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Author talks life of writer, Balkan novel

a Obreht, author of “The Tiger’s Wife,” will read from her work and talk about her life as a writer at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 in the Great Hall of St. John’s College, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, Santa Fe. “The Tiger’s Wife” is an award-winning novel about history, culture, storytelling, mysticism and family in an unnamed Balkan country. The lecture is free.

AT UNM BOOKSTORE: Distinguished Professor Emeritus Christopher Shultis will be at the UNM Bookstore at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24 to sign copies of “Silencing the Sounded Self.” In the book Shultis offers interpretations of John Cage’s aesthetic views, especially as they concern nonintention, and addresses some of his most path-taking music.

IN SANTA FE: Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz will read from and sign his works at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma. He is the author of “This Is How You Lose Her” and received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” in 2008.

Also at Jean Cocteau, Anne Perry, a prolific English author of historical detective fiction, best known for her Thomas Pitt series and William Monk series, will sign and read at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

AT PAGE ONE: Long-time Albuquerque educator Ann Piper will be at Page One Bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26 to talk about and sign her nonfiction historical effort, “Education in Albuquerque,” which includes more than 200 historical photographs. The bookstore is at 5850 Eubank NE in the Mountain Run Shopping Center.

AT BOOKWORKS: First-time novelist Lucinda Lucero Sachs will speak about her new book “Believe in the Wind,” which is set in Madrid, N.M., at the bookstore at 1 p.m. April 27. She also is the author of “Clyde Tingley’s New Deal for New Mexico, 1935-1938.”

Also at Bookworks, Jonathan Miller, a practicing defense attorney, will talk about his book “Laws & Loves” at 3 today. The book chronicles his early years, how he learned to balance the law with literature, all while looking for love in al the wrong courtrooms.

David Caffey will discuss his book “Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. In the book he looks at what influence members of the ring had on New Mexico’s struggle for statehood.

Slim Randles will sign his book “Saddle Up: A Cowboy Guide to Writing” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

And Marjane Ambler will sign her book “Yellowstone Has Teeth” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25. It is the untold stories of the men and women who live and work in Yellowstone National Park.

Bookworks is at 4022 Rio Grande NW.

IN LOS ALAMOS: Scholar, author and well-known santero Charles Carrillo will talk in Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in the library’s upstairs rotunda, 2400 Central Ave. Carrillo’s works, either as author or co-author, include “Hispanic New Mexican Pottery,” “Saints of the Pueblos” and “A Century of Retablos.”

AT COLLECTED WORKS: Sarah Stark will sign her book “Out There: a novel” at 6 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the bookstore, 202 Galisteo St., Santa Fe. A young army veteran of native descent returns home safely from Iraq and is convinced the novel he carried with him over the ocean and across the desert saved his life.