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City at the Crossroads


With opening remarks from Mayor Tim Keller, author Joline Gutierrez Krueger will be joined by local leaders for panel discussion on her new book, City at the Crossroads, followed by a book signing.

Krueger, a confident veteran journalist of thirty-plus years, was tasked back in early 2021 with a writing assignment she wasn’t exactly sure how to tackle: writing a book. 

Krueger proceeded to write a book in under nine months. The result is City at the Crossroads, a 230-page nonfiction account of the year 2020 in Albuquerque. The author covers the city’s response to emergency management in an unprecedented time. Krueger documents the many shifts city government took, from implementing remote work arrangements for hundreds of employees to deploying employees from posts-on-pause to help run COVID-related programs and responses like COVID wellness hotels and aid distribution. The book details how the Emergency Operations Center and all other departments of city government worked together to provide continuous city-run operations—with no job furloughs—during the pandemic.

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