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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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 Museum Free Evening & Centennial Birthday Party

January 17, 2012 by  
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The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers free evening admission on select Thursdays (usually the third Thursday of each month), with talks and special events on those evenings.

On the Albuquerque Museum free Thursday evening, hours are extended until 8:30 pm and there is no charge for admission from 5 pm

The next free museum evening is this Thursday January 19, 2012, and it’s a bit special as it’s their Centennial Birthday Party. I guess that means it’s all about celebrating New Mexico history and just why we are so wonderful, including a raffle to win a centennial gift from the photo archives collection, and a book signing by Richard Melzer. Melzer is the author of a new book timed to coincide with the state centennial: New Mexico: Celebrating the Land of Enchantment.

Visitors can check out the art, grab a snack at the Slate at the Museum cafe and browse the museum gift store.  

Admission to the Albuquerque Museum is also free on:

  • Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • All day on the first Wednesday of the month

Even on free days and evenings, expect to pay the usual fees for special exhibits.

The regular admission price is:

  • $4 for adults, or $3 for New Mexico residents with ID.
  • BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
  • $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
  • $3 for youngsters aged 13-18
  • $1 for kids aged 4-12.
  • Children aged 3 and under go free.

If you’re new around these parts, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Museum Free Evening & NM Poetry

December 12, 2011 by  
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The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History offers free evening admission on select Thursdays (usually the third Thursday of each month), with talks and special events on those evenings.

On the Albuquerque Museum free Thursday evening, hours are extended until 8:30 pm and there is no charge for admission from 5 pm. The next free evening is this Thursday December 15  2011.

At 6:30 pm, Teatro Paraguas actors present excerpts from New Mexico poet Jim Sagel’s poems and stories describing life in Espanola from the rural to the lowriders, accompanied by images projected on a screen.

Visitors can check out the art, grab a snack at the Slate at the Museum cafe and browse the museum gift store for Christmas gifts. They have some very reasonably priced and unusual gifts in the store – last Christmas I bought a beautiful little swirly glass vase, some jewelry, and other arty gifts for my mom and friends. And it all looked like I’d paid a lot more than I did – heh! (I shopped for this Christmas gifts at the museum too, but my lips are sealed till after they’re unwrapped.)

Admission to the Albuquerque Museum is also free on:

  • Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • All day on the first Wednesday of the month

Even on free days and evenings, expect to pay the usual fees for special exhibits.

The regular admission price is:

  • $4 for adults, or $3 for New Mexico residents with ID.
  • BUT out-of-state visitors can get the same $3 deal for adults if they buy tickets to Albuquerque Museum online and print them out at home.
  • $2 for seniors (65+) wherever you hail from
  • $3 for youngsters aged 13-18
  • $1 for kids aged 4-12.
  • Children aged 3 and under go free.

If you’re new around these parts, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–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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Alamosa Books 25% Off and Events

March 29, 2011 by  
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The independent bookstore specializing in children’s literature celebrates its one year anniversary with 25% off and free events for kids and all ages.

Light up the candle for Alamosa Books’ first birthday celebration this weekend, April 2-3, 2011. Shoppers get 25% off all purchases on those dates, and everyone’s welcome to their store events:

 Saturday April 2:

  • Storytime with Ladybug Girl from 11 am – 1 pm. Featuring picture books for readers aged 4 years and up. Ladybug Girl Lulu was described by Kirkus Reviews as “Ideal inspiration for little ones seeking empowerment.”
  • Children’s Poetry with Katherine Hauth from 1 – 2 pm. Hauth reads from her new book What’s for Dinner? Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World. (Great title!) Publishers Weekly described Hauth’s poems as funny and eloquent, and Kirkus Reviews praised their “sense of the macabre that children will absolutely relish.”
  • Jewish Albuquerque from 4 – 5:30 pm. Albuquerque author Naomi Sandweiss talks and signs copies of her new book Jewish Albuquerque: 1860-1960.

Sunday April 3:

If you can’t make it this weekend, Alamosa Books hosts a regular storytime each week at 11 am on Thursdays for pre-school age kids, with 10% off the price of featured books.

Alamosa Books is located at 8810 Holly Ave. NE, on the northwest corner of Paseo del Norte and Ventura. It’s in the same plaza as Trader Joe’s and Bed Bath and Beyond.

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Page One CD and DVD Sale and $5 Off Coupon

March 11, 2011 by  
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Book Coupon Page OneAs a writer and avid reader I’m especially keen to support our independent bookstores, and this is a very good time to be supporting Page One… especially when they make it so easy to save money too!

Page One is holding a CD and DVD sale with regular CDs and DVDs discounted to $3 each until March 25, 2011. Or buy four for $10. Any cheaper and they’d be giving them away! There’s also a 50% discount on boxed sets.

Or print out this Page One coupon to save $5 on any $30 or more purchase, whether it’s a new or used item, till March  31 2011. For ABQ on the Cheap readers with a smart phone or other internet enabled doohickey, you don’t even have to use the printable coupon. Just show it on your “web capable mobile device” to the cashier to get the $5 discount.

These Page One author events are totally free, so if you’re going shopping, maybe time your visit for one or the other:

  • Saturday March 12 at 2:30 pm: New Mexico history buffs John Taylor and Jane Bardal give a talk and book signing. Taylor is the author of Catholics Along the Rio Grande, Bardal is the author of Southwestern New Mexico Mining Towns.
  • Tuesday March 15 at 7 pm: Science fiction / fantasy authors Pati Nagle and M.J. Locke give a talk and book signing. Nagle’s latest book Heart of the Exiled is a follow up to The Betrayal. M.J. Locke’s novel Up Against It was described by Publishers Weekly as a “smart, satisfying hard SF adventure”

Page One Bookstore is located at 11018 Montgomery NE

–Tania

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Free Writing Workshop: Young Adult Novels

February 25, 2011 by  
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Fancy your hand writing novels for young adults? The New Mexico Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators offers a series of free workshops about writing and illustrating kids’ books, and the next one is this Saturday February 26.

The free Young Adult Novel Writing Workshop will be held at 2 pm at Alamosa Books. I’m not sure if you actually get to write, but there are three book authors hosting the event to discuss the topic of writing novels for the young adult age group.

The authors are: Kersten Hamilton, author of Tyger Tyger; Alexandra Diaz, author of Of All the Stupid Things, and Lois Ruby, author of The Secret of Laurel Oaks. I think these authors have a bunch of other books to their names, but these are their latest publications.

The Young Adult Novel Writing Workshop is free and open to the public.

  • When: Saturday February 26, 2011
  • Time: 2 – 4 pm
  • Where: Alamosa Books
  • Price: Free!

Alamosa Books is located at 8810 Holly Ave. NE, on the northwest corner of Paseo del Norte and Ventura. It’s in the same plaza as Trader Joe’s and Bed Bath and Beyond.

–Tania

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