Looking for a good page-turner?
Check out these books written by area authors:
Gila Gold: A Novel of Early New Mexico
Written by Paul R. Lister
Published by CreateSpace, 2014
Author and General Paul R. Lister writes what is heralded as a fascinating historical novel.
Filled with danger, excitement, and discovery, the reader will surely be engaged by the action based on real events and locations.
A mysterious discovery—11 bags of gold, a fine silver rosary, and an Indian bow and arrows found buried in an old buffalo robe— is discovered in an arroyo near modern-day Las Cruces. The story then traces back to over 300 years ago when priests, Spanish soldiers, Pueblo Indians, Comanche, and a remarkable Apache slave girl are all intertwined just as the Great Pueblo Revolt of 1680 breaks out across northern New Mexico.
General Lister was born in El Paso in 1941 and grew up in La Mesa, New Mexico. He attended Gadsden High School and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from New
Mexico State University in 1963, where he was commissioned into the Army’s Armor branch through the ROTC program and then served three tours in Vietnam.
Upon leaving active duty in 1971, General Lister remained in the Army Reserve until his retirement at the rank of Major General in 1995. He holds three Bronze Stars, a Silver Star, and two Distinguished Service Medals from military service as well as numerous awards and recognitions in his diverse business life. He is married with two sons and five grandchildren. He currently lives with his wife Martha in Magnolia, Texas.
Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza
Written by J.L. Powers Illustrated by George Mendoza and Hayley Morgan-Sanders
Published by Purple House Press, 2014
Many adjectives describe George Mendoza’s art: Lively. Engaging. Charismatic. The same could be said about George himself, along with the words courageous and gifted.
At age 15, George was diagnosed with fundis flavimaculatus, a rare and incurable degenerative eye disease. While he has lost his central vision, he maintains some peripheral sight. At the center of his view, he now sees energetic swirls of dynamic colors and shapes, a phenomenon he refers to as “kaleidoscope eyes.” And what he sees is often what materializes on his canvas. He creates truly unique works of art that are wildly admired and respected.
“I didn’t think I would make it. Period,” he says about his success as a painter, following an adolescent life of bullying and depression. “I didn’t think there was any hope.”
George never received any formal art training, but he remembers what he was able to see before he lost his sight. Thus, his work often emerges as a compelling compilation of those sight memories with his current kaleidoscope visions. It’s an innovative and highly personalized art form that blurs the traditional line between the figurative and the abstract.
The well-received picture book beautifully highlights George’s life, from going blind to breaking the world record for blind runners. It is proof positive that George has made it, and he isn’t going to stop defying the odds anytime soon. “I have been very blessed. I can’t explain how I’ve succeeded, but I am glad I did,” he says. “Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about inspiration. You can’t wait for it; it may never come if you do.”