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2018 Happy Hour Authors Club

All Friends members are invited to join us for book discussions with the authors at the Bourbon Grill at El Gancho in our Happy Hour Authors Club. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Happy Hour discount prices during the informal author introduction and free-ranging conversation. Bring your thoughts, opinions, and your questions for the author. (flyer)

Cost: FREE benefit for Friends members; non-members may purchase memberships at the door
Time: 5:00–6:30 PM (Doors open at 4:30 PM for drink & hors d’oeuvres orders.)
Location: 104 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Advance Ticket Reservation Required
Due to the size of the room, we require advance ticket reservations, available about a month before each event. After you reserve your ticket, you will receive an email confirmation. If you are unable to attend the event, please click “Manage Your Account” in the confirmation email to cancel your ticket so that someone else can attend. If you have problems making or cancelling your ticket, please email

Rowland WillardThursday, March 22
Joy Poole will lead a discussion on Over the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico: The Diaries and Autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard
Free Required Ticket Reservation (for Friends members only)
One of the first Anglo-Americans to record their travels to New Mexico, Dr. Rowland Willard (1794–1884) journeyed west on the Santa Fe Trail in 1825 and then down the Camino Real into Mexico, taking notes along the way. Few Americans knew much about New Mexico when Willard set out on his journey from St. Charles, Missouri, where he had recently completed a medical apprenticeship. The growing commerce with the Southwest presented opportunities for the ambitious doctor. On his first day travelling the plains of the Santa Fe Trail, he met the mountain man Hugh Glass, who regaled Willard with stories of his wilderness experiences. Conducting a physical examination of Glass, Dr. Willard provided the only eye witness medical account of Glass’s deformities resulting from a grizzly bear attack. Willard referred to the mountain man as Father Glass, a testimony to his age. He visited Santa Fe, practiced medicine in Taos, then traveled south to Chihuahua, arriving during a measles epidemic. Willard treated patients in Mexico for two years before returning to Missouri in 1828.

De QuinceyThursday, May 24
David Morrell will lead a discussion on his Thomas & Emily De Quincy Trilogy: Murder as a Fine Art, Inspector of the Dead, Ruler of the Night
Introduced in Murder as a Fine Art, Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier. The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey’s essay “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.” Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives. The De Quincey story continues in Inspector of the Dead and concludes in Ruler of the Night. (It is not require to have read all three books.)

The Ambulance DriversThursday, July 26
James McGrath Morris will lead a discussion on The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
After meeting for the first time on the front lines of World War I, two aspiring writers forge an intense twenty-year friendship and write some of America's greatest novels, giving voice to a “lost generation” shaken by war. Eager to find his way in life and words, John Dos Passos first witnessed the horror of trench warfare in France as a volunteer ambulance driver retrieving the dead and seriously wounded from the front line. Later in the war, he briefly met another young writer, Ernest Hemingway, who was just arriving for his own service in the ambulance corps. When the war was over, both men knew they had to write about it; they had to give voice to what they felt about war and life. Their friendship and collaboration developed through the peace of the 1920s and 1930s, as Hemingway’s novels soared to success while Dos Passos penned the greatest antiwar novel of his generation, Three Soldiers. In war, Hemingway found adventure, women, and a cause. Dos Passos saw only oppression and futility. Their different visions eventually turned their private friendship into a bitter public fight, fueled by money, jealousy, and lust. Rich in evocative detail — from Paris cafes to the Austrian Alps, from the streets of Pamplona to the waters of Key West — The Ambulance Drivers is a biography of a turbulent friendship between two of the century’s greatest writers, and an illustration of how war both inspires and destroys, unites and divides.

The Stones SpeakThursday, September 27
Nancy King will lead a discussion on The Stones Speak
Secrets that won't go away. Truths not faced. The Stones Speak is a novel about what it takes to find a true home within oneself. Naomi and Priscilla have been distant friends, meeting at professional conferences for many years. After Naomi moves from Boston to Santa Fe, where Priscilla lives, the proximity strains their relationship. The friendship is further threatened when Naomi becomes involved with Paul, a man Priscilla doesn’t like. When Naomi’s past catches up with her, she is forced to confront the results of a desperate decision she made while in her twenties. Her response to this personal crisis, and her choices about how to be with her friend Priscilla, and with Paul, help heal the old wounds that have held Naomi prisoner. She comes to recognize that being emotionally closed is ultimately more painful than taking the risk of opening one's heart. Her courage in confronting her demons helps Paul and Priscilla find their truths as well.  

The Bourbon Grill  

Our thanks to The Bourbon Grill at El Gancho for generously donating the space for the Friends Happy Hour Authors Club discussions and offering drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Happy Hour discount prices throughout our book club meetings.
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