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Local writers group has Dec. 11 book signing, sale at Mesilla Valley Mall

A look at each writer who will participate


Las Cruces Writers Group (LCWG) will host Holiday Booknanza book signing and sale, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd.

LCWG President George Pintar, 89, is the author of 12 books featuring Chile Charlie and the history of New Mexico in fact and fiction. Perhaps nothing describes Pintar and his personal mission to help other writers more than the title of one of his books, “Never Too Late.”

“Since the last book signing in July of this year, we are excited that our group has attracted many new members of every age group, many of whom are published authors and we are still accepting new members,” Pintar said.

Pintar will be signing his newest book, “Fascinating New Mexico Stories: Told by Chile Charlie.” The book includes “a description of a Mexican wedding, battles for the love of a woman, a history of sombreros, slavery issues in New Mexico, ghost towns and history lessons of the Old West,” according to a LCWG news release. Pintar will also be signing “A Peak at Old West Country, When Is It Too Late?” and “Musings of an Ostrich Farmer.” Visit www.georgepintarbooks.com.

New and veteran members of the group who will participate in the signing include:

  • Charmayne Samuelson, author of “The Lost Kingdom of Gold.” LCWG describes the book as “a treasure hunt and murder mystery set entirely in New Mexico about “ancient legends of dazzling kingdoms of gold that eluded the Spanish Conquistadors” – if they really existed. Samuelson will also be signing her latest self-help book, “Hypnotize Yourself Happy in 3 Easy Steps,” and a coffee-table photography book, “Wild Mustangs of the Onaqui Mountains.” Visit www.charmaynesamuelson.com.
  • Mark William Davis will be signing “¡Reconquista,” which LCWG describes as “a farce and satire of today’s America in which the country is polarized by identity politics, conspiracy theories, the opioid crisis and a surly impotence in the face of social change.” Davis will also be signing “Against Superheroes,” “Signals and Noise” and “Teleology.” Visit www.exunoplura.com.
  • Susan Pfeiffer will be signing her latest novel, “The Dusty Attic, as well as “Never Let Go.” Visit www.facebook.com/susan.pfeiffer.98.
  • Rosemary Matos, author of “Promises from Cuba,” writes about the revolution that brought profound changes to Cuba during the 1950s and 1960s. She will also be signing a memoir, “The Saga of a Scofield Family from England to Minnesota.” You can find her work (and the work of all these authors) at amazon.com.
  • Susan Finlay is the author of “Breadcrumbs and Bombs,” which LCWG calls “a story about a hidden attic in an old Victorian house that is a gold mine of memorabilia and clues from the past.” She will also be signing “The Secret Town.” Visit www.susanfinlay.com.
  • Tanya D. Dawson’s debut young adult novel is “Andersen Light, which LCWG calls “is a coming of age, becoming who you are book, in which a bullying incident catapults a young girl into a fantastical new world.” Visit www.tanyaddawson.com.
  • Judy Cicero is the author of “Tate and the Lotus Pond: A Fantasy,” which LCWG calls “an enchanting fairy tale of the boy hero, Tate, and Little-One, a refugee baby spider, in their search for Little-One’s home web on the mysterious lotus pond.” Find Cicero’s books on amazon.com.
  • Bob Worthington’s book “Fighting Viet Cong in the Rung Sat,” a memoir, “describes his participation in the fiercest fighting of the Vietnam War on the Cambodian border,” LCWG said. “He received four combat awards.” Worthington will also be signing “Under Fire with ARVN Infantry,” about his first tour in Vietnam as a combat advisor to Vietnamese infantry units. Visit www.bobworthingtonwriter.com.
  • Mary Armstrong is the author of “The Mesilla,” book one of the Two Valleys Saga, which LCWG calls “a coming-of-age story that takes you into the wild Southwest in the form of a fictional memoir leading to the notorious and unsolved Fountain murders. Armstrong’s follow-up novel is “The San Augustin.” Visit www.maryarmstrongauthor.com.

For more information about LCWG and their Booknanza, email Pintar at gpintar1932@gmail.com.