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Jungle trek at core of sci-fi adventure tale

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Five students, two professors journey to Central America in Spirits of the Jungle

Shirley Jones and Jacquelyn Yznaga are the authors of the science fiction/fantasy novel Spirits of the Jungle. In it, Cheryl has a lifelong dream of exploring as an archaeologist, which comes to fruition in 1972 as she and four other students and two professors take a riveting seven-month journey to Central America.

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AT ALAMOSA BOOKS: Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck will be at the bookstore at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 with their book “Abaddon’s Gate,” written under the pen name of James S.A. Corey. It is the third novel in their Expanse series.

Storyteller Emmett “Shkeme” Garcia will present his latest book of folktales, Sister Rabbit’s Tricks, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Garcia, a member of the Santa Ana tribe, is the author of Coyote and the Sky.

The bookstore is on the northwest corner of Paseo del Norte and Ventura NE.

AUTHOR EVENTS: Merri Rudd, who served as Bernalillo County’s probate judge for 10 years, will talk about her book Life Planning in New Mexico at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at Page One Bookstore, 11018 Montgomery NE. It is a guide to New Mexico laws about powers of attorney, guardianships, nursing home benefits, wills, trusts and more.

At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 biologist and educator Terry Lawson Dunn will appear at the bookstore with her nonfiction book Art in the National Parks. The large-format book features 70 painters and sculptors who offer visions of eight of the nation’s most beloved wildlands.

IN LOS ALAMOS: Mesa Public Library will present an evening with award-winning cookbook authors Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. They are the authors of Tasting New Mexico: Recipes Celebrating One Hundred Years of Distinctive Home Cooking. The library is at 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos. The event is free.

AT BOOKWORKS: Kayt C. Peck will talk about and sign her mystery Kiva and the Mosque at 3 today at the bookstore at 4022 Rio Grande NW. Peck’s novel revolves around Kidwell Brown and Aisha Sudda, two total strangers thrust into roles they never could have anticipated to answer questions for a troubled humanity.

Michael Kushner will present his time-travel mystery, A City at Night, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. A person with a love of antiquities becomes involved in a murder investigation.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 Harvard psychiatrist Mark Epstein will talk about The Trauma of Everyday Life. He uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind’s own development.

Former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf will be at the bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 with his Songs in Sepia and Black and White.

IN SANTA FE: Kate Wingert-Playdon, an associate professor of architecture, will read from and sign her book John Gaw Meem at Acoma at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee House, 202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe.

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