The Albuquerque NM Croak & Dagger chapter of Sisters in Crime welcomes mystery fans who enjoy felonious fun, absolutely criminal companionship and sensational speakers. Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and open to the public.
4th Tuesday of the month:
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center
7521 Carmel Avenue NE
Classroom 6 on the second floor is easily accessible by stairs or lobby elevator.
Meetings begin at 7pm.
2015 Tony Hillerman Literary Landscape Series
- Leaving a Family Literary Legacy, October 30 & 31
Tuesday, September 22 - Dr. Irene Blea
New Mexico native Irene Blea earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She's an accomplished author of textbooks, novels, academic and popular articles, poetry and a play. Blea retired as a Tenured Full Professor and Chairperson of Mexican American Studies at California State University-Los Angeles. Two of her seven textbooks, Toward a Chicano Social Science, and La Chicana and the Intersection of Race, Class and Gender are considered classics in her field.
Dr. Blea is a New Mexico Humanities Scholar, who incorporates her cultural and scholastic knowledge of the people and history of the region to render solid accounts of migration patterns of the 1920's and 30's. Suzanna is Blea's first novel in a trilogy about a thirteen year old girl married off to a thirty-two year old man in 1920's New Mexico. The second novel, Poor People's Flowers, continues Suzanna's story upon arrival in Colorado.
Tuesday, October 27 - William White
William White initially came to New Mexico in 2000 at the request of a man named Jerry Cheetum—the grandson of Doc Noss. White was so fascinated by the stories and folklore surrounding the Caballo Mountains of New Mexico that he began documenting these tales while they were still fresh in the minds of those who relayed them.
In 2003 White published his first book, Tales of the Caballos. A small book by most standards, it quickly caught on and still remains one of his most popular selling books. It is known as the treasure hunters’ bible in southern New Mexico; no self-respecting treasure hunter would head for the mountains without it safely stored in their backpack.
After four more books on treasure stories, White decided to try his hand at writing a novel. The Treasure of San Miguel Island is fiction woven on fact, triggered by White’s visits to the island along the California coast when he was a teenager.
Her most recent novel, Daughters of the West Mesa, is inspired by a true story. In 2009 eleven female remains and an unborn fetus were discovered on the West Mesa outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Irene Blea has synthesized what she experienced while living in the region and introduces us to Dora, a single mother, and her two daughters, Luna and Andrea.
Luna has been missing for several months. The police, Dora, Andrea and members of the community have searched for Luna without success. Dora struggles to endure not knowing about her missing daughter while coping with Andrea's emotional distance and adjusting to the recent purchase of a new house. In the adjacent 100-acre field, a human bone is found. Dora watches the investigation of the bone and the discovery of many more bones on television. Dora's physical, emotional and spiritual well-being decline while she awaits notice that Luna is, or is not, buried in the field.
Using the same characters, his second novel The Pancho Villa Treasure of the Guadalupe Mountains was created after extensive research on the historical character Pancho Villa. Third novel in the series is The Aztec Treasure of the Caballo Mountains.
White has two more books in progress: a novel in his treasure adventure series, and another collection of treasure stories.
White served honorably in the U.S. Marines in the 1960s. He did one tour of combat duty in Vietnam and received several Purple Heart medals. White always had his roots in agriculture. Upon returning from Vietnam he began working for food-processing industries setting up automation systems, his chosen profession until retirement years.
When not writing books, White gives hiking tours in the Caballo Mountains. He resides outside of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. He commutes to Albuquerque on a weekly basis to dance the Tango.