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