January Book Events

Steven Robert Allen
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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.

Local bookstores that want their February events considered for inclusion in this column should contact me by phone at 346-0660 ext. 251 or by e-mail at

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