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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Andrew Tilin is a journalist and an amateur bicycle racer who decided to spend one year investigating the subculture of sports doping. But Tilin’s probe wasn’t from the outside looking in.

As a result he injected himself with performance-enhancing drugs, becoming a stronger and more aggressive person. In doing so Tilin jeopardized his family, his health and his place in amateur bicycling.

Tilin tells his first-person story in the new book “The Doper Next Door,” which he will discuss at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW.

Hampton Sides, an author and editor-at-large of Outside magazine, said Tilin’s book “is an eye-opening, eyebrow-raising, immensely troubling and yet often hilariously funny sports memoir.”

SOUTHWEST WRITERS EVENT: Joe Badal, a New Mexico author of three suspense novels, discusses “Fictioncraft” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at New Life Presbyterian Church, 5540 Eubank NE. Badal will help writers understand the nuances of writing fiction. $5 for nonmembers, free for SWW members.

ALAMOSA BOOKS: Bob Johnston, a poet, nonagenarian and resident of Las Vegas, N.M., reads from his recently published collection “At the Rim: Selected Poems” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Alamosa Books, 8810 Holly NE.

In the book’s preface, Johnston states, “In 90 years of residence on this planet, I have accumulated a lot of inner debris. Most of it is trash, but I have to believe some of it is worth exposing to public view. These poems are about love, loss and gratitude, along with some outrage at having been propelled into a century I don’t understand at all.”

Fellow New Mexico poet Valerie Martinez says of the book, “There is poignancy, humor, regret and acute insight in ‘At the Rim,’ everything at the heart of the human condition.”

Sunstone Press of Santa Fe said on its website that Johnston is a retired petroleum engineer and translator. The website said Johnston waited until he was 60 to begin writing serious poetry, and that over the last 30 years he has been trying to catch up. Johnston’s poetry and short stories have been published in literary journals.

IN TAOS: Celebrated author John Nichols and Bill Davis present the text and images from their collaborative book “If Mountains Die” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St. $8 general public, $6 seniors and SOMOS members. Free for students with ID.

NEW BOOK: Sales of the newly published book “A Dance With Dragons” by best-selling fantasy writer George R.R. Martin of Santa Fe have drawn the attention of the New York Times for one particular reason. Early sales of the physical book have outnumbered sales in the e-book format.

According to first-day sales collected by Random House, more than 170,000 print copies and 110,000 e-book copies sold on Tuesday, the largest opening for a Random House book in 2011, a recent Times article reported.

The article said reports of independent booksellers in the country showed that it is the biggest-selling print book of the summer, despite its heft — 1,016 pages — and its undiscounted price of $35. “A Dance With Dragons” is the fifth installment in Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” series.

In general, sales of print books at stores have been suffering this year with the growth of the e-book business and online retailers like Amazon, the article noted.

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