Art and Cultural Goings-On in Taos and Northern New Mexico

September 30, 2017

Booksigning: Carmen Baca

Taos: op.cit. Books of Taos, Bent St., 2-3:30pm
Booksigning: Carmen Baca

Carmen Baca will be discussing and reading from her book El Hermano at op. cit. books Taos on Saturday, September 30 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. It's a wonderful story about her father's coming of age in the 1920's as a future member of a Cofradia (Penitentes) in northern New Mexico.  The book features some of the folklore that we love in northern New Mexico including our mysterious La Llorona.  Carmen is the daughter of the real life Jose of the story. As the cofradia members died or moved away after the War, the morada was left unused on her family property. Carmen recovered artifacts from the morada, including her father's prayer book, from which, along with her memories, she based this story.

Carmen has taught a variety of English and history courses, mostly at the high school and college levels, over the course of thirty-six years before retiring in 2014. She is a member of the Las Vegas chapter of the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees. Her command of both English and Spanish enables her to write with true story-telling talent. Her knowledge of New Mexico Penitentes, traditions, and folklore enables her to tell the story of her father’s entrance into the secret society of the Penitente Brotherhood. Set in the early nineteen hundreds, El Hermano provides historical insight into the life of a rural community which embraced los Hermanos and welcomed their selfless acts of charity. Living on the land left to her by her father, she and her husband enjoy a peaceful county life in northern New Mexico.

op. cit. books Taos, 124A Bent St, Taos, NM 575-751-1999

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