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Story of little railroad that could be saved

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Spencer Wilson’s new book, “Saving the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad,” details how historic preservationists have twice saved the railroad from the graveyard. Wilson will discuss the book at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW.

The narrow-gauge railroad, built in 1880, runs between Chama, N.M., and Antonito, Colo. Its website states that the Cumbres & Toltec is the highest and longest coal-fired, steam-operated, narrow-gauge railroad and is the best-known example of steam-era mountain railroading in North America.

Wilson has served as a board member of the railroad. He also has served as president of the New Mexico Historical Society.

Bookworks is hosting these other events this week. … Alex Dryden, a Santa Fe resident, discusses his latest espionage novel, “The Blind Spy,” at 3 p.m. today. The novel, with spymaster Anna Resnikov, is set in Russia and in Ukraine in the present. Russia has never accepted Ukraine’s independence. So Russia is using its power to undermine Ukraine’s military and restore the country to Russian control. … Antonio Lopez talks about his book “The Media Ecosystem: What Ecology Can Teach Us About Responsible Media Practice” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Lopez argues that the public must become aware of the impact of media use on the environment, recognize its influence on how we understand time, space and place and understand the media’s interdependence with the global economy.

AT PAGE ONE: Sci-fi authors Daniel Abraham and Ian Tregillis talk about their new books at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Tregillis’ new alternate history novel is “The Coldest War” (second book of the Milkweed Triptych). The action is set in 1963, with the Soviet Union controlling most of Europe and threatening England. England’s warlocks have held back the USSR’s global empire. A review Publishers Weekly said: “A few nice twists keep things interesting, and the cliffhanger ending sets up the concluding volume quite well, though some readers will be frustrated by the lack of resolution.” It’s a continuation of the earlier book “Bitter Seeds.” Tregillis is a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Abraham’s latest book is “The King’s Blood: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 2.” Publishers Weekly said Abraham, an Albuquerque resident, “builds on ‘The Dragon’s Path’ to create and sustain a rich, satisfyingly complex epic fantasy.” The store is at 11018 Montgomery NE.

SOUTHWEST WRITERS EVENT: Albuquerque author Carolee Dean gives a workshop on “What’s Hot in Teen Writing” from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 28 at Bear Canyon Senior Center, 4645 Pitt NE. She’ll talk about such popular subgenres of teen fiction as paranormal romance, steampunk and dystopian. In advance, fees are $40 SWW members, $50 Osher members with membership card, $70 general public. To register call SWW at 265-9485; $75 at the door for all.

AUTHOR TALK: Author Steve Brewer talks about “Mysteries, Thrillers and the Self-Publishing Revolution” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at a meeting of Croak & Dagger, the Albuquerque chapter of Sistes in Crime, at the James Joseph Dwyer Memorial Substation, 12700 Montgomery NE, near Tramway.

IN SANTA FE: Poet-musician Joy Harjo, one of the leading Native American voices in the country, discusses her new memoir, “Crazy Brave,” at 6 p.m. today at Collected Works, 202 Galisteo. A Journal review said ” … Harjo has produced in ‘Crazy Brave’ a genre-bending, coming-of-age memoir that transcends a chronicle of events. It is a multidimensional blend of poetry and prose and a spiritual documentation of an artist’s life journey.”