Robert Rivard, Author of Trail of Feathers, to Appear at PEN Mexico Conference in San Miguel de Allende

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Robert Rivard, the award-winning editor of the San Antonio Express-News and author of Trail of Feathers, will appear Feb. 6, 2007 for an evening reading and conversation at the annual PEN Mexico conference in San Miguel de Allende.

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PEN Mexico is an affiliate of International PEN, the world's oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. "It's an honor to be selected by PEN, given its mission of freedom of expression and protecting writers," said Rivard.

Trail of Feathers chronicles the true story of Rivard's search for justice in the December 1998 murder of his Mexico City correspondent Philip True, who was killed in a Deliverance-like episode in western Mexico while hiking solo through Huichol Indian territory in the Sierra Madre Occidental. Rivard, editor of the San Antonio Express-News, tackles his own long journey that leads him to a "trail of feathers" that seeped from True's sleeping bag, to discover what happened -- and why.

Trail of Feathers was named by London's Publishing News as one of the top ten true crime titles in its December 2006 list of noteworthy paperbacks. Book Sense, the family of independent booksellers, also cited the paperback as noteworthy. Trail of Feathers was published in December 2005 by Public Affairs, New York, a division of Perseus Books. The paperback edition was released in November 2006.

"Since Trail of Feathers is set in Mexico, it's a special opportunity for me to present the book to an audience in Mexico," Rivard said. "Violence against journalists in Mexico is epidemic, and the Mexican justice system is not responding adequately. I hope by coming to Mexico I can be a voice for Mexican journalists at risk who are not being heard."

When published last year, Trail of Feathers was named a Book Sense pick for 2005 and People Magazine named it one of the top five nonfiction reads of the year.

Tagged "a model of its genre" by Bookmarks Magazine.

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