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Writing duo head to Washington, D.C. to lecture on award-winning book

The success of their groundbreaking book, "The Secret War in El Paso: Mexican Revolutionary Intrigue 1906-1920," is taking two New Mexico State University history professors emeritus to Washington, D.C. Charles Harris and Louis R. Sadler have been invited to lecture at the Hispanic Foundation of the Library of Congress.

New Mexico State University History Professors Emeritus Charles Harris (left) and Louis R. Sadler have been invited to the Hispanic Foundation of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to lecture on their award-winning book. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Earlier this year, the authors were named the 2010 Best Living Nonfiction Western Writers by "True West" magazine, and earned their second Spur Award for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction Book from the Western Writers of America. As presenters for the Hispanic Division and the Hispanic Cultural Society, Harris and Sadler will discuss their book, answer questions and sign copies.

"We were delighted to be invited," Sadler said. "The invitation came out of the blue and we're honored. The book has received a good reception and the reviews have been excellent; this is a big deal for us."

The pair spent years researching 80,000 pages of previously classified FBI documents and dug up hundreds of secret agent reports from Mexican government archives. The book describes the conspiracy and spying that took place in El Paso during the Mexican Revolution.

"We are gratified by how well the book has done," Harris said. "The book is one component in a long-range plan Dr. Sadler and I have formulated to further our research on the impact the Mexican Revolution had on the border region. El Paso is such an interesting place and the revolution helped put it on the map and transform it to what it is today."

The lecture will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 8, on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building at the Library of Congress. During their visit, Harris and Sadler will spend a few days at the Library of Congress conducting research for future projects.