Sub­texts Read­ings by José Skinner, Deme­tria Martinez, and Ana Castillo

The per­sonal is po­lit­i­cal: Read­ings around town

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The Tomb­stone Race (Univer­sity of New Mex­ico Press) is a re­cent col­lec­tion of gritty and tonally rich short sto­ries set in New Mex­ico by José Skinner, a writer who, as a grad­u­ate of the Iowa Writ­ers’ Work­shop and for­mer direc­tor of the MFA writ­ing pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Texas-Pan Amer­i­can, is steeped in academia, but also walked the po­lit­i­cal talk as an or­ga­nizer against U.S. in­ter­ven­tion in Nicaragua in the 1980s. He talks about his work and signs copies of The Tomb­stone Race at Allá Books (102 W. San Fran­cisco St., 505-988-5416) on Fri­day, July 8, at 5 p.m.

An­other writer and con­tro­ver­sial 1980s ac­tivist, Deme­tria Martinez, reads in the Great Hall at St. John’s Col­lege (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca) on Tues­day, July 12, at 7 p.m., for the Bread Loaf School of English, a pro­gram of Mid­dle­bury Col­lege that is held an­nu­ally in Santa Fe. In 1988, Martinez was tried for con­spir­acy against the U.S. gov­ern­ment in con­nec­tion with al­legedly smug­gling Sal­vado­ran refugees into the coun­try while she was work­ing as a re­li­gion re­porter cov­er­ing the sanc­tu­ary move­ment. She was ac­quit­ted on First Amend­ment grounds, and her novel, Mother Tongue (Bilin­gual Press, 1994), won a West­ern States Book Award for fic­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-984-6000.

One of to­day’s fore­most Chi­cana authors, Ana Castillo, reads from and signs copies of her new mem­oir, Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me (The Fem­i­nist Press at CUNY) at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226) on Wed­nes­day, July 13, at 6 p.m. In Black Dove, Castillo re­calls her son’s path to in­car­cer­a­tion and what it means to be a sin­gle, Latina mother and a fem­i­nist rais­ing a child in a so­ci­ety that iden­ti­fies and tar­gets him as a crim­i­nal from a young age. —

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