San Miguel Literary Sala - San Miguel Literary Sala, A.C. is a non-profit organization in Mexico

July 21, 2016: Poetry Café Bellas Artes

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. (Poets arrive at 4:30 p.m.)

Location: Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante”
Hernández Macías 75
Sala Literaria, 1st Floor

Admission: A donation of $50 pesos is suggested

San Miguel Poetry Café to Host First “Open Mic”

Calling all poets! San Miguel Poetry Café kicks off the 2016/2017 season with an Open Mic on Thursday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. at Bellas Artes.

Poets are asked to arrive at Sala Literaria at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door. Each poet is asked to prepare to share up to three poems for a presentation of no more than five minutes. There will be twelve slots available.

Since it’s inaugural event in January of this year, the San Miguel Poetry Café has featured a variety of established and emerging poets from San Miguel de Allende and beyond. We welcome members of the community and visitors to participate, as presenting poets and as members of the audience.

We hope to see you!

July 14, 2016: Literary Sala Readings

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: Hotel Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio #15

Admission: $50 pesos for Literary Sala members, $100 for non-members. Includes wine reception. Tickets available at the door.

Literary Sala presents Dallas Star Linda Gray and New Yorker Cartoonist Victoria Roberts

By Carole Schor

Linda Gray, star of the hit series, Dallas, will appear in person here in San Miguel de Allende at the Literary Sala on July 14 at 5:00 p.m. Also appearing on the same program will be the legendary New Yorker cartoonist, Victoria Roberts. It’s an historic evening, not to be missed.

Linda Gray

Linda Gray

Linda Gray

Linda Gray believes that getting older only gets better. Her new memoir, The Road to Happiness Is Always Under Construction, gives us an inside look into the tragedies and triumphs of her life so far. She was temporarily paralyzed by polio at age 5; she lost her younger sister Betty to cancer; and for more than two decades she was trapped in a deeply unhappy, emotionally abusive marriage.

The book is full of fascinating insights into the TV show that turned Linda into an international star. Sue Ellen was “a mogul’s wife with a shiny outside and a pickled liver.” In an eerie way, her career-defining character, who was forever engaged in roller-coaster battles with her Machiavellian, philandering husband, mirrored Linda’s own life. Fans of the soap were unaware that off-screen Linda was herself in an emotionally abusive relationship with her husband, art director and photographer Ed Thrasher (designer of album covers for musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, and Joni Mitchell).

Gray is well known for her fabulous legs, a fact that helped to launch her first career as a model. At age 27, she was paid $25 to be Anne Bancroft’s body double in the publicity poster for The Graduate (1967) with Dustin Hoffman!

In her book Linda offers inspiration to all for overcoming obstacles to happiness! She will share anecdotes and get real with us at her Literary Sala appearance.

Victoria Roberts

Victoria Roberts is an internationally renowned cartoonist whose work appears regularly in the New Yorker and the New York Times, as well as dozens of other magazines and media. Victoria was a contract cartoonist for the New Yorker for twenty-five years. She is also the illustrator of the New York Times weekly science question. Her first cartoon strip, “My Sunday,” ran in Nation Review (Australia) when she was nineteen. She has written or illustrated over twenty books, including Cattitudes, a feline feast for the eyes featuring more than seventy watercolor illustrations. Delight in this eclectic collection of images, all cats of singular talent and endless appeal! They are literary, artistic, ecclesiastic, acrobatic, and masochistic. There are beautiful cats, international cats, bad cats, and mad cats in need of a little therapy.

Victoria was born in New York City and grew up in Mexico City and Sydney, Australia. In her latest book, After the Fall, she brings Mexico to the page when a Fifth Avenue penthouse family has fallen on hard times and is forced to live in Central Park, where the Mexican maids bring the family chilaquiles and tamales and continue to watch telenovelas on the TV that Pops has set up for them. In the book she combines her charming drawings and penchant for whimsy with storytelling panache to create a stylish, funny, and sweet illustrated novel. According to one reviewer, “The whimsical and zany cartoon drawings of the family include Mother, the eccentric diva; Pops, the scatterbrained inventor prone to bouts of melancholia; Alan, the brother and narrator; and the bespectacled Sis, whom we recognize as the young Victoria. Their fairy tale residency in the park is both a moving and humorous story of a family’s adventures and inventions in their new urban lifestyle among greenery and wildlife.”

Join Dallas’s Linda Gray and the New Yorker’s Victoria Roberts at the San Miguel Literary Sala on July 14 at 5pm at the Hotel La Aldea. Admission is 50 pesos for members and 100 pesos for nonmembers and includes a wine and snack reception. Membership in the Literary Sala supports not only the literary life of San Miguel, including scholarships for teens and reading projects for children in the campo. It also offers attractive benefits such as reading groups, discounts at the monthly author readings, as well as discounts and priority seating at the Annual Writers’ Conference. A membership table will be available at the Sala event. It is also possible to obtain information and join online here.

Gray will also be the guest of honor at a more intimate event, an elegant brunch at the Rosewood Hotel on Sunday, July 17 at 12:30 p.m. The event is a benefit for the Literary Sala’s “My First Book” reading appreciation project for children in campo communities. To purchase your ticket, go to Eventbrite.

June 9, 2016: Literary Sala Readings

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: Hotel Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio #15

Admission: $50 pesos for Literary Sala members, $100 for non-members. Includes wine reception.


Literary Sala presents Annual Works in Progress Evening

By Carole Schor

The annual Literary Sala event featuring Works in Progress of local writers is proud to present a variety of authors, as well as the members of one local writing group, reading from their upcoming works.



The Tertulia (a social gathering with literary or artistic overtones) is a group of women who have been meeting once a week to write, read, eat, laugh, encourage, and inspire each other. They will share a few poems from their work in progress, Tertulia: A Collection of Treasures, Volume 1.  Agnes Olive’s love of writing was unleashed by studying with Judyth Hill. She is the author of the recently released, Letters from Pakistan, One Woman’s Odyssey. Ellen Akerman, the author of Buddy’s Story, a fictional memoir, found inspiration by attending the San Miguel Writer’s Conference. Elizabeth Marshall, a writer by profession, found her passion while studying poetry with both Cecilia Woloch and Judyth Hill. Cheri Rae Wright’s studies with Judyth Hill inspired her to explore memoir poetry; the Tertulia encourages her to keep writing.

Elizabeth Marshall, one of the members of the Tertulia, will also read from her personal work in progress. Elizabeth had a multi-faceted career as a writer — from working with hard-core delinquent youth at Vision Quest to writer and editor of a newspaper and a global economics quarterly. Her favorite job was as an Instructional and Multimedia Designer, which gave all of her senses and talents free creative rein.


Marcia Wolf

Marcia Wolff received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Here she was intimidated by having to read poetry, much less writing it. Over a multi-year period, she wrote poems that found their way into a book entitled Frictions Becoming Pearl: a Slow Awakening. Presently, she is working on a novel, The Rarest of Gems. The main character, Devora, is on a heroine’s journey of transformation, overcoming the obstacles presented to her like politics in the background and internal conflicts within and around her as she explores the unknown in a tropical village in Mexico.


Gabrielle Brie

Gabrielle Brie’s memoir, Tap Dancing on a Hot Skillet, uses artistic images, humor and emotion to convey the challenges of growing up Jewish as the child of New York parents and living with a mentally challenged father in the Deep South of the 1950s-60s in a tumultuous, hostile and unforgiving neighborhood of career military, racists (KKK) and crackers.


Libbe Dennard

Native Texan Libbe Dennard has lived in far-flung Alaska, Manhattan, and India, places woven into her writing.  She is making final revisions on The Kindness of Fate, which chronicles her life journey. Libbe studies in the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas. She will read from a personal essay, “Crossing East Avenue.”

Judyth Jenya

Judyth Jenya

Judith Jenya, a ten year San Miguel resident, is an artist and writer. Her book of poetry, “Aroma de dos Pueblos,” was published in 2014. Her travel stories have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines. She writes about adventures and legal and philanthropic work in the Balkans and Russia. Judith will read a short story, “The Accidental Expert.”

Itala Rutter is a professor of both Italian language and feminist studies at UCLA.  She will be reading from her autobiography entitled, Where, Trieste, Are You?


Michael Wright

Michael Wright will read from Kill the Asp, an international spy thriller full of action, revenge, justice, terror, and heartbreak. Michael is well versed in Middle Eastern culture, foods, attitudes, and beliefs; and is a multi-linguist with a command of Farsi, Hindi, and Spanish.


Ric McBrier

Ric McBrier is working on a book tentatively entitled, A Port for Bolivia, which tells the stories of Joaquin Aguirre Levayen, a renowned 20th century Bolivian. The book is based on 50 hours of interviews with Joaquin, and follows 250 years of the Aguirre family’s deep involvement in Bolivia’s history.


Mike Landfair

Mike Landfair is a permanent resident of San Miguel who came to the Writer’s Conference in February 2015 with his wife, Beverly, and decided to stay. He is a freelance writer for real estate investors in the United States and is now a member of a writer’s group where he is learning to write fiction. In addition to writing short stories, he has started a novel entitled The Flight of Eagles, which takes its inspiration from a true incident in the United States where two nuclear weapons went missing. He will be reading his short story, “Being a Bird.”

Join us for Works in Progress, always a best-selling event, and listen to these emerging writers at the San Miguel Literary Sala on June 9 at 5 PM at the Hotel La Aldea.  Admission is 50 pesos for members and 100 pesos for non-members, including a wine and snack reception.


Membership in the Literary Sala supports not only the literary life of San Miguel including scholarships for teens and reading projects for children in the campo, it also offers attractive benefits like reading groups, discounts at the monthly author readings, as well as discounts and priority seating at the Annual Writers’ Conference.  A Membership Table will be available at the June 9 Literary Sala event.