Editorial Mazatlan Authors
Ray Acosta is a second-generation Mexican-American, and all four of his grandparents left Mexico during the height of the Mexican Revolution.
Ray has always had a love of history, but his studies of the Mexican Revolution did not start until 1990 when Ken Burns released his masterful Civil War epic. After watching in awe the entire series, Ray was jolted by Ken Burns’s closing comments about how the Civil War has had an effect on all Americans. That got Ray to thinking, “My family was not involved in the American Civil War. The war had no impact on me and my family. What then has had a major impact on my life?” It would be the Mexican Revolution. Ray’s four grandparents would never have met had it not been for the Mexican Revolution. If they had never met, his parents would never have been born, and he would not have been born.
Retired after thirty years as an engineer and financial analyst for the communications industry, Ray lectures on Mexican history to supper clubs, historical societies, and other groups in the Los Angeles area.
David Bodwell, author of Enjoy México in Spanish, was raised in New Mexico and Kansas in a newspapering family, later working as a technical editor and writer, and owned a motorcycle business before moving to Mazatlán in 1998 to start the Mazatlán Book & Coffee Company. He is married with four children and is a naturalized Mexican citizen. Email to:
Enjoy México in Spanish
Richard Grabman, originally from western New York, has lived and worked on the Texas border, or in México, since the 1990s. A technical writer and sometime news reporter, Grabman lived in Mexico City from 2001 to 2005, and has been living on the Pacific coast of México since 2007. He is also the writer of the daily Mexican cultural and political website, The Mex Files. Email to:
Gods, Gapuchines and Gringos
Gorostieta and the Cristiada
Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado
Joanna van der Gracht, as a a naïve tour guide from Canada, met—and married—native Yucateco Jorge Rosado, a story she shares in Magic Made in Mexico, an “insider” with an outsider’s perspective on life in México and the interplay between the new “international” culture and the traditional [Mexican] way. With Jorge, she founded Tecnologia Turistica Total, the first higher educational institute in the Yucatán to offer a degree in tourism.
Magic Made in Mexico
Charles Hall traveled the world during his twenty-year military career. After retiring from the the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, he spent twenty-two years working as a High School Principal and School Superintendent, while continuing to travel and write. The author of three other books besides Mazatlán IS Paradise. He and his wife Katherine divide their time between their homes in Mazatlán and Yelm, Washington.
Mazatlán IS Paradise
Sabina Becker is a translator of Spanish, German and French. She writes on feminism, Canadian and Latin American politics and socialism at her website, News of the Restless.
The Table Dancer's Tale
Lupita Dominguez is the pseudonym of a recently retired table-dancer and business investor. She divides her time between México and the United States.
Historias del Table Dance
Sterling Bennett was born in Morristown, New Jersey in a hospital on a ridge between two glacial swales, thereafter wandered brooding through New England pine forests with his .22 until declared academically benighted and sent off to pre-prep school to repeat the eight grade. He attended schools and college in the Boston area, lurched into graduate school at Berkeley and finally came to rest as a professor of German language and literature.
He lived and wrote for many years in Northern California (where he was the single parent of two fine sons who continue to always beat him at chess), later in a village in Michoacán and now in high desert México. He climbs 203 steps to get to his house and carries a wooden wedge in his backpack for Guanajuato's wobbly coffee house tables, where he writes his stories—available for reading at www.sterlingbennett.com.
Playing for Pancho Villa
A 20th century Audubon, Bulgarian/American artist Dimitar Krustev traveled extensively throughout the wild and unexplored corners of the Americas in the 1960s and 70s in search of subjects for his well-received paintings and photographs. With his artist's eye and his explorer's thirst for adventure, his journals are a fascinating look at what was then a wild, unknown part of the hemisphere, and an elegy to a dying culture being rapidly destroyed by "civilization."
Richard Finks was educated both in the United States and Great Britain. The head of the graduate translation program at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, he has been a student and aficionado of the bull ring for over thirty years.
Herbierto Frías (1870 -1925)
Herbierto Frías became a writer because he was too near-sighted to be an effective burglar. As the only literate convict in his cell-block, the 16-year old Frías learned his craft writing everything from love letters to petitions for clemency for fellow inmates. Despite his criminal record, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Army. On active service during the Tarahumara uprising of 1892, he witnessed — and participated — in atrocities against the civilians. He “leaked” the story in his first novel, Tomóchic (1893), leading to a short imprisonment and exile. He returned to Mexico in 1896, finding work with the Correo del Tarde in Mazatlán, where he began writing his popular history of the Mexican-American War. Although increasing blind, he continued to work as an editor, reporter, novelist, popular historian and revolutionary propagandist until his death in 1925.