Reading Your Rights

Steven Robert Allen
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With John Ashcroft in charge, the Justice Department barely deserves its name. We're living in a scary new America. Learn your rights now before they're stripped away forever.

On Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., Bound To Be Read (6300 San Mateo NE, 828-3500) will screen the 26-minute documentary Reading Your Rights. Produced by Henry Ansbacher and directed by Daniel Junge, the film tells the chilling story of Denver bookstore Tattered Cover's fight against a federal search warrant demanding the names of books purchased by one of its customers. Board members from the New Mexico chapter of the ACLU will be present to lead a discussion after the screening.

At the other end of September, Jennifer Owings Dewey will be at Bound To Be Read on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. to talk about her new book Zozobra, which describes in detail the fascinating background of Santa Fe's Old Man Gloom. New Mexico crime novelist James D. Doss will be in the store on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. to sign his latest thriller, The Witch's Tongue, the ninth installment in Doss' popular series about the crime-solving escapades of Ute tribal investigator Charlie Moon.

My pal Gwyneth Doland, the Alibi's eccentric but lovable food editor, will be at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW, 344-8139) on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. to discuss the nexus between food and fiction with novelist Judith Ryan Hendricks. The centerpiece of the ladies' discussion will be Hendricks' new novel, Isabel's Daughter, a book that many critics are saying cooks in every sense of the word.

Then on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 3 p.m., Slim Randles will be at Bookworks with Albuquerque author Max Evans to promote Randles' new biography Ol' Max Evans: The First Thousand Years. Evans, of course, is one of our city's most famous, and most cantankerous, men of letters. This event provides Albuquerque lit lovers with an opportunity to meet and mix with a living legend.

Over at the Coronado branch of Barnes and Noble (6600 Menaul NE, 883-8200), local poet E.A. Mares will be signing his new volume, With the Eyes of a Raptor, on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. A long-time Albuquerque resident, Mares' latest poetry collection has been praised for its distinctive voice and linguistic clarity.

These are just a few of the more notable events occurring at Albuquerque bookstores over the next month. For a full roster of events, contact your favorite local store.

Local bookstores that want their October 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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