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Authors trace history of Los Alamos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sharon Snyder and Toni Michnovicz Gibson talk about their book “Los Alamos and the Pajarito Plateau” at 2 p.m. today at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank NE.

This history of Los Alamos is told through vintage photographs of people who lived in the hilltop community and many who worked on the Manhattan Project.

Snyder also wrote “At Home on the Slopes of Mountains,” a recent biography of New Mexico poet and author Peggy Pond Church. Snyder, an Albuquerque resident, is on the board of directors of the Los Alamos Historical Society. Gibson’s father, John “Mike” Michnovicz, was the Manhattan Project photographer. Gibson grew up in Albuquerque. Free with museum admission.

AT BOOKWORKS: Poet Eleuterio Santiago-Diaz presents his new book, “Breaths,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19. It explores budo, a form of Japanese martial arts, and Zen, and the relationship between the two traditions. Santiago-Diaz is an associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean literature in the University of New Mexico Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The book’s illustrator is Yoshiko Shimano, associate professor in the UNM Art and Art History Department. … Author Dan Wallace of the West Coast tour of DK Star Wars: Attack of the Authors signs “Clone Wars Adventures” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20. … At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, Albuquerque’s Bonnie K. Rucobo reads from her children’s book “King Pachuco and Princess Mirasol” at storytime. … At 3 p.m. Saturday authors Cindy Bellinger of Santa Fe (“Into the Heat: My Love Affair with Trees, Fire, Saws & Men”) and Lawrence Miller (“Abaddon Rising”) of Albuquerque chat about their books.

AT UNM BOOKSTORE: Alyosha Goldstein talks about her book “Poverty in Common: The Politics of Community Action During the American Century” at noon Thursday, April 19.

AT PAGE ONE: Two authors present their books today at Page One, 11018 Montgomery NE.

At 2 p.m. Alexis Powers discusses her book “Madi’s Dollhouse,” about a hearing-impaired girl who discovers little people in the woods. … And at 4 p.m. Julie Mars talks about her novel “Rust,” about an artist’s move from New York City to Albuquerque.


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AT ALAMOSA BOOKS: Author Anne H. Weaver and illustrator Matt Celesky give a slide-show talk on their children’s book “Children of Time” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the bookstore, 8810 Holly NE. UNM Press is publisher.

IN OLD TOWN: Editor/photographer Rick Carver discusses “A Year or so in the Life of New Mexico: An Uncensored Look at Life in the Land of Enchantment” from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Treasure House Books & Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW.

IN SANTA FE: A celebration of the legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning author-conservationist Wallace Stegner’s family will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the New Mexico History Museum. Among those attending the event are authors Hampton Sides, N. Scott Momaday, Natalie Goldberg and Wes Studi. $30 for the celebration or $100 for the celebration and a reception. For tickets call 505-988-1234 or online at

MORE IN SANTA FE: Garcia Street Books, at 376 Garcia St., presents two events this week. … Santa Fe poet Barbara Rockman reads from “Sting and Nest” at 5 p.m. Friday, April 20. … Harriet Kimble Wrye reads from her book “Pulling Up Stakes: Stepping into Freedom” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

IN MESILLA: “The Shamanic Journey/La Jornada Chamánica” is the theme of the Border Book Festival, which will be held Thursday, April 19, through April 22 in Mesilla, near Las Cruces.