The Lady of the Lake is a Muse

Writers have probably been sharing company and debating ideas since Gutenberg invented moveable type, more recently in the salons and bookstores of 1920’s Paris, and post-WWII in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village and San Francisco’s North Beach.  These days, etailers like Amazon Books afford readers access to the work of authors so scattered around the globe that they’re unlikely ever to meet each other except online.

There remains, though, a community of writers who still embrace the value of  living and working among each other.  They’re to be found in a string of  villages along the shores of Mexico’s Lake Chapala, drawn by the same pull which has attracted English language writers and poets to the area for nearly a century.  The continuing stream of newly arriving writers leaves no doubt that its appeal is stronger now than ever before.

Book cover wallpaperToday, readers can choose from nearly 100 Amazon titles by more than 30 authors who have learned to their delight that the Riberas de Chapala – the shores of Lake Chapala  – can coax even the most reluctant muse into fruitful inspiration.

These book authors, though, are just the tip of the iceberg.  The work of scores more – including, poets, short storytellers, essayists, memoirists, and humorists – appear often in anthologies and in the area’s English language periodicals.  In fact, it’s hard to pass a day here without sighting one or more – writers going about their daily affairs on along cobblestone streets.

They work from homes scattered around a picturesque, mile-high lake nestled among the mountains of western Mexico.  The area boasts a unique micro-climate known for sun-bathed winters and a welcome absence of steamy, subtropical summers.

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Mexico’s Lake Chapala

And while the seclusion which many writers crave is not hard to come by, these wordsmiths frequently come together for readings, workshops, and the area’s annual writer’s conference.  Experienced writers often coach aspiring writers, and it’s not uncommon to see a budding author grow from apprentice to journeyman to maestro under the influence of expert coaching.

The world of publishing has been turned on its head in the past couple of decades, but it seems a fair bet that writers – regardless of changes imposed by technology – will continue congregating here over the next 100 years as they have in the first.

Read more about this area’s rich literary tradition on these related posts:

Writers’ Love Affair with Lake Chapala

D. H. Lawrence’s Chapala Legacy

Tennessee Williams’ Mexico Link

Browse local authors – and find links to their Amazon books and reviews – in our Authors Gallery.

 

 

 

Moveable feasts

Collected short stories and poems offer readers a virtual buffet of writers and works, and  the five collections featured below serve up tasting menus of prose and poetry by 26 Riberas Authors.  A delightfully wide array of genres, subject matter, and styles will leave any reader hard-pressed not to find at least one new favorite among them.  And, the Riberas Authors catalogue of nearly 100 Amazon titles allows readers to go back for a full serving of their favorites.


Agave MariasAgave Marias

The women authors of this book describe themselves as “border crossers and boundary breakers” and “women who have lived their lives with a certain boldness”.  Their work says the same.

By Nina Discombe, Judy Dykstra-Brown, Harriet Hart, Teresa Kendrick, Gloria Marthai, Susan Q. Miller, Zofia Barisas, Dory Jones, Gloria Palazzo, Amelia Stevens.

Find it here on Amazon.

 

All Our Words Needed Saying


All Our Words Needed Saying

These 21 stories, each followed by a poem, address points of change in women’s lives; power, sensuality and the erotic; motherhood, childbirth and abortion; and grief and loss.

By Zofia Barisas, Carol D. Bradley, Ilsa Picazo, Patricia Hemingway, Janice Kimball, R. J. McMillen, Glenda Roman, Margaret Van Every.

Find it here on Amazon.

Embracing The Fog


Embracing the Fog.  Four writers explore the lives of characters at life’s crossroads in short stories set on four continents and spanning more than a century. The authors’ distinctive voices lend an engaging variety of perspectives to the crossroads theme.

By Robert Bruce Drynan, Mel Goldberg, Antonio Ramblés, James Tipton.

Find it here on Amazon.


Mexico Sunlight & ShadowsMexico Sunlight & Shadows.  A collection of 22 short stories and essays by all about life in Mexico.

Authors include Janice Kimball, Judy King, Antonio Ramblés, James Tipton

Find it here on Amazon.

 

 

Romancing the Muse


Romancing the Muse. 

By the Not Yet Dead Poets SocietyJudy Dykstra-Brown, Bill Frayer, Mel Goldberg, James Tipton, Margaret Van Every, Michael Warren, Kenneth Salzman

Find it here on Amazon.

Check out the complete listing of RiberasAuthors by genre here.

(Post by Antonio Ramblés.)