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ISBN-13: 9781616203214
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 4/2014


I walked into A.J. Fikry’s life at Island Books and it was heavenly. Quirky, endearing, and even grumpy characters perfectly illustrate the joy and power of connecting with people over books. Lives change and lives are enriched by books and this basically simple story about a bookstore owner and a publisher’s representative is anything but simple. With laughter and tears, with love and friendship, the characters are amazingly alive on the pages. To quote the author’s own words ‘every word is the right word and exactly where it should be’. An immense pleasure to read, I applaud the publisher for finding this wonderful book and giving it to the rest of us to treasure.

ISBN-13: 9780316133999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 6/2012


I just started this book, and we are thrilled to be hosting this author in April here at Bookworks. I love Karou, the main character. She’s quirky and smart! Give it a try!

Kill Fee (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399165528
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Putnam Adult, 3/2014


Another amazingly brilliant thriller from this author whose characters, storyline and dialogue are simply the best. Carla, FBI agent, and Kirk, MN Bureau of Criminal Investigations, are sitting on a park bench when a shot rings out. Across the street, a man has been killed. They quickly figure out the trajectory of the shot and race to the building, only to run past the shooter on the way. The title, Kill Fee, refers to a website where one can hire a killer for a fee. Every part of this story keeps the reader glued to it but the very best part is Carla and Kirk's relationship. They are in sync. As characters, they are genuine, clever, and their minds work as one. Laukkanen creates tension that keeps building until the explosive ending. I simply cannot read enough of him!

The Unamericans (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780393241136
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 2/2014


First off, a disclaimer: I love short stories. I tend to begin most new collections as an excited and enthusiastic reader. That being said, I am also a discerning one. Molly Antopol’s The Unamericans was time well spent.

Molly is a careful writer who does not veer toward experimentation or crafty-crafting-just-for-the-sake-of-it. These stories are simple, plain, vivid. They are different enough that the reader never feels like they are one thing, but they are all linked by the theme of the immigrant experience, moving through time and space, countries and love relationships.

Most of the characters are part of the worldwide Jewish experience. My favorite story takes place in Eastern Europe, and others are set in New York, Palestine, Maine, California, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. In Antopol’s tales, the storytelling and characters preside, and as locations shift, the reader tends to feel as if they could occur anywhere. Antopol’s ability to create atmosphere is especially well-done in the story, My Grandmother Tells Me This Story, a Holocaust-era narration of a girl in the Yiddish Underground who endures sewer life, near-fatal hunger, and ethical battles to survive.

Read one, and you’ll read them all. Give this book a little of your time. You’ll be glad you did.

Bark: Stories (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780307594136
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf, 3/2014


Lorrie Moore is one of the best short story writers alive, and this collection does not disappoint. In fact, it's the best I've read from her yet. Moore is so adept at capturing the dysfunctions of love and marriage and family that she makes you feel right along with her characters who struggle through divorce, illness, and alienation. The book debuted on several best-seller lists upon its release last month, and with stories that can resonate with so many people, it's no wonder Lorrie Moore continues to impress readers, myself included.

ISBN-13: 9780763660505
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick, 2/2013


Timmy Failure might not be at the top of his class in terms of being a detective, but author and illustrator Stephan Pastis earns an A for middle grade reader humor!  The creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine has an entry in the young adult category that I think is going to have children laughing and parents saying, "hang in there Mom".  He has put together a cast of likable characters and given them a stage on which to be silly.  He has given them pages full of dilemmas to work through.  I for one was pleased a "new guy"  teacher was able to help Timmy uncover a way to reach some school success!  Despite his peculiar take on his skills and talents, Timmy is a young fellow to root for.

Runner (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781250030733
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books, 2/2014


My wife made me turn out the light before I could finish The Runner in one sitting. An omnipotent villain, an ultra-capable hero, a young girl in danger—all in all your “Runner”- of-the-mill thriller. If you like Thomas Perry, this is in the same vein, and a real page-turner.

Archetype (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780525954231
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Adult, 2/2014


A mystifying tale that tiptoes up and grabs you by the throat, Archetype is the spellbinding puzzle of Emma Burke (or is it Emma Wade?) in a dystopian world where fertile women are at a premium. Who can Emma believe? The tough voice in her head, her dreams, her nightmares, or her husband? With writing that is supremely confident, Waters builds the tension slowly and Emma’s doubts and secrets multiply until the haunting explosion of the truth. Emma Burke or Emma Wade? – woman, wife, warrior. And maybe something else?

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April 18, 7pm: Former pie-baker-for-the-stars turned on-the-road pie baker and author Beth Howard visits Bookworks with--you guessed it--pie. And lots of new recipes from her new book, Ms. American Pie. Free and open to the public.

In April, poetry will be a focus of events at Bookworks. Denver performance poet Ken Arkind performs April 26. Albuquerque poet Carlos Contreras performs April 29 from his new West End Press book Time Served. On April 27, Rennie Golden, Mitch Reyes, and Ann Hunkins read poetry. Check out the calendar for all poetry events.


May 8, 7pm: Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman visits Albuquerque for a fundraiser for the New Mexico Women's Justice Project. In partnership with UNM's Women's Resource Center, this event will be held at UNM's Woodward Hall and $5 donation will be required at the door. Books will be available for sale and signing onsite and in advance at Bookworks.

May 10, 7pm: Bookworks partners with the Albuquerque Library Foundation to host internationally acclaimed authors Diana Gabaldon and George RR Martin at the historic KiMo Theater for the inauguration of a new literary series, A Word with Writers. Tickets are $7 for general seating, $20 for priority, and are available at KiMo's box office and online here. Albuquerque reggae band & Game of Thrones fans, Reviva, will play prior to the show. Each attendee is allowed 1 outside book for signing, and 2 total.


World Book Night happens April 23, and 48 people in Albuquerque signed up to give away books with Bookworks as their source. We are happy to honor the givers at a reception April 24, 7pm at the store, with special entertainment to be announced. Books are available for pick-up!


May 14, 7pm:The author of the popular novels-turned-TV series, Longmire, Craig Johnson, visits Bookworks for the launch of his new Walt Longmire novel, Any Other Name. Free and open to the public.


Until June 1, 2014:Vote for who will be the subject of Penguin's next book in the "Who Was" series. Vote for your favorite figure at Bookworks until June 1. The winner of the bookstore & online voting will become the next Who Was book in June 2015. Check out the Who Was website for more information.

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Beth Howard, April 18, 7pm
Ms. American Pie, an American Gothic

Slim Randles, April 23, 7pm
Saddle Up, on writing

Ken Arkind, April 26, 5pm
Coyote, new poetry

Carlos Contreras, April 29, 7pm
Time Served, a poetry & prose debut

Allison Moore, April 30, 7pm
Shards, on being a narc cop & addict

Nathaniel Philbrick, May 1, 7pm
Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, a Revolution

Natalie Goldberg, May 4, 3pm
Living Color, on painting & writing

Michael McGarrity, May 7, 7pm
Backlands, a Kerney crime novel

Piper Kerman, May 8, 7pm
Orange is the New Black, a fundraiser
for NM Women's Justice Project
UNM Woodward Hall
with Women's Resource Center
$20 priority TICKETS; $5 donation onsite

Wendy Van Draanen & Mark Parsons
May 13, 7pm, He Said-She Said Tour
authors of Road Rash & Sammy Keyes books

Craig Johnson, May 14, 7pm
Any Other Name, new Longmire

Patrick Dawson, May 17, 3pm
Vintage Beer book event
La Cumbre Brewing Co, 3313 Girard NE

Douglas Preston, May 20, 7pm
The Kraken Project, a Wyman Ford thriller

Nasario Garcia, May 24, 3pm
Bernalillo, bilingual recollections

Antonya Nelson, June 3, 7pm
Funny Once, new stories

Arthur Sze, June 5, 7pm
Compass Rose, new poetry