Thomas Branigan Memorial Library welcomes author Lesley Poling-Kempes on May 13 via Zoom

By Mike Cook

Readers of the Branigan Library’s Purple Sage Book Club will welcome author Lesley Poling-Kempes. via Zoom at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.

The event is free and open to the public.

Poling-Kempes will speak about all of his work, including “Bone Horses,” which won the Tony Hillerman Award in 2013, and its sequel, “The Cloud Blower,” which has yet to be released.

“Bone Horses” is a rich and complex family mystery. The mystery is finally solved by the heartbroken loved ones of those who left too early. It is a densely layered New Mexico adventure starring The Land of Enchantment as a character living in the lore of legendary tales.

Poling-Kempes is the recipient of several awards for science non-fiction and contemporary fiction.

“For several decades my main job was as a writer / historian,” Poling-Kempes said on his website, “For my first three books (‘The Harvey Girls’, ‘Valley of Shining Stone’ and ‘Ghost Ranch’), I interviewed and spoke with literally hundreds of Southwestern alumni. I have heard remarkable stories about the beginnings of New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona.

A native of Westchester County, New York, Poling-Kempes first visited Ghost Ranch on a family vacation in the 1960s.

Poling-Kempes’ book “The Ladies of the Canyon: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the Southwest” received the Harris Prize from the New Mexico Book Association for its outstanding contribution to understanding the peoples and cultures of the South West.

Poling-Kempes and co-author Robert N. Singer are about to complete “Gallup,” a historical novel set during World War II in New Mexico.

To be added to the Zoom invitation list for the May 13 presentation, email [email protected] with “Poling-Kempes” in the subject line.


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