This Week at Bookworks Includes Douglas Preston, David Stuart and More

This Week at Bookworks Includes Douglas Preston, David Stuart and More

This week at Bookworks includes authors Douglas Preston and Nasario Garcia. There are also many events for children, such as Indies First Story Time. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 17
3pm • Thomas Clagett • The Pursuit of Murieta
It's 1853. The notorious bandit Joaquin Murieta and his outlaw gang have ravaged the infant state of California for three years. Now, Murieta has had enough and wants to return to Mexico.

3pm • Patrick Dawson presents Vintage Beer at La Cumbre Brewing Co at 3313 Girard Blvd NE
Like good wine, certain beers can be aged under the right conditions, a process that enhances and changes their flavors in interesting and delicious ways.

Sunday, May 18
3pm • Chris Enss • Love Lessons From the Old West
From Calamity Jane's relentless pursuit of Wild Bill Hickok to Emma Walters, who gave it all up for the dashing Bat Masterson--and learned to regret it, these romantic stories from the Old West are still familiar and entertaining to readers today. This collection features the lessons learned by and from the antics of the women who shaped the West.

Tuesday, May 20
7pm • Douglas Preston • The Kraken Project
Wyman Ford is back again in The Kraken Project, the thrilling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston. NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn's great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software.

Wednesday, May 21
7pm • David Stuart • Anasazi America
At the height of their power in the late eleventh century, the Chaco Anasazi dominated a territory in the American Southwest larger than any European principality of the time. Developed over the course of centuries and thriving for over two hundred years, the Chacoans' society collapsed dramatically in the twelfth century in a mere forty years.

Thursday, May 22
7pm • Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew • Hannah Delivered
Late one night in a busy St. Paul hospital, a nurse midwife drags Hannah Larson out from behind her reception desk to assist with a birth. When Hannah witnesses that baby tumble into the world, her secure, conventional life is upended by a fierce desire to deliver babies. To deliver healthy babies, Hannah risks jail time, her community's respect, and her career. The key to unlocking her fear rests in one birth---her own.

Saturday, May 24
1pm • Doug Fine • Hemp Bound
Its fibers are among the planet's strongest, its seed oil the most nutritious, and its potential as an energy source vast and untapped. Its one downside? For nearly a century, it's been illegal to grow industrial cannabis in the United States.

3pm • Nasario Garcia • Bernalillo: Yesterday's Sunshine, Today's Shadows
In Bernalillo: Yesterday's Sunshine, Today's Shadows, folklorist, oral historian, and linguist Nasario Garcia has assembled a bittersweet anthology of vivid and varied recollections of life and tradition in Bernalillo, New Mexico, between the 1930s and the beginning of the twenty-first century.

For Kids

Saturday, May 17
10am • Indies First Story Time

10:30am • Intro to the ABC Library Summer Reading Program
We will have a special guest from around the corner and up the street. Miss Lynn from the Griegos Branch Library will visit to tell us about the summer reading library summer reading program.

Sunday, May 18
5pm • Teen Book Club Meets

Wednesday, May 21
4:30pm • American Girl Book Club
Our monthly meeting of the American Girl Book Club at Bookworks. We will read, do a craft, have a snack, and chat.

Thursday, May 22
10:30am • Story Time -- Looking Up!
Story time we'll be looking upward again. This time our focus will be on clouds and rainbows.

Saturday, May 24
10:30am • Story Time -- English & Spanish Stories
Join us for a bilingual storytime for all.

Looking Ahead

Sunday, June 1
3pm • Joy Waldron • Kaiten: Japan's Secret Manned Suicide Submarine
In November 1944, the U.S. Navy fleet lay at anchor in Ulithi Harbor, deep in the Pacific Ocean, when the oiler USS Mississinewa erupted in a ball of flames. Japan's secret weapon, the Kaiten--a manned suicide submarine--had succeeded in its first mission. The Kaiten was so secret that even Japanese naval commanders didn't know of its existence. And the Americans kept it secret as well. Embarrassed by the shocking surprise attack, the U.S. Navy refused to salvage or inspect the sunken Mighty Miss. Only decades later would the survivors understand what really happened at Ulithi, when a diving team located the wreck in 2001.

Friday, June 6
7pm • Elizabeth Cohen • Hypothetical Girl
A menagerie of characters graze and jockey, play and hook up in the online dating world with mixed and sometimes dark results. Flirting and communicating in chat rooms, through texts, e-mails, and IMs, they grope their way through a virtual maze of potential mates, falling in and out of what they think and hope may be true love. With levity and high style, Cohen takes her readers into a world where screen and keyboard meet the heart, with consequences that range from wonderful to weird. "The Hypothetical Girl" captures all the mystery, misery, and magic of the eternal search for human connection.

Tuesday, June 24
7pm • Katy Butler at The Center for Spiritual Living
2801 Louisiana NE • Knocking on Heaven's Door
Award-winning journalist Katy Butler was living thousands of miles from her aging parents when the call came: her beloved seventy-nine-year-old father had suffered a crippling stroke. Katy and her mother joined the more than 28 million Americans who are shepherding loved ones through their final declines. Doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker, which kept his heart going while doing nothing to prevent a slide into dementia, near-blindness, and misery. When he said, "I'm living too long," mother and daughter faced wrenching moral questions. Where is the line between saving a life and prolonging a dying? When do you say to a doctor, "Let my loved one go?"

Monday, June 30
7pm • Frances Levine • Battles and Massacres on the Southwestern Frontier
This unique study centers on four critical engagements between Anglo-American and American Indians on the southwestern frontier: the Battle of Cieneguilla (1854), the Battle of Adobe Walls (1864), the Sand Creek Massacre (1864), and the Mountain Meadows Massacre (1857). Editors Ronald K. Wetherington and Frances Levine juxtapose historical and archaeological perspectives on each event to untangle the ambiguity and controversy that surround both historical and more contemporary accounts of each of these violent outbreaks.