New Mexico author makes Socorro home town of 'Solar Noon' characters

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Elaine M. Hampton has had a long career as an educator and educational researcher with experiences on both sides of the United States/Mexico border.

She is coming to Socorro this weekend bringing the two books she has written to the M Mountain Coffee House for signing. She will be at the cafe to meet the community and sell books on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday morning from 7:30 to 11.

One of her books, "Solar Noon," begins in Socorro and takes the reader on a disturbing fictional journey.

Two girls who grow up in the heart of New Mexico enter the surreal through a strange inheritance from their ancestors that twists their lives in knots as they try to live as professional women in Albuquerque.

The other book, "Anay's Will to Learn: A Woman's Education in the Shadow of the Maquiladora," is a true story about a young woman who was lured to Ciudad Juárez to work in the large U.S. factories there.

She survived abuse, poverty, cancer and the city's renowned violence to achieve her own education. Anay now runs three schools for women in poverty in southern Mexico.

Hampton's own experience includes teaching sixth graders in an abandoned school bus on the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez; teaching master science teachers at the University of Texas at El Paso; and joining Anay as she negotiated the complexities of poverty in the quest for education.

"I want to share these experiences and their messages of strength and resilience," Hampton said.