New books by Mazatlán authors and artists

March 10, 2014

Mazatlán is a place that attracts people who are creative and I just realized lately that there are a number of new and upcoming books by local authors you would want to know about.

At the top of the page is a photo from a new book by Mary Ruzich. Mary is a talented fiber artist who travels from Canada to Mexico and back each year, and her book,  Signs of Life is her year-long journaling-on-cloth of her experiences and travels. I’ve taken fabric dyeing and collage workshops from Mary and look forward to having my own copy of this gorgeous book soon. It’s being published on Blurb, please check it out.


The photos above and below are the cover and an inside page from an upcoming book by artist Glen Rogers. Her book, Art and Sacred Sites: Connecting with Spirit of Place, is being published in May 2014. This book goes beyond a catalogue of an artist’s work. It is about the artist’s pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world and her sharing of experiences, inspirations, and her creative process. “As my travels became spiritual journeys, each one bore a new wave of creativity in the studio.”


Created in collaboration with book designer, Margery Cantor, this book contains beautiful spreads in full color of her work, photographs of the sites that inspired Glen and personal observations written especially for each chapter. Limited edition, hard-cover, 90 pages, 11″ x 13″. Price: $55 USD

There will be an Artist Talk and book signing at thede Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA, on Wed. May 28, at 6pm, and one at El Recreo in Mazatlan in November 2014. Copies can be reserved by sending an email to:



Sheila Madsen (you probably know her from her website Mazatlan Life) has written a book titled My Mexican Moments. Her book chronicles her (and her husband’s) move from Toronto, building a condo and lots of travel and everyday life in Mexico experiences. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.


One of the most well known authors here in Mazatlán is Deborah Rodriguez, owner of Tippy Toes salon and author of Kabul Beauty School and The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. Her next book, titled Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life By the Mexican Sea is due to be published on June 10, 2014. Her book is about her journey to her life in Mazatlán and will surely be as funny and interesting as she is. I am pre-ordering my copy to delivered to my Kindle on June 10!


Sue Carnes has written a book that is soon to be published titled The Way Back, A Soldier’s Journey. It is about how a WWII soldier, shell shocked and hiding in the loft of his farm finds his way back to everyday. This is the mostly true story of his life on her Wisconsin dairy farm – in the old days. The ISBN number for the book is 9781483520735. It doesn’t show up on Amazon yet but you can probably keep an eye on her website for more information.

That’s quite a nice group of books, I’d say! Enjoy!


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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. These books are wonderful, Nancy! I didn’t know about some of them, thanks so much for giving us this round up. We can be so proud of our Mazatlan authors.

    1. This place is filled with such talented people. The writers are wonderful and I am always amazed by the artists here too.

    1. Nancy:
      Thank you for noting my book. I agree, this place abounds in creativity. I will certainly be subscribing to your blog—I’ve been missing out!

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