Two poets take on the personal and social to elucidate the power of language to heal, force progress, and understand themselves.
n Santa Fe, Collected Works Bookstore, independently owned, of course, is hosting a blowout with raffles, discounts, kids’ crafts, games, and free food. It also has some one-of-a-kind book-related objects and art for sale that day.
As a teacher and literary critic, Azar Nafisi believes in the power of fiction to change culture. In 1981, she was expelled from the University of Tehran for refusing to wear the mandatory Islamic veil.
In an effort to set the tone for the Santa Fe Opera's premiere of Cold Mountain this summer, the Opera and Collected Works Bookstore are hosting the Cold Mountain Book Club in five monthly installments.
Andrea “Drew” Bacigalupa, an artist, teacher, and World War II veteran, moved to Santa Fe in the mid-1950s, opening one of the first galleries on Canyon Road. He closed it in 2014, when he reached his ninth decade. In 2015 he self-published a collection of essays he wrote in the 1970s for his column, “The Coffeebreak Journal.”
Fishing the Desert features both of these forms in a collaborative monograph by poet Brooks Robards and photographer Siegfried Halus. In The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures, William deBuys has written about the saola, a long-horned animal native to the mountains of central Laos.
Though American poet Walt Whitman and Chilean poet Pablo Neruda lived in different countries during different centuries, there are parallels.
Ellen Datlow, the former fiction editor of Omni magazine, is an award-winning editor of fantasy, science, and horror fiction. She reads from her new book, The Doll Collection: An Anthology Featuring All Original Dark Tales of Dolls From Joyce Carol Oats, Seanan McGuire, Richard Kadrey, Jeffrey Ford, and Others (Tor Books), at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.
The poems of Jeffrey Harrison and Nick DePascal are quiet, unflashy, and so well built and shot through with contemplative sensitivity that they might make you wonder how the writers knew what you needed to read when you decided to open their books.
Former Santa Fean Nina Hart’s first collection of experimental stories and prose poems takes the reader on a phantasmagorical journey whose illusory destination is revealed in the book’s title: Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed Somewhere.
Many notable black women are often left out of civil rights histories, as they were from having a voice in the early days of black journalism.
There’s a passage in James Baldwin’s landmark 1963 book, The Fire Next Time, that echoes across the years.
Classes, day trips, and lectures are taught by a diverse assortment of retired professors, local educators, and professionals with expertise in specific areas.
The “Poetry of Motion/Poets’ Day Trip to Santa Fe” arrives via the Rail Runner at the Santa Fe Depot on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m.
In his poem “The Real Wild,” Stanley Noyes laments the disappearance of animals that used to roam the arroyos and trails in Santa Fe — foxes that tripped “across Garcia Street near the Camino” and wild turkeys that climbed Mt. Atalaya, “Where from time to time I’d pick up/A horny toad for a look and put it back."
Most people, if they’ve lived here long enough, know whether they prefer red or green chile, but probably aren’t aware that their preference for different types of vowel sounds may affect their taste buds, or that the length of the words on a menu could increase the price of their meal. The study of food language is the specialty of linguist Dan Jurafsky.
Whether you enjoy sipping a coffee while perusing the poetry section at Collected Works Bookstore, lingering in the incense-filled air of the Ark, or reading in Spanish at Allá, the brick-and-mortar bookstores of the City Different continue to serve you and to thrive despite the boom in e-books and online sales.
At this festive, gift-giving time of year, don’t forget the gift of words! Local book merchants are eager to help you stuff your stockings with the perfect books for everyone on your list.
Ali MacGraw, Bob Martin, Carol McGiffin, and Jonathan Richards return to read classic stories.
David Gilbert’s second novel, & Sons, is a saga about two families that focuses on a reclusive writer named A.N. Dyer and is narrated by the son of his lifelong best friend.
This fall, juniors and seniors at New Mexico School for the Arts received college-level creative-writing instruction in a class called “Word!,” which was coordinated through the Institute for American Indian Arts and taught by Molly Boyle. The students, who received college credit for their course work, read from their poetry, fiction, dramatic writing, and creative nonfiction in an hour-long presentation at Op.Cit. Books (500 Montezuma St., in the Sanbusco center) on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. For information, call 505-428-0321.
DeCapo Lifelong Books collects each year’s best articles about food in an anthology edited by Holly Hughes. Far beyond the sometimes tortured descriptions of a food’s crispness, color, or mouth-feel that populate restaurant reviews, food writing at its finest is a broad field that encompasses everything from profiles of chefs to sustainability politics to hipster snacking trends.
In honor of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's 75th anniversary, the authors read from and sign their book at Op. Cit Books on Sunday. Sharon Oard Warner reads from her new novel, Sophie’s House of Cards, on Thursday.
Elizabeth Street begins in the early 1900s in the small Italian village of Scilla, with the wedding of Giovanna Costa and her cousin, Nunzio, and follows Giovanna and her family as they immigrate to New York City. There, Giovanna is kidnapped when her family is extorted by the Black Hand, the precursor of the Mafia. Fabiano gives a reading from Elizabeth Street Monday at the Jean Cocteau Cinema followed by a conversation with George R.R. Martin.
Two very different books by New Mexico authors have recently hit bookstore shelves: New Mexico Book of the Undead by Ray John de Aragón and Burned, the second Vanessa Pierson novel by Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett.