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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The 13th annual Bloomsday celebration in Albuquerque will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at a private residence at 1211 Roma NW. The event, which is named for the character Leopold Bloom in “Ulysses,” commemorates the life of Irish writer James Joyce, with readings from his work, food and drink. Donations accepted.

For information call 301-6723.

AT BOOKWORKS: David Hughes, the founder and president of Affordable Solar Group, discusses his book “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Solar Power” at 3 p.m. today at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW. Hughes’ business philosophy is to expand the use of solar energy through economically sound win-win partnerships. He has been in retail, done consulting and been a manager in the renewable energy and energy-efficiency fields for more than 20 years.

The bookstore hosts these other author events this week. … Barbara Mauldin, the curator of Latin American folk art at the Museum of International Folk Art, will give a slide-show presentation on “Folk Art of the Andes” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. It is the title of an exhibit currently at the museum and the title of a book accompanying the exhibit. The publication is the first to present an overview of the handmade folk art of the indigenous peoples of the highlands that is integrated in their religion, textiles, costumes, everyday use and festivals. … Three local writers present their new books at an author fair at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18. They are Lester Libo (“Openings”), Diliana Ovtcharov (“On the Way to Imaginarium”) and Donn Byrnes (“A Boy Who Loved Airplanes”).

AT ALAMOSA BOOKS: Poet Carmen Giménez Smith reads from her new collection, “Odalisque in Pieces,” at 2 p.m. today at the bookstore. Smith is an assistant professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University. Her poetry explores such issues as Latina identity. … Award-winning author Robert Kresge autographs copies of his Western “Murder for Greenhorns” at noon Saturday, June 18. It opens with the killing of lawman Sam Taggart, who was traveling with a Texas cowboy and a schoolteacher to the town of Warbonnet. The teacher persuades the cowboy to assume Taggart’s identity in order to find the killer.

Alamosa Books is at 8810 Holly NE.

IN OLD TOWN: Two authors will be at Treasure House Books & Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW. J. Michael Orenduff signs his latest mystery, “The Pot Thief Who Studied Escoffier,” from 1-3 p.m. today. … Albuquerque author Ana Baca signs her bilingual children’s book “Tía’s Tamales” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 18.

AT CHRONICLES: Albuquerque author Desiree Woodland signs copies of her book “I Still Believe” from 1-3 p.m. Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at Chronicles, 10028-A Coors NW. The book is the author’s view of the confusion with a family after a son is diagnosed with a mental illness, the emotional devastation of his suicide and the search for meaning in the aftermath.

IN PLACITAS: Judith Acosta talks about her novel “The Next Osama” at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Placitas Community Library. The author has been quoted as saying that the book is more about “the terror we feel inside ourselves” and how we’re affected by “media-induced fear” than about international terrorism. The library is 4.5 miles east of Interstate 25 on N.M. 165.

MORE IN PLACITAS: Bill Pearlman and Marilyn Stablein read their poems from 3-5 p.m. today as part of the Duende Poetry Series at the Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas. Free. For directions visit www.anasazifieldswinery.com.

 

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