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Meet the esteemed Author of

Puppy Dog, Puppy Dog, Do You Want to Play?

Michael Sampson

Saturday, April 20th at 2:00pm

Join us on Saturday, April 20 at 2:00pm as Purple Fern Bookstore hosts a Story Time with the Author!

Purple Fern Bookstore is located @ 7 Avenida Vista Grande Ste D5, 87508.

Pocket Dog

Jim Garland

Friday, March 15th, at 6:00 PM

Explore the meaning of love with the indelible author of Pocket Dog, Jim Garland. 

Join us on Friday, March 15th at 6:00 pm for a reading and book signing! We can’t wait to see you here!

Purple Fern Bookstore is located @ 7 Avenida Vista Grande Ste D5, 87508.

A Nuclear Family: Coming of Age in Oppenheimer’s Secret City

Ellen Wilder Bradbury-Reid

Friday, February 23rd, at 6:00 PM

Join us for an energetic evening! Ellen Wilder Bradbury-Reid, author of A Nuclear Family: Coming of Age in Oppenheimer’s Secret City will be at Purple Fern Bookstore for a reading and book signing on Friday February 23rd at  6:00pm

Purple Fern Bookstore is located @ 7 Avenida Vista Grande Ste D5, 87508.

Come on out to Eldorado and meet the author and get your signed copy!

In the Agora Shopping Center – Suite D5

Horse of the Sea – Tony Bonanno

Friday, January 26 at 6:00 Pm

Purple Fern Bookstore presents a one time event with photographer Tony Bonanno, author of the incredible Horse of the Sea, a master work of  equine beauty and majesty captured in images. 

Join us as Tony recounts his time photographing the Carmague horses on the Rhone Delta in France, signs books and participates in a Q&A following the presentation. The event will begin @ 6:00pm on Friday January 26th. Purple Fern Bookstore is located @ 7 Avenida Vista Grande Ste D5, 87508.

Come on out to Eldorado and meet the author and get your signed copy!

In the Agora Shopping Center – Suite D5

You can order your copy here!

Book Signing and Author Appearance with Gene Mederos

Dorothy and Santa in OZ

Saturday, December 9th at 4:00 PM

Meet the Author and get signed copies!

Dorothy returns to Oz! On Christmas Eve she recruits Santa to take her to the Emerald City where she believes her dearest friend Princes Ozma may be in trouble. With beloved old companions and brave new friends, she sets out on a brand new adventure in the marvelous, magical land of Oz. As she explores parts of Oz she has never visited before, Dorothy and her party of adventurers encounter new beasts and creatures, new magic and dangers, a brand new villain, and a mystery to be solved.

Book Signing and Author Appearance with Gene Mederos

The Dark Depths of Space and Dorothy and Santa in OZ

Friday, November 17 at 6:00 Pm

Meet the Author, and get signed copies!
Gene’s newest book, The Dark Depths of Space, and Dorothy and Santa in OZ and going to be discussed and signed!

In the Agora shopping Center

Come on out to Eldorado and meet the author and get your signed copies!

In the Agora Shopping Center – Suite D5

Book Signing and Author Appearance with Mike Katko

Presenting: Big Medicine Pretty Water

Friday, October 27 at 6:00 Pm

Come on out to Eldorado and meet the author and get your signed copy!

In the Agora Shopping Center – Suite D5

Hersch Wilson in person to discuss and sign copies of their newest offering:

Dog Lessons: Learning the Important Stuff from Our Best Friends

Saturday, October 14th at 4:30 pm

Well behaved dogs are welcome on the patio!

Come on out to Eldorado and meet the author and get your signed copy!

In the Agora Shopping Center – Suite D5

Carlyn Montes de Oca in conversation with Emmy-Award Winning News Anchor, Karen Foss to discuss her multiple award winning book, Junkyard Girl.

Friday October 6, 2023 at 6:30 PM

Come on out to Eldorado and meet the author and get your signed copy!

In the Agora Shopping Center – Suite D5

Friday, September 29 at 5:30PM

Have your own poetry? Want to recite one of the greats? We have a VERY informal poetry read here at the store every month!

Come and read, or just come and listen!

If you would like to present, you can sign up at the store or write to us at books@purplefernbooks.com or give us a call at the store – 505-382-8711

SEE YOU HERE!

James Reich Presents – The Moth for the Star

Saturday, September 23rd at 4:00PM

Novelist, essayist, journalist, and ecopsychologist, James Reich, presents “The Moth for the Star”

At once a gripping metaphysical mystery of Depression-era New York and a tender ode to our dying future, James Reich’s The Moth for the Star is by turns horrifying and poignant, coldly thrilling and richly evocative. Charles Varnas is a murderer who cannot recall his victim. His cool, androgynous conspirator Campbell may hold the secret. Haunted and dissolute, they struggle to come to terms with the psychic weight of their crime. With a control of language and rhythm few can match, Reich transports his readers from the streets of Cairo to the canals of Venice, from the heights of Manhattan’s Chrysler Building to the shadow of the Sphinx. The Moth for the Star is a dark, sprawling romance, riddled with paranormal drama, a singular work destined to remain with you long after reading.

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Meet Author Lynda Hope as she reads from her book, Jackie and Creativity go to School

Saturday, September 16th at 3:00 PM

Children’s Author and Illustrator, Lynda Hope – Reads and performs from her book – Jackie and Creativity go to School

“The Creatively Creative Story about Creativity”, (TM) proudly presents the first in a series of creativity books for children 4-8 years old and their parents. Together, they will recognize and embrace their own creativity.

For the first time, Creativity is colorfully personified. Jackie, a six year old boy, loves his Creativity. They explore, imagine and create unlimited possibilities until their first day of first grade…OH NO!! So many rules!!

And on top of that, Fear, Hate, Anxiety, Gloom and Despair are lurking about, threatening to turn their world upside down. However, Courage, Happy, Joy and Hope are not about to let anything happen to their good friends, Jackie and Creativity!

Visit Eldorado to meet the Author and have them sign your new copy of the wonderful book!

Book Launch with Award Winning Children’s Author, Alexandra Diaz

Farewell Cuba, Mi Isla

Saturday, September 9th at 4:00 PM

The Author will discuss her newest children’s book, Farewell Cuba, Mi Isla, as well as signing copies

A sampling of Fried Plantains will be available!!!

Come by the store to get yours!

Book Launch and Dessert Tasting with Award winning author, Lois Ellen Frank in conversation with Award winning chef, Walter Whitewater.

The Author and Chef are discussing and sampling ideas and stories from her newest offering,

Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky: Modern Plant-Based Recipes Using Native American Ingredients

6:30 pm, Tuesday August 29th 2023 – in Purple Fern Bookstore


Meet Santa Fe’s Esteemed Poet Laureate – Darryl L Wellington – as he discusses his latest book, Legible Walls: Poems for Santa Fe Murals.

August 26th at 4:00 PM – in Purple Fern Bookstore

Arable Restaurant is generously offering a special red or white wine pairing for our event at a special price!


Open Mic Poetry Hour

August 18, 5:30 pm – in Purple Fern Bookstore

Please join us for our monthly poetry reading!

Sign up beforehand, and bring your favorite material to read!

Visit the store, write to us at books@purplefernbooks.com, or give us a call at 505-382-8711 to sign up

Arable Restaurant is generously offering a special red or white wine pairing for our event at a special price!



Michael McGarrity – The Long Ago

July 28th, 6:30 pm

Please join us for a charity fundraising event evening with Michael McGarrity.

Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a personally inscribed copy of Michael’s newest book, “The Long Ago”

Purchase a raffle ticket for only $5 at the bookstore or the Vista Grande Public Library.

All ticket proceeds are to benefit the Vista Grande Public Library.


Open Mic Poetry Hour

July 21st, 5:30 pm

Please join us for our monthly poetry reading!

Sign up beforehand, and bring your favorite material to read!

Write to us at books@purplefernbooks.com or give us a call at 505-382-8711 to sign up


Gary Paul Hermus – Port Edgerton Chronicles

July 15th, 3:30 pm

Gary joins us to discuss his book and writing process.