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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Come to our Reading in Terlingua!

Donna Snyder, Deb Hoag and Jonathan Penton will be attending the Way Out West Book Festival in Alpine, Texas on July 31st and August 1st. The WOW Texas Festival is an off-beat celebration of Southwestern literature; a hip and fun interpretation of what it means to be a desert-bound writer. Check out for more information.

On Saturday, immediately after the festival, we'll be driving through the sunset to La Kiva Restaurant and Bar in Terlingua, Texas ( ), which happens to be my favorite bar in my favorite area on earth. Terlingua is the town between the Big Bend National Park and the Big Bend Texas State Park, itself an ancient mining site with a cemetery that makes you feel icky in the best possible way. And reverent. Terlingua is one of the many tiny towns in the southwest that has been occupied by anarchists, Wiccans, freaks, and weirdoes, and La Kiva is a wonderfully friendly place to congregate with them. I cannot sufficiently sing the praises of Big Bend National Park and Terlingua's Chisos Mining Company Motel as a vacation spot (though I admit that August is not the time of year one normally explores the area). Terlingua's the subject of the 2007 documentary Ghost Town: 24 Hours in Terlingua.

If you live in the Big Bend area and have never been, our reading there is, clearly, the perfect opportunity to investigate. If not, be sure to lift a drink to us that weekend, for we will be reading in Terlingua!

Donna Snyder, Deb Hoag, and Jonathan Penton
Saturday, August 1st, 9pm Central Daylight Time
La Kiva Restaurant and Bar
Highway 170 in Terlingua, Texas

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