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San Miguel Big Read Announces 2017 Book Selection

The San Miguel Big Read is excited to announce the featured book for the 2017 Big Read, leading up to the February 2017 Writers’ Conference. The selected book is On Trails by Robert Moor. Moor will present a keynote address at the Conference on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 2:00 PM.

The reviews for this book could not possibly be more ecstatic. On Trails has received universally high praise by everyone from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and literally dozens of other prestigious publications to customer reviews on Amazon. It hit the New York Times bestseller list just weeks after its publication.

“An incredibly engaging page-turner of a book about all that trails and pathways mean to us.”

“Stunning…A wondrous nonfiction debut.”

On Trails, trips through natural history, anthropology, gonzo reporter’s adventures, and memoir in a ramble that unpacks the many meanings of the routes we humans and other animals sketch on the land.”

“Part natural history, part scientific inquiry, but most of all a deeply thoughtful human meditation on how we walk through life, Moor’s book is enchanting.”

Moor’s success is especially exciting for us here in San Miguel because he is a “local boy makes it big” story. Well almost. Robert’s mother, Beverly Moor, has lived in San Miguel for many years, and Robert visits here often.

On Trails is available for purchase now in the Tienda of the Biblioteca. It is also available on both Kindle and Audible. And a word to the wise: If you like this book, as most readers do, you will almost certainly want to hear Robert Moor’s keynote address on February 17 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.

Big Read Discussion Groups

As in past years, the Big Read invites everyone in town to read On Trails and then to join a discussion group about the book. Big Read Discussion groups will meet during the week of January 23, 2017. (Some groups may elect to meet earlier and to meet several times, at their own discretion.) The Big Read committee is preparing discussion questions to spur lively conversations. If you would like to join a discussion group please fill the Registration form below or e-mail Jo Curtis at Tell us 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.

Discussion Questions

An aid for groups discussing the book, On Trails by Robert Moor

The San Miguel Big Read was pioneered several years ago by Diana Berman and will be headed up this year by Jo Curtis and her team of volunteers.