Six Merida expat writers celebrated the launch of “29,” the MEL anthology, with a book signing at the Merida English Library
The Merida Writers’ Group presents “A Sneak Preview of Upcoming Literary Events of the Season” at the Merida English Library on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m.
- The Writers’ Group will read snippets from the sequel to their popular Our Yucatan — More Yucatan, due out next year from Hamaca Press.
- Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado will read from her new novel, The Woman Who Wanted the Moon.
- Marianne Kehoe will extend an invitation to the presentation Sidewalk Stories, her book of poetry in English and Spanish translation, published by the Office of Culture for the Yucatan.
- Maryetta Ackenbom will read from her book, Georgia’s Hope.
And there will be several short readings from the MEL anthology of stories and memoirs from Merida/Yucatan writers to be officially launched on Saturday, December 7.
During the aftermath of Mexico’s 1968 student massacre, two former lovers rekindle their romance—a spontaneous act with lifelong repercussions.
A novel, Georgia’s Hope by Marietta Ackenbom, follows the journey of a young white woman in the 1960s. After taking in three young back Mexican orphans, she gives up her upper-middle-class privilege when taking a stand for social and racial justice. Marietta was editor of the Our Yucatan anthology last year.
And Hamaca is proud to have gotten Ralf Hollmann’s consent to publish the fifth edition of The Modern Yucatan Dictionary, which is a ongoing work by the Canadian-born author. At times outrageous, this no-holds-barred work runs the gamut, from everyday vocabulary to the vulgar slang that will go right over the head of anyone whose Spanish isn’t specifically Yucatecan. Words like tuch, xic, mulix, samaare, and uay are used in everyday speech, baffling newcomers, but absolutely normal here.
Dr. B (Lorraine Baillie Bowie), whose Merida-based blog Totally Win at Love, brings her years of clinical experience to her latest project. The Science of Finding Love that Lasts explains the role of DNA and social biology in connecting with others. Written for singles who are serial monogamists, the book is useful to anyone who wants to understand themselves and others.
Befitting a book that draws from the world’s cuisines, Elizabeth Arnott’s spectacular Detox Maintenance Recipe Collection is now available in Spanish. The Merida author, a British expat who plays violin for the Yucatan Symphony, has adopted the “Superfoods Lifestyle” by excluding dairy, wheat, red meat and alcohol from her diet. Equally important, she emphasizes various superfoods in her daily menu planning. Now, the secrets of these superfoods are available in two languages.