For the 100th Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre we’re honored to host Eleanor Swanson, poet, author and Regis faculty member reading from her book Trembling in the Bones. This beautiful and moving account of those events has been out of print for a number of years and we celebrate its new edition, which will, of course, be for sale, along with some of Eleanor’s other books.
As complement, also on the roster for the evening will be music by Bud Fogerty and John Cross ( guitar, bass and voice). They’ve created a short program of mining songs to share with us.
This event takes place Sunday, April 27th, right between the actual anniversary ( April 20, 1914) of the massacre and May Day, also known as International Workers Day. At 7 pm.
Please join us at West Side Books on Friday, April 4th as we host BOMOI BAGS during the Highlands First Friday Art Walk.
BOMOI BAGS is a Denver-based social enterprise aimed at serving communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was created two years ago by Katie Hile during her volunteer work in the northeastern village of Aru, DRC. She formed a cooperative with a local friend, Marie Aroyo, and together they provide opportunities for young women to earn a living by fabricating beautiful African handbags to be sold at venues in the U.S.
The handbags are $25 – $30 and each signed personally by the artisan. Katie will also be with us to visit about the project. Your purchase of a high-quality, individually crafted handbag empowers our Congolese Artisans tohave a positive impact on their family and community, while advocating economic independence for women across the world.
We wanted to give you a heads up about a poetry reading here at the store! On Sunday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm we’ll be convening with Karen Douglass, who is going to read from and sign her new book Red Goddess Poems, in which she brings to life the Celtic goddess Cerridwen and connects her affinity for this mythical woman to her own earliest years in a household of women.