MNM Press
Elvis Romero and Fiesta de Santa Fe, Featuring Zozobra's Great Escape

Elvis Romero and Fiesta de Santa Fe, Featuring Zozobra's Great Escape

Andrew Leo Lovato

For three centuries, the Fiesta de Santa Fe has commemorated historical events including the Spanish reconquest of New Mexico by Don Diego de Vargas in 1692 and the confraternity of the Rosary named in honor of La Conquistadora. Over the generations the oldest community celebration in the country has evolved to include elaborate parades and processions, including the royal court of DeVargas and La Reina, and memorably, the burning in effigy of Zozobra, or Old Man Gloom, drawing locals and visitors each autumn.

Accompanied by rare historical photographs, this book illuminates what is special about Santa Fe’s yearly celebration in a fiesta memoir and novella centered around Zozobra by Santa Fe native and cultural observer Andrew Leo Lovato. “Children are the heart of Fiesta,” writes Lovato. And so enters Lovato’s altar ego, a fictional character named Elvis Romero, who with his cousin Pepa, engage in a scheme to rescue Zozobra from his inevitable demise. In a Huck Finn tale for all ages, Lovato captures the essence of Fiesta de Santa Fe as only a child can experience it. It is a heartwarming tale that will make readers cheer for Elvis—and Zozobra!



BOOK LAUNCH

Saturday, September 10, 2011, 11:00 a.m.



DISCUSSION & BOOK SIGNING AS PART OF FIESTA DE SANTA FE CELEBRATION

Palace of the Governors Courtyard

105 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2014

505.476.5100

FREE EVENT—Discussion, Book Signing,

Musical Performance, Refreshments





Sunday, September 11, 2011, 2:00 p.m.



DISCUSSION & BOOK SIGNING

National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th St SW # 211, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508

505.246.2261

FREE EVENT— Book Signing and Discussion with Andrew Leo Lovato (author of Elvis Romero and Fiesta de Santa Fe, Featuring Zozobra’s Great Escape by Museum of New Mexico Press),and Sarah Bronwen Horton (author of Santa Fe Fiesta, Reinvented by School for Advanced Research Press)





Paper-over-board; 22.50
978-0-89013-532-7