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Novel follows a Santa Fean’s run of trouble

Author Edward F. Mendez discusses and signs “One Calamitous Spring: A Novel of Santa Fe” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at Treasure House Books & Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW in Old Town.

Mendez’s book follows Theodora Mercedes, who has been successful until one April morning when she leaves from Santa Fe to visit her sister in Albuquerque. The springtime that follows is marked by disaster, murder, kidnapping and unearthed family secrets.

At Page One: Journalist and author Dennis Herrick will talk about and sign his book, “Winter of the Metal People” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at its new location at 5850 Eubank NE Suite B-41 in the Mountain Run Shopping Center. The book is centered on the Tiguex War of 1540-42 in central New Mexico and presents the first account of the war written from the Puebloan point of view.

Book signing: The Corrales Writing Group presents authors Patricia Walkow, Leon Wiskup, Jim Tritten, Don Reightley, Sandi Hoover and Tom Neiman from 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 21. The group will be signing its “2013 Anthology” at Title Wave Books, 2318 Wisconsin NE.

At Bookworks: John McWilliams will sign his book “New Mexico: A Glimpse into an Enchanted Land” at 3 today.

Also, Lois Hall will teach “Acting for Writers” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 18. Information at


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Denise Ames examines the impact of growth, concentration of wealth and political influence in “Financial Literacy” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19.

Also at Bookworks, Maggi Petton and Stewart Warren will present “The Necessity of Brokeness” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

In Placitas: Michael O’Keefe will give a presentation on Libby Custer, wife of Gen. George Armstrong Custer at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy. 165. O’Keefe is author of the book, “Custer, the Seventh Calvary, and the Little Big Horn: A Bibliography,” which is 900 pages long and took nine years to prepare. The event is free and open to the public. Information, call 867-3355.