Chimayo Author Holds Book Signing For ‘Los Alamos Revisited’ Stories From Perspective Of Local Workers

by Staff Reporter / Jan 18, 2018 / comments
‘Los Alamos Revisited’ author Peter Malmgren of Chimayo will attend book signs at 6:30 p.m. today at Bond House in Espanola and 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Chimayo Author Holds Book Signing For ‘Los Alamos Revisited’ Stories From Perspective Of Local Workers

Submitted by Carol A. Clark 

Fifteen years in the making, “Los Alamos Revisited” by Peter Malmgren of Chimayo has just been published. The work fulfills a commitment made to the many individual about the lives of the workers who built and operated Los Alamos National Laboratory in the early years.

Los Alamos Revisited’ author Peter Malmgren of Chimayo will attend book signs at 6:30 p.m. today at Bond House in Espanola and 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

To secure the stories, Malmgren traveled to 25 communities, sat down at the kitchen table, and heard a wealth of stories about what their working lives were all about. The themes that emerged in the early interviews were pride in work, patriotism, discrimination, and concern for health and safety.  After five years and 150 interviews, it became time for the arduous work distilling thousands of pages of transcripts down to a manageable size for the reader.

Malmgren emphasizes, “I made promises to many of these folks that someday I would manage to tell their stories to a wider world. It's taken awfully long, but now it's time to fulfill those promises. I will work hard to sell this little book and also give many away to those who contributed. Each reader will be one more step in getting the word out and honoring the lives of those who gave so much of themselves and are now gone.”

The public is invited to two upcoming book signings:

  • Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Bond House in Espanola; and
  • Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.