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January 25, 2017: San Miguel Big Read PANEL

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio #15

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

San Miguel Writers’ Conference

San Miguel Big Read Presents Panel Discussion of On Trails

Featuring: Albert Coffee, Marti McGinnis, Hope Palmer

On Trails, An Exploration by Robert MoorThe book selected for the San Miguel Big Read this year, On Trails by Robert Moor, has already been the subject of many discussions all over town, just what the Big Read committee was hoping when they selected it. Now the committee is presenting a panel of experts in a variety of fields to offer their studied views on the book, and to create even more discussion.

The panel presentation will take place on Wednesday, January 25 at 5:00 PM at the Aldea Hotel. Panelists include Albert Coffee, Marti McGinnis, Hope Palmer, and several others whose participation is pending.

Albert Coffee is the popular tour leader at Cañada de la Vergin Pyramid. He is an historian and anthropologist and will present a slide presentation about the importance of trails in pre-Hispanic Mexico including ancient trails that still exist!

Hope Palmer is and art historian, artist, and avid reader who spent a lifetime teaching in the arts and humanities. She will comment on the book as a work of literature, a style of writing, and how the author achieved what he did in the book.

Marti McGinnis loves to read non-fiction books on complex topics but aimed at lay readers, exactly the genre of On Trails. She will convey her enthusiasm for the book and discuss some of the sections in more depth.

Hailed by critics as an extraordinary literary achievement, On Trails uses the general topic of trails to explore many dimensions of life, from the earliest trails ever created on the planet to the extensive trails created by the Cherokee and other Native American tribes to the trails created by the Internet and the extension of the U.S. Appalachian Trail all the way to Europe and Morocco!

Small Discussion Groups

One of the best features of the Big Read is the small discussion groups formed all over town to discuss the Big Read book in detail, and we hope, to make some new friends at the same time. The Big Read groups will meet during the week of January 23. To join a Big Read discussion group, e-mail Big Read Director Jo Curtis at or fill out the registration form. Tell Jo whether you prefer to meet in the morning, afternoon, or evening; the colonia where you live; and if you would like to host a group in your home.

Robert Moor Keynote

Robert MoorThe author of On Trails, Robert Moor, will present a keynote address at the Writers’ Conference on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 2:00 PM. Purchase your tickets now as the event is likely to sell out. For your tickets, go to, or attend any Literary Sala event.

January 19, 2017: Poetry Café Bellas Artes

Date: Thursday, Janurary 19, 2017
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.

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

Admission: A donation of $50 pesos is suggested

Poetry Café Bellas Artes

One Voice, Many Voices

By Maia Williams

Poetry Café Bellas Artes will launch their second season on Thursday, January 19th by featuring three poets with strong ties to San Miguel de Allende: Lynn Learned, Ken Morrow, and Nan Williamson.

Early on in her career and shortly after the Watts riot, Lynn Learned created programs for Cross Cultural Communication through the Office of Economic Opportunity in Los Angeles. Later, she was invited to go to the Western Equatorial Pacific with John Kenneth Galbraith to assist in a series of economic meetings with important Palauan dignitaries that resulted in the Palauan’s working toward independent status with a Nuclear Free Constitution. Subsequently, she produced an award winning PBS television documentary, “Strategic Trust, The Making of Nuclear Free Palau” and was selected for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Documentary Series and won the Benton Film Peace Prize.

Trained as an artist with a Masters in Fine Art, Lynn’s vocation has centered on photography and film, but she has always written poems on the back of envelopes or scraps of paper. Poetry has been and is always with her.

Ken Morrow has worked hard as architect, sculptor, painter, furniture-maker, candle-maker, carpenter, bartender but never as hard as his current effort to define the verb “to write.” One entry in that definition is the preparation of a manuscript of recent poems with the working title, Uncertainty Principle. Another entry is his current exploration of poetry for multiple voices as spoken, dramatic narrative. For the January Poetry Café Ken will collaborate with his partnered readers, Lynn Learned and Nan Williamson, to present a group of poems written for multiple voices.

Nan Williamson is an artist, teacher, and author from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. She began her poetry journey in San Miguel in 2011 in classes led by Judyth Hill, who is still a mentor. Nan is a member of The Ontario Poetry Society and The League of Canadian Poets. Her poems have been published in numerous magazines in Canada and the U.K. In 2013, she graduated from the prestigious Humber School for Creative Writing, Toronto. Her chapbook, leave the door open for the moon, was published by Jackson Creek Press in 2015, featuring hand-printed block illustrations throughout 40 hand-bound pages, a limited edition of 125 copies, signed and numbered. Recently, a copy was purchased for the Canadiana Collection, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.

Founded in January of 2016, Poetry Café Bellas Artes meets monthly, September through April. The all-volunteer community organization features local and visiting poets (established and emerging) sharing original work in a casual setting.

Please arrive a few minutes early. Seating is first come, first seated. Depending on the temperature, a cold or hot beverage will be served.