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The Emmy-winning journalist and poet Ruben Martinez joins the Library Foundation's Aloud series to read from and discuss his new book, Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West.

From the Aloud website:

Martinez, an award-winning author and performer, takes us on a deeply personal tour of the 21st century West -- far from our romantic illusions of John Wayne, cacti and cowboys -- and discusses the political and demographic upheaval in this most iconic of American landscapes.
Martinez will be joined in conversation by the poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming.

Photo via Aloud.