Library Staff Present ‘So Pipe The Young: A Southwestern Gothic Set In Rural News Mexico’ Nov. 18 Via Zoom


The staff at Mesa Public Library is pleased to present So Pipe the Young: A Southwestern Gothic Set in Rural New Mexico on Thursday, Nov. 18, live  on Zoom from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. This psychological thriller, written by emerging author Jen  Watkins, explores the dark side of rural life and isolation and is poised to leave us feeling  unsettled in all of the right ways. The program includes book excerpts followed by an author  discussion and Q & A session. 

After a murder on her kindergartner’s playground, a robotics engineer abandons her career and  uproots her family for the safety of country life, but something sinister follows. So Pipe the  Young is prescient literary fiction that examines our fear of insignificance, online fame,  conscientious living, loneliness, the opioid epidemic, urban and rural divides, and the perverse  aspirations of today’s elites. The novel is the first in a four-part series entitled Dark Season

Watkins resides on a gentleman’s farm in Santa Fe, NM, among a plethora of backyard fowl and  other beasts. After retiring from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she spent 12 years as a computational social  scientist, she set her sights to sailing and spent 18 months aboard the S/V Red Herring, traveling  from British Columbia down through the Pacific Coast of Mexico. It was during this chapter of  her life that her writing career was born, and she now spends her days writing dark stories about  people who incautiously choose the rural life and suffer tragically as a result.  

This event is offered at no cost to the public and will be conducted online via the Zoom platform.  To obtain your meeting link and access the program, please register through the Event Calendar  at or call (505) 662-8257.