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Big Bend People

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La Posada Milagro in Terlingua was the setting for a book signing by Carlton Leatherwood on Saturday, November 16. Carlton has a standing column in the Alpine Daily Planet and his new book, Big Bend People, is a compilation of stories from that column. Carlton is a resident of Brewster County and has long been in love with the Big Bend and the people who reside here.

When asked if it was difficult to get the people of the Big Bend to open up, especially as they are often known for their somewhat withdrawn and/ or solitary nature, Carlton said, “Quite the contrary – most of the people I get to know are more than willing to share their experiences in, and love for, the Big Bend wholeheartedly.” An individual who is highlighted in the book said, “Carlton has a way of asking a question and, before you know it, you’ve shared your heart with him. Intentional or not, that’s how he captures what’s real about this place.”

A crowd of close to 60 people showed up for the book signing and reception that also included a short reading, a question and answer session and several spoken word and musical performances. “Big Bend People” is on sale at the Terlingua Trading Company, Marfa Book Company, Front Street Books in Alpine and the Barton Warnock Visitor Center just outside of Lajitas among other places.

Among the Big Bend People in today’s crowd and/ or covered in the book were Catfish, Voni Glaves, Nancy Faubion, Noemi Aviles, Tim McKenna, Buckner Cooke, and Shannon Carter.

Sharron Reed is a correspondent for KRTS, Marfa Public Radio and a resident of Terlingua, Texas.