BRAWLEY – The Brawley Public Library held their first book fair, inviting local authors to set up tables with their published works and meet fellow valleyites. In concurrence, the Friends of the Library conducted their first of two yearly book sales.
To join in the celebration was Amy Daily and her BUHS band playing favorite musical numbers and Spears’ Shaved Ice.
The valley has produced a wealth of talent, some transplanted, others being natives.
One such immigrant was Lucio Padilla. His autobiography depicts the life of a Mexican migrant farm worker who overcame life’s obstacles to be the first in his family to go to college. Lucio went on to earn a master’s in education and raised a family of professionals.
His book (in Spanish and English), Memoirs of a Lechuguero, can be purchased at 5thAvenue Bookstore and the Well, both in El Centro. Online, the book can be purchased by going to authorhouse.com
Another transplant, via the prison workforce, is Danny Grummett. Danny came prepared to grab attention with his lifesized, costumed Dalmation mascot, Duffy. His book, aptly titled, Duffy, the Adventures of a Super Dog, is a children’s book, but one, Danny said, adults enjoy, too.
Danny’s book can be bought through Amazon and Barnes & Noble bookstores online.
Bob Miller is a valley native through and through. His website southwestbirders.com tells of his interest in birds and their great variety here in the desert. Miller and his birding friend, Henry Detwiler, wrote a book, Finding Birds at the Salton Sea and in the Imperial County, CA, that is the premier birding book for our location.
Miller recently returned from one of his “bucket list” trips, 10,600mile round trip to the arctic circle and back, via Alaska.
“There weren’t many birds; it was too cold by the time I made it up there. But it was the trip of a lifetime, I saw all types of wild animals, I crossed the Arctic Circle twice and traveled 2000 miles on unpaved roads.”
Nan Rebik married into a valley pioneering family and began her adventure in writing in a most unusual way. She had trailer mice and emailed an east coast acquaintance of “horrible Herman” a name she dubbed the worst offender. Her friend emailed her back saying that sounded like a book title.
With that comment they were off and running, but not being a conventional person, neither was Nan’s book writing style. She would write a chapter and send it to her friend who picked up the tale and wrote the next segment. From these beginnings came the published work, The Herman Chronicles.
Nan would not know what direction her book had taken until she woke the next morning to read what had
happened. However, she swears that one can’t tell where one author ends and the next begins, their styles so complement each other.
“In fact, I can’t tell anymore what was written by me and what was written by Carol (Hinkelman, her co-author),” Nan said.
Even the illustrations were a collaborative effort, although due to a sad situation. Tyler Burch, a, local 19 year old, drew the first book’s illustrations, but died prematurely from a heart condition. Nan’s niece, Catherine Cushman, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, drew the following books in the series.
To buy The Herman Chronicles or any of her other books go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble’s online stores.
Mary Rincon is a very prolific and varied author. She had on display children’s books, inspirational books, poetry, and a book on dieting.
Her first book was slightly autobiographical as she said, “I wrote about my childhood, it was therapy for me. Now I write more healing type books.”
Her daughter, 6 year old Maresa, picked up her favorite book of her mother’s, Maresa’s Castle.
Rincon’s books can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s online stores.
Entrepreneur Jack Kirby, owner of Broken Spokes Golf Course, “I built that” – literally, had an autobiography of his life, So You Wanna Be a Cowboy? He writes like he talks, a cowboy with a few tall tales and yarns to spin, mixed in with wisdom from a life of bumps, grinds, and success. The book jacket spoke of his love of family which was on hand to witness as his two sons and daughter stood in his steed as he had a prior engagement. They were so engaging, friendly, and warm; it was easy to see the character of the father.
Kirby’s book is available at WestBow Press, www.westbowpress.com
Marjo Mello, Brawley librarian said of the large turnout, “I am thrilled.”