Writers Talk To NECC Students About Mexican Drug War

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Writers Charles Bowden and Molly Molloy bring their U.S.-Mexico border expertise to the Northeast’s Hawks Landing Wednesday, March 26 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. They are hosted by  the Northeast Community College English Department’s Visiting Writers Series to discussion their book, El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin. This reading is a true account of someone intimately involved in the Mexican drug trades, the cartels, corruption of government, and the assassinations and murders on the border.

Journalist Charles Bowden

Charles Bowden is the author of more than thirty books and dozens of magazine articles, including Murder CityDown by the RiverA Shadow in the CityBlood Orchid, and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing. He has collaborated with artists, photographers, and other writers on works of journalism and history. Many of his books focus on the southwestern United States, the U.S.-Mexico border, and the Mexican drug trade. He has been writing about the Mexican border city of Juarez, notorious for its violence. Bowden received a United States Artists Fellowship Grant for Artistic Excellence in 2010. He was awarded the Southwest Book Award in 2006 and 2010 and the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Sidney Hillman Journalism Award in 1996. A contributing writer for Mother Jones, his work frequently appears in Harper’s magazine, GQ, the New York Times Book ReviewAperture, and many others.

Writer Molly Molloy

Molly Molloy is a research librarian and border and Latin American specialist at the New Mexico State University Library in Las Cruces, NM. She is the creator and editor of the Frontera List, a forum for news and discussion of border issues. Since 2008 she has provided detailed documentation of homicides in Mexico with an emphasis on Ciudad Juarez. More than 11,000 people have been murdered in Juarez since 2008, making that border city the epicenter of the recent hyper-violence in Mexico. She translated and co-edited El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin (Nation Books, 2001) and has written for The Nation, Phoenix New Times, Narco News Bulletin, and other publications. Molloy is often called upon to consult with academic researchers, attorneys and journalists about the violence in Mexico.


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