Bookworks Hosts Local and Touring Authors, 8/3

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:

Saturday, August 10, at 3pm: James Reich, Bombshell. James Reich sets a story in the shadow of the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster. Bombshell follows an alienated young Russian woman born on a road trip across the U.S. who wages a guerrilla war against the nuclear industry and leaves in her wake a trail of death and destruction. Obsessed with would-be Warhol assassin, Valerie Solanas, Varyushka Cash recreates her atomic past through escalating violence and her one true goal: an assault on the Indian Point nuclear plant on the bank of the Hudson River. All along she is relentlessly pursued by the CIA, eager to capture Varyushka on charges of domestic terrorism. The cat-and-mouse chase leads to a final showdown in a decimated and irradiated New York on the cusp of a frightening new future.

Saturday, August 10 at 3pm: Susannah Cahalan, Brain on Fire, Domenici Center Auditorium, UNM Medical School, 1001 Stanford NE. In cooperation with the UNM Center for Life, Bookworks presents Susannah Cahalan, author of the acclaimed memoir, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.Cahalan's memoir Brain on Fire chronicles the swift path of the illness that quickly consumed her and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. While Susannah vacillated from violence to catatonia, $1 million worth of blood tests and brain scans revealed nothing. The exhausted doctors were ready to commit Cahalan to the psychiatric ward, until Dr. Souhel Najjar-nicknamed Dr. House-joined the team. He asked her to draw one simple sketch, which became key to diagnosing her with a newly discovered autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the brain, an illness now thought to be the cause of "demonic possessions" throughout history. Entry to the event requires purchase of the $16 paperback of Brain on Fire, available at Bookworks, at the door, or online at

Sunday, August 11 at 3pm: Seth Jacobs, the 2014 Enchanting New Mexico Calendar. The 2014 calendar, "Experience the Magic," overflows with iconic images of New Mexico captured by renowned photographer Seth Jacobs. Jacobs will present the calendar and its images, just published by New Mexico Magazine.

Tuesday, August 13 at 7pm: Peter Lopez, Edward O'Brien Mural Artist.Master New Mexico santero Peter Lopez talks bout the work of one of his influences, Edward O'Brien. One of the great mural painters of the 20th century, O'Brien was born in 1910 to first generation Irish parents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He left behind six mural masterpieces created between 1960 and 1975: four murals painted in New Mexico, one in Benet Lake, Wisconsin, at the St. Benedict's Abbe, and another at the Catholic Parish of St. Pius V in Chicago, Illinois. O'Brien's work reflects his study of the Old Masters and their technique of capturing light and expression, his fascination with history and religion, and the influence of the great mural Mexican artists of the 1920s.

Wednesday, August 14 at 7pm: Bookworks Book Club.

Thursday, August 15 at 10:30am: Story Time! Join us for a mid-month stretch. It's Relaxation Day. What could be more relaxing than a book and a glass of lemonade on a summer morning? More info:

Thursday, August 15 at 7pm: Kelly Cooper, Cooking for Grown-Ups. This is the ultimate cook book for men and women who like cookies, and for the people who love friends and family enough to bake cookies for them. A "grown-up" cookie may be sweet or savory: it may beckon childhood memories but with a touch of sumptuous sophistication. Some adult cookies go well with a cup of tea, coffee or chocolate. Others are a match for wine, beer or a cocktail. Kelly Cooper will serve at least two kinds of cookies (one sweet, one a cocktail cookie) from her book as well as give a talk about her favorites and about how novice bakers can create their own unique cookies.

Saturday, August 17 at 11am: Theron Humprey, Maddie on Things.Maddie is a sweet-tempered coonhound who accompanied her owner, Theron, on a yearlong, cross-country trip while he worked on a photojournalism project. In his spare time, Theron took photos of Maddie doing what she does best: standing on things. From bicycles to giant watermelons to horses to people, there really isn't anything that Maddie won't stand on with grace and patience. The poignant Instagram photos of this beautiful dog and her offbeat poses have captured the imagination of all those who long for a road trip with a good dog for company. Maddie on Things celebrates the strange talent of one special dog and will resonate with any dog lover who appreciates the quirky hearts (and extraordinary balance) of canines.

Saturday, August 17 at 3pm: Kevin Fedarko, The Emerald Mile. In the spring of 1983, the Colorado River's massive flooding presented engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that could have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure ever. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a small wooden dory named "The Emerald Mile" at the head of the Grand Canyon, just fifteen miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd, but downright suicidal. Kenton Grua, the man at the oars of the Emerald Mile sought to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled during the crisis. He barely survived.

Sunday, August 18 at 3pm: Kayt C. Peck, Kiva and the Mosque. Peck's mystery revolves around Kidwell Brown and Aisha Sudda, two total strangers thrust into roles they never could have anticipated to answer questions for a troubled humanity. Kidwell and her life-partner, Anna Montoya, live a quiet life in their mountain home until the day Kidwell is drawn to visit the Kiva cave at Bandelier National Monument. Hundreds of miles away, Aisha Sudda Fletcher lives another quiet existence, along with her husband, Greg, until the day she is drawn to visit a garden beside a vandalized mosque. On that day, both Kidwell and Aisha are "chosen," and both soon learn that the time of prophets has not yet passed, and their mystical guides direct the women to "find their allies," as face victory and exile, mystery and certainty.

Tuesday, August 20 at 7pm: Michael Kushner, A City at Night.In a time-travel mystery, a person with a love of antiquities becomes involved in a murder investigation. The investigation, however, will lead him to much more than he could have ever bargained to know.

Wednesday, August 21, 4:30 pm: American Girl Book Club. This month's American Girl Book Club selection is Molly Learns a Lesson to get us in the back to school mode. We will also do a craft activity and have snacks. Please bring a few bottle caps if you can. More info:

Wednesday, August 21 at 7 pm: An Evening with the Handsome Family. Join us for music with Rennie and Brett of the word acclaimed indie band, The Handsome Family. Rennie will also read from her new experimental novel, The Woodpecker.

Thursday, August 22 at 10:30 am: Story Time! August is picnic month. Join us for an in-store picnic, complete with checkered table cloth. We'll have a picnic basket full of books, and snacks. Bring your teddy bear if you would like, invite your uncle or your aunt, but please, leave the ants to us! More info:

Thursday, August 22 at 7pm: Mark Epstein, The Trauma of Everyday Life.The author of Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, Going on Being, and Open to Desire, Harvard psychiatrist Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind's own development. Epstein argues that trauma is the bedrock of our human psychology and everyday sufferings a party of human life. While Western psychology teaches that if we understand the cause of trauma, we might move past it, Eastern practices see meditation as a means of rising above, or distancing from difficult emotions. Both, Epstein argues, fail to recognize that trauma is an indivisible part of life that spares no one. "The way out is through," is the take-away from this important work.

Saturday, August 24 at 3pm: Norbert Krapf, Songs in Sepia and Black and White. Former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf revisits the past and reflects on its relationship with the present. The author of American Dreams: Reveries and Revisitations and Songs in Sepia and Black and White, Krapf has published five collections of poetry, a prose memoir about childhood, and a jazz and poetry CD. He served as Indiana Poet Laureate 2008-10.

Sunday, August 25 at 3pm: Daniel Arreola, Postcards from the Rio Bravo Border. Between 1900 and the late 1950s, Mexican border towns came of age both as tourist destinations and as emerging cities. Commercial photographers produced thousands of images of their streets, plazas, historic architecture, and tourist attractions, which were reproduced as photo postcards. Daniel Arreola has amassed one of the largest collections of these border town postcards and used this amazing visual archive to offer a new way of understanding how the border towns grew and transformed themselves in the first half of the twentieth century, as well as how they were pictured to attract American tourists.

Tuesday, August 27, 3:30 pm: Fancy Nancy Tea Party. Need we say more? Lots of glitter, fancy dress of course! Ooh La La tea, cookies, and stories. Free and open to allFancy Nancy fans. More info:

Tuesday, August 27 at 7pm: Lydia Pine, Last Lost World. Lydia Pyne, a lecturer at Drexel University, presents an enlightening investigation of the Pleistocene's dual character as a geologic time-and as a cultural idea. The Pleistocene is the epoch of geologic time closest to our own, the time of ice ages, global migrations, and mass extinctions of woolly rhinos, mammoths, giant ground sloths, and early species of in theHomo family. This is the story of how the dominant species to emerge from the Pleistocene-Homo-came to understand its place in the world.

Wednesday, August 28 at 7pm: Priyanka Kumar, Take This Wing and Fly Here. The first novel in Priyanka Kumar's New West Trilogy, Take This Wing and Fly Here explores our changing relationship with the outdoors in the American West. Set in Southern California, this delightful novel about birding tells the story of a PhD candidate in physics whose life begins to unravel after he enters the "Big Year" birding race. The bird society faces bankruptcy and the competitors face their own sets of challenges in this ironic novel that birders will love for its accurate depictions of outings while emotions, relationships, ambition, and conflict provide the drama and action behind the beautifully described scenery and fauna of the California hills and coast.

Thursday, August 29 at 10:30 am: Story Time! It would be the pits if you missed this story time. August is National Peach Month and everything today is peachy keen. Join us for a peachy snack and peruse a few pages from James and the Giant Peach.More info:

Thursday, August 29 at 7pm: George Weir, Long Fall From Heaven. Cueball Boland and Micah Lanscomb--both ex-cops with troubled pasts--stumble into the path of a serial killer. The murderer leads them into the dark history of Galveston when the city was Texas' Sin City. The killer has roots sunk deep into that history, but the FBI and the old Galveston families don't want Cueball and Micah to solve the crimes. George Weir teamed up with Milton Burton prior to Burton's death in 2011 to tell the story, Texas-style.

Saturday, August 31 at 3pm: Justin St. Germaine, Son of a Gun.
In the tradition of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, Justin St. Germain's stunning memoir recalls a mother-son relationship that is also the searing, unflinching account of a murder and its aftermath. Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001: Debbie St. Germain's death, apparently at the hands of her fifth husband, is a passing curiosity, "A real-life old West murder mystery," the local TV announcers announce, while barroom gossips snicker cruelly. But for her twenty-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into "before" and "after," and his memoir explores the desert landscape of his childhood to make sense of the unfathomable. "A searing bravely told ... savage memoir," says award-winning author Claire Vaye Watkins.


September 10, 7pm: Robert Boswell, Tumbledown. In Tumbledown, Robert Boswell presents a large, unforgettable cast of characters who are all failing and succeeding in various degrees to make sense of our often-irrational world. In a moving narrative twist, he boldly reckons with the extent to which tragedy can be undone, the impossible accommodated. Boswell's first novel since Century's Son showcases once again his "dazzling technical skill, intelligence and moral seriousness" (The New York Times Book Review)

September 25, 7pm: Tom Kizzia, Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier. Into the Wild meets Helter Skelter in this riveting true story of a modern-day homesteading family in the deepest reaches of the Alaskan wilderness - and of the chilling secrets of its maniacal, spellbinding patriarch. In Pilgrim's Wilderness, veteran Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia unfolds the remarkable, at times harrowing, story of a charismatic spinner of American myths who was not what he seemed, the townspeople caught in his thrall, and the family he brought to the brink of ruin.