Sunday Nov 18, 2018
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The former daily newspaper reporter talks about and signs his new non-fiction effort Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America.
FORMER NEWSPAPER REPORTER PRESENTS NON-FICTION EFFORT 3:00 PM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, AT PAGE ONE
Dennis Herrick, former daily newspaper reporter, will be at Page One Books 3:00 pm Sunday, November 18, to talk about and sign his new New Mexico non-fiction effort, "Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America."
The book is described as such: "When Pueblo Indians say, "The first white man our people saw was a black man," they are referring to Esteban, who came to New Mexico in 1539. After centuries of negative portrayals, this book highlights Esteban's importance in America's early history. Books about the history of the American West have ignored Esteban or belittled his importance, often using his slave nickname, Estebanico. What little we know about Esteban comes from Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and other Spanish chroniclers, whose condescension toward the African slave has carried over into most history books. In this work Herrick dispels the myths and outright lies about Esteban. His biography emphasizes Esteban rather than the Spaniards whose exploits are often exaggerated and jingoistic in the sixteenth-century chronicles. He gives Esteban full credit for his courage and his skill as a linguist and cultural intermediary who was trusted and respected by Indians from many tribes across the continent."
Herrick is the author of a historical novel, a mystery, a sci-fi novel, several 99-cent short stories, and a textbook. Much of his fiction involves the American Southwest. He won the 2004 Tony Hillerman Mystery Writing Contest for his short story "Hunting Season," and he won the 2010 Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest for his short story "Missing." A native of Michigan, he and his wife now live beside the Rio Grande between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Herrick is a former daily newspaper reporter and weekly newspaper publisher. He is an emeritus member of the journalism faculty at the University of New Mexico.
Page One Books is located at 5850 Eubank Blvd NE, Suite B-41, in Albuquerque's Mountain Run Shopping Center (southeast corner of Eubank and Juan Tabo). The Herrick event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 294-2026 or visit www.page1book.com.
Dennis Herrick website: dennisherrick.com