searchStir the ingredients of  recipes, poetry and art and what do you get? An intriguing book.

Albuquerque author Rachel Ballantine did just that and the result is her book “Recipoetry of a Kitchen Mystic – A Cookbook Scrapbook.” She”ll be talking about it at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW. Her poetry is about food and cooking.

Ballantine handpainted and wrote each page either in calligraphy or on a vintage typewriter.

What’s a more appropriate day than Easter Sunday for a signing of a novel titled “The Easter Egg Murder.”

Author Patricia Smith Wood of Albuquerque will autograph copies of the book at Treasure House Books & Gifts in Old Town from 1 -3 p.m. Sunday, April 20. The store’s address is 2012 S. Plaza St. NW.

The novel is about two women – business partners Harrie and Ginger – hired by a retiring U.S. senator to help him edit a book he’s written about a famous unsolved murder of a cocktail waitress in New Mexico in 1950. When a newspaper reports the senator is writing the book, one person connected to the old case is killed and another is almost murdered.

On their own Harrie and Ginger try to learn who wants to suppress the book’s publication, destroy the senator and prevent his secret from getting out.

Wood’s book was a finalist at the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

A release party for “Synergy: Common Threads,” a book chronicling the work of ArtStreet will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the dining room of the Harwood Art Center, 1114 Seventh St NW, Albuquerque. The book follows ArtStreet’s fiber art, writing and community building. ArtStreet is a program of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center.



A signed first edition of Rudolfo Anaya’s famous coming-of-age novel “Bless Me, Ultima” will be for sale at the Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 at the Sheraton Uptown.

So will a book signed by war correspondent Ernie Pyle, who had lived in Albuquerque just before World War II.

There will also be for sale a first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel “The Great Gatsby” … a set of maps of the Lewis and Clark expedition printed in 1846… and a Tertiary History of the Grand Canyon with prints by Alfred Moran.

Those items plus prints, postcards and other books and maps.

Book dealers from seven states will be present.

Hours of the book fair are 5-9 p.m. April 18 with admission $5, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19 with admission $2.  Discount admission coupons are available at the website

The Sheraton Uptown is at the corner of Menaul and Louisiana NE.

For more information contact Mark Holmen at 385-2350 or email

Christopher Shultis, a UNM Distinguished Professor Emeritus, will autograph copies of his book “Silencing the Sounded Self: John Cage and the American Experimental Tradition” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24  at the UNM Bookstore.

In the book, Shultis presents interpretations of Cage’s aesthetic views and addresses some of his most path-breaking music. The book was first published in 1998. Last year it was reprinted in paperback and in e-book editions with a new preface by the author.

Shultis is internationally recognized for his research on Cage.

At the age of 22, Shultis became UNM’s youngest full-time professor. He was hired to direct the schools percussion studies and he received two Fulbrights. Shultis was named Regents Professor of Music. For many years he was the director of the UNM John Donald Robb Composer’s Symposium. In 2010, he delivered UNM’s 55th Annual Research Lecture, which is considered the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty.

At his signing, Shultis will also talk about the trajectory of life in music. The event is free and open to the public.

The bookstore is located on the main campus near the intersection of Central and Cornell.

Bookending that event will be two talks Shultis will give on campus. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 in Dane Smith Hall 129, Shultis will give an American Studies talk titled “Why (I think) What I do is American Studies.” It is part of the American Studies Lecture Series.  Then at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, in Room 1111 of the Center for the Arts, he will give a talk to the Weekly Composition Colloquium on “Walking and Creation in Native Space.” The talks are free and open to the public.