Read­ings at Wise Fool and Col­lected Works Book­store

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Root beer floats, aerial ac­ro­bat­ics, bouncy folky mu­sic by Eileen and the In-Be­tweens, and books, books, books are at the cen­ter of an all-ages, fam­ily-friendly party cel­e­brat­ing new re­leases by three queer au­thors at Wise Fool Stu­dio (1131-B Siler Road, 505-992-2588) from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Satur­day, Sept. 3. Alexan­dra Diaz is the author of the young-adult novel Of All the Stupid Things (Eg­mon­tUSA, 2011) and the mid­dle-grade novel The Only Road, com­ing in Oc­to­ber from Si­mon & Schus­ter/ Paula Wise­man Books, in which a twelve-year-old boy de­cides to flee his home in Gu­atemala to live with his older brother in New Mexico. Kim Gryphon is the author of Shadow Flare, a self-pub­lished young-adult sci­encefic­tion novel about Es­tel, a teen who must travel from her home world to a shadow world to con­nect with her shadow spirit. Bisi Ademule­gun earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Santa Fe Uni­ver­sity of Art and De­sign; her Welted Backs is a col­lec­tion of prose about so­cial is­sues writ­ten dur­ing her un­der­grad­u­ate ca­reer. The au­thors read from their works amid a fes­tive at­mos­phere that also in­cludes stilt-walk­ing. Ad­mis­sion to the event is free, with do­na­tions ac­cepted to ben­e­fit Wise Fool New Mexico and the Santa Fe Moun­tain Cen­ter.

Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226) hosts its monthly short-short story open mic at 6 p.m. on Tues­day, Sept. 6. Readers should ar­rive at 5:30 p.m. to sign up for five-minute slots. Though flash-fic­tion or nar­ra­tives that can be read in their en­tirety in the al­lot­ted time are pre­ferred, ex­cerpts from longer works are ac­cept­able. A to-be-an­nounced lo­cal author will ad­dress the group on el­e­ments of the writer’s craft, short-story de­vel­op­ment, and gen­eral writerly in­spi­ra­tion. — Jen­nifer Levin

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