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This week in books


Gayle Forman will be at Alamosa Books, 8810 Holly NE, Suite D, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, to read from and sign her book “Just One Day,” aimed at a teen audience.

In the book, when sheltered American good-girl Allyson first encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem at an underground performance of “Twelfth Night,” there’s an undeniable spark. So when fate brings them together a second time, Allyson takes an uncharacteristic leap, changes course and follows Willem to Paris. After just one day together, the spark bursts into a flame — until Allyson wakes up after a whirlwind day to discover Willem is gone.

AT COLLECTED WORKS: Alisa Valdes will read from and sign her newest book, “The Feminist and the Cowboy: An Unlikely Love Story,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. She is the author of the bestselling “The Dirty Girls Social Club,” and returns with a memoir about how falling in love with a sexy cowboy turned her feminist beliefs upside down.

The bookstore will present a reading and book signing with poets Heather Winterer, “The Two Standards,” and Dr. Jorge Aigla, “First Lie/Primera Mentira,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Winterer explores the intimate territory between desolation and consolation, offering poetry that transcends the distances between spiritual endings and beginnings.

She received a doctorate in literature and creative writing from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and teaches at the College of Northern New Mexico in Española.

Aigla writes 55 bilingual poems in which he examines the actions of his own life, good and bad, as well as his memories of past actions.

A native of Mexico City, he earned a medical degree from the University of California-San Francisco. He is a faculty member at St. John’s College in Santa Fe.

The bookstore is at 202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe. Visit www.cwbookstore.com for more information. All the events are free.

MORE AT COLLECTED WORKS: At 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, Eric Herm will read from and sign his newest book, “Surviving Ourselves: The Evolution of Community, Education and Agriculture in the 21st Century.” Herm is a fourth-generation West Texas cotton farmer who has traveled extensively.

AT GERALD PETERS GALLERY: A reading and publication party for the Lummox Journal featuring New Mexico poets and hosted by John Macker will be held at 2 p.m. today. Poets featured will include Mitch Rayes, Larry Goodel, Macker, Levi Romero, Joan Logghe, Elizabeth Raby, Gary Moody, Mary McGinnis, Judith Toler, James McGrath and others. Jane Lippman of Santa Fe and Georgia Santa Maria of Albuquerque were guest editors of the New Mexico section of Lummox.

The reading is free, and copies of the Lummox Journal will be available. The gallery is at 1011 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

UNDER CHARLIE’S COVERS: The fine used bookstore will host Albuquerque author Gene Lessard for a signing of his science book “Grandfather’s Tale: The Story of Human Evolution and Dispersal” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. The book discusses the evolution of humankind as an adventure told by many scientists and authors.

The bookstore is at 120 E. Highway 550 next to Walgreens in Bernalillo.

AT BOOKWORKS: Prolific theological author Megan McKenna reads from and discusses themes from her 50th book, “Like a Hammer Shattering Rock,” an exploration of the four gospels in the context of modern-day life, at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the bookstore, 4022 Rio Grande NW.

Please send information on book signings and other author events to Rene Kimball at rkimball@abqjournal.com.<br>


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