When Steven Havill first moved to Raton back in the 90's, he had already published several books in his Posadas County series. Set in southern New Mexico on the border with Mexico, they followed Sheriff Bill Gastner and Under-Sheriff Estelle Reyes in what were often referred to as 'police procedurals.'
But they were much more than that. As residents of the area started reading his series, they fell in love with Posadas County. With the sheriff's department, with the citizens and their families, with the school and businesses, with green chile burritos and, of course, with the solving of all sorts of problems and crimes, from an elderly woman who parked her RV on the local judge's lawn in protest (armed with a shotgun), to cattle rustling, accidental death, border crossings, murder and more.
As readers discovered Posadas County, the list of people reserving his latest book grew longer. People asked, "When is the next Havill coming out?" The books just couldn't be written and published fast enough to satisfy readers. One older man told me, "Tell Mr. Havill to write faster." When I passed the message on, Mr. Havill dead panned, 'Tell him to read slower." That, of course, was impossible. So some of us re-read the old ones while waiting for the latest one.
In the beginning, Mr. Havill told me that his books were more popular in the east than they were in the southwest. But as time went on, I began to find his latest book in pre-publication lists printed for libraries. That meant that the popularity of Posadas County, New Mexico, had spread across the nation and people everywhere were enjoying Mr. Havill's books, and rightly so.
On Saturday, October 24, 2015, Mr. Havill is returning to Raton to give another writer's workshop. His workshops held while he lived in Raton helped more than one person develop, write and publish fiction that is on the library shelves along with his work. We invite writers to attend another one of these excellent workshops and take advantage of Mr. Havill's experience, success and teaching skills.
Date: Saturday, October 24
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., one hour lunch break at 12:00 p.m.
Subject: - Writing and Publishing Fiction
Please feel free to bring a sample chapter of your work. Refreshments will be served.
- The library has a new AWE Literacy Station geared for children aged 2 to 8 years old. (See post.)
- Book signing for author of "The Adventures of Stinkerpup" Isis Grayling on Saturday, June 3, from 2 - 4 p.m.
- Summer Story Hour "Make A Better World" is coming! Beginning Wednesday, June 14th, this seven week program will continue every Wednesday from 10 - 11 a.m. through July 26th. (See post.)
- The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library Board will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the library.
- Are you interested in joining a new Writer's Group? Meetings held on Fridays, at 10:00 a.m. This is for any writer who wishes to meet with other writers. Beginners, experienced, published, unpublished, writers of fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, bloggers - all are welcome.
- Preschool Story Hour is conducted every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. We read books to the children and there is a project every week. It's never too soon to introduce your children to the library!
- Schedule a meeting at the library. Call 445-9711 to get on the calendar in advance. The library stays open until 6:00 P.M., Monday - Saturday, except for Thursday, when it stays open until 9:00 P.M.