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V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014

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All illustrations by Robert Maestas

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Shopping for the Awful People in Your Life

Checking off the last of your list

Stuck on those last few “difficult” giftees on your list? Peruse the presents we “bought” for our respective charmingly hateful grandpas, sullen hipster nephews, born-again aunts and passive aggresive neighbors? Let us inspire you.
V.22 No.34 |

Alibi Picks

What Showtime Taught Me About Buddhism: The Trauma of Everyday Life

Premium-channel lesbian dramedy “The L Word” exposed me to Buddhist philosopher/psychiatrist Mark Epstein: De facto protagonist/power-lesbian Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) attends Epstein's reading for Open to Desire: The Truth About What The Buddha Taught in the third season, second episode, “Lost Weekend.” In his too-brief cameo, he explains James Joyce's idea of beholding: If held too closely, the subject of desire becomes pornography, but when we distance ourselves too much, it becomes criticism. Epstein contends it's possible to have intense, loving relationships with others and desire itself without attendant grasping and objectification. Epstein now tours with his latest, The Trauma of Everyday Life. This dense scholarly panegyric to transformative potential of trauma finds Epstein taking on psychodrama of trauma in the Buddha's childhood, as well as in his own life and those of his patients. Epstein's thoughts on traumatic memory being stored solely in implicit memory alone are worth the price of admission. Hear him out at Bookworks tonight starting at 7 p.m. (Samantha Anne Carrillo)  Bookworks • Thu Aug 22 • 7 pm • free • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

V.22 No.29 | 7/18/2013

Book Review

Strikingly Entertaining

The Widow's Strike

The fourth installment of Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan Series, The Widow’s Strike, pits Pike Logan, Jennifer Cahill and the other members of the Taskforce team against an imminent apocalyptic terrorist threat, the H5N1 virus.
V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012
Julia Minamata


Paper books live!

Last week’s art section covered old-school booksellers fighting the good fight in the digital age. The Alibi article written by Robin Brown focuses on local book stores like Bookworks in the North Valley. “Keeping Their Word” shows how our local shops are staying alive in today’s market.

Mexico City can still host a book fair with more than 1 million customers; printed copies of books are not a dead product. When book fairs like this continue to be successful, it is a great sign for the global market for physical books.

At the Zocalo International Book Fair, there were hundreds of publishers exceeding expectations and expanding the market for literature in Central America. The host nation highlighted works from neighboring Guatemalan authors.

In her article, Brown mentions that there are a lot of people in the writing industry that are uncertain about how the market is going to play out over the next few years. Writers are not sure how well their books are going to sell, publishers are freaking out because of the rapidly changing market.

Ten years ago no one could have predicted that tablets as sophisticated as the Kindle would cause sales of physical books to decline. Even with e-books staking their claim in the market, there is no way that real books are going to be forgotten.

Julia Minamata

Book News

Keeping Their Word

Old-school booksellers fight the good fight

Keep on reading, and keep it local.
V.21 No.11 | 3/15/2012

Alibi Picks

These Boots Were Made for Hiking

There are those among us who have an obsession with walking. Not necessarily to get from Point A to Point B, but simply for the meditative, awe-inspiring and fitness-inducing benefits that can be derived along the way. Fortunately for us, New Mexico is second to none when it comes to the pursuit of trekking. Stephen Ausherman is the author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque. His book, which details great trails around the Duke City, is being updated and released in its second edition. Ausherman will speak at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW) tonight at 7 p.m.

V.20 No.46 | 11/17/2011

Gift Guide Books

A Read on the Holidays

As a child, my favorite thing about Christmas was cozying up to the fire with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate after I’d unwrapped my presents. (And no, I wasn’t born in a Charles Dickens novel.) But really, some of the best parts of the frenzied holiday season are those moments of tranquility where nothing but a warm blanket and a good read envelop you. To aid in helping your givees achieve literary bliss, the Alibi reached out to some experts. Staff from Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW, 344-8139) and Alamosa Books (8810 Holly NE, 797-7101) gave us their picks on the year’s top works. So whether you’re looking for apocalyptic vampire fiction (The Passage) or a kid’s book about kingdom-saving scullery maids (The Silver Bowl), these local booksellers are bound to bring some verve to your gifts.

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V.20 No.36 | 9/8/2011
Steven Arntson
Heather Mathews

Author Interview

You Can’t Escape The Wikkeling

Kids’ novel is engaging and spooky for adults, too

The Wikkeling

Young Henrietta doesn’t have much going for her. She’s squat, pimply and flushes easily. She ranks lowest in her class and is easily the least popular kid in the school. Yet this is the heroine of Steven Arntson’s The Wikkeling. In a brusque paragraph toward the beginning, Arntson tells the reader she will not become beautiful, find a cure for pimples or discover she’s actually a princess. He kindly suggests that if one wants a book of that nature, any school librarian can help.
V.20 No.27 | 7/7/2011
Tayari Jones


Silver Sparrow Author Speaks

Tayari Jones visits Bookworks

Silver Sparrow, the book that has rapidly gained an indie following and critical praise alike, opens with the line "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.”

Tayari Jones’ yarn about betrayal, deception and destroyed illusions twists around James Witherspoon and his two families—one public, one secret. The daughters from each family meet and become friends, but only one of them knows they are sisters.

Jones, who was born and mostly raised in Atlanta, Georgia (but spent one year in Nigeria) will speak and sign copies of her book on Monday, July 11.

V.20 No.13 | 3/31/2011

Culture Shock

Where the Wild Things Are

Virginia Maria Romero designed the first conservation stamp aimed at the wolf. Wolves are dog-like creatures that ranchers like to shoot. Romero will be on hand at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW) on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. to sign special copies of the stamp for $20. The same night, Craig Chapman from the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance will discuss service opportunities found in the 2011 Wild Guide, a book that features information on guided hikes in remote places in New Mexico. The book can help you find environmental volunteer work, be it restoring trout habitats or planting native vegetation. It’s nice to live in such a beautiful state. Help keep it that way.

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V.19 No.33 | 8/19/2010

Culture Shock

Playing Dress Up

Museums are pretty nifty places. Anyone with a couple of bucks can show up and see something they would never be able to have in their house. Be it a priceless piece of art or a big dinosaur skeleton, museums kick schools’ butts when it comes to getting up-close-and-personal with far-out subjects. “All That Glitters” is a fun fundraiser for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Foundation so it can keep teaching young and old about the world around us. For $75 you can make sure the museum is in good financial shape for the future while munching on hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and voting on jewelry entered in a design competition. Get dazzling and ensure that Albuquerque continues to offer the best field trips around. The event takes place at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History (1801 Mountain NW), and you can get tickets at

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