Writer Jack Loeffler will discuss the life of his late best friend—environmental activist and author Edward Abbey—during the annual membership meeting of the East Mountain Historical Society, which will be held Sunday, Nov. 12 at the historic church in Tijeras.

Loeffler will read from his biographical memoir, “Adventures With Ed: A Portrait of Abbey,” and says he will play excerpts “from a long-ago conversation that I recorded with Ed Abbey just after we had returned from a camping trip in the Superstition Mountains.” The talk, hosted by the East Mountain Historical Society, is made possible through the New Mexico Humanities Council. It is free and open to the public.

Together, Abbey and Loeffler ranged the American Southwest engaged in a conversation that lasted for decades. Loeffler will speak about the complex points of view that led Abbey to launch the radical environmental movement. Abbey, who received graduate and post-graduate degrees from the University of New Mexico, wrote several books, including “Desert Solitaire” and “The Monkey Wrench Gang.” His 1956 novel, “The Brave Cowboy,” was set in a fictional “Duke City” and was made into the Kirk Douglas movie, “Lonely Are the Brave,” filmed in Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains.

Loeffler is a writer, aural historian, one-time trumpet player, radio producer and sound collage artist who has hunted and gathered sound throughout the American West, Mexico and beyond for more than 40 years. His extensive collection of recordings, including “La Musica de los Viejitos: The Hispano Folk Music of the Rio Grande del Norte” (the title of one of his books), is currently being digitally duplicated, to be donated to the Museum of New Mexico.

Loeffler’s talk will begin at about 2 p.m., just after the short annual membership meeting of the East Mountain Historical Society. During the meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m., members will elect officers and directors for the coming year.

The little historic church is located in Tijeras just east of the East Mountain Library. Refreshments will be served and the Historical Society will hold a silent auction of books on New Mexico, history and New Mexico history. The society will also be selling its latest historic photographic calendar, 2018 East Mountains: Then and Now, along with its map of vanishing landmarks, Route 66 postcards, other publications and T-shirts. For more information about the all-volunteer East Mountain Historical Society, visit eastmountainhistory.org.

Leota Harriman
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