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Santa Feans must love author Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sometimes we think of Santa Fe as being a laid-back place, where people wander in late to shows and take their time in deciding what they’re going to do when.

That flies out the window, though, when a cultural hero is coming to town. And that might be how author Terry Tempest Williams is viewed in the City Different for her thoughts on the importance of the environment and social justice — not to mention her memoir “Refuge” that gives a family perspective to the down-winders from the above-ground nuclear tests that spread fallout through parts of the West.

Tempest Williams is slated to come to the Lensic for a Lannan Foundation talk on March 8. Tickets went on sale Saturday, Feb. 4. I wandered by the theater today, Monday, Feb. 6, thinking that was plenty of time to nab a ticket.

Nope. Sold out. And that’s a theater with more than 800 seats.