Brian and Maggie Smith present Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera

Husband/wife author and filmmaker duo Brian and Maggie Smith will present the book Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera and the award-winning documentary it inspired. This project profiles people living on the margins of US society, below the poverty line. 

"These aren't stories of the movers and shakers of our world, these are stories about the rest of us, the lucky ones trying to hold it together under the daily grind and the not so lucky who have been crushed by all the moving and shaking. Brian Jabas Smith lovingly describes these people, their remarkable spirit and resilience and the city and desert they call home. Thank God or whatever deity may be out there that we have gifted writers like Brian Jabas Smith who have chosen to undertake the noble endeavor of telling these stories, and to remind us that these human beings who exist in the shadows are as much us as those who live in the limelight."--Tom Hansen, author of American Junkie and This is What We Do


"Tuscon Salvage is holy work, no doubt about it, but done by a fallen altar boy who truly knows what it's like to feel completely alone and abandoned, all bridges burned, no direction home."--Dan Stuart, singer-songwriter, and author of The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings: A False Memoir and The Unfortunate Demise of Marlow Billings

"A humble troubadour of Tucson's desert-fried streets and dives, Brian Jabas Smith listens to barmaids and junkies, to the homeless and the undocumented, and retells their heartbreak tales in incandescent prose. This compassionate book about the struggles of the dispossessed is an important corrective to the myth of the Southwest as a golden promised land."--Margaret Regan, author of Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire


Brian Jabas Smith is an award-winning journalist, editor and the author of Spent Saints and Other Stories. He was a songwriter who fronted bands Beat Angels and Gentlemen AfterDark and at one point he overcame crystal meth and alcohol addictions. As a kid growing up in Tucson, Arizona, Smith was a national class bicycle racer. He lives in Tucson with his wife and young son.

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Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781912477197
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Eyewear Publishing - November 15th, 2018