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Librarians, poets, artists at Bookworks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bookworks, at 4022 Rio Grande NW, hosts a series of author events this week. … Marilyn Johnson discusses her book “This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28. The book introduces readers to some of the visionaries who combine the tools of the digital age with their love of the written word and belief in free speech and open access. … At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, Vera Marie Badetscher will present a slideshow discussion of the book she co-wrote, “Quincy Tahoma: A Santa Fe Navajo Artist.” Tahoma attended the Santa Fe Indian School and rose to fame in the Santa Fe art world. … Albuquerque poet Jessica Helen Lopez performs poems from her new collection, “Always Messin’ With Them Boys,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Lopez was on the 2008 University of New Mexico Lobo Slam Team that won a national championship and is a member of Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Foundation.

AT UNM BOOKSTORE: Lisa Gill reads from her new poetry collection, “Caput Nili, How I Won the War and Lost My Taste for Oranges,” at noon Wednesday, April 27. The poems and prose relate what happened when she threatened violence at a clinic.

The bookstore is on the main campus near the intersection of Central and Cornell.

IN OLD TOWN: Benjamin Radford of Rio Rancho signs and discusses his new book, “Tracking the Chupacabra,” in a kid-friendly presentation from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Treasure House Books & Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW. The event includes a chupacabra piñata.

ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Page One, at 10018 Montgomery NE, celebrates its 30th anniversary as an independent bookstore with a daylong birthday party on Saturday, April 30. The party includes cake, refreshments, a puppet show, live music and in-store specials.

IN SANTA FE: Collected Works, 202 Galisteo, hosts these author events this week. Poets Lisa Gill and Raymond Zachary Ortiz read from their work at 6 p.m. Monday, April 25. Gill is the author of a new collection titled “Caput Nili: How I Won the War and Lost My Taste for Oranges,” and Ortiz, a Santa Fe district court judge, wrote the recently published collection “We Had More to Say: Poems From the Pilgrimage Road.” … Santa Fe poet Barbara Rockman reads from her collection “Sting and Nest: Poems” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. Rockman teaches at Santa Fe Community College and in private workshops. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes for her poetry.

MORE IN SANTA FE: Andrea Bermudez of Santa Fe discusses her book “The Incomplete Traveler, Diaries of a Cuban Exile” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St. The New York Times said that survival is the thread that binds this story of Elena, a girl whose life is interwoven with the history of the Cuban Revolution.

AUDIOBOOK FINALIST: “By King’s Command,” an audiobook produced by Albuquerque’s Siren Audio Studios, is a finalist in the Romance category of the 2011 Audies competition.

The Audies is a prestigious award program honoring audiobooks.

Linda Lea Castle of Farmington wrote the novel on which the audiobook is based. Castle also writes under the pen name of Innis Grace.

Winners will be announced in May in New York City at a gala sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association.

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