SAN DIEGO, CA July 23, 2010 Meet author Gary Winters, of The Deer Dancer, Friday evening as he gives a presentation and signing for his powerful novel, The Deer Dancer, at Borders Books and Music in El Cajon. The author will speak briefly about the process of writing this novel, read from his book, and take questions. This is part of an ongoing commitment between the El Cajon Borders and local publisher, Sunbelt Books, to provide East County with local author readings to encourage literacy and a sense of community.
The Deer Dancer, a mature young adult novel, is a contemporary coming-of-age story about a Yaqui Indian boy set in Mexico. Juan Araiza has no money, no shoes, no education, and no future. He leaves his village to search for his father—a man he never knew—in Mexico’s second largest city. Juan doesn’t find his father, but his native wit and grit take him all the way from the streets to a job in the federal government. He meets the charismatic Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos and soon finds himself feeling torn, his head in the government job and his heart in the black-masked Zapatista fight for Indian rights.
Author Gary Winters has written a hundred cross-cultural articles on Mexico. He has won awards for short story, poetry, novel, and photojournalism (The Deer Dancer recently won Best Novel in the national Mensa Creative Urge Awards). As the English editor, feature writer, and columnist for a bilingual newspaper in Baja California, he was severely censured by immigration officials when he championed Mexican union workers and muchachos selling chicle on the streets of San Felipe; he has since transitioned into fiction.
For those who can’t make it to the El Cajon event, Winters will also appear at the Borders in National City on July 31 at 1 pm. Call Sunbelt or visit www.sunbeltbooks.com for more info. Both events are FREE and open to the public.
WHO: Gary Winters
WHAT: Book Reading and Signing
WHEN: Friday, July 23, 7 pm
WHERE: Borders (159 Fletcher Pkwy El Cajon, CA 92020 (619) 593-5119).
TITLE: The Deer Dancer
SPECIFICATIONS: 5.5” x 8.5”, hardcover, 184 pages
ISBN: 978-0-916251-000 PRICE: $16.95