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Friday June 28, 2019

Join us on Friday, June 28th at 7:00 for a presentation by Cindy Maynard, author of Soyala: Daughter of the Desert. The presentation will be followed by an author reception.
Set in the waning days of the thirteenth century in what we now call the American Southwest, Soyala: Daughter of the Desert paints a brilliantly imagined and intimate depiction of a small clanís struggle. Beset by societal turmoil and personal tragedy, they are forced to abandon their homeland to seek an unknown future. Based on the archaeological record, it creates a plausible re-imagining of the great migration of the Ancient Puebloans during the most mysterious event in the pre-history of the Southwest. The drama plays out in the land of sage, sun, and sandstone.


Cindy Burkart Maynard has extensive experience teaching and writing about history and the natural world. She is the author of two previous nonfiction works about the Colorado Plateau and the desert southwest. She currently lives in Longmont, Colorado.

Soyala: Daughter of the Desert is the author's most recent historical fiction. In this novel she weaves a compelling, dramatic story based on the pre-history of the desert Southwest.

Her first historical novel, Anastasia's Book of Days, is set in what is now Southwest Germany in the seventeenth century. Based on the purported diaries of Anastasia Burkart, the author's great-great grandmother, the story reflects the momentous changes sweeping across her beloved Black Forest homeland.

PRAISE FOR Soyala: Daughter of the Desert

Soyala is a magnificent story, brilliantly imagined and skillfully executed on every level. I was completely caught up in it from beginning to end. The authorís intimate depiction of the lives of this small clan of humans back in the middle years of the thirteenth century is immensely powerful, both intellectually and emotionally.
Tom Hyman, author of Jupiterís Daughter and Seven Days to Petrograd

Soyala is an epic story spanning four generations, focusing on a woman enduring the historic exodus 800 years ago from the land and cliff dwellings of the Ancient Puebloans. Cindy Maynardís lively, engaging and plausible depiction of Soyalaís experiences provides insight into Ancient Puebloans during the most mysterious event in the southwest.

Jeffry B. Mitton, Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Colorado Boulder