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By: Alan M. Webber
There’s something about this time of the year that seems to scream, “We need incredible vocalists who know what it means to harmonize beautiful!” Yeah, that’s pretty specific, but all the same, you’ve got to check out this performance from The King’s Singers.]]>
<![CDATA[Press, Released - The Press at the Palace of the Governors kicks off weeklong celebration]]>
By: Robert Sobel
Tom Leech, curator of the Press at the Palace of the Governors, is a busy man. “I’ve worked here for 11 years, and I’ve never had two days that were the same,” he says. ]]>
<![CDATA[Absolutely Modern - Local independent bookstores, alive and well]]>
By: Robert Sobel
When you come into contact with people who truly love what they do, their energy can be contagious. Such is the case with Nick Potter, owner of Nicholas Potter Bookseller, and Noemi de Bodisco and Sierra Logan of Op.Cit. Books.]]>
<![CDATA[Boats, Bikes and Blades - A man’s journey around the world]]>
By: Ryan Collett
Circumnavigation: Magellan did it in a boat. John Glenn did it in a spaceship. Hell, Phileas Fogg even did it in a hot air balloon in the film Around the World in 80 Days (though, strangely enough, not in the novel on which it was based).
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<![CDATA[Middle of Nowhere - One man’s spiritual journey takes him all the way to Santa Fe]]>
By: Jackson Larson, Matthew Irwin
A priest who escaped from Nazi Germany, Father John accepts an assignment to travel to Santa Fe around the time of his grandmother’s death, which symbolizes the loss of everything he knows and loves. However, tragedy is not the focus of Gil Sanchez’ Viva Cristo Rey, and neither is history. Instead, the book offers a sentimental view of the conception of the Cristo Rey Church, the largest adobe structure in the northern hemisphere.]]>
<![CDATA[Freud or Fiction? - Cowboys, Crime Novels and the CIA]]>
By: Jackson Larson
Michael McGarrity is a former deputy sheriff for Santa Fe County. For the release of his 13th novel, titled Hard Country: A Novel of the Old West, he asked Valerie Plame Wilson, a former CIA Operations Officer and author of Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House to interview him at Collected Works Bookstore.]]>
<![CDATA[A New Home in Imagination - Native daughter brings Santa Fe experiences to Holocaust tale]]>
By: Sara Malinowski
Ramona Ausubel has found a way to let a story breathe while also giving great specificity to language—a rare trait among new authors.]]>
<![CDATA[The Swedish West - Beautifully designed, photographed, written book misses opportunity]]>
By: Matthew Irwin
Promising to discover how people really live in our nation’s highly symbolic, deeply mythologized frontier, two Swedes venture to the American West with pen and camera.
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<![CDATA[Undoing the Myth - Writer-director John Sayles discusses a career on the fringe]]>
By: Matthew Irwin
Take the US annexation of the Philippines. Around 1898, the US touted itself as an anti-imperialist nation, home of equality, but then it invaded a foreign nation under the auspices of white Christian duty: Save the heathen islanders. This, according to John Sayles, who visits Santa Fe to talk about his work, including the book A Moment in the Sun. ]]>
<![CDATA[Get off the Lawn - New book looks at the transformation of New Mexico’s plazas]]>
By: Hunter Riley
Visit Santa Fe’s Plaza on any Saturday afternoon, and a diverse throng of locals and tourists, buskers and gawkers, buyers and sellers, and artists and lunch-eaters will be milling in and around it.]]>
<![CDATA[Girly Bits - Eve Ensler brings teen monologues to Santa Fe]]>
By: Charlotte Jusinski

In 1998, Eve Ensler published The Vagina Monologues, and suddenly a word that many viewed as vulgar became a powerful—and positive—force. This year’s V-Day performance in Santa Fe—a performance of Ensler’s new collection of monologues, I am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World—benefits the Santa Fe Mountain Center.

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<![CDATA[Present Tense - Margaret Atwood renders today's troubles into absorbing dystopian tomorrows]]>
By: Julia Goldberg

In her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood describes a future in which humanity has all but obliterated itself through scientific hubris and indifference to the environment. SFR spoke with Atwood by phone from her hotel room in Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Mystery Man - Author Tony Hillerman's Legacy Lives On]]>
By: Charlotte Jusinski

Tony Hillerman began his career as a journalist for The Santa Fe New Mexican and went on to author more than 30 books, most of which were mystery novels set in New Mexico—more specifically, Navajo lands. Hillerman died last October at the age of 83.

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<![CDATA[Book Review: The Mercy Papers - By Robin Romm]]>
By: Charlotte Jusinski

In The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks, author Robin Romm has opened herself to the world in a courageous little book that chronicles the three weeks before her mother Jackie’s death. Romm tells stories of her childhood and young adulthood but manages to avoid the sentimentality into which many memoirs can easily fall.

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<![CDATA[A Touch of Memoir - SFR sits down with Santa Fe's newest literary starlet]]>
By: Charlotte Jusinski

An interview with Robin Romm, author of The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks.

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<![CDATA[Women's Words - Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks for women who can't speak for themselves]]>
By: Patricia Sauthoff
Since 9.11, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has become one of the world’s most outspoken opponents of radical Islam, specifically the way Islam is used to justify the subjugation of women. She, along with Irshad Manji, discusses this topic in “Irreconcilable Differences: Two Women on Islam Today.”]]>
<![CDATA[Read It - Rhymin' & Stealin']]> Patricia Sauthoff
Get your poem on.]]>
<![CDATA[Best Place to Go Dancing 2008 - Salsa, Hip-Hop, Line Dancing, Whatever!]]>
By: Patricia Sauthoff
1 El Farol808 Canyon Road505-983-9912Venues may come and go in Santa Fe, but the ones that make it really make it. Take El Farol for instance. The restaurant and saloon first opened in 1835—yep,]]>
<![CDATA[READ IT - What's that mean?]]> Patricia Sauthoff
Definition, etymology and more.]]>
<![CDATA[DRUNK WITH POWER - A story of insatiable thirst and a Western water war.]]>
By: Charlotte Jusinski
A speculative novel of interstate water conflict in the near dark future.]]>