The public is invited to a special Books & Brunch Series featuring Mike Nelson, author of ďModern Mexico: Through the Eyes of Modern MexicansĒ on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. The free event is being sponsored by The University of Texas-Pan American Press, the bookís publisher, and the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library and will be held at the library, located at 1906 S. Closner Blvd., Edinburg.

Nelson is the author of 16 books, which specialize in traveling to and experiencing little-known places in Mexico (not just beach resorts) that he has discovered on his many road trips to the country. He grew up in Austin and Edinburg and has also lived all over the United States as well as in Pto. Escondido, Oazaca.

Nelsonís latest book, Modern Mexico: Through The Eyes of Modern Mexicans, was published in 2009. Nelson describes it as a ďStuds Terkel-likeĒ collage of interviews with 30 Mexican people who form the bulwark of Mexican society. As he explains, readers will learn more about Mexicoís people than the stereotypes of illegal immigrants, drug traffickers and corruption. His book highlights the majority of Mexicans, who like the majority of Americans or Canadians, are quietly living their lives, taking care of their families and enjoying being in the country they love.

Heís written for several major guidebooks, including Frommerís, Fodorís, and Insight, on Mexico as well as the Sanbornís Travelogs and has been cited as an expert on Mexico by several news outlets.

Established in 1983 as an extension of the teaching mission of then Pan American University, the UTPA Press, which is administered by UTPAís Division for Academic Affairs, serves both the academic community and the community at large. Through publication of research and materials of particular interest to the Southwestern region, bilingual and bicultural studies, and Latin American business, economic, and cultural topics, the UTPA Press emphasizes research unique to the universityís geographic, demographic, and cultural heritage.

The Books & Brunch Series will feature a light brunch. Please R.S.V.P. by calling Natalie Nino at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 956-383-6246.