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New Mexico Book Notes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bookworks also hosting ‘Cold Case Files’ creator lizabeth Barlow Rogers will be at Bookworks at 3 today to present her book “Learning Las Vegas.” The town of Las Vegas, N.M., is the subject of the case study exploring its history and geography, nature and character.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 “Cold Case Files” creator Mike Harvey launches his new mystery, “The Innocence Game,” just released by Knopf.

Janis Stout and Andrew Jewell will be at the bookstore at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 to speak about “The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.” It is the first publication of letters from one of America’s most consistently admired writers.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 Leslie Poling Kempes will present her novel “Bone Horses.” It is a Southwestern mystery that incorporates archaeology and is about history lost and found.

Bookworks will host Zach Wahls , author of “My Two Moms,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at the North Fourth Art Center. As a teenager Wahls addressed the Iowa House of Representatives regarding civil unions for same-sex couples. One paperback purchase admits one to the event.

Bookworks is at 4022 Rio Grande NW.

MYSTERY AUTHOR SPEAKS: Steve Brewer , a former reporter for the Journal and author of the Bubba Mabry mysteries and “A Box of Pandoras,” will speak at Croak and Dagger, the Albuquerque chapter of Sisters in Crime, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. It will be held at the James Joseph Dwyer Memorial Police Substation, 12700 Montgomery NE, one block east of Tramway. The program is free and open to the public.

AT TREASURE HOUSE: Loretta Hall signs her book “Out of This World: New Mexico’s Contributions to Space Travel” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Treasure House Books & Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW in Old Town. For more information call 242-7204.

AT PAGE ONE: Lucia Amsden , who was a practicing therapist for 20 years and suffers from a chronic illness, will talk about and sign her nonfiction book “Breaking Eggs: Finding New Meaning with Chronic Illness” at 2 today. It is a practical guide for anyone dealing with chronic illness from an author who has had rheumatoid arthritis for 30 years.

David Freed , who was an investigative journalist for the Los Angels Times for 18 years, will talk about and sign his mystery novel “Fangs Out,” the second Cordell Logan tale, at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at Page One. Freed is a screenwriter and novelist who was an individual finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and later shared in a Pulitzer for the newspaper’s coverage of the 1992 Rodney King riots.

Page One is at 11018 Montgomery NE, on the southwest corner of Montgomery and Juan Tabo NE.

IN LOS ALAMOS: Quintessential New Mexico author John Nichols of Taos will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 in the Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series. He will talk about his most recent book, “On Top of Spoon Mountain,” and his long career as the writer of 20 books. His first novel was “The Sterile Cuckoo” and he also is the author of “The Milagro Beanfield War.” The event will be in the library’s upstairs rotunda, 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.

IN SANTA FE: Paul and Laura Cooley will present their book “Looking Back at 8 Years of Biking and Living in Santa Fe as a Family Without a Car” from 11 a.m.-12:15 today at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St., Santa Fe.

From 3-4:30 today Collected Works will host a open mic for unpublished poets, writers and acoustic musicians. Sign up in person is at 2:45 p.m. for 10-minute spots.

Nancy Kurshan will read from and sign her book “Out of Control: A Fifteen Year Battle Against Control Unit Prisons” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27 Janis Stout , professor emerita at Texas A&M University, will read from and sign “The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.”

Chuck Greaves will read from and sign “Green-Eyed Lady: A Mystery” at 6 p.m. Friday, June 28.