Colorado author Robert Greer pleased a lot of readers with his C.J. Floyd mystery series. In his newest novel, Heat Shock, he brings his experience as a practicing surgical pathologist and research scientist to a gripping new thriller about a bizarre biotechnology abuse involving two prize fighting cocks. An emergency room doctor and a white-water rafter join forces to track down the stolen cocks and uncover a secret biotech scheme that could be worth billions of dollars.
Greer will be at Page One Books (11018 Montgomery NE, 294-2026) on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of his new medical thriller. (If you can't attend this signing, Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW, 344-8139) will host Greer on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.)
Lady yoga fans might want to stop by Page One on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11:30 a.m. to take part in Gloria Drayer's yoga workshop. The lesson will focus on developing strong bones, calming the mind and "regaining innate female power."
January seems to be a prime month for yoga enthusiasts. Over at Bound To Be Read (6300 San Mateo NE, 828-3500), on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m., Geshe Michael Roach will be signing his new book The Tibetan Book of Yoga: Ancient Buddhist Teachings on the Philosophy and Practice of Yoga. Yoga came to Tibet from India a little over a thousand years ago, evolving poses and theories quite distinct from Indian yoga. This Tibetan-trained American Buddhist monk can explain these differences as well as anyone. While his book provides instructions that are detailed and accessible enough to practice without a teacher, yoga fans might want to meet Roach in person to get some tips directly from the source.
On Sunday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m., Bookworks will host its Third Annual Local Author Book Fair. Featured writers will include Jo Ellen Thompson (On My Altar: The Place of Soul Medicine), Mary Diecker (Roadrunner Tales Calendar), Ed Duran (Buddha and RedFace), Margaret Tessler (Tangled Webs and Class Disunion) and Jeannine Van Eperen (Hearts in 3/4 Time). Stop by and support your local scribes.
The Coronado branch of Barnes and Noble (6600 Menaul NE, 883-8200) teams up with Madstone Theaters to present Dow Mossman's long lost Great American Novel, The Stones of Summer, which is the subject of an award-winning documentary by Mark Moskowitz called Stone Reader. Mossman will make a rare appearance in the store on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. to discuss his book.
That's the long, short and middling for a few of the better events occurring at local bookstores this month. For a full list of events, get on the horn to your favorite store.