Outlaws, the Queen Mary & Mi Amor

Nov 24, 2015

Queen-Mary_1957_CherbourgOn November 29, three local authors with vastly different stories to tell will participate in Vroman’s local author series.

It’s 1957 and Dave Wooders is 16 years old about to step onto the Queen Mary and begin work as a bellboy. Storms at sea, famous passengers, dating onboard, and shenanigans during shore leave—in Adventures on the Queen Mary: Tales of a Teenage Crew Member, James Radford tells the story of Wooders and shares never-before published photographs.




Outlaw River is a small town in the Pacific Northwest. In attempting to help a friend, Mitch Wilde unleashes “a string of strange and unexpected events” in which he will be “challenged in ways he never dreamed.” Mike Walters discusses and signs The Outlaw River Wilde.




“Mi Amor is a fantastic read by Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin. Her stories and poetry feed your heart, mind, and soul with the Indigenous, Mexican, and Chicano realities of life for a young girl growing up in East Los Angeles in the late 40’s. The book spans East LA of the past to today’s Pasadena, California, where the author’s ninety-eight year old mother, Chabela, fantasizes that her deceased husband of 35 years comes to her every night for a homemade dinner. The struggle of this Mexican American family with its births, deaths, hunger, and neighborhood gangs is centered around the author’s parents, Chabela and Caro who perplex her with their passionate love-jealous relationship. I couldn’t put it down.
—Rosalio Urias Muñoz, Historian, UCLA




Local Authors Series
Sunday, Nov. 29th, 2 p.m.
Vroman’s, 693 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Free event; books available for purchase
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2 Responses for “Outlaws, the Queen Mary & Mi Amor”

  1. Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin reads her material so beautifully. It’s fun to listen to her. I hope they all get a big crowd!

  2. Muchisimas gracias, Petrea. I’m thrilled to share my Ma’s folk stories and my take on her spunky
    Yaqui Mexican view of the world. My Ma, Chabela just turned 98 this past September. I’m so thankful for her. Blessings.



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