Betsy James, Breathing Stone

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 6:00pm

Come celebrate the release of Betsy James' new book, Breathing Stone: Living Small in a Southwest Village.

For almost four years in the early 1990s, writer, artist, and backcountry hiker Betsy James rented part of an old adobe near the center of a New Mexican village. She had worked for years with cultures very like those that had shaped Placitas—in Mexico, Albuquerque, Zuni Pueblo. She gave this place her best mortal attention, and recorded what she could. This is the result.

Betsy James is the author-illustrator of seventeen books. Her latest novel, Roadsouls, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. A watercolorist, she is represented by Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe. She leads writers’ workshops in the University of New Mexico Honors College and lives in Albuquerque’s North Valley. Learn more at

Event address: 
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107