WHERE: The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 106 WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 3:00 - 5:00 in the afternoon
El Paso Days is a collection of thoughts, scenes, observations—short sketches—written by one of Texas's finest nature essayists about daily happenings during a typical recent year. Elroy Bode deals—in the context of the natural world around him—with the nature and meaning of life and the inevitable loss of its pleasures, satisfactions, and mysteries. The book ends with a moving account by the author of the circumstances surrounding the death of his son.
FROM THE CRITICS:
El Paso Days has its share of sorrows, but, more important, it is full of life. With all of the honesty and directness that Bode has always brought to his work, it communicates the sense that the world is out there for us, alive with meaning.
-- Ricardo Gilb in The Texas Observer
Whether or not Bode believes in his physical immortality, the immensely original work of this modest man who once described himself as the "Poet Laureate of Unheralded Things" places him firmly in the canon of great Texas literature alongside the likes of Dobie, Bedicheck, Webb and Graves.
-- Katharine Lowry Deely in the San Antonio Express News "Words have carried the weight of my life; they are the bones of it," West Texas writer Elroy Bode states in his 10th and latest book, which he concedes might be his last. Now in his 80s, Bode sums up El Paso Days as "mainly a series of personal moanings and groanings dealing with the end of things interspersed from time to time with presentations of certain beauties and delights and daily satisfactions of the here and now." However, fans of his writings about Texas and the West will view it as much more. El Paso Days is a moving memoir built from a poignant gathering of thoughts, observations, memories, essays and unanswered questions about life, its beauties and sorrows, and death. --Si Dunn in the Dallas Morning News
"Life is in every unheralded space," writes Elroy Bode in these haunting reflections about the fleetingness and permanence of human perception. Bode has been in the business of observing things for a long time—long enough to understand that "All is familiar; everything is strange"—and in El Paso Days he has concocted a perfect fusion of end-of-life wisdom and newborn wonder.
--Steve Harrigan It is impossible not to appreciate Bode's sense of awe and clarifying images of the commonplace afloat in a mystery. --Roberto Bonazzi, from the Introduction Elroy Bode is a tough preacher. Although his focus is on the physical, the precision of his insight—and the carefully determined weight and cut of his words—transforms that world into a realm almost magical in its beauty and meaning, where thoughts both breathe and bleed. It is a hard world full of love of the painful kind. --Robert Flynn Heartbreakingly beautiful, Elroy Bode's El Paso Days guides us through a vision of moments. And though those moments are often fragmentary and spare in presentation, they are never stingy. Open to grief, Bode is also clear-headed enough to insist on justice when that's appropriate. But what Bode does most intensely in these personal accounts and reflections is to give the reader the chance to meet the world with one who has to be described as having so fine a soul that to be with him here seems an honor. — James Hoggard In El Paso Days, we are once again held in thrall by Bode's word sketches, but his wonder at the world is now tempered by his internal inventory in his eightieth decade. Appropriately, this book is ordered seasonally, with “Winter” offering now sometimes bleak reflections. The last story in the book perhaps gives the reason for that bleakness: the death of his son Byron and the false hopes offered and deliberate misinformation given to desperate parents by an unscrupulous private investigator. While he has written of the moments that would not leave him alone, his writing does not leave us alone. Readers come back again and again to re-read these moments. If, in fact, there is a formal “canon” of great Texas Literature, Elroy Bode holds a permanent place in it.
--Marcia Hatfield Daudistel, from the Afterword
Location: Street: 306 Pearl Parkway Additional: Suite 106 City: San Antonio, Province: Texas Postal Code: 78215 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)