Calendar of Events

Jan. 10, 2020 / Mazatlan Book Fair (“FeLiM”) / “A Conversation with Janet Blaser & Deborah Rodriguez, Hosted by Arturo Santamaria”

Need I say how thrilled I am to be sharing the stage with International best-selling author Deborah Rodriguez and noted sociology professor, author and newspaper columnist Arturo Santamaria?! Woo-hoo! (Full disclosure: Both are my friends here in Mazatlan, but still…)

Debbie is the author of five books, with another about to be released. Her first and biggest seller is an account of her time spent in Afghanistan, where she opened a beauty salon and school.

Since then, she’s moved to Mazatlan, Mexico, where she opened Tippy Toes Salon and continued writing four more novels, all set in different countries. The newest, “Island on the Edge of the World,” set in Haiti, has been released in Australia but not yet in the US.

Arturo is a noted and prolific author too, although he writes in Spanish so you may not be familiar with his work. Although he is a scholar and sociologist, his two most successful books are, predictably, “Las Jefas del Narco” (“The Narco Bosses”) and “Del Carnaval Reinas y Narco: El Terible Poder de La Belleza” (“Carnaval Queens & Narco: The Terrible Power of Beauty”)

And of course I’ll be speaking about my book, “Why We Left: An Anthology of American Women Expats.” This is going to be a lively discussion, with Arturo leading the conversation with his fascinating, calm sociological perspective. I can’t wait to see how it all ends up!

(Sheesh, I can’t take selfies!)

Mazatlan has a long history of hosting a book fair, but in recent years the event had somehow fell by the wayside. The new administration has revived it, and the program has authors and poets speaking as well as musical performances almost every hour throughout the four days and nights. (The vast majority are in Spanish, featuring Mexican personalities; you can find that schedule here.) Below is the program for the expat authors from Mazatlan.

If you’re in Mazatlan, please come to our event this Friday, Jan. 10 at 3pm! It will be a fun and lively conversation, and Debbie’s, Arturo’s and my books available for purchase and signing. Casa Haas is on the corner of Heriberto Frias & Mariano Escobedo, one block from the Plaza Machado in Centro Historico, across from Hector’s Bistro. (Enter on Mariano Escobedo.) Hope to see you there!


Nov. 22, 2019 / El Recreo, Mazatlan / Book Talk

This community center and theater in Mazatlan’s Centro Historico offers film screenings, book talks by local authors, play readings and concerts, and also provides space for all kinds of classes and workshops. I’m hosting my first Book Talk there!

This promises to be a very fun evening, with four of the book’s contributors – Lisa Lankins, Susie Morgan, Dianne Hofner-Saphiere and Nancy Seeley – reading from their chapters along with me. Seating is limited; please make reservations ASAP through El Recreo’s website . Note there is a $50 pesos entry fee. Books will be available for signing and purchase.

Date: Friday, November 22, from 3-5pm
Venue: El Recreo
Constitucion #209, Centro Historico

(near corner of Ninos Heroes)
Mazatlan, Sinaloa
Cost: $50 pesos at the door
Seating limited; reservations required through website.
Website: www.mazact.com

CANCELLED! / Jan. 24, 2020 / Sayulita “Mercado del Pueblo” / Author Appearance & Book Signing


CANCELLED! / Jan. 25, 2020 / Puerto Vallarta / The Living Room Bookstore & Cafe