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New Mexicans are often wary about outsiders weighing in on elements of our state history and culture. Every now and then, though, a person from somewhere else is sensitive enough to fully appreciate the jewels that comprise this place's collective treasure. (And I'm not referring to silver-and-turquoise tourist ornaments.) Take the Kentucky-based farmer and artist Arwen Donahue. From the looks of her graphic novel Old Man Gloom, she's faithfully captured the pride, tradition and eerie autumn air of celebration that pervade the annual burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe (this year on Thursday, Sept. 6). Hers is a deceptively simple rendering, with intricate, expressive drawings adults will enjoy, paired with language that's accessible to children. Introduce yourself to both the book and its author at Page One Bookstore on Friday, Sept. 7, the day after the old man burns. You can also peek at Donahue's other work at arwendonahue.com. Pages from her oral history project translated into comic form are particularly compelling. (Margaret Wright)Page One BookstoreOld Man Gloom