Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ríos' "Iguana Killer" Discussion Set for October 10

BISBEE, AZ – As part of the Copper Queen Library’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, on October 10 at 6:30 pm, Dr. John Doty will facilitate an examination of Alberto Alvaro Ríos' first book of short stories, The Iguana Killer, winner of the 1984 Western States Book Award in Short Fiction.

According to the University of New Mexico Press, “The stories collected here might be described as small miracles. Ríos confronts some big questions – often from a child's point of view – but he does so in the language of a poet… His stories show us a culture in transition, one reaching back all the way into the jungles of Mexico, rooted in the ancient Mayan and Aztecan civilizations, but extending all the way into the present as well, a present where confused governments go to war over ‘coffee’ and almost anything can happen to a young Chicano, including love and generosity. In the end we see that The Iguana Killer is the story of us all.”

Those interested in attending or participating in the discussion may now pick up a copy of the book at the Library Circulation Desk. All are welcome to participate, and library cards are not necessary to borrow a book.

This free discussion is sponsored by the City of Bisbee and the Friends of the Copper Queen Library and is made possible in part by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.

For further information, contact the library at 432-4232.