Friday, November 6, 2009

Albuquerque Book Launch Notice

The Book Launch For The Pot Thief Who Studied Ptolemy will be December 4th in Albuquerque’s Old Town beginning at 4:00 PM and running until 9:00 PM or whenever Treasure House Books and Gifts decides to close for the night. The date was chosen after consulting Ptolemy’s epicycle drawings and determining that Jupiter would be the only planet visible to the naked eye from Albuquerque during that time span. Jupiter plays a role in the mystery as does New Mexico’s beloved astronomer Clyde Tombaugh to whom the second book in the Pot Thief series is dedicated. Author Mike Orenduff (UNM ’69) was president at NMSU during the last years of Tombaugh’s association with that institution and spoke at Tombaugh’s memorial service. “He was the embodiment of that old phrase ‘a scholar and a gentleman’,” said Orenduff.

According to owner John Hoffsis, the first book in the series, The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras, has been the best selling book at Treasure House since it hit the shelves in July. In addition to the planetary alignment, December 4th was also chosen because it is the date of this year’s Holiday Stroll, the annual event when Old Town is at its festive best marking the start of the Christmas shopping season. The Pot Thief mysteries are humorous and family-friendly and a signed copy would make the perfect holiday gift for young and old alike.

According to Governor Bill Richardson, “Orenduff successfully captures the essence of New Mexico through humor, romance, and even a little philosophical musing. New Mexico’s rich history, people, food, and landscape come alive on its pages.” The Gallup Herald headline on June 29 proclaimed that Orenduff “may fill Hillerman’s shoes.”