Leonide Martin talks about the thrill of virtual travel to exotic ancient cities and cultures at the Salem Book Bin bookstore on Friday January 13th at 7pm. With cold and grey
Leonide Martin talks about the thrill of virtual travel to exotic ancient cities and cultures at the Salem Book Bin bookstore on Friday January 13th at 7pm.
With cold and grey winters in Oregon, many dream of traveling to warm, tropical climates. Leonide (Lennie) Martin takes you there in her novels about the ancient Mayas. Set in the exotic city of Palenque, the stories begin with the first Mayan queen, Yohl Ik’nal, a resourceful woman who ruled for 22 years, averted enemy attack, and brought prosperity. Surrounded by dense rain forest, Palenque sits halfway up a steep mountain range that divides south Mexico and Guatemala. The reconstructed ruins draw thousands of visitors each year. It is considered the most beautiful Maya site, with soaring pyramids, magnificent palaces and complexes, and exquisite art and monuments.
Lennie’s stories transport you back to ancient Maya culture, where you walk across gleaming stucco plazas filled with merchants and artisans, smell incense at calendar rituals, witness royal court pageantry, savor rich cacao and stews, experience eerie Underworld deities, and hear sounds of nearby jungle creatures. You enter the lives of actual historic and fictional characters who take you through the events of their time; experiencing their intimate hopes, dreams, and challenges.