County Libraries: Get To Know The Southwest Experience With Emerging Author Cynthia Sylvester


Los Alamos Libraries invite you to attend a livestream event with  emerging author Cynthia Sylvester on Thursday, March 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. Sylvester’s debut  collection, The Half-White Album, is a Lynn and Lynda Miller Southwest Fiction Series selection. This series showcases works that focus on the Southwest experience. Often  underrepresented in American literature, Southwestern voices provide unique and diverse  perspectives to readers exploring the region’s varied landscapes and communities.  

Told from the perspective of an urban Native, Sylvester’s work details the journey led by the  nomadic band, The Covers, and weaves together fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to give readers a  poignant view of her characters’ lives, loves, and struggles. At its heart, The Half-White Album is  a healing ceremony of the author’s own creation—a process grounded in music that celebrates  what it is to be human and imperfect and to love imperfectly. 

Cynthia Sylvester is a graduate of the MFA program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and  the University of New Mexico. She is an enrolled member of the Diné, born into the Kiyaa’áanii  (Towering House) Clan for the Bilagáana (White) Clan. She is a native of Albuquerque, New  Mexico. Her work has appeared in ABQ in Print, LEON Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, As Us  Journal, and Bosque—The Magazine, among others. Sylvester’s debut book, The Half-White  Album, published with the University of New Mexico Press, will be out next month. 

This event is free to the public and will be livestreamed via Zoom. Registration is required to  attend. Please visit the library’s event calendar at or, if you need help or  have questions, please call (505) 662-8257. This library program and others like it are made  possible by the generous support of the Friends of Los Alamos Libraries.