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If you know anyone who is approaching midlife (and who knows what that is, these days), is into family sagas with a paranormal twist or just wants a chuckle (that goes for all three), please consider one of these - or all of these! All available at op. cit books. Happy Holidays!
David and Veronica, it was beautiful meeting you today....look forward to building with you when I return to Taos. Peace and Blessings! Jason Harris, www.newfuturism.com

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July 3rd and 4th, we're having a one-dollar-a-book benefit sale for our ex-employee Christine Trudeau ('Get this Native to the Ivy League'), who's heading off to the master's program in Journalism at Columbia in the fall. We'll also have jars if you want to donate anything to cover tuition and living expenses. The sale will be outside op.cit., in the Sanbusco mall, from 9-4 PM Friday and Saturday, and everything raised will go directly to her campaign. Thanks for your book donations and for your support. Whereas we know that we don't have a prayer of defraying a large part of her costs, every little bit will help. Check out her story at: http://www.gofundme.com/boundforcolumbia.

gofundme.com Bo zho jayék ginwa Mine nij neshnabék mine nij agnomagsajek Nin se Jigwékwé Hi, my name is Christine Trudeau. I am 29-years-old, a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, and I need your help. A few months ago I was accepted into the Columbia School of Journalism as a candidate for their...

Thursday July 2nd 6PM – 7:45PM
Literary Conversations with Kate Braverman
'Blood Meridian' by Cormac McCarthy

Saturday June 20th @ 2PM
Joyce Trainor
No Handbook for the Homeless
&
Robert Mayer
with his new historical novel
1741

Friday June 19th at 5pm, we are hosting a reading with Rad-Writing authors
Rani Divine, author of Coetir and Telekinetic
Deanna Leah, author of The Home of Our Hearts
Tammy Boehm, author of Bethany's Crossing

[06/17/15]   Thursday June 18th at 6pm, we are hosting the Friends of Khuza'a Book Club, discussing 'Mornings in Jenin' by Susan Abulhawa.

[06/10/15]   Tomorrow night! 6pm! Nickel Stories! Bring your fiction under five minutes!

[06/03/15]   Tonight at 6pm: poetry with
NATHAN BROWN, DONALD LEVERING and GARY MOODY

Saturday May 16 5:30pm
Mary Coley reads from her suspense novel 'Ant Dens.'

About the book:
Rebecca Aldrich had a history of disappearing. But this time is different. The spirited college freshman simply vanishes, like several other young women in Las Vegas, New Mexico. When Jamie Aldrich embarks on a desperate hunt for her missing stepdaughter, she discovers that the surrounding grasslands and foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are full of secrets, and that her recently deceased husband left behind a life enshrouded in mystery. When loved ones go missing, only the truth can bring them home.
A startling and engaging mystery, Ant Dens will draw you into a shadowy world where good and evil are mirror images of each other – and learning the truth means forgetting everything you know. In a series of stunning and unnerving revelations about love, loyalty and the dark side of human nature, Ant Dens uncovers our primal fear of what happens when loved ones suddenly disappear.

[05/13/15]   Nickel Stories is happening tomorrow evening (May 14) at 6pm. Bring your fiction under five minutes- no poetry!

Saturday, May 9th at 4:30 PM, Claudia Clavel (a pseudonym) will read and discuss 'Accidental Anthropologists', a roman-a-clef about a non-Hispanic couple who moves to a largely Hispanic small town in rural northern New Mexico and about their adventures there. It's a lovely look at the history and culture of our state.

[05/06/15]   On the first Thursday of every month from 6-7:45PM, starting May 7th, we're hosting Kate Braverman's 'Literary Conversations' series, moving to op.cit. from the library. LitCon is a must for people who love good writing and intelligent analysis of the major authors and themes in 20th Century literature. Previous conversations focused on Sylvia Plath and Robert Stone. This month, Kate will discuss 'Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta', her own story, and winner of the O Henry and Best American Short Story prizes in 1999.

Diane Thomas
In Wilderness
Saturday May 2 at 3pm

In Wilderness, nominated for the Pushcart Editors Prize in an earlier unpublished version titled The Clearing, tells the story of Katherine, a 38-year-old advertising executive dying of a mysterious wasting illness, who on Valentine’s Day 1967 comes alone to an isolated cabin in a southern mountain wilderness, bringing little more than a tin plate, a sleeping bag and a gun, to live out her few remaining days. And of 20-year-old Danny, a former Vietnam sniper afflicted with what today would be recognized as PTSD, who has come into the wilderness so he will not kill again. Inspired by classic Appalachian folk ballads of obsessive love and violence, In Wilderness explores the twin human urges to create and to destroy through the story of these two suffering individuals, one damaged by war and the other by environmental disregard, who are brought together by an overarching need for love.
“Almost surreal, lyrical…Riveting and raw.” – Publishers Weekly
"Recommended for readers who also like the raw, honest writing of Amy Bloom or Amanda Coplin."—Library Journal
“An extraordinary novel.”—New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash [jacket comment]
“A harrowing exploration of desire and obsession.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline
“Altogether spectacular.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child [jacket comment]
An Amazon “Best Book” for March 2015
A Random House Australia “Book of the Month” for April 2015

Before moving to Santa Fe in 2009, Diane Thomas lived most of her life in Atlanta, where she worked at various times as the theater and film reviewer for the morning newspaper, a staff writer on a leading city magazine, and a freelance writer/editor. She is the author of the coming-of-age novel The Year the Music Changed (The Toby Press, 2005) and In Wilderness, a literary thriller published in March by Bantam, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Then on Saturday April 25 at 4pm, we are hosting Nancy Rivest Green, author of 'On the Brink of Shards.'

Over-consumptive lifestyle, environmental degradation, overpopulation, drought and changing weather conditions – sounds like headlines ripped from today’s newspapers, doesn’t it? But this story takes place in the ancient lands of the Great American Southwest more than a thousand years ago. Then, that culture teetered on the brink of their civilization’s collapse and disintegration. One strong young woman, Kaiya, comes forth, led by a powerful and knowledgeable healer. But trouble is brewing in the South, and from the militaristic Toltec culture will come Drok, a Toltec priest who has led his people to the brink of their destruction. Can Kaiya help her once widespread culture before it’s too late? Will outside destructive influences destroy the people? Can the power of love overcome the searing heat of hate? Follow Kaiya on her journey through loss, magic, knowledge, power and joy, all set in the majestic canyonlands of the Colorado Plateau.

Nancy Rivest Green was born in Massachusetts. Her family moved to Phoenix, so Nancy finished high school there, and attended the University of Arizona in Tucson. She then entered a 28 year teaching career. Her life changed forever when she discovered the Grand Canyon, living and teaching in Grand Canyon National Park with her ranger husband. She was an award winning Special Education teacher and school librarian. Now retired and living on the edge of the Kaibab National Forest outside of Flagstaff, Nancy continues her love affair with nature. If she’s not hiking, bicycling, kayaking or traveling, she’s reading and spending lots of time on writing.

Three of Nancy’s short stories have been published in the “Northern Arizona Authors Association Collected Works, Volume 2.” Her debut novel, “On the Brink of Shards” was published in December, 2014. She is currently working on her next book about encounters with animals of the Southwest.

[04/22/15]   This Friday April 24 at 5pm we are hosting Elmer Lightman, author of "Everything you need to know about Rush Limbaugh 'Conservatism': A Handbook for all Americans, from Left to Right"

Lightman was an early talk radio broadcaster, professor of communication ethics, is a credentialed history teacher, has been media adviser to environmental, health, educational, foreign policy and human rights organizations. He has monitored Rush Limbaugh’s statements and conservatism extensively since 1991 to determine their veracity and effect. His research into “conservatism” provides new insight to understand the current movement using the label “conservative.”

This Saturday (4.18) at 2pm we are hosting a reading with Bird Thompson, author of 'Extreme Times: Diary of an Eco-Buddhist.'

Then on Saturday April 11 at 3pm, we are hosting a reading with poet Ellen Young, author of Made and Remade.

[04/08/15]   This Thursday April 9 we are hosting the monthly Nickel Stories. Come on by at 6pm. Nickel Stories is the only venue for fiction (and CNF) writers to read your work in Santa Fe. Readings are 5 minutes long.

[04/01/15]   Friday April 3 at 4:30pm
Open Mic and Poetry performance with Iris De Anda, Seeclawleek Guehosah, Rebecca Gonzales and Tara Evonne Trudell. ELA, NELA, Y SELA are California based poets on the move to share their poetry with the rest of the world.

Iris De Anda
Iris De Anda is a writer, activist, andpractitioner of the healing arts. A womyn of color of Mexican and Salvadorean descent. A native of Los Angeles she believes in the power of spoken word, poetry, storytelling, and dreams. She has been published in Mujeres de Maiz Zine, Loudmouth Zine: Cal State LA, OCCUPY SF poems from the movement, Seeds of Resistance, In the Words of Women, Twenty: In Memoriam, Revolutionary Poets Brigade Los Angeles Anthology, Frontera Esquina, Brooklyn & Boyle, and online at La Bloga. She is a moderator for Poets Responding to SB 1070. She currently hosts The Writers Underground Open Mic every Third Thursday of the month at the Eastside Cafe. Author of CODESWITCH: Fires From Mi Corazon.

Xitlalic Guijosa
Xitlalic Guijosa Osuna
Guayaba lover, swapmeetera, tlatoahni (poeta), hija de su madre, southeast-sider. X.G.O. is inspired by her madre, padre, abuelas y bisabuelas, sobrinas, sobrinos , e historias del tianguis, tias, tios, and everyone that will meet her. Con la pluma en la mano she is ready to create a better world.
Xitlalic Guijosa-Osuna has been writing since the age of 7 and started sharing her poetry at the age of 20. She has since been featured around the Los Angeles area and in college venues. X.G.O. believes that poetry as well as performing has help her become a better person and heal her mind and soul. Her poetry varies from everyday happenings, domestic abuse, memories of old friends and lovers, guayabas and their greatness.

Rebecca Gonzales
Cultivated by the sun and moon peeking past the shoes dangling from the phone lines, Rebecca Gonzales was raised and resides “one block East of El Pino.” in East Los Angeles .Rebecca’s work has been published in various literary anthologies and journals such as Brooklyn and Boyle, Hinchas de Poesia, the Mas Tequila Review, Literature for Life, Cipatli and others, she was the March 2014 winner of “The Poets of New York” series at the Bowery in New York City. She has three self-published books of poetry and, is currently working on a book of short stories poetry and prose. As a mother she is humbled as a poet she is obedient, and as a woman she is unapologetic.

Tomorrow at op.cit.
Thursday April 2 at 6pm
Amy Fusselman with Savage Park

Part memoir, part manifesto, this exploration of the underside of America’s obsession with safety is prompted by the author’s visit to a thrillingly alarming adventure playground in Tokyo
"How fully can the world be explored," asks Amy Fusselman " . . . if you are also trying not to die?"

On a visit to Tokyo with her family, Fusselman stumbles on Hanegi playpark, where children are sawing wood, hammering nails, stringing hammocks to trees, building open fires. When she returns to New York, her conceptions of space, risk, and fear are completely changed. Fusselman invites us along on her tightrope-walking expeditions with Philippe Petit and late night adventures with the Tokyo park-workers, showing that when we deprive ourselves, and our children, of the experience of taking risks in space, we make them less safe, not more so.

Savage Park is a fresh, poetic reconsideration of behaviors in our culture that — in the guise of protecting us — make us numb and encourage us to sleepwalk through our lives. We babyproof our homes; plug our ears to our devices while walking through the city. What would happen if we exposed ourselves, if — like the children at Hanegi park — we put ourselves in situations that require true vigilance? Readers of Rebecca Solnit and Cheryl Strayed will delight in the revelations in Savage Park.

Sunday March 29 at 2pm
Brooks Robards and Siegfried Halus with Fishing the Desert

[02/11/15]   Join us at 4pm on Valentine's Day for a poetry reading entitled 'A Change of Heart' with MUSK: Marmika Paskiewicz, Ursula Moeller, Susan Nalder, and Kathamann.

Valentine Day Poet Bios:

M:

Marmika Paskiewicz lives in Santa Fe and grew up in a small town between El Paso and Las Cruces. She was married in Pittsburgh the second time; likes northern India and Sikkim, and is focusing on a memoir. She writes with two groups - High Desert Poets and MUSK.

U:

Ursula has been experimenting with poetry and writing memoir since arriving in Santa Fe from Syracuse, NY in 1996. She self-published her family memoir in 2011 and continues to enjoy autobiographical and nature writing. Immersing herself outdoors via hiking, canoeing, biking, camping and gardening in the great southwest nourishes her and gives her endless possibilities for writing material. Being the U in MUSK gives her great joy.

S:

Poetry came as a brilliant awakening to Susan Nalder after she succumbed to the unforgiving nature of water colour and the easy control of oils - and one lifetime in the passion of public health practice. She is entranced by words and their meanings -- the magic of lines and their play. She is a novice.

K:

Kathamann has been painting and sculpture in the Santa Fe arts community for thirty years. She is a retired Peace Corps Volunteer/Afghanistan and registered nurse. She has been writing for a decade. Her poetry has been described as surreal or with abbreviated narratives.

Saturday January 17 at 3pm
Hollis Walker reads from 'The Booby Blog: A Cancer Chronicle'

Join Hollis Walker as she shares her intimate and inspiring story about how she found hope and laughter in the midst of her struggle with cancer.

Walker is a breast cancer survivor who is also a board-certified clinical chaplain, ordained interfaith minister, and writer. She works with individuals as a spiritual coach and counselor and facilitates support groups for women. Walker has lived in Santa Fe since 1987. Her websites are www.theboobyblog.com and www.holliswalker.com.

Cea Sunrise Person!
this Saturday January 10 at 5:30pm

Sex, drugs, and . . . bug stew? In the vein of The Glass Castle and Wild, Cea Sunrise Person’s compelling memoir of a childhood spent with her dysfunctional counter-culture family in the Canadian wilderness—a searing story of physical, emotional, and psychological survival.

In the late 1960s, riding the crest of the counterculture movement, Cea’s family left a comfortable existence in California to live off the land in the Canadian wilderness. But unlike most commune dwellers of the time, the Persons weren’t trying to build a new society—they wanted to escape civilization altogether. Led by Cea’s grandfather Dick, they lived a pot-smoking, free-loving, clothing-optional life under a canvas tipi without running water, electricity, or heat for the bitter winters.

Living out her grandparents’ dream with her teenage mother Michelle, young Cea knew little of the world beyond her forest. She spent her summers playing nude in the meadow and her winters snowshoeing behind the grandfather she idolized. Despite fierce storms, food shortages, and the occasional drug-and-sex-infused party for visitors, it seemed to be a mostly happy existence. For Michelle, however, now long separated from Cea’s father, there was one crucial element missing: a man. When Cea was five, Michelle took her on the road with a new boyfriend. As the trio set upon a series of ill-fated adventures, Cea began to question both her highly unusual world and the hedonistic woman at the centre of it—questions that eventually evolved into an all-consuming search for a more normal life. Finally, in her early teens, Cea realized she would have to make a choice as drastic as the one her grandparents once had in order to save herself.

While a successful international modeling career offered her a way out of the wilderness, Cea discovered that this new world was in its own way daunting and full of challenges. Containing twenty-four intimate black-and-white family photos, North of Normal is Cea’s funny, shocking, heartbreaking, and triumphant tale of self-discovery and acceptance, adversity, and strength.

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