Author Lisa Kay Adam will share book at Edinburg Library


Special to the Current

Meet author Lisa Kay Adam at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library.

Adam will be promoting her book “Xuāi: Mission, House, Village, Town.”

The book presentation and signing are scheduled to take place at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. 

In this collection of dramatic verse, the whispered and fragmented words of the ancient Coahuiltecan peoples of South Texas and northern Mexico have their meanings expanded into poems, making readers’ hearts beat fast in connection with these ancients.

With impeccable research, Adam transports readers to the age of conquest in the Southwest by the Spanish crown, a time when the nomadic indigenous peoples were drawn into the great missions scattered along the Rio Grande and northward.

Lisa Kay Adam grew up, and currently lives, in South Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree in anthropology and English from The University of Texas at Austin, and her doctorate in historical geography and anthropology at Louisiana State University. She has published poems and essays in various journals, including Nature Conservancy Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor.

In her first full-length collection of poetry, Adam has brought us the world of the first peoples of the Mexican-Texan border, whose language is now silent and sleeping. Through this volume of verse — built from words and phrases of the only known records of this language, early dictionaries and word lists recorded by Franciscan monks and translated into Spanish — the Coahuiltecans live again.

For more information on this event, call Raul Martinez at (956) 383-6246.

The library is located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard in front of the historic Echo Hotel in Edinburg.