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Popular Ajijic author pens new thriller

Robert Bruce Drynan of Ajijic is the author of “Domain of the Scorpion” (2009), a thriller set in Colombia and Venezuela and Panama, that introduces several characters we meet again in his latest novel, “The Shadow of Nemesis,” set largely in Mexico. “Domain of the Scorpion” was followed by “What Price Liberty?” (2010). which chronicles the air and naval attack by Israel, during the 1967 Six Day War, against the USS Liberty, a navy intelligence ship that was unarmed (two-thirds of the crew were killed or wounded). More recently Drynan has published two useful bilingual books, collections of both stories and articles: “El Dorado” (2014) and “The Last Tattoo” (2014).

UK pavilion to be focus of FIL

The United Kingdom pavilion at the FIL is sure to be a hive of activity.  Here a just a few of the highlights. See fil.com.mx for a full schedule.

New anthology on Mexico transforms the trite to the truthful

It’s hard to know how to take on an anthology of 22 works about Mexico by living, English-speaking authors who live or at least have spent a lot of time here. Where to begin? While the stories and essays in “Mexico: Sunlight & Shadows” have been evenhandedly listed in alphabetical order, the idea of reading them that way did not spur me forward.

The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

The production line of books on Mexico seems to get longer with each passing year. Dozens of tomes were published in 2014, the best selling titles of which appear below (guide books excluded) in no particular order.   Only one of the books in this list was self-published, which goes to disprove the myth that editorial houses are not interested in Mexican-themed works.  Go online at Amazon.com to check out prices and availability.

Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

Put yourself in this scenario: Your name is Judy. Your husband’s name is Bob. Together you have discovered Lake Chapala in central Mexico (for Bob it is “love at first sight”) and there you have recently purchased your retirement home, where “One entire sliding-glass wall opened onto a view of the lake … and palm trees … spilled down the mountainside into the village.”