418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Author Event: Under the Cottonwood Tree
Join native New Mexican brothers and co-authors, Carlos and Paul Meyer, along with illustrator Margaret Hardy, as they talk about Under the Cottonwood Tree: El Susto de la Curandera, a fairy tale adventure based on real New Mexican folklore. In addition to the talk, there will be a brief film about the brothers, as well as a signing.
Set in Algodones in 1949, UNDER THE COTTONWOOD TREE tells the tale of a curandera living in the bosque who casts a spell on a village boy turning him into a calf. His older brother must then set out to find a way to change him back. The journey unravels many secrets of the forest, touches upon friendship, forgiveness and the true meaning of El Susto de la Curandera!
As Mark Twain highlighted the culture of his time, the Meyer brothers hope to highlight our culture in a similar manner through their graphic novel.
“The Meyer brothers have woven a charming adventure story, lovingly depicting the power of familia, forgiveness, and redemption– all while crafting a cuento that is uniquely New Mexican. Each page is brought to life with stunning, whimsical art by Margaret Hardy, beautifully showcasing the distinct Nuevomexicano landscape. So bite into a bizcochito and journey into the bosque with Under the Cottonwood Tree— when you return home once again, you’ll be all the better for it… que no?” —Sebastian Kadlecik, creator IPPY award winning Quince comic book
“It’s a winner that deserves an award in and of itself and is a standout among graphic novels, no matter what age group is being targeted.” —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW