October 6, 2008

Lost Colt’s at Center of Intrigue


Harry Haines will sign copies of his debut novel, "Orphan," at two Albuquerque locations this week -- 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Barnes & Noble in Coronado Shopping Center and 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Hastings Supercenter, 4315 Wyoming NE.

Orphan is the name given a twoweek-old colt that is the only survivor of an accident on I-40 just west of Amarillo. A veterinarian is asked to care for the colt. No one claims it, but the colt becomes the bright spot in the life of the vet's daughter, an opera singer who is battling cancer.

Enter a gambler from Albuquerque, who makes a claim for the horse. The vet thinks his claim is phony. The gambler sues for ownership. The trial publicity brings another petition for ownership, this one from the ex-wife of the driver of the vehicle killed in the accident. The court case reveals a key element of interest: Orphan has the bloodlines of a race horse with great potential.

There's more: The ex-wife is found murdered, and the gambler is a suspect.


David Sheff, author of "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction," and his son Nic Sheff, author of "Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines," will talk at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at Barnes & Noble in Coronado Shopping Center. They'll discuss the dangerous journey through drug addiction from the point of view of both father and son, and parent and addict.

AT BOOKWORKS: Carolyn Flynn will discuss her new book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Mindfulness," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW.

The book is billed as "an everyday, practical guide to establishing a way of being mindful in all areas of life. It's not just for meditators. You can be mindful when you're driving, when you're eating, when you're walking."

Some of the described techniques are based on mindfulness-based stress reduction, the program taught at many medical clinics.

Carolyn Flynn is an editor at the


AT PAGE ONE: Nancy Whitney-Reiter chats about her book -- "Unplugged: How to Disconnect from the Rat Race, Have an Existential Crisis, and Find Meaning and Fulfillment" -- at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Page One, 11018 Montgomery NE. The self-help guide advocates such activities as volunteering, building houses and working with children.

IN SANTA FE: Author Joan Tapper and photographer Gale Zucker give a talk about their new book, "Shear Spirit: Ten Fiber Farms, Twenty Patterns and Miles of Yarn," at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., Santa Fe. The book features profiles of the nation's fiber farms and ranches.

MORE IN SANTA FE: Authorpoet Sallie Bingham gives the homecoming lecture at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at St. John's College. Her subject is "Girls Like Us: The Promise of Having it All." The college is at 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, Santa Fe.

NEW BOOK: Intercultural Press has published "The Invisible Border, Latinos in America" by Samuel Roll and Marc Irwin. The book's subtitle is "the musthave guide for Latinos and Anglos living and working together." Roll is a practicing clinical psychologist in Albuquerque and is a professor emeritus of psychology at UNM. Irwin is a clinical psychologist in private practice in northern New Mexico.

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