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No flow for a summer vacay? Prop a chair by the Santa Fe River, pick up a book, squint real hard et voilà, you’re in the French Riviera.
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Summer Readin’

A summertime guide for reading, listening and discussing

May 21, 2013, 12:00 am

Despite the vibrant visual-art scene in town, the local art world is not limited to galleries and museums, paintings and sculptures. While Santa Fe is ranked third in the nation for art sales, our mountain-nestled town is also home to exceptional bookstores and talented authors, and we’re a prime stop for touring authors and lecturers. So, if you’re looking for a beach read—after all, we do live at the bottom of an ancient ocean—here are some suggestions for your summertime literary fun:

Collected Works (202 Galisteo St., 988-4226) “book advocate” Padraic O’Neill suggests the highly anticipated And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, the acclaimed author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Or, for a novel that hits closer to home, delve into Michael McGarrity’s New Mexico-based adventure, Hard Country, before the author comes to town on June 12 for a reading and book signing. A couple other live-reading highlights:

6 pm Friday, June 21: poet Sophie Cabot Black, The Exchange
6 pm Thursday, June 27: Janice Stout, co-editor of Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Garcia Street Books (376 Garcia St., 986-0151) suggests stopping by the shop at 2 pm Saturday, June 1, for a discussion of Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir with authors Lynn C Miller and Lisa Lenard-Cook, because, who knows? This might just be the summer you write your own bestseller. Garcia Street’s list of “very new and highly anticipated” summer releases includes Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls: Essays, Etc. by David Sedaris; Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan; and Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende.

Also, escape the dusty desert heat among crystals, incense, books and a full summer lineup of author readings and signings at Ark Books (133 Romero St., 988-3709):

3-5 pm Saturday, May 25: Local Author Terry Wilson (who has taught creative writing at Santa Fe Community College for 21 years); Confessions of a Failed Saint
2-4 pm Saturday, June 1: Author Dr. Roxanne Howe-Murphy; Deep Living: Transforming Your Relationship to Everything That Matters Through the Enneagram
4:30-6 pm Friday, June 7: Authors Linda Myers and Simon Bialobroda; Guided from Beyond: The Story of the Templar
2-4 pm Saturday, July 13: Author Ann Bolinger-McQuade; Everyday Oracles
2-4 pm, Saturday July 20: Author Dr. Bernice Hill; Emergence of the Cosmic Psyche
4:30-6 pm Thursday, Aug. 15: Author Suna Senman; Peace: Discovering life’s harmony through relationships

St. John’s College Bookstore (Peterson Student Center, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, 877-752-2665)
offers a variety of popular books alongside a vast array of great ones. While you’re there, check out the SJC summer lecture series:

3:15 pm Wednesday, June 19: Simon DeDeo, research fellow, Santa Fe Institute; “Reductionism, Naturalism, and Undecidability”

3:15 pm Wednesday, June 26: Raoni Padui; “Humanity Exists in a State of Rupture from the World: Hegel, the Fall, and Spirit’s Alienation from Nature”
 

7 pm Tuesday, June 25: Breadloaf Lecture with Michael Katz, professor emeritus, Middlebury College; “The Tolstoy Family Story Contest”


Also, bumble into Bee Hive Kids Books (328 Montezuma Ave., 780-8051) for children’s story times, a grown-ups’ book club and more. And if you can’t get out Santa Fe this summer—or if you can, and you need an escape map—pay a visit to Travel Bug (839 Paseo De Peralta, 992-0418) for maps, travel guides, slide shows and lectures.

Finally, for something old, something new, something rare or something used:

Books of Interest: 311 Aztec St., 984-9828
Books and More Books: 1341 Cerrillos Road, 983-5438
Book Mountain Used Paperback: 2101 Cerrillos Road, 983-6101
Nicholas Potter: 211 E Palace Ave., 983-5434
op.cit. Books: 500 Montezuma Ste. C , 428-0321

 

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