New Climate Thriller from Local Authors
Local authors Vicki Turpen and Shannon Horst will bring their new climate thriller The Delicate Balance to the store on Saturday, August 24th at 4:00pm.
About the book: The Earth is dying — its life forms bound for extinction — unless the most fundamental of changes is made: Carbon-based fuels must be abandoned. Chaos results — migrating hordes of starving people, abandoned hospitals and prisons (patients and inmates still inside), and deserted cities where only cockroaches live.
But then Jesse Forester, the U.N. scientist responsible for the changes that survival demands, finds hints that the data at the core of the new global policy may be flawed. And murders start happening.
Rushing headlong into a frantic search for the truth, Jesse and his team discover pockets of people who are living rich and satisfying lives in Eden-like landscapes without any use of carbon fuels. As the plotters Jesse is seeking become more desperate, can these flourishing communities help avert humanity's slow death from the poisonous fruits of climate change growing at its doorstep?
Vicki Turpen has an M.A. degree with an emphasis on writing and is an award-winning teacher of drama, Bible as literature, and English. She co-founded the Durango Lively Arts company and is a member of Albuquerque's Rotary del Sol and Southwest Writers. She has written articles for the Christian Science Publishing Society. She lives and gardens with her extensive family at the community family farm in Albuquerque.
Shannon Horst has an educational background in languages, linguistics, and communication. She has been the editor of African affairs for the Christian Science Monitor, and worked with Allan Savory, a Zimbabwean ecologist, for three decades. She's currently the executive director of Tree New Mexico and is an avid gardener and fly fisher. She also lives on the community family farm in Albuquerque.
New Southwestern Fiction from Local Author
Local author Sean Gandert will bring his second novel American Saint to the store on Saturday, August 31st at 4:00pm.
From the publisher: Raised in a poor neighborhood in Albuquerque by his mother and curandera grandmother, Gabriel Romero grows up fervently religious, privately conflicted, and consumed by what he’s certain is the true will of God. A radical activist determined to enlighten the consciousness of a country losing its way, Gabriel starts his own church. His slogans go viral. His protests make him either a hero or an anarchist in a polarized America, and his miracles — if we believe what we see — cast him as either a charlatan or a saint. But Gabriel knows that, above all, to ensure lasting faith he must do something truly memorable. For that, he will see his divine mission to its startling end.
In this visionary novel framed as a hagiography, the ruminative, subjective memories of Gabriel’s witnesses — spiritual, familial, romantic, and political — converge to make sense of the man’s confounding works and message. As they do, a surprising portrait develops, not only of the deepening mystery of Gabriel Romero himself, but also of a country in conflict and the faith it takes to fight the suspicion and fear that divide us.
Sean Gandert was born and raised in Albuquerque. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and an MFA from Bennington College. His is currently a college English instructor and a freelance writer, with works appearing in Paste magazine and other publications. He currently lives in Florida with his partner and their cats.
Local Authors & Small Press Fair
Page 1 invites you to our annual Local Authors & Small Press Fairs! This is when we invite, well, local authors and small presses to display their works and hang out with readers new and old. Our last fair of the year will be on Saturday, September 7th from 11:00am to 1:00pm. It'll be on the sidewalk in front of the store, weather permitting.
Authors and small presses are invited to come and set up on the sidewalk: space is first come first serve, no reservations required! You will also have to bring your own tables, chairs, change, and/or card readers. We also recommend bringing water with you.
We hope to see you there!
Double Signing with Local Authors
Local authors Reese Hogan and J. Barton Mitchell will come to the store for a double signing on Saturday, September 14th at 4:00pm. Hogan will bring her new military scifi novel Shrouded Loyalties, and Mitchell will bring his new scifi book The Razor.
About Shrouded Loyalties: Naval officer Mila Blackwood is determined to keep her country's most powerful secret — shrouding, the ability to traverse their planet in seconds through an alternate realm — out of enemy hands. But spies are everywhere: her submarine has been infiltrated by a Dhavnak agent, and her teenage brother has been seduced by an enemy soldier. When Blackwood's submarine is attacked by a monster, she and fellow sailor, Holland, are marked with special abilities, whose manifestations could end the war — but in whose favor? Forced to submit to military scientists in her paranoid and war-torn home, Blackwood soon learns that the only people she can trust might also be the enemy.
About The Razor: Brilliant engineer Marcus Flynn has been sentenced to 11-H37 alongside the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals. A hard labor prison planet better known as the Razor, where life expectancy is short and all roads are dead ends — at least until the Lost Prophet goes active. In a few hours, prison guards and staff are evacuated, the prisoners are left to die, and dark mysteries begin to surface. Only Flynn has the skills and knowledge to unravel them, but he will have to rely on the most unlikely of allies — killers, assassins, pirates and smugglers. If they can survive each other they just might survive the Razor...and claim it for their own.
Reese Hogan loves nothing more than creating broken relationships in broken worlds. With a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in journalism, Hogan has spent the last twenty years honing her craft. She is passionate about music, especially alternative and punk rock, and believes that art can reach out in a way no other form of communication can. She lives with her family in New Mexico.
J. Barton Mitchell is a creator and writer of speculative fiction, and the author of the science fiction YA novel series Conquered Earth and The Razor. He has sold screenplays to Warner Bros. and 21st Century Fox, and created the comic book series POE for Boom! Studios. His novel Valley of Fires was awarded best science fiction novel of 2014 by the RT Book Review. He lives somewhere between Austin, Texas and Taos, New Mexico.
Recovery Memoir from Local Professor
Local UNM professor emeritus Jim Linnell will bring his new memoir Take It Lying Down to the store on Sunday, September 22nd at 3:00pm.
From the publisher: Six months shy of retirement and on a family vacation in Mexico, Jim Linnell steps off the porch of a rented guest house and breaks his neck. He is medevacked to his hometown hospital in Albuquerque and from there to a spinal cord injury hospital in Denver, where he learns he may live the rest of his life as a quadriplegic. How does a person absorb such news?
Jim’s injury is incomplete: He has a two-year window for improvement. After three months of rehabilitation at the hospital, he and his wife, Jennifer, return to their home with an armada of equipment for his therapy, a heavy dose of anxiety about how they will manage together, and many unanswerable questions: Will Jim get better? What kind of future will they have? Can they move past denial to accept the possibility that Jim may remain a quadriplegic? Take It Lying Down portrays a man reclaiming his life from catastrophe ― it is a book of exemplary courage.
Note: The signing was previously on the 8th and moved to the 22nd for a schedule change. Please update your calendars!
Jim Linnell is professor emeritus at UNM's Department of Theatre & Dance and a former dean of the College of Fine Arts — he helped establish the MFA degree for dramatic writing and an annual festival of plays there. His work has been performed in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel. Linnell is the author of Walking on Fire: The Shaping Force of Emotion in Writing Drama. He lives with his wife south of Albuquerque.
Local Author's New Memoir
Local author Jack Loeffler will bring his new memoir, Headed into the Wind, on Sunday, October 6th at 3:00pm.
From the publisher: With the temperament of Santa Claus and the tenacity of a badger, Jack Loeffler reveals his compassion and concern for Southwestern traditional cultures and their respective habitats in the wake of Manifest Destiny. Working both as an individual and with comrades — including Edward Abbey and Gary Snyder — he was part of an early coterie of counterculturalists and environmentalists who fought to thwart the plunder of natural resources in the Southwest. Loeffler, a former jazz musician, fire lookout, museum curator, bioregionalist, and self-taught aural historian, shares his humor and imagination, his adventures, observations, reflections, and meditations along the trail in his retelling of a life well lived. In this honest memoir, he advises each and every one of us to go skinny-dipping joyfully in the flow of Nature to better understand where we’re headed.
Beyond the accomplishments listed above, Jack Loeffler is also a major folklorist for the Southwest, a radio producer, has authored several books, and was honored in 2008 with the Governor's Award for Excellence.
New Children's Book from Local Author
Local author Caroline Starr Rose will bring her new nonfiction children's book, A Race Around the World, to the store on Saturday, October 12th at 4:00pm.
From the publisher: In 1889, New York reporter Nellie Bly — inspired by Jules Verne’s book Around the World in 80 Days — began an around-the-world journey that she hoped to complete in less time. Her trip was sponsored by the newspaper that employed her, The World. Just hours after her ship set out across the Atlantic, the publisher of another New York publication, The Cosmopolitan magazine, put writer Elizabeth Bisland on a westbound train. Bisland was headed around the world in the opposite direction, thinking that she could beat Bly’s time. Only one woman could win the race, but both Bly and Bisland completed their journeys in record time and experienced unforgettable adventures.
Caroline Starr Rose is an award-winning author. She wrote May B, Blue Birds, and other children's books. She grew up in both Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, and was an educator in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. She currently lives with her family in Albuquerque.
New History Book from Local Author
Local author Cynthia Grady will bring her new history book Write to Me to the store on Sunday, October 27th at 3:00pm.
From the publisher: When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children's librarian Clara Breed's young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Using excerpts from children's letters held at the Japanese American National Museum, author Cynthia Grady presents a difficult subject with honesty and hope.
Cynthia Grady is a former middle-school librarian and the author of Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song and I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery. She holds master's degrees in children's literature, library studies, and classics/philosophy/liberal studies. Cynthia lives in New Mexico with her partner and two house rabbits.
New Santa Fe Guide from Local Author
Local author Jeff Berg will bring his new book 100 Things to Do in Santa Fe Before You Die to the store on Sunday, November 3rd at 3:00pm.
From the publisher: First inhabited by Pueblo people as early as 1050, Santa Fe has been delighting residents and visitors with its one-of-a-kind environment for nearly a thousand years. With so much natural wonder to explore and a burgeoning arts scene, “The City Different” has become a top travel destination. 100 Things To Do in Santa Fe Before You Die provides an insider’s eye for the main attractions and the sights you might otherwise miss in New Mexico’s capital city. Find the best museums among the city’s many offerings, like the New Mexico History Museum covering everything from folk art to bugs, or browse a few of the hundreds of art galleries. Learn about the Oldest House in the USA and the best way to experience Santa Fe’s many festivals such as Las Posadas. Like farmer’s markets? Santa Fe’s own amazing Farmer’s Market boasts a year-round bounty of plants, art, produce, and even composting worms. Movie buffs love Santa Fe for its studios and independent movie houses, including the Jean Cocteau Cinema, owned by author George R.R. Martin. Whatever your passion, local author and film historian Jeff Berg will help you discover it in Santa Fe with his twenty-five years of experience living and writing in New Mexico. With his hints and tips for visitors, would-be residents, and locals alike, you’ll find boundless information about this beautiful city in the Sangre de Cristo foothills.
Jeff Berg is a freelance writer and film historian based in Santa Fe. His previous careers include newspapers, the US Postal Service, and smashing Imperialism. He has lived in Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Colorado, and California, after fleeing his home state of Illinois at a young age. Currently, he works for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter as an adoptions counselor and assists in their foster program.
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