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Author John Ross comes to NMSU for signing, speech

Author and Mexican correspondent John Ross will speak and sign copies of his new book "Murdered by Capitalism" from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, on the second floor of New Mexico State University's Branson Library.


ng the signing there will be a reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a talk by Ross from 7 to 9 p.m. at NMSU's Center for Latin American and Border Studies. Ross will speak on "Fixing the Zapatistas in History -- A Ten Year Plus Retrospective." The center is located in the Nason House on University Avenue across from Kinko's.

"Murdered by Capitalism: A Memoir of 150 Years of Life and Death on the American Left" is a chronicle of leftists from the Haymarket Affair in Chicago to Baghdad and back. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the signing, which is part of Ross's 2004-05 book tour.

Ross has lived for decades in Mexico City's old quarter and has written seven fiction and non-fiction works. He won the American Book Award in 1995 for "Rebellion From the Roots," an early look at the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas. Ross has covered Mexico for Noticias Aliadas in Lima, Peru, the Texas Observer, the San Francisco Bay Guardian and other publications.

As Ross tells it, the American left is dead and buried. He sets his book in a graveyard populated by ghosts including E.B. Schnaubelt, Emma Goldman, Lucy Parsons, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti and a host of others whose radical lifestyles and actions left their mark on revolutionaries who saw America in utopian terms. Ross, who has made a life out of dissent, laments the left's losses, infighting, failures and its occasional victory. His memoir is inspired by Schnaubelt's tumbledown tombstone in California, which reads "Murdered by Capitalism."

For more information on the book signing contact Molly Molloy, Latin American librarian, at (505) 646-6931. For more information on the reception and presentation contact Judy Forney, Center for Latin American and Border Studies, at (505) 646-6814.