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!
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
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
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)