Author-Husband and Filmmaker-Wife Bring Their Tucson Salvage to Orange

Meet Tucson Salvage’s Dawn in her work space. (Photo by Tim Gillis)

A husband will be in Orange Wednesday evening to read about people living on the fringe in Tucson, Arizona, while his wife shows you proof of the same.

In other words, author Brian Jabas Smith reads from his new book Tucson Salvage: Tales From La Frontera, and Maggie Rawling Smith screens her new film Tucson Salvage: The Documentary, which she also co-wrote with her husband.

The Smiths

Brian Jabas Smith was the music editor at Tucson Weekly, where he pioneered the Know Your Product column. He later wrote Tucson Salvage, a column about the Arizona city’s colorful characters. His new book (Eyewear Press, UK) is a collection from the last three years of the column.

“A true champion of the dispossessed and forgotten. … I can’t recommend this book highly enough,” blurbs Willy Vlautin, author of Lean on Pete and Don’t Skip Out on Me.

Tucson native Smith’s previous book, Spent Saints & Other Stories, was adapted by his wife into the 12-part web series Spent Saints. Maggie Smith has a book of her own coming out this year, The Most Incredible Wings. The couple is also raising a son.

The book reading and documentary screening begin at 6:30 p.m. at 1888 Center, 115 N. Orange St., Orange, 657.282.0483. Click here for more information.

Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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