Terra Nova au­thors read at The Per­for­mance Space at La Tienda

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Two nov­els re­cently pub­lished by the lo­cally owned Terra Nova Books are both set in Santa Fe but couldn’t be fur­ther apart in plot and premise. In Love and Death in a Per­fect World (2015), au­thor Bar­bara Ger­ber toils in the arena of do­mes­tic re­al­ism with a story of a cou­ple, Rose­mary and Liam El­lis, rais­ing their son, Dy­lan, in what they hope is a pro­gres­sive and eth­i­cal man­ner. Rose­mary is con­sumed by the choices and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties she faces over ev­ery de­ci­sion: The book opens in the gro­cery store, as she at­tempts to find the most or­ganic, lo­cally sourced, whole- grain in­gre­di­ents for a pot of spaghetti while keep­ing her kid from scream­ing or climb­ing out of the cart. Liam strug­gles with un­re­solved child­hood is­sues and a sense of be­ing trapped, though he loves his wife. (He is slightly scared of his child.) Ger­ber’s clean, of­ten witty prose cap­tures some essen­tial and authen­tic as­pects of Santa Fe cul­ture. In In­car­na­tion (2016), Laura Davis Hays takes read­ers on an­other kind of ad­ven­ture al­to­gether. Her pro­tag­o­nist, Kelsey, is a scientist with a com­pli­cated love life. Within her lives an­other woman from an­other time and place — Iriel, from the myth­i­cal miss­ing city of At­lantis — whose pull on her is get­ting stronger day by day. Ger­ber and Davis read from their books at 12:30 p.m. on Satur­day, March 26, at The Per­for­mance Space at La Tienda in El­do­rado (7 Caliente Road). They are joined by Terra Nova au­thor Brooks Ro­bards, read­ing from her most re­cent book of po­ems, Fish­ing the Desert, and Shirley Mel­lis, read­ing from her mem­oir, Banged- Up Heart, forth­com­ing in fall 2016 from Terra Nova. Au­thors will sign books and an­swer au­di­ence ques­tions af­ter the read­ing. Ad­mis­sion is free and re­fresh­ments will be served. For in­for­ma­tion, call 505- 670-9319. — Jen­nifer Levin

Bar­bara Ger­ber

Laura Davis Hays

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