Sean Murphy and Natalie Goldberg at Bookworks: May 21

May 20, 2013 by  
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One Bird One Stone by author Sean Murphy, introduction by Natalie Goldberg

New Mexico writers Sean Murphy and Natalie Goldberg read at a free author event at Bookworks on May 21.

Sean Murphy (aka Mr Cheap!) will be reading and talking about the new edition of his book One Bird, One Stone: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories at Bookworks on Tuesday, May 21 at 7pm. The 2013 edition has a new introduction by Natalie Goldberg (the best-selling author of books including Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind and the new book The True Secret of Writing) and Goldberg will be presenting at the event too.

Of course I’m biased as I’m married to author Sean Murphy, but I think that One Bird One Stone is one of his best books, full of beautiful Zen wisdom and moving stories, as well as Zen humor.

The book describes notable encounters between American Zen teachers and students, moments of insight and tons of quotable quotes. The book also covers the history of Zen in America and includes interviews with and stories about important figures like Philip Kapleau, Bernie Glassman, Gary Snyder, and Walter Nowick.

The Sean Murphy with Natalie Goldberg author reading and talk takes place:

  • When:   Tuesday May 21, 2013
  • Time:   7 pm
  • Where:  Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
  • Price: Free!

I’ll be there, so if you come along please find me and say Hi!

–Tania


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Natalie Goldberg True Secret of Writing: Albuquerque Author Event March 20

March 14, 2013 by  
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New Mexico writer Natalie Goldberg is in Albuquerque on March 20 as part of her new book tour.

Natalie Goldberg is the best-selling author of books including Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind and her new book is called The True Secret of Writing. She’s a wonderful writer and writing teacher (I speak from experience) and a very witty and wise presenter. Any evening at a Goldberg event is bound to be entertaining and inspiring.

So, right on cue, here’s a free Natalie Goldberg event at Bookworks on Wednesday March 20, 2013,
at 7 pm. I imagine they’ll have a good turnout as she’s such a popular writer and speaker and I’d advise arriving early.

The new book describes Goldberg’s latest thoughts on the writing practice approach that she’s taught for many years in residential seminars in Taos, NM, and at workshops across the US and overseas.  I for one can’t wait to read it. It’s published on March 19, so this is pretty much the first chance to get to hear about it as part of Natalie Goldberg’s national book tour. She used to live in Albuquerque so I guess that’s why the tour kicks off here!

The Natalie Goldberg Albuquerque author reading and talk takes place:

  • When:   Wednesday March 20, 2013
  • Time:   7 pm
  • Where:  Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
  • Price: Free!

–Tania

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Page One $5 Off Coupon and Free Events

November 8, 2012 by  
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Book Coupon Page OneAs a writer and avid reader I’m always keen to support Albuquerque’s locally-owned independent bookstores and their initiatives to encourage people to read more. Especially when we save money too!

Print out this Page One coupon to save $5 on any $30 purchase until November 30, 2012, whether it’s a new or used item.  It could come in handy if you’re shopping for yourself, or if you’re starting your holiday gift shopping.

For ABQ on the Cheap readers with a smart phone, iPad, or other internet enabled doohickey, you don’t even have to use the Page One printable coupon. Just show it on your “web capable mobile device” to the cashier to get the $5 discount.

Page One runs a Self-Published and Local Albuquerque Author Fair on the first Saturday of each month from 3 pm to 5 pm, with local authors selling their books, so that’s a good opportunity to turn up and learn more about some Albuquerque writers.

This Saturday November 10 at 3pm, local author Paul Christman discusses his novel The Purple Runner, originally published in 1983 and now in its second edition printing. Apparently it’s reputed to be one of the top 10 novels about running, but what would I know? The only thing I run for is the phone. Christman was the editor of Running Stats, and has written for Running Times, Marathon & Beyond, Athletics Weekly, and the Santa Fe Reporter. So if you’re into running and reading (not necessarily at the same time) it sounds like he’s your man.

Page One also holds the Adobe Walls Open Mic Night & Poetry Reading on the second Tuesday evening of each month, starting at 7 pm (sign up for the open mic from 6:45 pm). The event is (of course) free, and on Tuesday November 13, the 30-minute open mic hosted by Kenneth P. Gurney is followed by a reading by Jim Nye, a military man and the author of After Shock: Poems and Prose from the Vietnam War,  so it’s apt timing following Veterans Day.

See all upcoming Page One events at this link.  Page One Bookstore is located at 11018 Montgomery NE.

–Tania

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Free Día de los Muertos Sandra Cisneros Event: November 2

October 31, 2012 by  
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Hear the fabulous Sandra Cisneros, in a free event to celebrate Día de los Muertos – book your free tickets in advance or turn up on the door to try your luck at any remaining seats.

Sandra Cisneros is the author of The House On Mango Street, a book I loved and read again and again. Her new book, with artist Ester Hernández, is Have You Seen Marie?

See both Cisneros and Hernández at the Sandra Cisneros event on Friday November 2, 2012, at 7:30 pm in the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre, where they’ll read from and discuss their new book.

Although tickets are free, an email from the NHCC recommends booking tickets in advance, by 5 pm on November 1, then collect them from the Box Office between 6:30 and 7 pm on Friday. Any tickets unclaimed by 7 pm will be released to the public, so if you didn’t reserve yours, you can just try your luck on the night.

To reserve tickets, call (505) 246-2261, extension 189. Or email for tickets to this email address, a maximum of 6 tickets per person.

Before the reading you can also join the free Día de los Muertos Altares Despedida community gathering from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Pete V. Domenici Education Center Ballroom, to remember loved ones with offerings, and celebrate with music, poetry and chocolate.

The NHCC Art Museum will also be open before and after the presentation to see works by Hernández and the exhibits in A Room of Her Own: My Mother’s Altar.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is located at 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque.

–Tania

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Page One Coupon: $5 Off New or Used Purchases

July 5, 2012 by  
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Book Coupon Page OneAs a writer and avid reader I’m always keen to support Albuquerque’s locally-owned independent bookstores, and to support any initiatives to help people read more. Especially when we save money too!

Print out this Page One coupon to save $5 on any $30 purchase until July 31, 2012, whether it’s a new or used item.  It could come in handy if you’re shopping for yourself, or if you’re looking for a gift for someone.

For ABQ on the Cheap readers with a smart phone or other internet enabled doohickey, you don’t even have to use the Page One printable coupon. Just show it on your “web capable mobile device” to the cashier to get the $5 discount.

Page One has started a Self-Published and Local Albuquerque Author Fair on the first Saturday of each month from 3 pm to 5 pm, with local authors selling their books, so that’s a good oppportunity to turn up and learn more about some Albuquerque writers.

This Saturday July 7, Kane S. Latranz, author of Waking From the American Dream: 10-Mile, and contributor to the Alibi, Philosophy Now and Weird Tales, will be presenting his artwork and reading from his memoir at 2pm, and then participating in the Author Fair from 3 pm.

Page One is also running an Adobe Walls Open Mic Night & Poetry Reading on the second Tuesday evening of each month, starting at 7 pm (sign up for the open mic from 6:45 pm). The event is (of course) free, and on Tuesday July 10, the 30-minute open mic hosted by Kenneth P. Gurney is followed by a poetry reading from Sal Treppiedi.

Page One Bookstore is located at 11018 Montgomery NE

–Tania

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ABQ on the Cheap at Bookworks: April 17

April 13, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque on the Cheap’s Tania Casselle, that’s me, aka Mrs Cheap, SO looks forward to giving a
talk at Bookworks on Sunday April 17 at 3 pm.  And of course it’s free, natch!

Natalie Goldberg, best-selling author of books including Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind will introduce me, and I’ll talk about my guidebook Insiders’ Guide to Albuquerque, and the fun, and often free or cheap stuff to do around town that’s featured in the book.

We’ll tuck into delicious free pastries donated by Flying Star Cafe, our Official Treats Sponsor for the event, and all round fab place to get a good value meal any time of the day. 

As a writer for AOL Travel, Latitudes inflight magazine, and other regional and national media, I’ll also discuss travel writing in general, and ideas on how aspiring travel writers can get started without shelling out a fortune to travel to exotic places. We already live in an exotic place, right?

Although this isn’t an ABQ on the Cheap event as such, I hope lots of readers will turn up so I can meet you!

Many thanks to Flying Star Cafe for providing refreshments. I’m addicted to their Bhuddha Bowl, and I’ve also saved a bundle over the years using my Frequent Flyer card. You get a $5 reward voucher for every $50 you spend in Flying Star Cafe or Satellite Coffee. Also, through April, Flying Star’s Buy A Cookie, Save A Pet benefit gives $1 to Animal Humane New Mexico, when you buy a cookie with the Animal Humane Logo.

Tania Casselle at Bookworks: Talk by travel author and resident Mrs Cheap:

  • When:   Sunday April 17, 2011
  • Time:   3 pm
  • Where:  Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
  • Price: Free!

–Tania

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Free Evening with Author Luis Alberto Urrea: June 28

June 26, 2010 by  
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The fabulous Luis Alberto Urrea, Pulitzer Prize finalist and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, in a free event this Monday June 28, 2010.

Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of The Devil’s Highway, (winner of the Lannan Literary Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Across the Wire (a New York Times Notable Book), Six Kinds of Sky, Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life, the poetry collections The Fever of Being and Ghost Sickness, and other books.  (Does the man ever sleep?)

See him on Monday in An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, where he’ll read from his new book: Into the Beautiful North.

  • When: Monday 28 June, 2010
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Bank of America Theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
  • Admission: Free

NHCC presents An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea with BookWorks, and you can find out more about Luis Alberto Urrea at his website.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is located at 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque.

–Tania

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Free Star Wars and Jim Lehrer Events: May 4

May 3, 2010 by  
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Two free (different) events for Star Wars fans or to see news anchor Jim Lehrer discuss his novel set on the Santa Fe Railroad.

Well, this is probably the only time you’ll ever see Jim Lehrer mentioned in the same place as Star Wars…. or maybe you know different?

These two free events at local independent bookstores look great, and they’re both happening on Tueday May 4, 2010.

Celebrate Star Wars with May the Fourth Be With You (ouch!) at Page One Bookstore on May 4 from 3 to 7 pm.  The Star Wars fest includes themed goodies, a costume contest, and an art contest. They’ve listed this under the kids’ events, as well as on the home page, although it doesn’t SAY it’s for kids only – and geeks of all ages can save with 20% off Star Wars stuff all day!
Page One is at 11018 Montgomery NE.

Jim Lehrer appears at Bookworks on May 4 at 7 pm, to talk about and sign his new novel Super. Lehrer is news anchor for PBS News Hour, moderator of presidential debates, and this is his twentieth novel – erm, do some people ever SLEEP?  Super is set on the Santa Fe Railroad’s Super Chief train, in the tradition of Murder on the Orient Express, although apparently some of the story is based on true events. A Booklist review said “Lehrer is a national treasure, and Super is, well . . . super.”
Bookworks is at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW.

–Tania

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Free Annie Proulx Reading

June 19, 2009 by  
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Sincere thanks, Tania, for the tip!

New Mexico is no stranger to world-class writers. We’ve certainly had our share. Now, here’s your chance to hear yet another legendary writer when Annie Proulx speaks at UNM!

Saturday, June 20 (2009), 6:00pm, Proulx will present “Coming Out of the Mountains,” a lecture about life and writing. She’ll be speaking in the west wing of Zimmerman Library (one of our fave places in ABQ, BTW.)

In case you don’t recognize the lady by name, you may know one of her short stories. It’s called Brokeback Mountain. But that’s just a “little” story compared to her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Shipping News.

This talk is free and open to the public, which is sort of code-talk for “sure to be crowded and impossible to find parking.” Therefore, we recommend arriving early. Like, real early. Take bread to feed the ducks at the Duck Pond. And check here for UNM parking info.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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I WISH YOU A GOOD LIFE.