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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Local author Catherine Fridey will sign “Chez Antoinette,” her cookbook of her mother’s authentic French recipes, from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Menaul Book Exchange, 9409 Menaul NE.

AT BOOKWORKS: Chris Peck will sign his book “The Ranch” at 3 today at the bookstore, 4022 Rio Grande NW. It is a “mostly accurate” first-person account of one young man’s strange journey from high school to landing himself in the middle of “the world’s most dangerous navy.”

Juan Blea will sign his book “Journey to Aztlan” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the bookstore. It is described as the story of how love led Blea through depression’s fog into the new Aztlan.

New York Times bestselling author Mohsin Hamid will talk about and sign his new novel, “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. It’s the tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon.

Bookworks will sell books at an afternoon with Marjorie Agosin, author of “I Lived on Butterfly Hill,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth SW. It is the story of how an 11-year-old’s worth is upended by political turmoil in a novel based on true events in Chile.

NEW BOOK: Lizbeth Novelliere of Albuquerque is the author of a novel, “The Day the Sun Cried, A Spacecoast Adventure.” It is the story of how Nick Roma and his new love, Rachel Moreau, Nick’s brother Jack, and Jack’s cardiologist wife Melinda, create unlikely bonds to survive after a worldwide catastrophic solar event. It is available at and

IN PLACITAS: Spanish teacher Elaine Alarid will present a fun afternoon of Spanish language basics from 1-5 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at the Placitas Community Library. There is no fee for the class but it is limited to 25, so sign up by calling 867-6545 or email The library is at 453 Highway 165, five miles east of I-25 exit 242.

The library will host seed preservationist Isaura Andalluz in a special program called “Talking Seeds” at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8. The event will afford the opportunity to learn about seed preservation, health and organic gardening. For more information call 867-3355 or visit