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On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of Mexico's Day of the Dead (English/Spanish bilingual edition)
by Ann Murdy
essay by Denise Chávez and interview with Cesáreo Moreno

2021 Southwest Book Design Awards Best Photography/Art Book, Best Bilingual, and Best in Show for a hardcover book! (New Mexico Book Association)

2019 Winner of the Gold Medal for Best Multicultural Book of the Year Foreword INDIES Award! (view pdf certificate here)

Finalist for Best Art Book of the Year from Latino Literacy Now's 2020 International Latino Book Awards!

Honorable Mention for the Best Arts Book category of the International Latino Book Awards.

Finalist for Best Multicultural book of the year award from the annual New Mexico/Arizona book awards.

One of the most enduring portrayals of Mexico's famous Day of the Dead ceremony!

Ann Murdy has been photographing the celebrations around Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) in México for more than twenty years. A native of southern California and now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she first started collecting Chicano art during the 1990s and was drawn to México by the vibrancy of its culture and traditions. She loved the rich color she found everywhere, from the brilliant hues of the flowers adorning the ofrendas or altars to the dead to the dusky yellow of the marigolds lining the ofrendas and the pathways to them, whether in private homes or cemeteries.

As her hauntingly beautiful images show, in México death is considered a part of life, something to be celebrated, not feared. El día de los muertos is a time to gather with friends and families to feast, pray, dance, sing, and honor the lives of those who have died. This unforgettable book features ninety of Murdy's most stunning images of celebrations from three rural villages—Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Huaquechula in Puebla, and Lake Pátzcuaro in Michoacán—along with a conversation between her and Cesaréo Moreno, Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, and an essay by Mexican-American writer Denise Chávez, whose work celebrates the border corridor of southern New Mexico, West Texas, and northern Mexico.

October 2021 slide show, lecture and book signing at IFAM

$45.00 U.S. (trade discount) No e-book has been authorized.
176 pages with 90 4-color plates
11.5" x 10.0" upright/portrait
ISBN: 978–1–938086–72–4

Published in October 2019

Distributed by Casemate/IPM
No e-book has been authorized.

About the Author

Book Events & Exhibitions
October 27, 2023 from 4-5pm
On the Path of Marigolds with Ann Murdy
Santa Fe Public Library, Santa Fe, NM

September 22 – December 10, 2023
Dia de Los Muertos, Living Presence exhibition
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 3pm
Book Talk at Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Book Talk at Hibben Center, Atrium & Maxwell Museum Courtyard, Albuquerque, NM

May 23, 2022 from 11am-12pm
Book signing
International Folk Art Market, 620 Cerrillos Road,
Santa Fe, NM

October 15, 2021 from 6-8pm
Lecture and book signing
International Folk Art Market, 620 Cerrillos Road,
Santa Fe, NM (pdf anouncement)
Read an article in Pasatiempo about the book signing.
Read a thank you note from the former owner of Garcia Street Books and the Rotary Club of Santa Fe.

October 30, 2020 at noon
Encore! Artist Talk via Zoom at the Santa Fe Public Library
Register here.

October 21, 2020 at 6pm
Artist Talk via Zoom at the Santa Fe Public Library
Register here. (pdf announcement)

Listen to an interview with Murdy on Cline's Corner.

View Murdy's work at the National Museum of Mexican Art's Permanent Collection.

Read an interview with Murdy by Rich Tenorio for the Mexico News Daily.

Read "Day of the Dead Traditions in Rural Mexican Villages," Santa Fean Magazine, Oct-Nov 2020 (pdf)

Book Information Sheet (pdf)


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