Davison Packard Koenig, executive director of the Couse-Sharp Historic Site in Taos, presents a lecture on the Taos Society of Artists, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. 

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, two Santa Fe Public Library reference librarians will present a fact-based and, they hope, impartial talk on the subject of fake news.

Mysteries about parents abound in two books by popular authors coming to the Jean Cocteau Cinema for Q&As with its proprietor — and legendary fantasy author — George R.R. Martin. I

Sara Solovitch, executive editor of Searchlight New Mexico (a nonpartisan, nonprofit, investigative news organization headquartered in Santa Fe that sends stories to 35 media partners) speaks on the global theme of honesty at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the New Mexico History Museum. 

Jane Chu, former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts and now an arts advisor to PBS, discusses the state of the arts in America, as well as women in arts and leadership, in the keynote presentation at the Women of Distinction leadership initiative.

In Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason (Oxford University Press, 2018), David Harvey writes about Capital, Karl Marx’s 1867 critique of political economy, in a way that welcomes readers to muse with him about the complexities of the task. Harvey joins broadcast journalist Laura Flanders in a Lannan Foundation Readings & Conversations event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.).

Kersti A. Yllö and M. Gabriela Torres lead a public panel discussion, “Marital Rape in a Global Context,” on Thursday, Oct. 18, at SAR. Among the women on the SAR panel is a survivor of marital rape in Burkina Faso who sought asylum in the United States. 

Two intriguing but competing events take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23: “A Mobster in the Family: Jewish Outlaws, Gangsters & Bandits”at Congregation Beit Tikva, and “Writing — It’s Mysterious: Mystery Writers Answer Your Questions” at the Santa Fe Public Library.

The eggheads on the hill are throwing a space party! On Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8, the Santa Fe Institute puts on the very first InterPlanetary Festival, a cross between an academic symposium and a World’s Fair (or in this case, an Outer World’s Fair) that will bring the swirling thought-cloud of the Santa Fe-based think tank down to the earthlings to help us learn to save ourselves from … ourselves.

In her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Kolbert assumes the role of a secular prophet, albeit a cautious one, as she warns of what can happen if we continue to interfere with the Earth’s biological systems. Her story begins with the big chill that ended the Ordovician Period, roughly 450 million years ago. 

Padre Martínez is considered among the most important figures not only in the history of New Mexico Catholicism, but also in the state’s history with the printing press. The territory’s first press was a Ramage press that came to Santa Fe in 1834. Martínez purchased the machine the following year and brought it up to Taos, where he printed booklets for his students and priests, among other materials. 

To walk a labyrinth is to simultaneously focus one’s mind and lose oneself, following a circuitous pathway that is not a maze but can contain secrets. The discoveries available in a labyrinth are individual and internal to each walker, and reasons for walking range from basic curiosity to the need for deep emotional transformation.

"There’s so much twaddle that’s been written and said about Biosphere 2. It starts with, ‘This was a prototype Mars colony and because they had to put oxygen in, the whole thing was a failure.’ ” Mark Nelson, one of the eight people who inhabited the Biosphere 2 facility in Oracle, Arizona, for two years in the early 1990s, was recently talking about his new book, Pushing Our Limits: Insights from Biosphere 2.

Archaeologists use GIS-based remote sensing techniques to discern ancient landscapes from space, and many of us use similar technologies to play Pokémon Go or navigate cities with the Google Maps smartphone app. Amy Thompson, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of New Mexico’s department of anthropology, will go into some detail about this realm at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Tessie Naranjo comes from a large family of artists at Santa Clara Pueblo, near Española. She lives in the center of the pueblo and teaches Tewa language classes in her home in an effort to preserve and hand down the indigenous tongue. Among Naranjo’s talented sisters is sculptor and poet Nora Naranjo Morse, whose large-scale work, Always Becoming, is installed at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. 

The Irish writer's 2009 National Book Award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin opens with an account of Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk on a cable suspended between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Despite a momentary allusion to people jumping from the towers in September 2001, the contrast of Petit’s carefree agility to the troubled lives of McCann’s characters in 1974 remains in focus. 

What will happen to all of the books at Fogelson Library and the other Santa Fe University of Art and Design acquisitions when the school closes after the spring 2018 semester? In many instances, the outlook is dim to unknown, but at least Brother Arsène Brouard’s 80-year-old plant collection is safe.

If the Indian boarding schools that were set up across the United States in the late 19th century were designed to wipe out Indian culture, sever ties to reservation families, and stamp out young Native Americans’ use of their tribal religion and language, then why did these same schools invest so much effort into making their students create Indian art and produce tribal crafts?

What Islam stands for — and how younger Muslims can live peaceably in the modern world — are some of the subjects Ghobash addresses in this book, which is framed as letters to his teenage son, Saif. Letters to a Young Muslim gives a philosophical but grounded sketch of the larger Muslim world, which is useful in understanding the turmoil that the Middle East faces today.

Not long after he broke the story about the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in The Guardian, Greenwald chafed when the American media questioned whether he was a journalist without even defining the term. An investigative journalist and a former constitutional lawyer, Greenwald talks with author and editor Tom Engelhardt on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Lensic.

In the six years since Jim Kristofic released Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life (University of New Mexico Press), his memoir of his childhood as a bilagáana (a white person) raised on the Navajo Nation, the author has been teaching high school and working on a series of illustrated books aimed at conveying Navajo myths to children and young adults.

It is a classic hero’s journey and an edgy coming-of-age tale. It is a tragedy about a charismatic man who could have been a strong force for the environmental movement — if he weren’t one of contemporary literature’s cruelest humans, creating a world of fear for his daughter and keeping her constantly on guard for real and imagined enemies. 

Rockmore roped in 27 Dartmouth professors (including himself) to write 10 or 12 pages each on what kinds of questions their respective fields address and how they go about examining them. The essays range in quality, but many of them very successfully frame these disciplines — classics, geography, linguistics, political science, theater, and many others — in ways that would make a person want to dig deeper. 

In Savage, her fourth collection of poetry, Mehta uses the prison love letters between her mother and father as a springboard for examining self-identity and how history shapes us. Mehta, a member of the Cherokee Nation from Oregon, is a Women’s International Study Center (WISC) Fellow-in-Residence. 

Many call it God’s country, this stunningly bucolic place in Northern New Mexico where the present seems to coexist with the past. It contains a vibrant history within its lush rolling landscape, and possibly takes its name from a French trapper who wandered over from Taos and dubbed it “les eaux des morts,” or “the waters of the dead,” for the corpse he found submerged in the river.

Keillor enjoys a high profile for a shy person. You might classify him as an author or a humorist, but for decades he has been most famous as America’s premier storyteller. He holds audiences spellbound as he spins tales of many things, but especially of the little domestic and civic dramas that inject excitement into his fictional hometown of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota.

Callahan begins his book with Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropy. In 2011, Bloomberg gave the Sierra Club a $50 million check, so that the organization could “stop fundraising and get to work” on its Beyond Coal campaign, but not before he put the organization “through the ringer,” demanding detailed analysis that would guide the project.

Mary Green has a baby on her back step. “The surprise came not from seeing the baby, but from seeing what was around her. A baby on the back step. It was the step that was wrong.” With those brief sentences in the second paragraph, Cocozza lets readers into a space in which perception is especially cryptic. There is nothing surprising about a baby, but doorsteps become highly suspicious when they have babies on them.

Both are outspoken feminists who write poems in which meaning drives language, and neither seems to have much need for au courant poetry trends. As writers, however, Howells and Hartman are as different as land and sky. They read at Op.Cit Books.

Wallis tracks the harrowing journey of the multi-family wagon train that struck out west from Illinois in the spring of 1846, following the popular doctrine that it was their duty as Americans, sanctioned by God, to settle the Wild West. The fate of these pioneers became a lurid symbol of the perils of continental expansion when, snowbound and starving in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the following winter, several resorted to cannibalism to survive.

If you could take the pulse of a novel, Cabo de Gata’s is a steady 80 bpm. There are rare emotional spikes. So it is all the more surprising when the protagonist’s wry, honest voice draws you into his story, and never lets go despite the fact that very little actually happens here.

Malena Sevilla is distraught over her father’s recent suicide when, while going through his belongings, she discovers a note buried deep in a trunk. “Giving my daughter away was a deplorable, unforgivable thing,” Malena reads, astonished to discover that her mother did not die in childbirth.

Over the past century, the visual poetics of the lay New Mexican Catholic religious order Los Hermanos Penitentes have captured the imaginations of countless writers and photographers. With the recent release of her novel, El Hermano, Baca hopes to humanize the men of the lay religious order as everyday people who relish their roles as fathers, cousins, and brothers outside their spiritual yearnings. 

"Homunculus" is a big word for any very small humanoid creature. Artistic renderings of such beings have historically made their way into scientific and medical illustrations. Fritz Kahn (1888-1968), a German Jewish physician and popular science writer, embraced the metaphor of the homunculus as an educational and artistic tool.

Authoritarian rule changes a society. Everyday life is colored by unpredictability and fear. Trust erodes, as does the economy. The threat of violence, or violence itself, is pervasive. Even love and music are altered. Atogun’s first novel — part dream, part nightmare — is a love story set in such a society. 

Julius Caesar died again last month in Central Park, but this time his death had a more ominous ring than usual, and not because the slain leader was depicted with orange skin and a yellow wig and a red necktie that drooped below his bulging belt. 

Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]

Feast your eyes, feed your head: Books on food

You don’t have to love food or be from the South to appreciate The Potlikker Papers, the thorough and engaging new volume from John T. Edge, writer and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. 

There is no shortage of books foretelling the catastrophe to which climate change shall deliver us. But what about a perfectly decent field guide to the flora and fauna of rising seas and ruined forests? Into this vacuum comes a volume packed thick with descriptive essays of life in the Anthropocene — the emergent word to describe our own era, in which human hands have reshaped the planet’s environment and climate.

The readings at Collected Works Bookstore highlight the strength and malleability of literature as an art form — where structure, style, and voice can expand and contract, twisting and bending to fit the needs of a given narrative. 

There are three revolving stories in the book, each with the same protagonist — the painter Kevin Pace, seen at different stages of his life. Each stage has its own section, one taking place recently (“House”), one set a decade ago (“Paris”), and the third in El Salvador nearly 40 years ago (“1979”). The three periods spin in a dizzying waltz time — one, two, three; one, two, three — and then swirl together at the end in a slightly off-balance pirouette.