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Poetry Slam champ to talk about life, work

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National Poetry Slam Champion Carlos Contreras will be at Bookworks with his debut, “Time Served,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29. One part is a monologue-style musing on working in a correctional facility and the second part is an homage to veterans of other kinds of wars who must learn to live inside and outside the prisons of the mind and body.

Also at Bookworks, Allison Moore, a former narcotics cop in Hawaii who became addicted to methamphetamine, will talk about and sign her memoir “Shards” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.

Bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick will sign his book “Bunker Hill” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1. It is the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution.

Natalie Goldberg will be at Bookworks with her book “Living Color: Painting, Writing and the Bones of Seeing” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

Bookworks is at 4022 Rio Grande NW.

In an event sponsored by Bookworks, Jon Stott will be at Tractor Wells Park, 1800 Fourth NW, with his book “New Mexico Beer” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3. He recounts New Mexico’s brewing history.

IN LOS LUNAS: Local author Christine Gail Garcia will sign her book “Words by God’s Grace” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Branch Coffeehouse, 2357B Main St. in Los Lunas.

AT TREASURE HOUSE: Author Joseph Badal discusses and signs his latest thriller, “Ultimate Betrayal,” from 1-3 p.m. May 4 at Treasure House Books & Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW in Old Town. It takes the reader on an action-packed, adrenalin-boosting ride from the streets of South Philadelphia through the Afghanistan war to mafia drug smuggling and the halls of power at the CIA and the White House.

NEW BOOK: Teresa Pijoan is the author of the new murder mystery “Granger’s Threat,” published by Sunstone Press. It is laced with a web of lies and familial contempt in a small town in northern New Mexico.

IN SANTA FE: Bobby Byrd, a poet, essayist, publisher and ordained Zen priest, will be at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse with his “Otherwise My Life is Ordinary: Poems” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29. The bookstore is at 202 Galisteo St.

At 3 p.m. May 4 Mike Butterfield will be in conversation with Robert Julyan about his book “New Mexico’s High Peaks: A Photographic Celebration.”

IN PLACITAS: The public is invited to join in laying out the Placitas Community Labyrinth between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3. The event is in celebration of International Labyrinth Day and the 11th birthday of the Placitas Community Library. The labyrinth will be at the library, 453 N.M. 165 about five miles east of Interstate 25 exit 242.

Also on that day the public can share in the library’s birthday cake. There will be special entertainment for young people featuring Johnny Moon starting at 11 a.m., and children can register for the summer reading program.

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