People in the News

People in the news 3.6.15

Roni1A new bilingual, nonfiction book for all ages by RONI CAPIN RIVERA-ASHFORD, “My Tata’s Remedies/Los Remedios de mi Tata,” has been published by Cinco Puntos Press. The book, which will debut at the Tucson Festival of Books (March 14-15), highlights the relationship between a young boy and his grandfather as the boy learns the ways of natural healing. Rivera-Ashford grew up in Nogales, Ariz., and is descended from a pioneer Jewish family.

ot Judy gomezJUDITH SHEPARD GOMEZ has published a children’s book, “Mia’s Two Grammas, a Young Child’s Coming Out Story,” about a girl who wonders if she should invite her lesbian grandmothers to grandparent’s day at her school. Gomez, a former professor of sociology, family mediator and therapist mediator who now works assisting refugees, is a mother of three and grandmother of 10. She and Marjorie Hochberg, cantorial soloist at Temple Emanu-El, were joined in a Jewish ceremony in March 2014, before same-sex marriage was legalized in Arizona, and were legally married Feb. 5 as part of a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., event celebrating marriage equality. Gomez will be featured at the Tucson Festival of Books.

ot neil schwartz from websiteNEIL SCHWARTZ, a Los Angeles lawyer and graduate of the University of Arizona, will exhibit his book “What If Tomorrow Never Comes?” at the Tucson Festival of Books. The memoir explores his journey from tragedy to recovery after his wife dies unexpectedly and he becomes the caretaker for his 26-year-old dying daughter.

ot gabe lehrerThe singer-songwriter duo Sheldon and Gabriel, featuring Tucson guitarist GABE LEHRER, released their second CD, “Fire in Every Lightbulb – E.P.” in February. Lehrer, a junior at Catalina Foothills High School, records with a friend from summer camp, Sheldon Donenberg, in Los Angeles. Their music is available to download from the iTunes store, CD Baby, Spotify, Amazon mp3 and Bandcamp, with details at To purchase a CD, email