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Peter Goodman, The Moonlit Path
Peter Goodman, The Moonlit Path

Tue, Mar 28


Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse

Peter Goodman, The Moonlit Path

A work of historical fiction, The Moonlit Path is the 1914 journal of artist and gardener Katherine Willard whom the author began having stray perceptions about when he was living in the same neighborhood in Oakland, 85 years after she lived there.

Date, Time & Location

Mar 28, 2023, 6:00 PM MDT

Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

About the Event

This will be an in-store presentation and will be live streamed on Zoom, register here for Zoom.

The Moonlit Path is available to purchase online here or call the store to order (505) 988-4226. Signed copies will be available after the event.

The Moonlit Path is the 1914 journal of Katherine Willard, a 32-year-old artist and avid gardener in Oakland, California, who has no clue that the year will turn extremely eventful for her. Katherine is an independent woman in a world run by men and an artist in a profit-driven society - and old secrets still trouble her. As seen through Katherine's eyes, the U.S. in 1914 will feel very foreign to most readers yet can help sharpen our picture of our own time.

Katherine’s world frustrates and restricts her. Listening to her voice is like finding an old journal from your great-grandmother’s youth. She is spirited, creative, and impulsive, and not always wise, and the year brings her serious challenges, mostly unforeseen. Her world is full of earlier stages of issues we still deal with, including the situation of women, racism, immigration, and even child abuse. Later in the year, circumstances bring her face-to-face with some of those issues. We stride through Katherine's world with her, sharing her joys and sorrows, then watching her struggle to solve real problems. She’s also a thoughtful tour guide for a largely forgotten time.

About the Author

Peter Goodman is a poet, fictionist, photographer, Sunday newspaper columnist, lawyer, and radio host / commentator. He has also driven a cab in New York City, practiced law in San Francisco, delivered the late-night news (in English) on Taiwan, and wandered through China, Tibet, Perú, and Mexico. He’s crossed the U.S. on motorcycles many times, and has a B.A. in journalism / film-making and an M.A. in creative writing from New Mexico State University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

He lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico with his wife, Dael, and the dog who rescued them, along with several hens.

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