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Dulce will be hosting authors while on tour with BronzeWord Latino Book Tours! Come visit with the author throughout the day, submit your questions or comments, and start a virtual conversation with some of the most interesting and extraordinary Latino writers. Then, make sure to purchase your very own copy of the book while at Dulce Bread & Book Shop.

Today, Thursday, 4 February, 2010, Dulce is pleased to host Kermit Lopez, author of Cibolero.

hardback_ciboleroAbout the Cibolero

For years, Antonio Baca lived the wandering and restless life of a Cibolero, or buffalo hunter, following the great herds that roamed the endless Llano Estacado – the high plains of a region that would one day be New Mexico. After marrying and settling down, Baca has finally found a modicum of peace in the home he built for his growing family.

But Baca witnesses the transformation of Nuevo Mexico from an isolated colonial outpost of the Spanish empire to a province of the newly independent nation of Mexico and, finally, to a land conquered by the avaricious Americanos. Following the United States seizure of New Mexico, Antonio and his countrymen find themselves treated as foreigners and second-class citizens in their own land.

When his daughter, Elena, is kidnapped by a band of invading Texas Rangers after the American Civil War, Baca desperately tracks them across the llano of New Mexico and into Texas using his skills as a Cibolero. Terrified for his daughter’s safety, he plunges into the world of the gringos, and discovers just how much the Americanos have changed his homeland. But as the days pass without any sign of Elena, Baca fears for her life – and his own.

Cibolero, the new novel by Kermit Lopez, is a tale of sorrow and terror, hope and triumph, set in 1800’s New Mexico.  Antonio Baca, a former “Cibolero” or buffalo hunter, pursues his daughter’s kidnappers in Post-Civil War era New Mexico and Texas.  Cibolero is a fictionalized account of the Hispanic experience before and after the conquest of the Southwest by the United States.  

On one level, Cibolero is an action-oriented adventure tale as Antonio Baca sets out to rescue his daughter from an invading band of Texas Rangers using his skills as a Cibolero hunter. On another level, Cibolero deals with the following issues:

  • Racism, ethnicity and society in the “old West”
  • The historical ties of large parts of the present western United States to Mexico and Spain

Cibolero is a fictionalized account of a true but overlooked part of U.S. history.

kermit_lopez_photoAuthor Biography

Kermit Lopez wrote “Cibolero” after researching his family ancestry, which spans four hundred years of New Mexico history.  He received electrical engineering and law degrees from the University of New Mexico and lives with his wife, Nohemi, and children in Albuquerque. 

BronzeWord Latino Book Tour Schedule

Mon Jan 25th: Sandra’s Book Club

Tues Jan 26th: Musings 

Wed Jan 27th: Latino Book Examiner

Thurs Jan 28th: Mama XXI

Frid Jan 29th: Latino Musings on Literature & More

Mon Feb 1st: Heidenkind’s Hideaway

Tues Feb 2nd: Efrain’s Corner

Wed Feb 3rd: BronzeWord Latino Authors

Thurs Feb 4th: Dulce Bread & Book Shop

Fri Feb 5th: Regular Rumination