A popular local author will be featured during downtown Alamosa’s First Friday event at 5 p.m. this Friday, July 1, at Narrow Gauge Book Coop.

Teresa Jesus de Vigil, a local author from San Luis, will be at the bookstore to discuss and read from her most recent book, Teresa de Jesus Vigil – Herbalist, Storyteller and Poet, published in 2021 by Vanishing Horizons.

“I’m interested in how our ancestors used the wild herbs in our area,” Ms. de Jesus Vigil said in a 2020 videotaped demonstration. “Every year, I seem to learn something new.”

Her book contains her knowledge of herbs, especially those found here in the San Luis Valley and the surrounding areas. That knowledge, combined with her decades-long career as a nurse, has been seen in medical journals as well as cookbooks. Her book, which will be available  at Narrow Gauge Book Coop, also contains stories and poems, and her ability to weave the elements of storytelling with finding and using herbs in an almost-forgotten traditional way makes for a fascinating read.

Narrow Gauge Book Coop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The coop is located at 602 Main Street in Alamosa.


  • July 8: Emmy Savage, 5 p.m.
    Walking the Stations in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
  • July 22: Rina Brown, 5:30 p.m.
    Acceptance in Ice, a young adult novel
  • August 5: Jenene Holcomb, 5:30 p.m. H.E.A.L.I.N.G. A Guide to the Grieving Process, local author
  • August 20: Jonathon Stalls, 6 p.m.
    Walk: Slow Down, Wake Up and Connect at 1-3 Miles Per Hour
    We will begin with a walk, and then come back to the store for the book event

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