Last week I had my first “reading” of “Dos Gringos” for a living room full of intelligent people who had been told I had something to talk about. They apparently were not disappointed, but also I enjoyed the opportunity to share and to explain the thinking behind the story. For the reading from “Dos Gringos” I chose portions that underlined the vast differences between the main characters. I started by summarizing the chaotic world of 1916 beyond the Mexican Revolution.
It would be hard to get two immigrants more unlike that of a Norwegian and an Irishman. So I underlined how those differences were overcome by the unfolding and threatening events. Then I mentioned Carlos, the Mexican boy who so identified with the ideals of the revolution and the developed bond between the boy and the Irishman. I also gave background on the under-story of the German attempts to keep America distracted and out of the war by selling guns to both sides in the Mexican war.
Everyone seemed to enjoy it and they bought many books, which I signed. The evening was enjoyable with yummy deserts and hot Mexican chocolate and good conversation. There were about thirty-five people there. I would be happy to do reading and book signings in other venues. The most convenient of course would be Southern California where I live.
Buy a copy of “Dos Gringos” here.