always ask, “Who is the singer?” The dark side of love lurks here too—in those who love only themselves and pay the price for their wicked dreams. And there is a bittersweet tale of love remembered on the threshold of death. The final pages, sadder still, speak of love forgotten when remembrance of things past has faded. These are eternal tales of Love—its many faces, its many meanings. Includes Readers Guide

After a thirty-five-year career in public relations, Melvyn Chase retired and began to write fiction. In 2005, Sunstone Press published his first collection of short stories, The Terminal Project and Other Voyages of Discovery, a finalist in the 2007 New Mexico Book Awards. In 2008, Sunstone published his first novel, The Wingthorn Rose, and in 2012, his second novel, September Songs. Chase was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a B.A. in English Literature at Brooklyn College and an M.A. at New York University. He and his wife, a retired editor and publicist, live in suburban Connecticut, only a short drive from their son and daughter and four grandchildren.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-007-1
158 pp.,$16.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-283-8
158 pp.,$9.99


HUGO’S VOICE AND OTHER FICTIONS, FABLES AND FANTASIES OF LOVE
By Melvyn Chase

Storytelling is one way we affirm our humanity, sharing memories and feelings and dreams with each other, the joy of love and the pain of loneliness. In one story in this collection, Hugo Strauss is a man of few words. Raised in the shadow of his parents, two gifted, self-absorbed artists, he devalues his own talent and retreats from the tenderness of love. When he finally meets a young woman who touches his heart, his unhappy past threatens to come between them. In another story, a middle-aged man meets the movie star he worshiped as a teenager and learns the truth about his dreams. Sometimes the stories we tell are touched by fantasy. There is a tale of a discouraged author whose faith in himself is restored by a magical encounter, and another about a predictable, orderly life that is changed forever by the death of a stranger. Stories we tell others, stories we tell ourselves, fictions, fables and fantasies. They are all stories we need to tell.

After a thirty-five-year career in public relations, Melvyn Chase retired and began to write fiction. In 2005, Sunstone Press published his first collection of short stories, The Terminal Project and Other Voyages of Discovery. In 2008, Sunstone published his first novel, The Wingthorn Rose, in 2012, his second novel, September Songs and in 2014, a second short-story collection, The Food of Love and Other Tales of Lovers, Dreamers and Schemers. Chase was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a B.A. in English Literature at Brooklyn College and an M.A. at New York University. He and his wife, a retired editor and publicist, live in suburban Connecticut, only a short drive from their son and daughter and four grandchildren.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-230-3
134 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-556-3
134 pp.,$4.99


HUSBAND MEMORY PICKLES & ELEVEN OTHER STORIES
Douglas Atwill
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The title story tells of Marian Nakamura who pickles the fallen pears to remember a husband who took a fatal fall from an upper branch of a pear tree. The story won a place on the final ten list of a 2010 The New Yorker magazine competition. In another story a Minnesota woman learns to paint in Santa Fe and finds acclaim for her colorful canvases, only to walk away from them. A native American artist paints a cathedral scene, loosing the powers of old spirits. An even more notable force breaks into a fourth painter’s life, the ancient Old Goddess wanting a place in the new world.

Douglas Atwill lives in Santa Fe, where he paints landscapes of New Mexico and his own gardens. This is his sixth book from Sunstone Press including Why I Won’t Be Going to Lunch Anymore, The Galisteo Escarpment, Imperial Yellow, Creep Around the Corner and The Oyster Shell Driveway.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-999-5
84 pp.,$16.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-279-1
84 pp.,$9.99


KACHINA TALES FROM THE INDIAN PUEBLOS
Authentic Legends
By Gene Meany Hodge, Compiler

“Thoroughly sympathetic in her attitude toward the Southwest Indians and their legends, [Hodge] has retold these stories with simplicity and a grave dignity that is very pleasing.” —The New York Times

“These stories … testify to the importance of the kachinas, upon whom the survival and order of the physical world depend.” —Publishers Weekly

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This collection of American Indian legends was gathered by Gene Meany Hodge from authentic sources in the 1930s and centers around the sacred supernatural personages of the American Pueblo Indians called Kachinas (pronounced Kah-chee-nahs). Mrs. Hodge wrote: “All in all the Kachinas are lovable and kindly supernaturals who bring rain and other blessings to the people.” The legends of the Kachinas are a unifying and cohesive force in the continuance of Native American social history.

In these stories, you discover why Kachinas wear feathers, how Tihkuyi created the game animals, why the war chiefs abandoned latiku, how the rattlesnakes came to be what they are and other events from the past.

This book makes an ideal companion to Coyote Tales from the Indian Pueblos, also published by Sunstone Press.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=N9Q6cMsDKOwC

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-184-5
96 pp.,$12.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-136-7
96 pp.,$9.99


LITTLE FOLK STORIES AND TALES BY DON PABLO
By Felipe C. Gonzales

Spanish folk stories and tales in an English/Spanish edition.

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The chiste, the short funny little story, and the cuento, the homespun little tale, are part of the great oral tradition of the Hispanic Southwest. As a little boy, the author heard many chistes and cuentos at the feet of his father, Don Pablo Gonzales. Soon after his retirement from the field of education, Felipe Gonzales started collecting chistes and cuentos. He then realized that many pearls from his father's repertoire were lost forever. Thus, a twenty-five year commitment began to put this popular genre into print in Spanish and English. The sources include humorous tidbits of traditional and contemporary everyday life. These stories reflect the mores, the customs, the religion, and the language of a subgroup of Americans.

Felipe Gonzales, a retired educator, also published Recess Is Not Forever in 2000, and has been a frequent contributor to La Herencia, a New Mexican literary publication. His other interests, which he shares with his wife Bersabe, are Catholic church ministries, fishing, gardening, and enjoying summers at their ranch in northern New Mexico.

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El chiste y el cuento son parte de la gran tradición oral del sudoeste hispano. Como niño el autor escuchó muchos chistes y cuentos a los pies de su padre, don Pablo Gonzales. Poco después de su jubilación del campo de educación, Felipe Gonzales comenzó a colectar chistes y cuentos. Es entonces que se dio cuenta que muchas de las perlas del repertorio de su padre eran perdidas para siempre. Es así que se comenzó un compromiso de veinticinco años para poner este popular género en escrito en español e inglés. Las fuentes incluyen bocaditos humorosos tradicionales y contemporáneos de la vida cotidiana. Estos cuentos reflejan las costumbres tradicionales, la religión y el idioma de un subgrupo de norteamericanos.

Felipe Gonzales, un educador jubilado, publicó la novela Recess Is Not Forever en 2000. También ha logrado contribuir frecuentemente a La Herencia, una publicación literaria nuevomexicana. Sus otros empeños, que comparte con su esposa Bersabé, son los ministerios de la Iglesia Católica, las aventuras de la pesca, las horas en el jardín y los viajes en el verano a su rancho en el norte de Nuevo México.

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Softcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-772-4
264 pp.,$24.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-115-2
264 pp.,$9.99


LIVING LEGENDS OF THE SANTA FE COUNTRY
A Collection of Southwestern Stories
By Alice Bullock

Map and Many Photographs!

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History buffs and the Southwest collection of every library should include this collection of fascinating legends gathered over many years by its renowned author.

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Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-91327-006-6
124 pp.,$10.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-968-4
124 pp.,$9.99


LOWRIDER BLUES
Cantando, Gritando y Llorando, a Collection of Short Stories and Observations from My Inner Barrio
By Marie Romero Cash

Stories about contemporary life and customs in the largely Hispanic population of Northern New Mexico

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This collection of short stories and prose chronicles events observed by the author during her lifetime in Northern New Mexico. Family, relatives, friends and strangers (real or imaginary) are caught off guard in everyday occurrences that evoke laughter, tears, or memories of the past. The names have, of course, been changed, and much embellishment has been added to stories which may or may not be true. Stories of innocence, family dynamics, relationships and injustice combine to bring a tongue in cheek narrative to the reader. The author adds: “My inner barrio is full of observations, whether from the neighborhood where I grew up in Santa Fe or from watching ordinary people interact with each other. I try to see the humor in whatever life throws at us and hope some of these stories will bring a chuckle or a hearty laugh to anyone willing to let their guard down as they read on.”

Born in Santa Fe, Marie Romero Cash is an award-winning folk artist/santera who has been exhibiting her colorful works for over thirty years. She is also a writer, having authored several books on Northern New Mexican culture, shrines, saints and churches including: Built of Earth and Song: A guidebook to Northern New Mexico’s Village Churches; Living Shrines: Devotional Spaces in Northern New Mexico Homes; Santos, A Coloring Book of New Mexico Saints (also from Sunstone Press); and her memoir about growing up in Santa Fe, Tortilla Chronicles.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-704-5
128 pp.,$18.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-077-3
128 pp.,$9.99


LYON HUNTS & HUMOR
True Life Hunting and Adventure Stories
By Tolbert James Lyon

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This collection of true life hunting and wilderness stories gives a telling insight into a period of the American West that had a philosophy and humor all its own. A time that has faded and will soon be lost forever.This collection of true life hunting and wilderness stories gives a telling insight into a period of the American West that had a philosophy and humor all its own. A time that has faded and will soon be lost forever. “Shorty” Lyon, a widely-published writer, is best known as a hunter/trapper/philosopher but he was also a pioneer, homesteader, miner, mill hand, woodcutter, forester, conservationist, rancher, hunting guide, farmer and an honored member of The New Mexico Trapper’s Hall of Fame.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=jftOPQAACAAJ&dq=0865341486&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HAXIT6aCDKeQ2QWitdzCDQ&ved

Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-148-7
120 pp.,$19.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-923-3
120 pp.,$9.99


MARMALADE
Stories
By Elizabeth Muldrow

"...each story is a highly polished gem, bulging with ideas and subtle meanings." SOUTHWEST BOOKVIEWS

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A black man retrieves his family history from the jumble of papers tenaciously guarded by an aged white cousin. Low income residents of an inner city apartment house rescue Santa from a balky elevator. Black widow spiders exact revenge on a conniving maid. A pet pig turns a young girl’s life inside out. Spectacles left in an ancient Spanish cathedral arouse the saints. A difficult personal decision draws a teenager and her mother closer together. And, guests at an old plantation lick marmalade off sticky fingers as they listen to their hostess recount the tale of a young mother’s burial alive. A quiet corner, a comfy chair by a crackling fire, and these stories. Bitter-sweet. To be sampled slowly for they linger on the tongue. Each of these stories highlights the elusive connections between past and present, dreams and waking, the visible and the invisible. Elizabeth Muldrow gathers up these mysteries and dissects them to reveal gentle--and sometimes not so gentle--truths that are both startling and inspiring.

ELIZABETH MULDROW says of retirement that it frees one…to be busy. In her case to write and to travel. The stories in this collection grow out of her recent wanderings, in Spain, in the South of her husband’s heritage, the Northeast of her own childhood and the Midwest of her first ventures into the wider world.

Professionally Muldrow has taught social studies and English language arts in Pennsylvania, Ethiopia, and Colorado. An ordained Presbyterian clergywoman she has designed bi-lingual curricula for remote tribal schools, written for denominational journals, served on regional and national committees and resourced gatherings nation wide. Muldrow holds degrees from Wheaton College in Illinois, from the University of Pennsylvania and from the University of Colorado. She and her husband, William F. Muldrow, are members of the Presbytery of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Muldrows have three grown children and two grandchildren.

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Hardcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-434-1
172 pp.,$26.95


MONUMENTAL GHOSTS
Spooks and Where They Hang Out
By Alice Bullock

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What do the Dorsey Mansion, Fort Union, the Vietnam Memorial Chapel, Quarai, White Sands, and Coronado State Monument in New Mexico have in common? They all have ghosts connected with their histories! Alice says, “The ghosts in this volume are all ‘residents’ of national or state monuments. But the ghosts in New Mexico, unlike those of say, the British Isles, are rarely vicious or frightening. They are gentle ghosts and more afraid of us, apparently, than we are of them.” Alice Bullock shares these and other ghostly tales with us in this collection of Southwestern legends, all explained in twenty stories that include the mysterious “Blue Lady” of Quarai National Monument.

Alice Bullock explored “the land of enchantment” in depth, ferreting out the legends and folklore of New Mexico. An “almost-native” New Mexican (she arrived in the area at age eight) Alice grew up in Gardiner and graduated from Colfax County High School in Raton. She became a country school teacher and then a reporter and freelance writer. She is also the author of Mountain Villages of New Mexico, Loretto and the Miraculous Staircase, and Living Legends of the Santa Fe Country, all from Sunstone Press.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=TK_YAAAAMAAJ&q=0865340293&dq=0865340293&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aQXIT_P-F6bg2

Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-029-9
42 pp.,$12.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-924-0
42 pp.,$4.99


THE MOTHER DITCH
A Bilingual Story of A Stream of Water
By Oliver LaFarge

Illustrated, English/Spanish, bibliography

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The mother ditch, or acequia madre, is the main water line that is dug by hand and feeds many of the smaller acequias that cover the fertile land of Northern New Mexico. The acequias, water ditches, were used to irrigate the fields of crops for many farmers in the early days of settlement in New Mexico. A unique technology, the acequia, especially the mother ditch, had to be taken care of by everyone in the community that benefited from its generosity. A governing body was established to watch over the utilization and maintenance of the ditch. The mayordomo was the top elected official to preside over the governing council, and he was also required to perform numerous responsibilities representative of the people of the community. The acequia was truly one of the last vestiges of a life where people depended on each other for survival. The life of the community revolved around the acequia. Cooperation was essential to ensure everyone’s sustenance. Today, many of the acequias the early settlers of New Mexico depended on have dried up. Yet, when one stands in the footings of these sand pits, you can feel the presence of the power of water that was so significant to the development of human progress in this part of the continent. English and Spanish edition.

Oliver La Farge, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Laughing Boy, originally published The Mother Ditch in 1954 as a children’s book. It is more vital and informative to us today than it was then. A genteel, intellectual New Englander, La Farge had discovered another world on the Navajo Reservation and, later, among the Hispanic villagers of Northern New Mexico. He spent much of his career as a writer sending messages back to the East proclaiming what he had found. Other books by Oliver La Farge from Sunstone Press include: Behind the Mountains, Cochise of Arizona, The Enemy Gods, The Man with the Calabash Pipe, A Pause in the Desert, and Raw Material.

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Softcover:
8 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-009-1
64 pp.,$18.95


MOUNTAIN VILLAGES
Stories of History and Hearsay
By Alice Bullock

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Done in her swift, story-telling style, Alice Bullock creates a fine mixture of history and hearsay so that we can never forget what once was . . . in our haste to be a part of what now is. The book tells of the small New Mexico villages with light-hearted charm, but also tells a great many unforgettable facts in a style that has won Mrs. Bullock a wide national readership.

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NEITHER RED NOR WHITE
Native American Short Stories
By George A. Boyce, EdD

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George A. Boyce worked with Native Americans throughout the United States for thirty years. In the Navajo country he was known as Tall Dog Man and Otta Natani (Leader of the schools). In the Blackfoot language his name was translated as Father of Many Children.

In his education work and in his writing, he wanted to bring people, particularly young people, together despite their diverse cultural backgrounds. He once wrote, “Cultural differences are good. To form a democratic, multi-cultural nation calls for nurturing rather than destroying cultural differences.”

The stories in this book reflect the author’s feelings and understanding of the world of the Native American. Each story is preceded by a brief history that will acquaint readers with the Native American tribal affiliation of the main character and present the many cultural differences that so enrich their experiences.

George A. Boyce was the superintendent of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico prior to his retirement. Previously he had been director of Navajo Schools and superintendent of the Intermountain Indian School. In addition to his educational work, Dr. Boyce was also involved in the long-range social-economic planning for the Navajo. For this work he received the Distinguished Service Gold Medal from the U.S. Department of the Interior and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Navajo. He is also the author of When the Navajos Had Too Many Sheep.

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NEW MEXICO TRIPTYCH
By Fray Angélico Chávez

Three stories set in the American Southwest with illustrations by the author.

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A gentle wood carver whose santos are stolen; an old hunchback who, with the help of Our Lady, comes into her own; a horse thief innocent of wrong intents—theirs are the stories that Fray Angélico paints, framing them with exquisite art in the manner of the medieval triptych. Born and bred in the land of sunshine and silence, Fray Angélico Chávez has a threefold heritage and a threefold gift. Heir to the artistic tradition of Spanish New Mexico, steeped in the spirit of Franciscan mysticism, and word-perfect in the folklore of the adobe village, he interprets the ageless spirit of his people in story, poetry and painting.

Fray Angélico Chávez, in the decades following his ordination as a Franciscan priest in 1937, performed the difficult duties of an isolated backcountry pastor. His assignments included Hispanic villages and Indian pueblos. As an army chaplain in World War II, he accompanied troops in bloody landings on Pacific islands, claiming afterwards that because of his small stature, Japanese bullets always missed him. In time, despite heavy clerical duties, Fray Angélico managed to become an author of note, as well as something of an artist and muralist. Upon all of his endeavors, one finds, understandably, the imprint of his religious perspective. During nearly seventy years of writing, he published almost two dozen books. Among them were novels, essays, poetry, biographies, and histories, some of which are published by Sunstone Press.

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OLD GRANDFATHER TEACHES A LESSON
Mimbres Children Learn Respect
By Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel

"...a book to treasure for readers of all ages. It is best shared initially in the traditional read-aloud fashion, but also serves as a simple reference book on the Mimnbres people and other American Indians and their ways. Older children will want to reread it and refer to its instructions on creating a Talking Stick." --SUNDAY, THE NEW MEXICAN MAGAZINE

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This fascinating story brings together two Native American traditions: the age old practice of using a “talking stick” to encourage communication and avoid conflict; and the unique black and white painted pottery images used by the Mimbres Indians of southwest New Mexico. The story centers around four Mimbres children and a wise old Grandfather who helps them learn active listening skills, the value of sharing their individual talents, and the importance of respecting each other. The children are brought to life through the illustrated scenes of everyday activity as depicted on the pottery bowls by Mimbres artists of a thousand years ago.

This book, focusing on the theme of respect, is the first in a series to help children learn how to develop good character traits. Teachers, librarians and children of all ages will enjoy its pictorial narrative.

Twin sisters Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel are dedicated to helping children learn how to have respect for the individual and cultural differences of all people. With a Master's degree in Special Education and pursuing a Master's degree in History respectively, Carilyn is a behavior consultant who designs and implements behavior interventions for students and Marilyn teaches about the increasing need to preserve our archaeological treasures through outreach programs. Born and raised in New Mexico, these sisters have the utmost respect for native cultures both past and present.

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A PAUSE IN THE DESERT
Facsimile of 1957 Edition with a New Foreword by Marc Simmons
By Oliver La Farge

A collection of stories dedicated to the human condition with An Appreciation by Pen La Farge.

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Oliver La Farge covers many aspects of everyday life in these sixteen stories, which range from an old man facing death alone in the Mexican bush to some boys facing the responsibilities of life at St. Peter’s school; from the science fiction world of computing machines to the world of gourmets; and from the violent death of a man off the Rhode Island coast to the quiet death of a marriage in New Mexico.

The variety of stories in this wide-ranging collection are sure to fit the taste and mood and any reader interested in the human condition through the clear grace of La Farge’s timeless writing.

Born in 1901, Oliver Hazard Perry La Farge is ranked among the literary lions of American Southwestern letters. Since his death in 1963, his reputation has continued to grow and new honors have been added to his name. Laughing Boy, a novel of Navajo life, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1930, putting his name in lights before he was 30.

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PUEBLO INDIAN WISDOM
Native American Legends and Mythology
By Teresa Pijoan

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Anyone interested in mythology and legends will enjoy these stories which have been passed down orally for generations by the pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. They reveal pueblo customs and traditions as well as the ceremonial aspects of Pueblo religion. A character called Grandfather, the fictional narrator of these stories, embodies the collective wisdom of the Pueblo Indians, the attitudes about universal dilemmas and conflicts in human life that developed through many generations.

Some of the stories are realistic; others involve the supernatural. Some evoke the initial contact between the pueblos and the Spanish conquistadors. There are also tales of the joy and bitterness of interactions between parents and children, husbands and wives, and humans and spirits. Rites of passage and "vision quests" often enter into the characters' attempts to live in harmony with nature, other humans, and spirits. Lessons on how to live, of growing up, marrying, parenting, and growing old sometimes emerge straightforwardly in these stories, but more often, readers are left to draw their own conclusions.

These stories, collected by Teresa Pijoan since she was eight years old, actually came from many different storytellers, some of them childhood friends of the author. She had heard several versions of each story before writing it down and she often used elements from one version to fill in the parts missing from other versions. She then showed her drafts of each story to members of several different pueblos and weighed their comments before putting each story in its present form. Ms. Pijoan grew up on the San Juan Pueblo reservation and the Nambe Indian reservation in New Mexico, even though she herself is not Native American. But her early experiences and bicultural background instilled in her a deep respect for and an understanding of pueblo life.

She is also the author of DEAD KACHINA MAN and WAYS OF INDIAN WISDOM, both published by Sunstone Press.

Includes Glossary.

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THE RIVER GODDESS AND OTHER STORIES
By Valentine McKay-Riddell

A collection of fantasy stories about a young girl and her mysterious powers.

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This collection follows a young girl as she comes into her power with the aid of a mysterious River Goddess, a number of helpful animals and non-human others, and a very old friend. Alyssa faces many dangers and overcomes numerous challenges along the way. As she learns how to tap into the magic of everyday life, she gradually develops a deep respect for both human and non-human guides and for herself. This is the “hero’s journey” from a feminine point of view—a journey upon which we are all embarked, male and female alike, as we rediscover our true role: that of fellow travelers with all the beings who share space on the small blue planet we call Earth.

Since childhood, Valentine McKay-Riddell, PhD, has been fascinated with the real magic in the world. Her love of fantasy, appreciation for young people, and reverence for Nature are combined in this book. Valentine has taught postgraduate courses in psychology, shamanism, leadership, and writing for colleges in California, South Carolina, and New Mexico. She lives with her husband Lewis Riddell in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she has a private practice in holistic wellness counseling and shamanic healing.

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SAND AND OTHER FLASH FICTION
By Michael Scofield

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This collection of short-shorts (“flash” fiction, “sudden” fiction) for those who crave a rush but have scant time to read is also a handbook for scriptwriters. In here you'll find septuagenarians on a first date, a reluctant nymphomaniac, a college student confronting a runaway wife's derringer, a prodigal son helping his mother buy vegetables, a woman going mad learning magic tricks—and on and on.

Yale University graduate Michael Scofield received his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2002. Sunstone Press has published two collections of poetry, Whirling Backward into the World and Circus Americana. Acting Badly, the first novel in his Santa Fe trilogy, was followed by Making Crazy and Smut Busters, all from Sunstone Press.

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SEVEN CAROLS, SEVEN GIFTS
Christmas Stories for All Ages
By Drew Bacigalupa

"It would be a mistake to assume that these stories should be read only in December, for their message transcends the seasons." They..."touch the human and divine in all of us." SOUTHWEST BOOKVIEWS

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Collected for the first time, these prize-winning Christmas tales (carols) of Drew Bacigalupa range in time and place from mid-20th century to the new millennium, from remote mountain villages in New Mexico to the sophisticated neighborhoods of Rome, from children in country fields or on city streets to young soldiers at combat areas, to parents and grandparents at home or abroad. Whether in the United States, Mexico, England, France or Italy, the diverse peoples of these brief but luminous stories share the joy--and sometimes apprehension--we’ve all known as winter solstice heralds the approach of Christmas. Uniting all is the theme of renewal, the promise of longer days and return of the sun, and our uniquely individual gifts which brighten The Child in each of us.

The illustrations are from original works by Bacigalupa--his paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures, testament to the artist/writer’s work in many media, his conviction that all the arts are essentially communication. Heavily influenced by Renaissance Man following graduate studies at L’Accademia di Belli Arti in Florence, he frequently refers to the journals and poems of sculptor/painter Michelangelo and the notebooks and dissertations of painter/sculptor/inventor Leonardo as examples of men who employed whatever medium was best suited to communicate differing concepts demanding expression.

Though a resident of Santa Fe since 1954 and one who loves the American Southwest, Drew Bacigalupa is an inveterate traveler whose works have doggedly resisted regionalism. His published books include the World War II novel And Come to Dust, set in Belgium and Germany; Since My Last Confession, a spiritual journey and love story which follows the protagonist throughout the U.S. and across Europe; Journal of an Itinerant Artist, essays which roam the globe and embrace peoples of ethnic diversity. His stories, features and articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and periodicals in this country and--in translation--in Italy. He first gained encouragement as a writer at the age of ten by winning a prize with an adventure story submitted to a writing contest in his hometown’s newspaper The Baltimore Sun.

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SHORT STORIES FOR A RAINY AFTERNOON
By Cordelia E. Lougheed

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When I lived on the island of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, my favorite luxury was sitting in the shade under a palm tree with a book. I loved Ernest Haycock's westerns, and mostly his Western short story book. The romance of New Mexico and Arizona captured me early in the Saturday cowboy matinees at the local movie house.

In 1959 I married western artist Robert Lougheed, and we were making my first trip west, since The National Geographic was sending him to the Bell Ranch in New Mexico to sketch some of the quarter horses in their remuda for a horse series he was painting. Because of that experience, my own short stories would run through my mind, and I would say to myself, “write them down.” Life was busy for us on painting trips, and we would end up in Canada, or Montana, and then the stories would slip away, only to be replaced with new story ideas. Finally I took a note from my husband's discipline, and started to work on them. While I was writing, I would become a participant in the stories and would be transported to the different parts of the country where we had traveled in our camper van, like “Route 93” in this book. I like the challenge of developing a beginning to a composition with the theme in the middle, and then putting the idea across with an ending in four or five pages. I even love reading stories myself, especially on a rainy afternoon.

Cordelia E. Lougheed has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for forty years in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Having been raised in Connecticut winters, she moved to the tropical Virgin Islands for seven years, and then returned East when she and Robert were married. They were drawn to Santa Fe, where the bright sunlight and dry air attracted her husband's desire to paint the New Mexico landscape full time. Their painting trips took them to Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, the island of St. Croix, and the Golden West. Cordelia soaked up story material as her husband painted.

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THE TERMINAL PROJECT AND OTHER VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY
Stories
By Melvyn Chase

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A weekend vacation rekindles the joy and pain of youth. A search for historical truth reveals a hundred-year-old secret. A quest for new life redefines loneliness. A search for meaning unlocks the awesome power of a single word. A decades-long Cold War in the vast reaches of space suddenly heats up. A New Garden of Eden unleashes a new kind of Serpent. A mournful journey becomes the beginning of hope. These are some of the stories, some of the voyages, some of the discoveries, in this collection by Melvyn Chase. Sometimes you will travel no further than the next town. Sometimes the journey will take you far across the reaches of time and space. But don’t be too sure that you know where you are headed. Your destination may not be what it seems to be. And getting there is all about discovery.

MELVYN CHASE’s public relations career spans more than thirty-five years. When he retired from corporate life, he continued to work as a consultant, but also returned to his first love: fiction. His approach is eclectic. His stories may be serious or humorous, soothing or scary, here-and-now or who-knows-when. He says that his characters determine the style and setting of each story, and that he tries not to interfere. And, he adds, they often surprise him.

Chase was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a B.A. in English Literature at Brooklyn College and an M.A. at New York University. He and his wife, a retired editor and publicist, live in suburban Connecticut, only a short drive from their son and daughter and four grandchildren.

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THE TRAIL OF THE SILVER HORSESHOES
Stories of the American West
By Jiri Cernik

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This collection of stories describes events or episodes in the life of a varied group of individuals during the most dramatic period of American history—the settlement of the American West. The reader will witness the hardship and suffering of the Donner-Reed Party; the heroism of Portugee Phillips, the messenger bringing news of the Fetterman Massacre; the tragic events connected to Major John W. Powell's exploration of the Grand Canyon; and the disastrous effort of the Minnesota Sioux to drive the white interlopers from their traditional hunting grounds. There is a glimpse of the rough and tumble life in the gold rush towns of Alaska and Colorado, a failed attempt at a robbery of a bank in Northfield, Minnesota, and the violent death of Jack Slade, a former manager of a stage coach station in Julesburg, Colorado, mentioned in Mark Twain's book, Roughing It. Historical notes at the end of the tales provide the reader with actual facts and broader context in which these events took place.

Jiri Cernik was born in Jicin, Czechoslovakia and immigrated to the United States in 1967 where he earned an MA in German language and literature at George Washington University. He has worked at the Foreign Service Institute, Educational Bureau of the U.S. Department of State as the Language Training Supervisor of Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Hungarian and Greek sections. In addition to his work in the field of linguistics and language pedagogy he has pursued his interest in American history, particularly the settlement of the American West. He has traveled extensively throughout all states west of the Mississippi and is the author of several novels, stories and non-fiction works dealing with this area and people who settled it. Two, published in the Czech Republic, are The Wild West and With a Tomahawk Against the Muskets, a two-volume detailed history of the Indian Wars covering the time period 1621–1890. He is retired and lives with his wife in Needmore, Pennsylvania where for many years they have raised and showed Morgan horses.

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TRAIN STOPS
Contemporary Short Stories
By Larry Frank

"TRAIN STOPS is an exciting anthology of stories presenting humor, surprise, poignancy, the mystery of the dark side of human nature, and the many turns and twists of our lives that never seem to end as we expect. These stories are compelling, memorable, imaginative, and reflect the complete spectrum of human emotions." REVIEWER'S BOOKWATCH

"Larry Frank has had a remarkable career as a motion picture writer, producer and director, and later as a student of indigenous cultural phenomena in New Mexico. This collection showcases Frank's latest passion as a writer of short fiction. As the title indicates, Frank takes his readers on a journey past numerous scenes and 'stops,' providing glimpses into the varied lives of his characters--a museum director, a teacher and her pupil, a boy discovering differences in his own values and those of his fater. The settings encompass such wide-ranging venues as Los Angeles, Denver and Alaska, but a good number of the tales are set in the author's familiar environs of northern New Mexcio. Some readers may find Frank's brief, poignant sketches reminiscent of similar works by the late Paul Horgan and El Paso's Elroy Bode." BOOK TALK

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A collection of contemporary short stories from a master storyteller.

THE LAS CRUCES BULLETIN reports: "(Larry Frank) tells his stories masterfully through a variety of richly developed characters and situations. Also a poet, he pulls the reader in, with unique, imaginative descriptions of the inner worlds of his characters and the outer worlds they live in. These stories cannot help but have an emotional impact on the reader who may be stirred by the beauty of a description or the fate of a character. Definitely for the reader looking to find something of himself in these beautifully told tales of the human condition."

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TUCSON TALES
Bohemians, Bolsheviks and Border Rats
By Harvey Burgess

“Harvey Burgess has dished out a mélange of stories about people who live in Tucson, Arizona. He breathes life into a variety of eccentric characters and through their eyes we see an unexpected picture of the desert city.” —Elena Díaz Bjorkquist, author of Suffer Smoke and Water from the Moon

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In this collection of short stories, Harvey Burgess creates a Technicolor tableau of Tucson, a richly diverse desert city in Southern Arizona where loveable eccentrics, down-on-their-luck drifters, liberal do-gooders, runaway refugees, shadowy “illegals,” ageing Marxists and sex-addicted corporate lawyers, all rub shoulders. Burgess’s deeply flawed, humorous, larger than life characters struggle to keep on the straight and narrow. Often troubled, they seek to face down their demons whilst always striving to leave a recognizable imprint on the world.

Harvey Burgess is a Londoner who relocated to Tucson in 2006. He is the author of a non-fiction book entitled Political Asylum From The Inside, short fiction and non-fiction in the UK and journalism in the USA, his focus being “A Brit’s Eye View Of The States.” He is currently writing a creative non-fiction book on Sierra Leone.

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TWENTY YEARS ON GRAYSHEEP BAY
A Microcosmic Look at a Macrocosm of Human and Natural Life – Chesapeake Bay
By Ray Greenblatt

Through a variety of literary genres—half of which consists of poetry, the other half a mixture of short stories, essays, dialogues, letters, even lists—this book digs into the human interface with one of the largest estuaries in the world. The Bay does not represent an escape to Nature. It has always been an integral part of modern development—witness Baltimore and Washington. Man cannot help but be influenced and changed. So can that body of water. Includes Readers Guide.

Ray Greenblatt has lived in New England, the West Indies, and along the Eastern Shore. He has written short stories, essays, and poetry published across the U.S. in periodicals as diverse as America, English Journal, and Joseph Conrad Today. He was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and won the Anthony Byrne Prize. He was also the editor of the magazine General Eclectic. A teacher for many years Ray Greenblatt has taught writing at the Philadelphia Writers Conference as well as spoken at the John Steinbeck Festival in Salinas, California.


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WESTERN ANIMAL HEROES
An Anthology of Stories by Ernest Thompson Seton
By Stephen Zimmer, Editor

CLASSIC STORIES FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE NATURAL WORLD

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Naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton created a new literary form when he began writing stories about his adventures with wild animals in the 1890s. His first stories were compiled in the book, Wild Animals I Have Known, that became popular throughout the United States and Canada. The stories are spellbinding chronicles of wild animal courage, intelligence, and endurance as they valiantly attempt to escape the traps, poisons, guns, and lariats of their human pursuers.

Seton was renown for his scientific studies of American wildlife. His stories about wild animals, however, were a mix of fact and fiction that heightened the drama of each animal’s life or death struggle.

During the 1890s Seton traveled to the American West and from his experiences wrote the thrilling tales contained in this collection. The exploits of Lobo (wolf), The Pacing Mustang, Tito (coyote), Monarch (grizzly), Coaly-Bay (horse), Johnny Bear, and Badlands Billy (wolf) are presented in their entirety along with many of Seton’s drawings.

Stephen Zimmer was Director of the Seton Memorial Library at Philmont Scout Ranch at Cimarron, New Mexico for twenty years. For this collection he contributed a biographical introduction of Ernest Thompson Seton and the historical background for each story.

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WHY I WON'T BE GOING TO LUNCH ANYMORE
21 Stories of the Santa Fe Painter's Life
By Douglas E. Atwill

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Outsiders seldom understand the curious amalgam of artists, galleries, misfits and hangers-on known as the Santa Fe Art Scene. Douglas Atwill, a painter living and working in its midst for many years, writes stories with an insider’s eye, tales of facing the easel every day, as well as those of dealing with the commercial demands from collectors, galleries and their crabby owners. In this collection of stories, we witness a group of Santa Fe painters confronting their art and life in creative ways, solving the ages-old problems of painting the perfect canvas, making that obstinate muse smile.

Julia Brownell is a patrician beauty whose exhibition of gold-leafed paintings sells out on its opening night and creates an envious discord among her peers. As Parsley Tiddle approaches the end of his creative life, he will not give up his randy ways, to the delight of his younger friends and the wrath of his socialite sister. The narrator of the title story jeopardizes his friendship with Donald Strether, a painter of small abstractions and a devoted rascal, by his disclosures to the guests at a summer luncheon party in the foothills. Robert Fenwick, a New Mexico plein air painter of note, discovers that a commission for landscapes of the Barbados cane fields is a more upside-down proposition than he bargained for.

There is a keen sense of irony and suitable punishment for the crime in Atwill’s stories, light-hearted views of the obstacles and the ever-present challenges to making a living from art. Several of the stories are concerned with goings-on in the studio of Alabaster Prynne, a wellborn, Philadelphia spinster, now in spattered coveralls, who befriends artists fresh from school and offers them her encouragement and cautions. The sprawling compound of adobe studios called Casa Marchment is the setting for a tale of earnest, untried artists as they find out that all is not what it appears in the estate of Victor Marchment, a brilliant landscape painter from the early years. Each story contains the secret to a Santa Fe painter, facing craft and life, and how he or she confounds the conventional view of what it is to be an artist.

DOUGLAS ATWILL was born in Pasadena, California, earned a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and he served in the Army Counterintelligence Corps. After a long sojourn on a Piedmont cattle farm in Virginia and on the move throughout Europe, he settled in Santa Fe to pursue painting full-time. From a studio on Canyon Road, he paints landscapes and paintings of his own gardens. His work is shown in galleries throughout the West. Atwill’s avocation of restoring adobe houses and building them anew has earned him a reputation for excellence in taste and design, and his houses have been featured in many magazines and books. This is his first collection of short stories.

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