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Award-winning author’s latest book uses humor to look at Mimbres Valley

‘Being Home, Too’

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Award-winning Grant County author Catalina Claussen has a new book, “Being Home, Too.”

The book was released on Aug. 31, through Progressive Rising Phoenix Press.

It is a collection of humorous made-for-radio stories and is a much anticipated sequel to her debut short story collection “Being Home: A Southwestern Almanac (2020).”

Claussen’s stories are featured at 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month on KURU 89.1 FM.

“Painting a panorama of high desert living with zany characters riding out the seasons in the Mimbres Valley, Claussen captures everything from Jimmy Dean’s January polar plunge to Ratticus Finch’s Christmas hoard,” a news release stated.

The collection is illustrated with a photographic series inspired by Claussen’s daughter, Ajalaa. In keeping with the previous book, the photos are “designed to capture the essence of each story, placing the reader in the moment and creating space for the viewer to imagine themselves as one of the characters,” according to the news release.

Claussen is a Southwestern storyteller, young adult novelist and poet whose works include young adult novels “Diamonds at Dusk (2016),” “Diamonds at Dawn (2018) and “Holding on to Hope (2020).”

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and now a longtime resident of the Mimbres Valley, Claussen has gained an appreciation for the slow pace of small-town living. Her work has been recognized by the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, Wishing Shelf Book Awards in the United Kingdom and the New Apple Book Awards for Independent Publishing.

The Being Home podcast is available at catalinaclaussenbooks.wordpress.com. Follow Catalina on Instagram @catalinaclaussen or on Facebook. Claussen’s work is available from Progressive Rising Phoenix Press: www.progressiverisingphoenixpress.com.