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Cook Books?

I love reading, and I love cooking so when something comes along and unites the two it's better than chocolate and peanut butter (or fresh homemade ricotta with a peach and mint salsa draped with prosciutto on crostini, just sayin'). These great items are literary feasts!

Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle

Literary Feasts: Inspired Eating from Classic Fiction by Sean Brand

What's For Dinner, Pavlov?

It seems like whenever food is mentioned in a book or a movie, I end up getting hungry for (or curious about) that food. When we read Catch 22 in high school, I was ravenous for eggs for weeks. After I finished giggling about some of the names of dishes in the Harry Potter books, I went looking for the foods.

Can Your Kids Talk Like a Pirate?

Bubble Bath Pirates Book Cover

Avast ye landlubbers! Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) is approaching as fast a clipper ship on a clear day. Want to teach your kids some pirate lingo, but afraid your inner pirate is as rusty as an old cutlass? Brush up with one of these books.

Here at the Central Children's Library we're getting into the spirit of the day by reading some pirate books (see below). And some of us are even planning to dress, as well as talk, like pirates! So stop by the Children's Library on Friday and give us your best, "Arrrrgh!"

Picture Books

Walk This Way: How to See the City, Improve Your Health and Find Adventure

The Old Farmer's Almanac says that we'll be having plenty of cool, sunny days in Denver this Autumn, perfect for walking one of our city's colorful parks, trails, or neighborhoods.  According to the Mayo Clinic, not only does a brisk walk offer benefits such as maintaining a healthy weight, prevention of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, it also can improve balance and give your mood a boost.

Plaza Voices: The Culture Map

Cover of The Culture Map by Erin Meyer, available through DPL

This week, Plaza staff member Adrian C. shares a book recommendation:

What do you know about the people around you? Are you aware of the cultural differences that exist between you and every other person in the world? If not, then you must read The Culture Map by Erin Meyer.

Man Booker Prize 2014 Shortlist Announced

I love Man Booker Prize books!

It's that time again!  The shortlist of nominations for the Man Booker Prize 2014 was announced on Tuesday.  I still have not yet read all of the shortlisted nominations from last year (yes, I know, it's terrible, please don't tell anyone), and here are all these new, wonderful selections - I really need to get cracking!

Like All Great Writers, Author Zachary Lazar Really Wants To Be a Male Model

Zachary Lazar has a unique voice in American literature. He writes beautiful prose that crosses freely from fiction to reality, blending real people and histories with characters that are born in his own imagination. He's a fascinating writer to watch and he is visiting Denver Public Library this week.

*R.I.P*

Honestly, Rap/Hip Hop seem to have really taken a nose dive during this last decade compared to those before it! The verses make no sense; there's no storytelling, no meaning; the hooks are extremely mainstream/popish; and beats are all about bass. Honestly, most songs are absolutely ridiculous. Man, what happened?! Did you, Artist, cash your checks and check out? Seriously!

Plaza Voices: the Art of Ikebana

Still from Case Drury's video "Seiko"

Check out this beautiful video from Case Drury, featuring ikebana artist Seiko Yoshikawa sharing her skills in the Japanese art of flower arranging.

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