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Food historian tells how the Western Hemisphere saved the world

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Veteran food historian Dave Dewitt tells the story of how Western Hemisphere foods conquered the globe and saved it from not only mass starvation but culinary starvation as well in “Precious Cargo.” He will discuss and sign the book at 3 today at Bookworks.

Also at Bookworks, Andres Armijo will sign “Family History in the Rio Abajo” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17. It is the story of the Rio Abajo region of New Mexico as told through the author’s family stories and lineage.

Bookworks sponsors an event with Lynne Branard, author of “The Art of Arranging Flowers,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Cravin’ Cookies and More Bakery, 10420 Fourth NW.

And at 3 p.m. at the bookstore Jerry Redfern and Karen Coates talk about and sign “Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos.” The authors, of Bosque Farms, spent more than seven years traveling in Laos, talking to farmers, scrap-metal hunters and people who make and use tools from the chemical UXO.

Bookworks is at 4022 Rio Grande NW.

AT PAGE ONE: Award-winning fantasy/science fiction author Jane Lindskold of Albuquerque will be at the bookstore at 3 today to talk about and sign her newest space-adventure effort, “Artemis Awakening,” the first book in a new series.

At 6 p.m. Friday, June 20, Desiree Mays will present her latest nonfiction book, “Opera Unveiled 2014,” which covers this year’s Santa Fe Opera season. The five operas planned are “Carmen,” by Georges Bizet, “Don Pasqual” by Gaetano Donizetti, “Fidelio” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “The Impresario & Le Rossignol” by Wolfgang Mozart and Igor Stravinsky and the American premiere of “Dr. Sun Yat-sen” by Huang Ruo.

Page One is at 5850 Eubank NE, Suite B-41 in the Mountain Run Shopping Center.

IN SANTA FE: Albuquerque author Ronn Perea will sign his novels “Smiles, Laughs and Giggles” and “The Email Tango” at noon Saturday, June 21, at Hastings, 524 N. Guadalupe St.

AT COLLECTED WORKS: Ellen Dornan will discuss and sign her book “Wicked Taos” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffee House, 202 Galisteo St., Santa Fe. She examines how every uprising that toppled a New Mexican government started in the northern New Mexico town.

Bernard Ewell will present his book “Artful Dodgers: Fraud & Foolishness in the Art Market” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the bookstore. He maintains that the international auction houses, big-name galleries, superstar artists and museums are haunted by fakes and forgeries that collectors usually buy for the wrong reasons.

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