AS TOLD IN TUCSON…MORE BOOKS ABOUT TUCSONANS & THE OLD PUEBLO
THE WOOD WIFE
A journalist inherits a home in the Tucson hills after the mysterious death of the poet who owned it, and discovers she is sharing the space with malevolent, alien creatures.
Harold Bell Wright
THE MINE WITH THE IRON DOOR: A ROMANCE
This romantic tale about a rich mine located somewhere in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson is a thinly-veiled protest against the depredations wrought by civilization’s encroachment on the unspoiled Southwest.
Eulalia “Sister” Bourne
NINE MONTHS IS A YEAR AT BABOQUIVARI SCHOOL
A school year in the life of the teacher and students of a remote one-room “ranch” school in Altar Valley during the 1930s.
FROG MOUNTAIN BLUES
The highest peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains is called “Frog Mountain” by the Tohono O’odham. This series of essays recounts the depredations inflicted by business interests on the fragile ecology of this area, and underscores the desperate need to preserve this unique wilderness.
by Charles Bowden, photograpsh by Julian Cardona. University of Texas Press
“Author Charles Bowden stands on America’s southern border ‘in the stream of the largest migration on earth. And it is not season labor. The people walking north are not going home again” (page 92). It is an exodus of historic proportions. This book is that story in all its confusion and trauma, fear and optimism. Bowden’s gnawing prose could stand alone, as could the dramtic photographs of Julian Cardona, but together they make a withering disparch from the front lines. This is a relentless book of global significance and scale.” – Bill Boyles
Connie Spittler’s THE DESERT ETERNAL, WORDS & IMAGES, illustrated with her husband’s Bob’s nature photographs, was one of two books chosen to compete in the environmental category of the 2008 Arizona Book Publisher Awards. Connie and Bob came in second, but didn’t feel too sad, because the winner was a large format coffee table book on the Grand Canyon published by Arizona Highways featuring a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and internationally known writer, Charles Bowden.
Connie’s creative nonfiction piece “One November Day,” appears in HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. LINCOLN, an anthology published under the aspices of the Washington D.C. Bicentennial Committee, to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. When Connie learned that the book was scheduled to be used as a text in the national capitol’s schools, she offered to read her work to students in the Tucson schools. Librarians from White Elementary and Miller Elementary immediately responded, with invitations to read to 4th and 5th graders. Since Connie’s story takes place two days before Lincholn wrote the Gettysburg Address, she asked the librarian if the children needed a brief background on the Civil War and Lincholn’s speech. The librarian told her that, in fact, the kindergarten children were memorizing the address. Connie was particularly pleased to read to 400 students on Lincoln’s birthday and afterward, answered their questions on writing. She gave each student a lucky Lincoln penny at the end of her program. One of the teachers emailed that when the students returned to the clessroom and had extra time to read, they asked if they could write instead. Her favorite thank you messages from the group said, “You rock…”
Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 38, No. 3 June-July 2009