Bookworks Hosts Local and Touring Authors, 8/3

In August, Bookworks hosts events with local and nationally-touring authors that will excite readers' mysterious and romantic sides and appeal to lovers-of books, pets, and music.

August 3, Bookworks partners with Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America for a "Love In at the Library," a panel and signing at the Special Collections Library downtown. Romance writers will talk about writing and publishing, answer questions from the audience, and participate in "Speed Date" signings with fans. The event is free and open to the public. Authors attending include Darynda Jones, Jeffe Kennedy, Robin Perini, Sarah Storme, Katie Lane, Barrett, Shea Berkley, Mona Karel, and Samantha Ann King. For more info, please visit

Author/photographer Theron Murphy and his coon dog, Maddie, visit BookworksSaturday 17 at 11am. The duo set off on an a yearlong, cross-country roadtrip that resulted in the book, Maddie on Things, which features snapshots of Murphy's pup standing on top of everything from a car to a horse to a watermelon. Murphy and Maddie have been featured on The Today Show, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and ABC News, showing off Maddie's phenomenal balance to delighted fans nationwide.

Music lovers, take note: Bookworks is pleased to host the world-acclaimed band The Handsome Family August 21 at 7pm for a free event at the store. Rennie and Brett Sparks will perform music and Rennie will read from her new book, The Woodpecker.On Thursday, August 8, at 5:30 pm, The Tumbleweeds play old country covers prior to Marc Gardner's talk. At 7pm, Gardner presents Shot All to Hell, a new biography of one of the West's favorite outlaws--Billy the Kid.

Mystery, murder, and intrigue flavor other August events. August 31, UNM faculty Justin St. Germaine recounts the story of his mother's murder in Tombstone, Arizona, as chronicled in his new praise-worthy memoir, Son of a Gun, a Los Angeles TimesSummer Reads pick. New Mexico mystery writers Joseph Badal and James Reich visit the store August 4th and 10th, respectively, to talk about their new novels, The Lone Wolf Agenda, a military action-thriller and Bombshell, a post-Chernobyl atomic adventure.

Medical intrigue abounds with Bookworks' event Saturday, August 10, with best-selling author Susannah Cahalan. Cahalan is on tour for the paperback release of her medical memoir, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. The memoire recounts the month that Cahalan, a bulldog reporter, fell into a seemingly possessed mental condition that ranged from violence outbursts to a comatose state. Doctors waged a battery of a million dollars worth of tests that proved inconclusive before Cahalan's rare condition finally came to light. Cahalan will talk about the moment that changed and preserved her young life, Saturday, August 10 at 3pm at the Domenici Center Auditorium on the campus of the UNM Medical School. The event is co-sponsored by UNM's Center for Life and requires a purchase of the $16 paperback for Brain on Fire, on sale August 6. More info @

MEDIA NOTE: Authors are typically available for interviews in advance of events. Please contact Amanda Sutton to schedule with the author or appropriate publicist: 505-344-8139 or


Sunday, July 7 at 3pm: BK Loren, Animal, Mineral, Radical & Theft. BK Loren's meditative essays range in subject from a transcendental encounter with a pack of coyotes juxtaposed with her neighbor's claim that nature "has gone out of vogue," to Loren's mother's slow yet all-encompassing deterioration from Parkinson's, and the unexpected way the Loma Prieta earthquake eroded her depression by offering the author a sense of her small place in a wild and worthwhile world. Loren's approach to the world is gentle and empathetic, as she details the intricacies of human relationships and consciousness about the environment.

Sunday, July 14 at 3pm: Wendy Tremayne, The Good Life Lab. Wendy Tremayne of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, shares her inspirational story. Wendy and her husband ditched their high-powered careers and high-pressure life in New York City to move to rural New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew most of what they needed to live self-sufficiently, discovering a new sense of abundance in the process. The Good Life Lab is part memoir and part DIY manual, bound together with inspirational art by a community of contemporary illustrators and Wendy's honest and passionate narrative.

Thursday, July 18 at 7pm: Aaron Dixon, My People are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain. In an era of stark racial injustice, Aaron Dixon dedicated his life to the revolution, founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at 19.In his memoir, Dixon traces the course of his own radicalization and that of a generation. Through his eyes, we witness the courage and commitment of the young men and women who rose up in rebellion, risking their lives in the name of freedom in a memoir Dr. Cornel West calls "powerful and poignant."

Friday, July 19 at 7pm: Brad Taylor, The Widow's Strike. In his past three New York Times bestselling novels, retired Delta Force commander Brad Taylor has put his extra-legal anti-terrorist organization, the Taskforce, in the cross-hairs of this class of enemy. In his fourth Pike Logan novel, he explores the most terrifying enemy of all-the kind you can't see. When the Taskforce catches wind of a planned bio-terrorist attack, Pike, Jennifer, and the rest of the team must race against time to prevent a global pandemic.

Tuesday, July 23 at 7pm: Ann Bolinger-McQuade, Everyday Oracles. Ann Bolinger-McQuade helps readers recognize and decipher their own personal signs, or"everyday oracles." Bolinger-McQuade teaches readers to be open to receiving their personal oracles, and she also covers the intriguing history and science of oracles, including the five main types (conduits, mirrors, synchronicities, signs and symbols, invisible moving sidewalks) and how they may speak to you.


Thursday, August 1 at 10:30am: Story Time! Bookworks clowns around in honor of Clown Week! If you can, come to story time in a clown costume. We will have stories, snacks, and funny business. More info:

Thursday, August 1 at 7pm: An Evening with Joy Junction Founder, Jeremy Reynalds, for his book A Sheltered Life. This night with Joy Junction founder Jeremy Raynalds includes a book talk and fundraiser. Reynalds will talk about his bookA Sheltered Life, which recounts his life story of becoming homeless in his early twenties after migrating to the U.S. from the U.K. to eventually founding one of the Southwest's largest homeless shelters, Joy Junction. Bookworks will donate 15% of sales from 5-9 pmto Joy Junction.

Friday, August 2 at 7pm: James Carlos Blake, The Rules of the Wolf. Eddie Gato Wolfe is a young, impetuous member of the Wolfe family of Texas gun-runners that goes back generations. Increasingly unfulfilled by his minor role in family operations and eager to set out on his own, Eddie crosses the border to work security for a major Mexican drug cartel led by the ruthless La Navaja. Eddie falls for a mysterious woman named Miranda, whom he learns too late has ties to La Navaja. A riveting thriller and look inside the Mexican drug trade from a writer Entertainment Weekly calls, "one of the greatest chroniclers of the mythical American outlaw life."

Saturday, August 3 at 10:30am: Lois Ruby, Rebel Spirits. Local author Lois Ruby talk sabout her new young adult novel, Rebel Spirits, a Civil War mystery. Set in Gettysburg, the story of Lori Chase and Nathaniel Pierce provides readers with a murder, a romance, and haunting questions. The old inn Lori and her parents run is supposedly haunted by the souls of dead soldiers, and Lori meets one such soldier-the handsome Nathaniel Pierce, whose soul cannot rest because his murder is unsolved. Lori begins to investigate the age-old mystery, stumbling upon shocking clues and secrets, and also falls for Nathaniel and vice versa. More info:

Saturday, August 3 at 12pm: Where's Waldo party. How many Waldos can we hide in Bookworks? Come join the count, dressed in red and white-red and white striped shirts, hats, and a walking stick perhaps, a wizard here and there, the more the merrier! This will be our grand party to award prizes for our Where's Waldo in Albuquerque Search! More info:

Saturday, August 3 at 3pm: Aroop Mangalik, The Magaliks of Meerut and Lucknow. Dr. Aroop Mangalik was born and raised in the historic North Indian city of Lucknow, the site of the state capital and one of the country's oldest universities and medical colleges. After medical training in Lucknow, Delhi, Chicago, and Salt Lake City, Dr. Mangalik served on the faculty of medical schools in Delhi, Denver, and Albuquerque and for many years at the University of New Mexico as a hematologist-oncologist. This book is his family history compiled by Dr. Mangalik, friends, and family about growing up in India and about the evolution of medicine from the time his own father completed his medial training in 1925

Saturday, August 3 at 5pm: Love In at the Library, Special Collections, 423 Central Ave NE. Featuring Darynda Jones signing her new book, Fifth Grave Past the Light. Romance writers Jeffe Kennedy, Robin Perini, Sarah Storme, Katie Lane, Barrett, Shea Berkley, Mona Karel, and Samantha Ann King will participate on a panel about romance writing and then have "Speed Dating" signings with fans. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by ABC Libraries and Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America.

Sunday, August 4: Twins Day! All right you two, come on into Bookworks where we will have specials on children's books about twins and each twin in a pair will receive an identical one dollar off coupon for a book from the Children's Department. More

Sunday, August 4 at 3pm: Joe Badal, Lone Wolf Agenda. The fourth book in Joseph Badal's Danforth Saga, The Lone Wolf Agenda resides in the world of international espionage and military action thrillers with a story as close to the real world of spies and soldiers as a reader will find. Danforth comes out of retirement to hunt down "lone wolf" terrorists hell-bent on destroying America's oil infrastructure. With his son Michael, a senior DELTA Force officer, Danforth combats an OPEC-supported terrorist group allied with a Mexican drug cartel in an epic, diabolical adventure.

Tuesday, August 6, 10:30 am: Parent Conversation Group. How do you feel about your child heading off to kindergarten? Is this scary or exciting, or a little of both? The group will share words of advice with one another for this stage of parenting. Don't worry, we'll have snack, but you don't have to bring it! More info:

Tuesday, August 6 at 7pm: Pat Burns, In the Shadow of Los Alamos: The Selected Letters of Edith Warner. Pat Burns explores the life of Edith Warner (1893-1951), a legendary figure in Northern New Mexico who lived by the Rio Grande at the Otowi Switch and was portrayed in The Woman at Otowi Crossing by Frank Waters and The House at Otowi Bridge by Peggy Pond Church. Warner, herself a writers, was perhaps most famous for her tearoom, where she entertained scientists from the Manhattan Project. For the first time, Warner speaks in her own voice in letters, essays published and unpublished, and journal entries, and even her famous chocolate cake recipe.

Wednesday, August 7 at 7 pm: Flamenco dance demonstration and talk with Alice Blumenfield. After a year studying and performing in Sevilla, Spain, on a Fulbright Research Grant in the performing arts, Blumenfeld is excited to return to Albuquerque to share her research and first hand experience in the cultural roots of flamenco in Andalucía, specifically looking at the importance of the oral tradition within flamenco music. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, August 8 at 10:30am: Story Time! We're wigglin' our toes at Story Time! Wear your sandals, or take off your shoes and socks. Paint your toenails or leave 'em plain but get those little piggies out for stories, snacks and a little toe tappin'! More info:

Thursday, August 8 at 5:30 pm: The Tumbleweeds perform. The Tumbleweeds play Western Swing and Honky Tonk, from the 1930s through the 60s, from their album,Roll On. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, August 8 at 7pm: Mark Gardner, Shot All to Hell. Shot All to Hell by western historian Mark Lee Gardner recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time. Gardner tracks the celebrated gang as they step inside Northfield's First National Bank and back out on the streets to square off with heroic citizens who risked their lives to defend justice in Minnesota. With compelling details that chronicle the two-week chase that ensued, Mark Gardner follows up his previous work with another story of frontier justice.

Friday, August 9: Book Lover's Day. Come to Bookworks, look for an owlish ode to books in the form of a heart-shaped card hidden in the Children's Department and receive a $1 off coupon for a children's book. More info:

Saturday, August 10, 10:30 am: We're talking pie here at Bookworks. New Mexico Pie Company and Bookworks Pal, Wendy Wilson, are cooking up a delicious treat to celebrate pie just for the fun of it. Our featured book for this get together will be Pie by Sarah Weeks. More info:

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