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Academy grad returns to read from new novel

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Academy alumna Ava Dellaira will read from her debut novel, “Love Letters to the Dead” at a free lecture at 6:30 tonight at the school, 6400 Wyoming NE. In the novel, Dellaira shares a powerful story of life, courage and loss.

Copies of the book will be for sale at the event. Dellaira graduated from the academy in 2002 and received an undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and a master’s of fine arts from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Those attending the lecture are asked to pre-register at to ensure sufficient seating.

AT PAGE ONE: William H. White, who has been searching for treasure and precious metals for more than 30 years, will be at the bookstore at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, to talk about and sign his New Mexico-based novel “The Pancho Villa Treasure of the Guadalupe Mountains.” In the book a simple treasure hunt becomes a deadly contest. Page One is at 5850 Eubank NE, Suite B-41, in the Mountain Run Shopping Center.

Page One will hold an open poetry night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. The featured poet is Janet Eigner. Open Mic Nights are hosted by Kenneth P. Gurney and local poets. Thirty minutes of open mic will be followed by a reading by Eigner. Sign-up for the open mic begins at 6:45 p.m.

AT TREASURE HOUSE: Richard E. Peck, author of the Albuquerque-set crime novels “Dead Pawn” and “Jackalope Casino,” and Loretta Hall, author of “Out of This World: New Mexico’s Contributions to Space Travel,” will sign their books from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Treasure House Books & Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW in Old Town.

From 3-5 p.m. on the same day Steven F. Havill, whose latest Posadas County mystery is “NightZone,” and Dennis Herrick, author of the historical novel “Winter of the Metal People,” will sign their books. The events are free and open to the public.

IN SANTA FE: Walter W. Nelson, Douglas Preston and Katherine Ware will be at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee House, 202 Galisteo St., at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 with their book “The Black Place: Two Seasons.” It has photographs by Nelson, an essay by Preston and an introduction by Ware.

Few people have ventured into the remote, uninhabited badlands of the Navajo Reservation in northwest New Mexico known as The Black Place, so dubbed by Georgia O’Keeffe, the artist who made the area famous.

AT HASTINGS: Clint G. Bridges will sign his book “Spirit Wisdom for Daily Living” from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 11 at Hastings, 840A Juan Tabo NE. It is a book of inspirational and motivational wisdom sayings.

NEW MEXICO AUTHOR: Zeke Castro of Alamogordo is the author of “An Outlaw Called Kidd: The Reality of Billy the Kid.” It is a review of the life and times of the infamous outlaw with insights into the Lincoln County War and the connection between Castro’s great-grandmother and her and her husband and the Kidd (as Castro spells it in his book). The book is available at, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.