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Author talks about latest Gothic thriller

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In the Southern Gothic paranormal thriller “The Tangled Bridge,” psychologist Madeleine LeBlanc tries to save a young boy from the clutches of her family, in particular her half-brother and her great-grandmother.

Author Rhodi Hawk talks about the thriller, her newest book, at 2:30 p.m. today at Page One, 11018 Montgomery NE. It’s a follow-up to Hawk’s debut novel, “The Twisted Ladder.”

Also at Page One, New Mexico resident Paul Chistman discusses the second edition of his 1983 novel “The Purple Runner” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The book has been described as one of the top fictional running books.

AT BOOKWORKS: The bookstore at 4022 Rio Grande NW is hosting these authors this week. … Rick Hendricks discusses his new book, “The Casads,” which traces the history of a family that moved from Ohio to New Mexico by way of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and California. Thomas Casad is credited with introducing the large-scale production of alfalfa in southern New Mexico and improving local livestock. … Amanda Rich and China Martens talk about their new book, “Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind.” It’s a collection of tips, suggestions and narratives on ways that nonparents can support children and caregivers in their community, with social movements and with other organizations. … Illustrator David Gardner reads from and signs the new book, “Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday,” at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. … Nigel Hey signs his new book, “Wonderment,” at 7 p.m. Friday. … Bill and Cheryl Jamison discuss their new book, “Tasting New Mexico,” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Free food samples.

AT UNM: Noted Taos writer John Nichols will give a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the George Pearl Auditorium at the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning. Nichols’ talk is the 2012 Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest. Free.

IN OLD TOWN: J. Michael Orenduff signs copies of the latest mystery in his popular series, “The Pot Thief Who Studied Billy the Kid,” from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Treasure House Books & Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW.

IN SANTA FE: Collected Works at 202 Galisteo hosts these events. … At 3 p.m. today an illustrator, an author-illustrator and an author of children’s books will discuss their new books. The illustrator is David Gardner. He illustrated Mike Allegra’s book “Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday.” It’s about Sarah Josepha Hale and the history of Thanksgiving. The author-illustrator is Kay Miller, who will read from “Jews of the Wild West — A Multicultural True Story.” It’s about the teenage brothers of the Staab family and the teenager Charles Ilfeld, all from Germany who settled in New Mexico in the 19th century. The author is Dirk Wales. He will talk about his new book, “The Giraffe Who Walked to Paris.” … At 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, Gabe Gomez reads from his recent book of poems “The Seed Bank.” … At 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Mark Dunn of Albuquerque discusses his new book, “Under the Harrow.” It’s an imaginative novel that tells of the attempts of the citizens of Dingley Dell to build an idyllic society based on the Victorian past. Then troublemaker Newton Trimmers triggers a series of events that may doom or save the entire population of the community. Dunn is the author of the recent book “American Decameron” and the award-winning “Ella Minnow Pea.” … At 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, poets Gary Jackson of Albuquerque and Gabrielle Calvocoressi of North Carolina read from their work.

DOWNTOWN: Ron Chapman signs copies of his new book, “A Killer’s Grace,” from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Sumner Dene Gallery, 517 Central NW.