Author Marta Elva

Marta Elva and book cover

POSTPONED due to coronovirus precautions. To be rescheduled.

Please join on Wednesday, March 18 at 6 pm to hear debut author Marta Elva talk about her novel American Tumbleweeds. After her talk, Marta will be happy to sign copies of her book.

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Set in the borderland of El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico, American Tumbleweeds tells the bittersweet story of a Mexican-American family’s struggle to stay together as tradition collides with the social upheaval of 1960s America.

This is the story of every family—for every family lives on borders of some kind—loving and clinging, wounding each other deeply while comforting each other in the soul-deep ways that only families can reach.  American Tumbleweeds captures poignantly the growing pains of a young girl and of all immigrants whose dual cultural identities lend them both strength and strife.


Marta Elva was born, Marta Elva Rangel, in Juarez, Mexico and raised in El Paso, TX.  She took the name Gibbons thirty-two years ago when she married her husband, Michael.  Marta graduated Cum Laude from Emerson College in Boston.

Her experience in television production and independent film spans over three decades.  She’s worked for such notable institutions as National Geographic and WNET, the flagship station of PBS, in New York City.

An advocate for union labor, Marta served on the Council of the Writers Guild of America East in New York City.  The Guild represents screenwriters for the film and television industry.

In 2011, Marta moved to Matlacha, Florida, where she mentored students through the Beacon of Hope organization in Pine Island, FL.  Marta’s own life experiences, as reflected in American Tumbleweeds, helped her make a strong connection with the kids.

Event address: 
103 W. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
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ISBN: 9781939530011
Availability: Special Order
Published: Circling Rivers - May 10th, 2016

Inez's family is shattered when her father is arrested on the Tex-Mex border. The old ways cherished by her beloved Mexican grandmother offer refuge. But life in 1960s El Paso is far more exciting, as miniskirts, rock, and the sexual revolution shatter tradition on both sides of the border.

- Short-listed for the 2017 Sarton Women's Literary Awards -