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Christopher Carmona, El Rinche

02/20/2019 - 6:00PM

Mexican Tejano families have been living in South Texas for hundreds of years. The completed railroad has brought Anglo settlers seeking new lands by any means necessary. Chonnie's family has been murdered and Mexican Tejanos are being terrorized by a ruthless organization known as the Texas Rangers. What will Chonnie do? Who will he become?  A novel, set in South Texas, that challenges the Lone Ranger story with a Chicano Superhero in the early 20th century. Mexican Tejano families have...

Story Time!

02/21/2019 - 10:30AM

Join Connie for stories and songs and an occasional craft and snack. Our award-winning story time is always free for the whole family. More info:

Vaunda Nelson, Let 'er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People's Champion

02/21/2019 - 6:00PM

In 1911, three men were in the final round of the famed Pendleton Round-Up. One was white, one was Indian, and one was black. When the judges declared the white man the winner, the audience was outraged. They named black cowboy George Fletcher the "people's champion" and took up a collection, ultimately giving Fletcher far more than the value of the prize that went to the official winner. Award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson tells the story of Fletcher's unlikely triumph with a western...

Pam Houston, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

02/23/2019 - 3:00PM

On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish...

Poetry Out Loud reading

02/24/2019 - 3:00PM

Teenagers from the winning high schools read poetry as part of the upcoming Poetry Out Loud competition. Student poets include Volcano Vista, Bosque School, Native American Community Academy, and La Cueva.  Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. A Poetry Out Loud recitation differs...

Murderinos Book Club

02/26/2019 - 6:00PM

The monthly meeting of the book club devoted to true crime reads. For more information, please contact book club coordinator, Mia Worley.

Jen Beagin, Vacuum in the Dark

02/27/2019 - 6:00PM

From the Whiting Award-winning author of Pretend I'm Dead and one of the most exhilarating new voices in fiction, a new hilarious, edgy, and brilliant one-of-a-kind novel about a cleaning lady named Mona and her struggles to move forward in life. Mona is twenty-six and cleans houses for a living in Taos, New Mexico. She moved there mostly because of a bad boyfriend--a junkie named Mr. Disgusting, long story--and her efforts to restart her life since haven't exactly gone as planned....

Story Time!

02/28/2019 - 10:30AM

Join Connie for stories and songs and an occasional craft and snack. Our award-winning story time is always free for the whole family. More info:

Land Water Summit

02/28/2019 to 03/01/2019

Bookworks sells books at this year's Land Water Summit.

Land Water Summit

02/28/2019 to 03/01/2019

Bookworks sells books at this year's Land Water Summit. For more info and to register, visit the Land Water Summit homepage. Books can be ordred and pre-paid below to be delivered to you at the conference.

Jimmy Santiago Baca, When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother's Quest

03/02/2019 - 3:00PM

Poet-activist Jimmy Baca immerses the reader in an epic narrative poem, imagining the experience of motherhood in the context of immigration, family separation, and ICE raids on the Southern border. Jimmy Santiago Baca sends us on a journey with Sophia, an El Salvadorian mother facing a mountain of obstacles, carrying with her the burden of all that has come before: her husband's murder, a wrenching separation from her young son at the border, then rape and abuse at the hands of ICE, yet...

Swimming With Elephants Anthology Group Reading

03/03/2019 - 3:00PM

Please join Courtney Butler and Kat Crespin on March 3rd from 3-4 at Bookworks for a reading and discussion of the new release Light as a Feather: an anthology of resilience.  The event, held during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, will feature the sharing of selections from the publication by local contributors, followed by a discussion on the role of eating disorders and body image in today's society. A question and answer session will be held as well as resources provided for...

Harriet Tyce, Blood Orange

03/05/2019 - 6:00PM

A young lawyer's outwardly perfect life spirals out of control as she takes on her first murder case in this dark and twisty debut thriller for readers of Paula Hawkins, A.J. Finn, or Shari Lapena.  Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise--she's just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems...  Just one more night. Then I'll end it.  Alison drinks too much. She's neglecting her family. And she's having an...

Jon Kelly Yenser, The News as Usual: Poems

03/06/2019 - 6:00PM

The News as Usual showcases the work of a gifted poet who employs language at its richest. Yenser captures lyrics and blues, ballads and villanelles, and even a crown of sonnets. Sonically rich and filled with detail, these poems link mortality with fishing, nature with protoplasm--constantly finding ways to explore the inner and outer worlds in ways at once understated and wise. Jon Kelly Yenser is the author of Walter's Yard and The Disambiguation of Katydids. His...

Story Time!

03/07/2019 - 10:30AM

Join Connie for stories and songs and an occasional craft and snack. Our award-winning story time is always free for the whole family. More info:

Charlie Bondhus & Terri Klein, poetry

03/07/2019 - 6:00PM

Visiting poets Charlie Bondhus reads from Divining Bones and Terri Klein reads from Birdsong and the Fixed & Free anthologies. About Divining Bones:  Boys become crones; baked bread becomes a baby; electricity turns out to be Jesus; a first grade class stages Oedipus Rex. At the center of it all stands Baba Yaga, the child-eating forest witch and earth goddess of Russian folklore. Under her tutelage, Charlie Bondhus uses the occult and the magickal to explore the fluidity of age...

Paula Carter, No Relation

03/08/2019 - 6:00PM

When Paula first met James, she was 26, in graduate school, and not ready to be any kind of mother to his two young sons. But, years later, after caring for them and watching them grow, she finds herself unsure of what to do when her relationship with their father ends. In a collection of striking flash essays, Paula reveals the complexity of loving children who are not her own and attempts to put language to something we have no language to describe. No Relation is a deeply personal,...

Melanie Lamb Faithful & Sally Nelson Kruse, Saints & Sinners

03/09/2019 - 3:00PM

Melanie Lamb Faithful & Sally Nelson Kruse, Saints & Sinners

03/09/2019 - 3:00PM

Melanie Lamb Faithful & Sally Nelson Kruse talk about their new booik Saints & Sinners, esoteric poetry and photography about the famed Saints & Sinners bar in Espanola. Sentimental and sarcastic, serious and silly, with beautiful full-color photography and art, accompanied by accessible poetry reflecting a sense of place. New Mexico centric, but with appeal beyond state borders. Perfect for gift giving or for anyone with an interest in multi-cultural perspectives. Topics cover...

Sage and Jared's Happy Gland Band

03/10/2019 - 3:00PM

Wingbeats Poetry Workshop

03/12/2019 - 6:00PM

Dos Gatos Press publisher and editor Scott Wiggerman and David Meischen present a free monthly poetry writing workshop at Bookworks featuring writing prompts from their Wingbeats Anthologies. This month's exercise is "Hand and Divination," Alison Cimino’s exercise from Wingbeats I, presented by Scott Wiggerman.

Bookworks Book Club

03/13/2019 - 6:30PM

Bookworks Book Club is always free and open to the public. 2019 list will be posted soon!  

Story Time!

03/14/2019 - 10:30AM

Join Connie for stories and songs and an occasional craft and snack. Our award-winning story time is always free for the whole family. More info:

Teen Book Club

03/16/2019 - 3:00PM

Join Mia Worley for Albuquerque's bi-monthly Teen Book Club at Bookworks! Free and open to all readers. 

Paul Skenazy, Temper, new fiction set in California

03/17/2019 - 3:00PM

Joy Temper grew up wandering the woods of Temper, CA, a Gold Rush town her family helped establish in the 1840s. When she returns to Temper for her grandfather's funeral, she discovers that the stories she's long traded on about her hippie upbringing have little to do with reality. Her struggles to face who she once was, and what she now desires, force her to confront family secrets and long-suppressed memories in a novella both familial and romantic, contemporary and historical.  "Paul...

Bruce Berger, with James Anderson, A Desert Harvest

03/19/2019 - 6:00PM

James Anderson and Bruce Berger go on tour to read from the new, career-spanning collection of Bruce Berger's beautiful, subtle, and spiky essays on the American desert.  Award-winning Nonfiction writer Bruce Berger A Desert Harvest: New and Selected Essays (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, publication March 11 th , 2019), and James Anderson, critically-acclaimed author of The Never-Open Desert Diner and Lullaby Road (Crown, 2015, 2018) join together to read and discuss their writing...

Charles Schudson, Independence Corrupted: How America's Judges Make Their Decisions

03/20/2019 - 6:00PM

With experience as both a trial and appellate judge, Charles Benjamin Schudson knows the burdens on judges. With engaging candor, he takes readers behind the bench to probe judicial minds analyzing actual trials and sentencings--of abortion protesters, murderers, sex predators, white supremacists, and others. He takes us into chambers to hear judges forging appellate decisions about life and death, multimillion-dollar damages, and priceless civil rights. And, most significantly, he exposes the...

Story Time!

03/21/2019 - 10:30AM

Join Connie for stories and songs and an occasional craft and snack. Our award-winning story time is always free for the whole family. More info:

Belle Brett, Gina in the Floating World

03/21/2019 - 6:00PM

A bank internship in Japan's booming 1981 economy is supposed to be twenty-three-year-old Dorothy Falwell's ticket into a prestigious international MBA program. But the internship is unpaid--so, to make ends meet, she accepts an evening job as a hostess in a rundown suburban bar, a far cry from the sensuous woodblock prints she's seen of old Tokyo's "floating world." Like her namesake, Dorothy hasn't planned on the detours she encounters in her own twisted version of Oz. Renamed Gina by her...

NIck Estes, Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance

03/22/2019 - 6:00PM

How two centuries of Indigenous resistance created the movement proclaiming "Water is life" In 2016, a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, initially established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, grew to be the largest Indigenous protest movement in the twenty-first century. Water Protectors knew this battle for native sovereignty had already been fought many times before, and that, even after the encampment was gone, their...

Kathy Barco, Storytime and Beyond: Having Fun with Early Literacy

03/23/2019 - 3:00PM

Literacy is a popular topic of discussion among librarians. Especially important is "early literacy," what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. In this book, experienced librarians Kathy Barco and Melanie Borski-Howard share hands-on techniques that they have used to successfully promote early literacy and encourage family involvement.  Storytime and Beyond teaches readers how to use "literacy doodads"--inexpensive props that add excitement...

Grant Sabatier, Financial Freedom

03/24/2019 - 3:00PM

Money is unlimited. Time is not. Become financially independent as fast as possible. In 2010, 24-year old Grant Sabatier woke up to find he had $2.26 in his bank account. Five years later, he had a net worth of over $1.25 million, and CNBC began calling him "the Millennial Millionaire." By age 30, he had reached financial independence. Along the way he uncovered that most of the accepted wisdom about money, work, and retirement is either incorrect, incomplete, or so old-school it's...

Murderinos Book Club

03/26/2019 - 6:00PM

Story Time!

03/28/2019 - 10:30AM

Join Connie for stories and songs and an occasional craft and snack. Our award-winning story time is always free for the whole family. More info:

Lija Fisher, Cryptid Keeper

03/28/2019 - 6:00PM

Clivo and the Myth Blasters are back on the trail of the immortal cryptid in this conclusion to a monstrously funny middle-grade duology by Lija Fisher. Life has gotten complicated for thirteen-year-old Clivo Wren. After taking up his deceased father's mission to find the extraordinary creature whose blood grants everlasting life, Clivo is spending his summer not at camp or hanging out with his friends, but jetting all over the world tracking cryptids--while keeping his aunt Pearl in the...

David Ryan, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Albuquerque: Including Santa Fe, Mount Taylor, & San Lorenzo Canyon (Revised)

03/30/2019 - 3:00PM

The best way to experience Albuquerque is by hiking it! Get outdoors with local authors and hiking experts David Ryan and Stephen Ausherman with the new full-color edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque. These trails transport you to scenic overlooks, wildlife hot spots, and historical settings that renew your spirit and recharge your body. Each hike description features key information on length, hiking time, difficulty, configuration, scenery, traffic, trail surface, and...

Shelli Rottschafer & Daniel Combs, La Diáspora de un Aztlán norteño: MiChicanidad Creativity as Witnessed in Bilingual Ethno-Poetry and Photography

03/31/2019 - 3:00PM

Story Time!

04/04/2019 - 10:30AM

Join Connie for stories and songs and an occasional craft and snack. Our award-winning story time is always free for the whole family. More info:

Hawthorn Bolger-Witherspoon, South Valley

04/06/2019 - 3:00PM

South Valley is Hawthorn's first book. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to the South Valley, Albuquerque NM when she was 3yrs. She is bilingual and volunteers at La Plazita Institute which provides gang intervention resources. She is in 9th grade, plays basketball, competes on the high school mock trial team and loves to draw. She has pride in her heritage of Jicarilla Apache, Mexicah and Chichimeca.  Mike 360, from Albuquerque, New Mexico is a public artist...

Wingbeats Poetry Workshop

04/09/2019 - 6:00PM

Join Dos Gatos Press publisher Scott Wiggerman and editor David Meischen for their monthly free poetry workshop featuring propotms from their Wingbets anthologies. This month's assiigntment will be "The Self-Portrait Poem: Facebooking in the Vale of Soul-Making," Lisa Russ Spaar’s exercise from Wingbeats I, presented by David Meischen.

Bookworks Book Club

04/10/2019 - 6:30PM

Story Time!

04/11/2019 - 10:30AM

Join Connie for stories and songs and an occasional craft and snack. Our award-winning story time is always free for the whole family. More info:

Joe Traugott & Scott Ortman, Painted Reflections: Isomeric Design in Ancestral Pueblo Pottery: Isomeric Design in Ancestral Pueblo Pottery

04/12/2019 - 6:00PM

This book examines design in Ancestral Pueblo pottery from various museum collections in the Southwest. The concept of isomeric design is based on an analogy with isomers in chemistry, which refers to compounds that are chemically identical but have mirror-image structures. The authors, an archaeologist and and art historian, use isomeric design to describe the use of paired forms that can be perceived as reversible on painted pottery. This book provides a new and fascinating perspective on...

Kali Fajardo Anstine, Sabrina and Corina

04/13/2019 - 3:00PM

Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in this haunting debut story collection--a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands.  Kali Fajardo-Anstine's magnetic story collection breathes life into her Indigenous Latina characters and the land they inhabit. Set against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado--a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite--these women navigate the land the way...

Mike Coltrin, Sandia Hiking Guide & Map, Revised and Expanded

04/14/2019 - 3:00PM

This classic hiking guide to Albuquerque's Sandia Mountain is completely updated with color photographs, up-to-date trail descriptions, detailed maps, additional GPS data, and modified difficulty ratings for many of the featured hikes. This expanded edition also includes seven new trail descriptions, two dozen "Family Friendly" outings for hikers of all ages and abilities, and insightful "Safety First" considerations for moderate-to-difficult trails. The beautiful hikes described here,...

Story Time!

04/18/2019 - 10:30AM

Join Connie for stories and songs and an occasional craft and snack. Our award-winning story time is always free for the whole family. More info:

Terese Svoboda, Great American Desert

04/23/2019 - 6:00PM

Water, its use and abuse, trickles through Great American Desert, a story collection by Terese Svoboda that spans the misadventures of the prehistoric Clovis people to the wanderings of a forlorn couple around a pink pyramid in a sci-fi prairie. In “Dutch Joe,” the eponymous hero sees the future from the bottom of a well in the Sandhills, while a woman tries to drag her sister back from insanity in “Dirty Thirties.” In “Bomb Jockey,” a local Romeo disposes of leaky bombs at South Dakota’s...

Story Time!

04/25/2019 - 10:30AM

Join Connie for stories and songs and an occasional craft and snack. Our award-winning story time is always free for the whole family. More info:

Graham Hancock, America Before

04/25/2019 - 6:00PM

Was an advanced civilization lost to history in the global cataclysm that ended the last Ice Age? Graham Hancock, the internationally bestselling author, has made it his life's work to find out--and in America Before, he draws on the latest archaeological and DNA evidence to bring his quest to a stunning conclusion. We've been taught that North and South America were empty of humans until around 13,000 years ago - amongst the last great landmasses on earth to have been settled by our...


04/27/2019 - 9:00AM

Come support local bookselling with a day of fun and literary features for the whole family at Bookworks!

Sage and Jared's Happy Gland Band

04/28/2019 - 3:00PM

Come delight in the music of the Happy Gland Band and their new album Get it Up at Bookworks!

Murderinos Book Club

04/30/2019 - 6:00PM

Join the true crime book club. Free and open to all interested readers. Book clubs receive a 10% discount at Bookworks. For more info, contact Mia Worley, Book Club Coordinator, at

Mirabai Starr, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics

05/18/2019 - 3:00PM

The feminine mystic is one who gathers the pain of the world into her arms and transmutes it with "wild mercy"--a merging of fierce courage with the unstoppable forces of forgiveness, compassion, and love. And she is needed now more than ever.  "Women across cultural boundaries are rising with our echoing yes in response to the collective call to step up and repair the broken world," writes Mirabai Starr. "We are rooting ourselves in our resounding no in the face of...

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