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Lisa Lenard-Cook Signing

When: September 14, 2014

From: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Lisa Lenard-Cook will be signing copies of her first novel, Dissonance on Sunday, September 14 at 2:00 pm

Special Anniversary edition copies of Dissonance will be available.


When Anna Kramer, a piano teacher in Los Alamos, New Mexico, inherits the journals and scores of composer Hana Weissova, she is mystified by this bequest from a woman she does not know. As Kramer begins to play Weissova’s music, however, some of her forgotten emotions resurface. Upon reading the dead woman’s journals, which begin in 1945 after Weissova is released from a concentration camp, decades-old secrets that Kramer and her family have kept buried are uncovered.


“Dissonance . . . is bold in its scale, placing us at different eras in the concentration camp at Theresienstadt and in the scientific world of Los Alamos, New Mexico. . . . Few contemporary novels challenge the reader’s conscience as Dissonance does, and fewer still inspire love so profoundly.”–Kevin McIlvoy, author of Hyssop


“A fine, clear, spare novel about music, the mysteries of the past, and the struggle to make meaning out of our present lives. In language that is always melodious, [Lisa] Lenard-Cook writes luminously of Europe and New Mexico, of the years of the last century that were its most brutal and the years at its close that were its most perplexing. Dissonance is a work of beauty.”–Russell Martin, author ofPicasso’s War
Lisa Lenard-Cook 

“I always wanted to front a rock band. There’s only one problem: I can’t carry a tune. If I weren’t a writer, I’d probably be an interior designer or an architect. Or maybe a world traveler.”

Lisa’s awards include the Jim Sagel Prize for the Novel, short-listing for the PEN Southwest Book Award, and selection by NPR Performance Today’s Summer Reading Series and the Durango-La Plata Reads countywide reading program. She is the author of a dozen trade nonfiction books, including the bestselling Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tarot, Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing, and Keep It Simple Guide to Dreams. Writing guides include Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir, and The Mind of Your Story: Discover What Drives Your Fiction. She is on the faculties of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and the Taos Writers Conference.

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Sallie Bingham Book Signing

When: September 20, 2014

From: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Sallie Bingham will be reading and signing her new book, The Blue Box.


This family history centered around three women from three generations spans the Civil War through the Jazz Age. Fans of Sallie Bingham’s work will especially appreciate her parents Mary and Barry’s romance that unfolds in letters and finally results in marriage. Bingham beautifully demonstrates an inheritance of emotion, morality, ideology, and most lasting of all, irreverence.


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Sallie Bingham has published four short story collections, four novels, a memoir, and several plays. Bingham was a director of the National Book Critics Circle, and founded the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Sallie Bingham Archive for Women’s Papers and Culture at Duke University.