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Bookworks celebrates 30th anniversary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bookworks will celebrate its 30th anniversary and Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 2, with author events and special promotions.

At 10:30 a.m. Carolyn Meyer will talk about her new young adult book, “Diary of a Waitress,” the first-person story of Harvey Girl Kitty Evans and her fellow waitresses Cordelia and Emmy.

At 3 p.m. Corrales author David Thurlo reads from his new book, “Grave Consequences,” written with his late wife, Aimée Thurlo, a new Charlie Henry mystery, and signs books. Henry, a former Special Forces operative and newly minted pawnbroker, thinks he’s finally turned a corner toward the calm, quiet life he’s always wanted until a beautiful family heirloom enters his life and pawnshop.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, James Anderson will sign “The Never Open Desert Diner.” In it, protagonist Ben Jones is on the verge of losing his small trucking company. A single, 38-year-old driver, Ben’s route takes him back and forth across one of the most desolate and beautiful regions of the Utah desert.

Bookworks is at 4022 Rio Grande NW.

AT THE LIBRARY: The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation is sponsoring an event for those already part of a book club, as well as those interested in joining a book club, from 10-11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE. It is an opportunity to meet other book club members and take home a list of favorite books from a number of Albuquerque book clubs.

SPEAKER: Sarah Baker, author of the Dassas Cormier mystery series, will speak at Croak and Dagger, the Albuquerque Chapter of the National Sisters in Crime, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Cetner, 7521 Carmel NE, Classroom 7. The program is free and open to the public.

AT THE NHCC: Thomas E. Chávez, author of “New Mexico, Past and Future,” will read from and sign his latest work, “Chasing History: Quixotic Quests for Artifacts, Art and Heritage,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in the Salon Ortega at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth SW. The book is illustrated by New Mexico artist Andrew John Cecil.

BOOK FAIR: Page One Bookstore will hold a self-published and local author fair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in connection with the bookstore’s 34th anniversary and Independent Bookstore Day. Authors are invited to bring their books to promote independently and sell. Page One will provide tables and chairs for authors.

A Children’s Story Time will be held at 2 p.m. with Curious George making an appearance. Families can meet with the famous monkey and have a photo taken with him. Story Time also will include games and activities. Page One is at 5850 Eubank NE, Suite B-41.

AT UNM: University of New Mexico Dean of Students Tomás Aguirre will be at the UNM Bookstore at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, to sign copies of “The Dissertation Monkey.” The event is open to the public.

“The Dissertation Monkey” is a child-styled picture book for anyone who is or knows someone thinking about pursuing an advanced university degree. The bookstore is at 2301 E. Central.

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