Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Keeping Up With the Bloggers

Over on La Bloga, Michael Sedano reviews Alicia Gaspar de Alba's tough novel, Desert Blood. It's a comprehensive and insightful review, which means that the book gave Michael plenty to think about. As Sedano points out, here's a crime novel in the fashion of Sinclair Lewis. High praise, indeed. Too bad Alicia did not have any Denver appearances during her current book tour - the closest she got was an event on the C.U. campus in Boulder. What's up with that?

Daniel Olivas's post on La Bloga for June 20 has the usual wealth of information about writers, books, literary events, and even some stuff about Daniel's own writing life. He will be signing his first children’s book, Benjamin and the Word / Benjamin y La Palabra (Arte Público Press), on June 25, at B. Dalton's Booksellers, Topanga Plaza, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, CA, noon to 4:00 p.m., (818) 883-8095. Those of you in that neck of the woods - go out and give Daniel your support. He's doing some good things with his talent and energy.

One of the authors Daniel writes about is Sheryl Luna, poet and professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Daniel recently reviewed her debut poetry collection, Pity the Drowned Horses (University of Notre Dame Press)on the Elegant Variation. I have to say that the sample of Luna's poetry that I've read has me intrigued - yet another book for the TBR stack.