The New Mexico State University Department of Language and Linguistics will host a book collection release party for “The Arc of Imaginary Beings” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.
Spanish professor Jose Manuel Garcia edited and designed the collection from Las Cruces authors. He has coordinated a literature workshop since 2012 that sparked the creative endeavor.
“Excessive Innocence” by Adriana Candia consists of 15 short stories written in Spanish. In voices specific to the U.S.-Mexico border, the characters, which are mostly women and children, drift between fantasy atmospheres and everyday realities.
“Chameleon’s Memoirs” by Miguel De La Cruz is a collection of short stories written in Spanish that describes the U.S.-Mexico border through language and scenery. The characters cross several borders and question stereotypes.
Garcia penned “The Book of the Lost Islands,” which is an assortment of 43 short poems. Each poem is a dream-like scenario including thoughts, memories and desires.
The event is free and open to the public.