Bread and roses

Pasatiempo - - IN OTHER WORDS - —Jen­nifer Levin

In Ju­dith Ryan Hen­dricks’ Baker’s Blues (Chien Bleu Press, 2015), Wyn Mor­ri­son’s ex-hus­band Mac has died sud­denly in an ac­ci­dent. De­spite her sta­tus as his for­mer tro­phy wife, Wyn, a baker of ar­ti­sanal breads in Los An­ge­les, is the ex­ecu­tor of Mac’s es­tate. Her friends and rel­a­tives come from around the coun­try to at­tend a me­mo­rial ser­vice and then scat­ter back to their lives and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, leav­ing her to sort through the pos­ses­sions of the man who left her lonely but not tech­ni­cally a widow. Mac’s adult daugh­ter, Skye, with whom Wyn has never man­aged to be­come friends, ar­rives from New Zealand lost in grief that Wyn can’t pen­e­trate. The story moves backand-forth in time and in­cludes nu­mer­ous char­ac­ters, many of who ap­peared in the first two nov­els in the se­ries, Bread Alone (2002) and The Baker’s Ap­pren­tice (2006). Hen­dricks reads from Baker’s Blues at 6 p.m. on Thurs­day, Sept. 10, at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226). A very dif­fer­ent take on loss is pre­sented in the Renesan In­sti­tute for Life­long Learn­ing lec­ture “In Honor of La­bor Day: The Rise and Fall of the Wobblies in the Amer­i­can West” at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at St. John’s United Methodist Church (1200 Old Pe­cos Trail). Ken and Martha Si­mon­sen dis­cuss the history of the In­dus­trial Work­ers of the World — also known as the Wobblies — and the vi­o­lent clash in 1917 be­tween over a thou­sand strik­ing Wobblies and an or­ga­nized posse of thou­sands of strike-break­ers at the Phelps Dodge mine in Bis­bee, Ari­zona. Union mem­bers were de­ported from Ari­zona to Luna County, New Mexico, where Gov. Washington Ellsworth Lind­sey pro­vided tem­po­rary hous­ing. Ad­mis­sion is $10. Register at www.ss­reg.com/renesan; call 505-982-9274.

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