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Look Below The Surface of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

A cursory look at contemporary sci-fi and fantasy novels shows a surprising lack of cultural diversity among characters. If you look at the big summer blockbuster movies or popular television shows, this feeling is reinforced. A peek below the surface however shows that there are writers from various backgrounds who have produced some fantastic work. If you aren’t a hardcore fan of the genre or unless you accidentally stumble across some of those titles, you won’t know about them.

Did You Miss This?

Cover art, The Empanada Brotherhood

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark. With so many books to choose from, these flagged titles may be the next read you're looking for. So go ahead, browse and take a title home today. You might even discover a new, favorite read!

Note: The Library's online catalog provides enhanced title and summary/review information when available. Discover these features by clicking the hyperlinks below.

Plaza Voices: Found in Translation

Cover of Isabel Allende's novel "Zorro"

Take a moment to think about your all-time-favorite, can't-do-without book... chances are fairly high that whatever book you came up with was originally written in a language other than English. While it is often debated exactly how much meaning is lost in translation, I know that I am grateful to be able to experience the works of authors like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy without knowing a word of Russian (other than "Niet").

Video Games that Hit the Big Screen

Usually, for a video game to become a movie, it has to have three things going for it.  It must be: 

  1. Extremely Popular

  2. A great game

  3. Familiar 

Freedom Summer - Advanced Screening at the Blair-Caldwell Library

Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Summer Protests

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Presents: An Advanced Screening of the Film Freedom Summer with Special Guest Speaker Dr. Winston Grady-Willis (Prof. and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, MSU)

Nerd alert. I really like my text editor

vim

If I’m coding, or writing anything more significant than a medium-length email (like this blog post for example), I’m likely to close out of my email program, MS Word, or whatever else it is I’m using, and reach for Vim.

Vim and Emacs are two of the very first text editors ever made for computers, and they’re still very popular today.

How much is that vinyl in the window?

Rare & Hard to Find Vinyl

We recently got a new turntable (an upgrade from the $99 Sony turntable that I got a few years ago at Best Buy). The guy I bought it from said that it was a great entry-level audiophile choice, so I guess I'm now an entry-level audiophile. It's been great – now we just need better speakers.

Local author wins prestigious James Beard award

Adrian Miller, soul food scholar

Denver native son Adrian E. Miller was recently honored with one of the highest accolades in the world of food writing, the 2014 James Beard Award for Reference and Scholarship, for his delightful book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press).

Stamp of Approval

USPS Harvey Milk

If you are a philatelist or new to stamp collecting, the unveiling of a commemorative stamp by the United States Postal Service (USPS) is a major event! The latest stamp honoring Harvey Milk, the first openly Gay elected official, is no exception.

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