Border Book Festival

Trip Start Nov 25, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Border Book Festival, held annually in Old Mesilla NM, highlights the literature, cultural elements and current events of the Border. We visited all the booths at the outdoor fair, held in the town central park of this restored historic village. [I purchased my own copy of Diana Washington Valdez's The Killing Fields.]

Some of the booths featured activist groups. Folks from El Paso's Segundo Barrio had a booth with DVD, literature, T shirts and stickers; we enjoyed getting to know each other. The Friends of the Women of Juarez provided info and projects to counteract the killing of women for sport in Mexico. I hope to visit Centro Santa Catalina in Juarez (tho I won't get that done this round of; so, we chatted at their booth.

Great outdoor entertainment, music, weather! The festival features important writers every year. Busy in Palomas, I missed this year's featured Cuban-American author Cristina Garcia, whose books I've enjoyed. There's too much to do in the Border to get it all done. Enjoy the slideshow of festival sights. Many thumbnails have stories to read if you click on them.
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