Events and Book Reviews

Many thanks to Ella Brown for making the flier.

READINGS from Tales from La Perla

May 21, 2019, Tuesday at 6 p.m.

at Bookworks 

4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

between Montaño and Griegos on Rio Grande

Map of Bookworks

June 16, 2019, Saturday in La Joya, NM

starting at 1 p.m. (outdoors)

“Celebration for Fathers”

Sponsored by Rio Abajo Community Library (Donna Mathieus, Library Director)

Calle De Centro S, La Joya, NM 87028

Gair Linhart, MC and Special Orchestra leader

Performing:  Youth orchestra and possibly Special Orchestra

Reading:  “A Father’s Tears” from The Horse in the Kitchen reprint (2019)


July 20, 2019, Saturday in Silver City

at 2 p.m.

“Just Words” at Tranquil Buzz Coffee Shop

Reading from “Beyond La Perla” in Tales from La Perla (2018)


Book Review:  Tales from La Perla

Rio Abajo Community Library Leaves

Newsletter of the library in La Joya, NM

January/February 2019 / Volume 7, Issue 4 p. 8

In the 70s, quite a few “hippies” moved into the area, including La Joya, which Ralph Flores dubbed “La Perla,” meaning “The Pearl.” They made quite an impression, and the community made quite an impression on them. One such free-thinking soul was Ralph M. Flores. This book relays the stories about the people and experiences he had during the five years he lived here. Mr. Flores eventually settled in Edge City, but the lessons, memories and pictures of his time in La Joya are wonderful. It is a hard book to put down! We are so pleased that the Rio Abajo Community Library was provided a copy by Geri Rhodes, who took Mr. Flores’ manuscript and had it published. It is available to borrow, and if you want your own copy ($12), contact Geri at or at PO Box 458, Tome, NM 87060

Donna Hernandez-Mathieus


Tales from La Perla also featured in Cover Reads

(bimonthly notice to bookstores and libraries)

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