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A launch for Santa Fe on Foot: Ex­plor­ing the City Dif­fer­ent; Bee­hive Kids Books hosts a book club for grownups

Street smarts

No mat­ter how many times you walk down the streets of Santa Fe, you can usu­ally find some­thing new to look at: There’s al­ways an­other nar­row dirt al­ley be­tween houses on Agua Fría Street, a pre­vi­ously unseen an­gle of light or shadow on the adobes along Up­per Canyon Road, or an ar­royo path where you’ll stum­ble across bril­liant, tena­cious wild­flow­ers grow­ing in clus­ters. Santa Fe on Foot: Ex­plor­ing the City Dif­fer­ent (Ocean Tree Books) by Elaine Pinker­ton is an in­dis­pens­able tool for tourists and lo­cals alike who want to ex­pe­ri­ence Santa Fe at a slower pace than is pos­si­ble from a car or tour bus. A fourth edi­tion of the book in­cludes new walk­ing trails in ar­eas of the city that were un­de­vel­oped when Pinker­ton wrote the first edi­tion in 1986. She ef­fuses over the ben­e­fits of walk­ing and be­ing outdoors while giv­ing thor­ough de­scrip­tions of routes and what can be dis­cov­ered by mak­ing small de­tours — of­fer­ing some Santa Fe history along the way. Pinker­ton cel­e­brates the launch of Santa Fe on Foot’s new­est edi­tion with a book sign­ing at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226) at 3 p.m. on Sun­day, Oct. 23.

A fam­ily’s un­do­ing

Bee­hive Kids Books (328 Mon­tezuma Ave., 505-780-8051) hosts a monthly “book club for grownups.” Par­tic­i­pants — who range in age from col­lege stu­dents to re­tirees — dis­cuss this month’s se­lec­tion, Among the Ten Thou­sand Things by Ju­lia Pier­pont (Ran­dom House), at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs­day, Oct. 27. Pier­pont’s novel fol­lows the Shan­ley fam­ily after Mr. Shan­ley’s af­fair is re­vealed via a box of let­ters from the other woman to his wife — ac­ci­den­tally in­ter­cepted by their eleven-year-old daugh­ter. Bee­hive owner Chris­tian Nardi, who leads the dis­cus­sion, said the book club com­bines the best as­pects of a col­lege English class with wine and so­cial­iz­ing.

— Jen­nifer Levin

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