New Wildlife Memoir from Local Biologist
Local retired biologist Joan E. Berish will bring her new memoir Fire and Fauna: Tales of a Life Untamed to the store on Saturday, February 29th at 4:00pm.
From the publisher: Wildlife biologist and gopher tortoise expert Joan E. Berish has spent her life studying and appreciating animals. Fire and Fauna is a unique, educational, and often humorous memoir reflecting the life of a woman in the field of wildlife conservation and her associated escapades early in life and today. Berish recounts her eventful and sometimes absurd journey to become a wildlife researcher. Outrunning treetop flames, spending a night in jail with a threatened species, and surviving a stalled airplane engine while searching for a missing tortoise, Berish introduces readers to the adventures, triumphs, and heartbreaks of working with animals both domestic and wild.From an early age, Berish knew she wanted to study and work with animals. Yet the world of wildlife research was an almost exclusively male field. With the matter-of-fact style of a scientist, she describes the sexism and sexual harassment that were — and to a degree still are — commonplace for women scholars in the field. Despite these challenges, Berish found her dream job as a wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Through vivid tales of working with fellow scientists and local experts in the Florida backcountry, Berish enlightens readers on wildlife behavior, ecology, research ethics, and conservation.
Joan E. Berish retired from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, where she served for over thirty-three years. She has written dozens of articles on and received numerous awards for her work on gopher tortoises, a threatened keystone species. She resides in Sandia Park, New Mexico.
New History Book from Local Author
Returning local author Ray John de Aragón will bring his new history book New Mexico's Stolen Land: A History of Racism, Fraud & Deceit to the store on Saturday, March 7th at 4:00pm.
From the publisher: When the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo guaranteed previous Spanish and Mexican land grants, as well as rights for Native Americans to their ancestral homelands. However, organized property theft began soon after. People were methodically dispossessed of their homes through manipulation, conspiracy and even organized crime rings, leading to widespread poverty and isolation. Then in 1967, the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid, led by charismatic civil rights leader Reies López Tijerina, brought the age-old struggle over these stolen lands to the national stage. Author Ray John de Aragón brings to light the suffering brought to New Mexico by land barons, cattlemen and unscrupulous politicians and the effects still felt today.
Traveling storyteller Ray John de Aragón has earned advanced degrees in Spanish colonial history, arts, legends, and myths of New Mexico, and has lectured at many places, including the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Museum of International Folk Art. He has published more than fifteen books and has written for and been featured in more than one hundred publications.
New Fantasy Book from Local Author
Returning local author Cody Polston will bring the first of his new fantasy series The Aetherstorm Chronicles, Tesla St. Vrain: The Power Within, to the store on Sunday, March 15th at 3:00pm.
From the author: In the year 1899, women are expected to behave, but Tesla St. Vrain is no ordinary young woman. Hiding her psychic powers from the world, she wants nothing more than to lead an everyday Victorian life. But after a simple witchcraft ritual goes awry, she is bestowed with the magical power of quintessence and forced down a path of darkness. Determined to use her newfound powers to protect the Earth from the sleeping horrors and terrors long forgotten by humanity, she joins a secret organization, the Ministry of Psychical Defense, taking up an ancient quest to secure the evil sources of darkness, the Spheres of Nether. But can she come to terms with her powers and complete her training before the Spheres fall into the wrong hands?
Cody Polston is an author, historian and ghost investigator who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. Cody is the author of multiple books on paranormal topics, the host and producer of the popular podcast Ecto Radio and the writer for Ghosthunter X magazine. He is the founder of the Southwest Ghost Hunter's Association and has been investigating paranormal claims since 1985.
Next in Stirling's Alternate History Series
Returning local author S. M. Stirling will bring the third book in his Black Chamber series, Shadows of Annihilation, to the store on Sunday, March 22nd at 3:00pm.
From the publisher: Shadows of Annihilation is the third novel in a World War I alternate history series where America's greatest weapon against Germany is Black Chamber secret agent Luz O'Malley and technical genius Ciara Whelan. Only they can protect America's best hope of winning the war.
The Great War is at a stalemate, and the only thing stopping Germany from striking America is the threat of the United States using their own Annihilation Gas against them. But America's supply is quickly decaying and the Central Powers know it.
A plant is under construction in the remote highlands of Mexico so that America can make their own supply. President Teddy Roosevelt assigns crack agent Luz O'Malley and her technical genius Ciara Whelan to watch over the plant operating under cover identities.
But German agent Horst von Duckler has escaped from the POW camp in El Paso, and he's heading in the same direction — bent on revenge against Luz, and sabotage that will deprive America of its deterrent and kill tens of thousands.
Previously scheduled for March 21st at 4:00pm. Please update your calendar!
S. M. Stirling is the author of many science fiction and fantasy novels. A former lawyer and amateur historian, he lives with his wife, Jan. A Canadian born in France, Mr. Stirling now lives in New Mexico and is interested in anthropology, archaeology, and martial arts.
New Boxing History Book from Local Author
Local author Toby Smith will bring his new book Crazy Fourth: How Jack Johnson Kept His Heavyweight Title and Put Las Vegas, New Mexico, on the Map to the store on Saturday, March 28th at 4:00pm.
From the publisher: In 1912 boxing was as popular a spectator sport in the United States as baseball, if not more so. It was also rife with corruption and surrounded by gambling, drinking, and prostitution, so much so that many cities and states passed laws to control it. But not in New Mexico. It was the perfect venue for one of the biggest, loudest, most rambunctious heavyweight championship bouts ever seen. In Crazy Fourth Toby Smith tells the story of how the African American boxer Jack Johnson — the bombastic and larger-than-life reigning world heavyweight champion — met Jim Flynn on the Fourth of July in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The civic boosters, bursting with pride in their town, raised a hundred thousand dollars for the fight, pushing events like the sinking of the Titanic to the back pages of every newspaper. In the end, once the dust finally settled on the whole unseemly spectacle, Las Vegas would spend the next generation making good on its losses.
Toby Smith is a former sportswriter for the Albuquerque Journal. He is the author of nine previous books, including Kid Blackie: Jack Dempsey’s Colorado Days and Bush League Boys: The Postwar Legends of Baseball in the American Southwest. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
New Series Start from Local Darynda Jones
Returning local author Darynda Jones will bring the first book in her new Sunshine Vicram series, A Bad Day for Sunshine, to the store on Saturday, April 18th at 4:00pm.
From the publisher: Del Sol, New Mexico is known for three things: its fry-an-egg-on-the-cement summers, its strong cups of coffee — and a nationwide manhunt? Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff — an election her adorably meddlesome parents entered her in — and she expects her biggest crime wave to involve an elderly flasher named Doug. But a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of it's reminding Sunny why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that trouble at her daughter’s new school and a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and Sunshine has her hands full.
Enter sexy almost-old-flame Levi Ravinder and a hunky US Marshal, both elevens on a scale of one to blazing inferno, and the normally savvy sheriff is quickly in over her head. Now it’s up to Sunshine to juggle a few good hunky men, a not-so-nice kidnapping miscreant, and Doug the ever-pesky flasher. And they said coming home would be drama-free.
Darynda Jones is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and has written both the Charley Davidson and the Darklight Trilogy series. She earned a degree in sign language interpreting from UNM and currently lives in New Mexico.
New ABQ Book from Local Author
Returning local author Ashley M. Biggers will bring her new guidebook Secret Albuquerque to the store on Saturday, May 2nd at 4:00pm.
From the publisher: Where in Albuquerque can you find accidentally dropped nuclear weapons, Microsoft’s first office, or the remains of an amusement park dedicated to comic book character Red Ryder? Why does Albuquerque have a grave for a fictional character and where do people play in a “maggot pit”? Where can you sleep in a spy’s former home, spot an “Arroyosaurus,” or walk among monumental origami? And where exactly can you eat a seven-pound burrito? You’ll find the answers to these questions, and many others, in this guide to the Duke City’s overlooked, offbeat, and unknown. Secret Albuquerque profiles the city’s best-kept restaurant secrets, most fascinating museums, and oddest works of art. It shines a light on little-known aspects of local culture and reveals the secrets behind beloved Albuquerque landmarks. You’ll discover where the Mercury Astronauts received their pre-mission physicals (even female astronauts), learn how a former brothel became a bed-and-brew, and uncover the deed and misdeeds of a famed archaeologist. Written by Burqueña and local author Ashley M. Biggers, Secret Albuquerque offers a new way to explore the Duke City. It’s your guide to uncovering hidden histories of places you thought you knew and discovering off-the-beaten-path attractions you can visit today.
Ashley M. Biggers is an editor and award-winning journalist. She is the lead editor for University of New Mexico's Southwest Adventure Series (her book Eco-Travel in New Mexico was the first in the series), and serves as editor for both GuestLife New Mexico and GuestLife El Paso. She's has masters degrees in both journalism and mass communication, and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. She is also the author of 100 Things to Do in Albuquerque Before You Die.
New Indies Introduce Pick from Local Author
Local author Loriel Ryon will bring her new book Into the Tall, Tall Grass to the store on Saturday, May 9th at 4:00pm. Her book has been selected by the American Booksellers Association as an Indies Introduce Top Ten pick for Winter 2020.
From the publisher: Yolanda Rodríguez-O’Connell has a secret. All the members of her family have a magical gift — all, that is, except for Yolanda. Still, it’s something she can never talk about, or the townsfolk will call her family brujas — witches. When her grandmother, Wela, falls into an unexplained sleep, Yolanda is scared. Her father is off fighting in a faraway war, her mother died long ago, and Yolanda has isolated herself from her best friend and twin sister. If she loses her grandmother, who will she have left?
When a strange grass emerges in the desert behind their house, Wela miraculously wakes, begging Yolanda to take her to the lone pecan tree left on their land. Determined not to lose her, Yolanda sets out on this journey with her sister, her ex-best friend, and a boy who has a crush on her. But what is the mysterious box that her grandmother needs to find? And how will going to the pecan tree make everything all right? Along the way, Yolanda discovers long-buried secrets that have made their family gift a family curse. But she also finds the healing power of the magic all around her, which just might promise a new beginning.
Loriel Ryon spent her childhood with her nose in a book, reading in restaurants, on the school bus, and during every family vacation. When she wasn’t reading, Loriel built volcanoes, made jewelry, rescued tadpoles with her siblings, and raised butterflies. Now an author of middle grade and young adult fiction and a nurse, she lives in the beautiful New Mexico desert with her husband and two daughters. Into the Tall, Tall Grass is her debut book.
Double Author Signing!
On Sunday, June 7th at 3:00pm, we'll have a double signing with authors Elena Taylor and Carol Potenza. Taylor will bring her new book All We Buried and Potenza will bring her book Hearts of the Missing.
About All We Buried: Interim sheriff Elizabeth "Bet" Rivers has always had one repeat nightmare: a shadowy figure throwing a suspicious object into her hometown lake in Collier, Washington. For the longest time, she chalked it up to an overactive imagination as a kid. Then the report arrives. In the woods of the Cascade mountain range, right in her jurisdiction, a body floats to the surface of Lake Collier. When the body is extricated and revealed, no one can identify Jane Doe. But someone must know the woman, so why aren't they coming forward?
Bet has been sitting as the interim sheriff of this tiny town in the ill-fitting shoes of her late father and predecessor. With the nightmare on her heels, Bet decided to build a life for herself in Los Angeles, but now it's time to confront the tragic history of Collier. The more she learns, the more Bet realizes she doesn't know the townspeople of Collier as well as she thought, and nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
The first book in the new Sheriff Bet Rivers series
About Hearts of the Missing: When a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire-Sky tribal members commits suicide, Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case. As the investigation unfolds, she uncovers a threat that strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Fire-Sky Native: victims chosen and murdered because of their genetic makeup. But these deaths are not just about a life taken. In a vengeful twist, the killer ensures the spirits of those targeted will wander forever, lost to their family, their People, and their ancestors. When those closest to Nicky are put in jeopardy, she must be willing to sacrifice everything — her career, her life, even her soul — to save the people she is sworn to protect.
Elena Taylor lives on the banks of the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River in a town made famous by Twin Peaks. When she's not writing or working one-on-one with writers as a developmental editor, she can be found hanging out with her husband, dog, and two cats. Her favorite place to be (besides home) is the stables down the road, with her two horses Radar and Jasper.
Carol Potenza decided to start writing fiction as a hobby and was startled when her debut novel won the Tony Hillerman Prize. She loves to write about crime and science and mystery but is, at some point, expecting a visit from some shadowy government agency about her Internet search history because it always seems to involve poisons and murder. She and her husband, Leos, live in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but love to travel all over the most beautiful state in the Union: New Mexico.
Photo credit: Leah Grace Englehart
Second in Series from Local Author
Returning local author Jeffe Kennedy will bring the second book in her Forgotten Empire series, The Fiery Crown, to the store on Saturday, June 13th at 4:00pm.
From the publisher: Queen Euthalia has reigned over her island kingdom of Calanthe with determination, grace, and her magical, undying orchid ring. After she defied an empire to wed Conrí, the former Crown Prince of Oriel — a man of disgraced origins with vengeance in his heart — Lia expected the wizard’s prophecy to come true: claim the hand that wears the ring and the empire falls. But Lia’s dangerous bid to save her realm doesn’t lead to immediate victory. Instead, destiny hurls her and Conrí towards a future neither could predict…
Con has never healed after the death of his family and destruction of his kingdom — he’s been carefully plotting his revenge against his greatest enemy, Emperor Anure, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. When Lia’s spies gather intelligence suggesting that Anure is planning an attack against Calanthe, Con faces an agonizing choice: can he sacrifice Lia and all she holds dear to destroy the empire? Or does his true loyalty exist in the arms of his beguiling, passionate wife — ’til death do they part?
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, nonfiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow and received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with two cats and many free-range lizards.
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