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Bernalillo: Yesterday’s Sunshine / Today’s Shadows, by Nasario Garcia

Nasario Garcia was born in Bernalillo and grew up in the Rio Puerco Valley southeast of Chaco Canyon. He received his BA and MA degrees in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of New Mexico. While a doctoral student at the University of Granada, Spain, he studied under the eminent linguist Dr. Manual Alvar. Garcia was awarded his Ph.D. in XIX century Spanish literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Garcia has devoted his life to the preservation of Hispanic language, culture, and folklore of New Mexico. He has authored/co-authored 25 books.

Garcia will be signing his publication Bernalillo: Yesterday’s Sunshine/ Today’s Shadows on April 13 at the Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House, 151 Edmund Road in Bernalillo, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. He will hold two more book signings (May 24 at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Boulevard NW from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and November 29 at Treasure House Books, 2012 S. Plaza from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m).

Estevan Rael-Galvez, Vice President of Historic Sites, National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. said of Garcia’s work: “The living testimony of the elders of Bernalillo emerges under the sensitive ear and gifted pen of one of New Mexico’s finest storytellers.

For further information, contact Rio Grande Books at 344-9382 or

Confronting the Holocaust: Placitas responds

—Doris Fields, PhD
In our sixth year, the Placitas Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Group is responding to the dearth of knowledge and understanding about genocide in general and the holocaust, specifically, by presenting the work of noted psychologist and innovative photographer, the late Dr. Karl Koenig. We are excited to bring Dr. Frances Koenig to the Placitas Community Library on April 27, at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Koenig is a noted psychologist and, as importantly, she and her husband visited concentration camps and documented the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual impacts of their experiences. Frances speaks about the introspection that is possible when we allow access to our deepest self, to the best parts of who we can be. She does this in the context of the moving work of Karl Koenig, specifically through the book, Fragments: Architecture of the Holocaust.

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