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You, World Book Night, and Denver Public Library (UPDATED 1/7/14)

World Book Night April 23, 2014

World Book Night, which began in 2010, is celebrated around the world on the evening of April 23rd. April 23rd was chosen for many reasons: it is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday, and it was also selected in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616. In Spain, this day is traditionally celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one.

From its inception the purpose of World Book Night has been to get books into the hands of people who may not have any in their homes. What better way to spread a love for reading than to provide passionate readers the opportunity to reach out to their communities by handselling copies of their favorite books?

It's That Time of Year... Part Emily

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Our intrepid buyer and blogger Becker threw down the gauntlet and I will pick it up. Here is my list of books that best pleased me in the year 2013.

While Becker organized her blog into genres here's a simple list of my favorite reads. According to Goodreads I read 165 books this year so these are simply the ones that rose to the top!

Paint like a Master

Painting the Great Masters by Number

I'll admit I have very little actual artistic talent, but with some books from the library and some patience I might just be able to fool you!

I found the following gems in the stacks one day and got truly inspired!

Paint by Number by William Bird

Painting the Great Masters by Number: Create Your Own Masterpiece with this Easy Paint-By-Number Program by Ivan Hissey with Curtis Tappenden

Painting Masterpieces Consultant Editor, Mark Churchill

 

NaNoWriMo - it's not just gibberish!

This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

Do you hear that? That's the sound of a million wanna-be authors panicking!

That's right, November 1st is the start of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo to those in the know. Thousands of people (official count as of this posting is nearly 150,000) will crack their knuckles and sit down in-front of their blank pages (paper or digital) and attempt to write a novel (50,000 words) in thirty days. Thirty days!?!?

That's impossible, I hear you cry! But it's not, you can start and finish a novel in thirty days if you can manage to average about 1,667 new words each day. See, it's easy right?

Patience is a virtue

No Easy Day

I know how it goes, you hear about the perfect book, you are so excited, only problem is 400 other people heard about the book too. So now the waitlist is 400 people long and you think "I'll just wait until it goes down and then I'll read the book". But THEN you forget and now it's a year later and you're stuck waiting for the newest hot title. Well, how about we step into the wayback machine and find you that hot title from last year while you wait for that hot title from this year?

Here are some of the hottest titles from last year that no longer have huge holds lists:

No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL : The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Five-star Restaurant meals at home!

Eleven Madison Park Cookbook

I am a big fan of fine dining. But sometimes you just can't justify the price tag, especially since most of these delicious treats are out of town. Thankfully for those times when you are ready to eat like a star there are plenty of high powered cookbooks to quench your foodie desires.

Eleven Madison Park This is a large format beauty of a book. Sometimes I just like to read this one and fantasize.

Bouchon Bakery This delight from gastronomic powerhouse Thomas Keller is full of the best desserts you have ever dreamt of eating!

"Steampunk is What Happens When Goths Discover Brown" -Jess Nevins

steampunk

Welcome, welcome, welcome ladies and gentlemen to the weird and wonderful world of steampunk. What is steampunk you ask? Why, it is many things, but let's call it an aesthetic sensibility. Gears, corsets, dirigibles, and don't forget your goggles. There is steampunk music, fashion, art, and of course books!

Steampunk has its roots in the scientific romances of the mid-19th century but really took flight (steam powered of course!) in the 1980s and most recently in the aught-aughts. A group of writers (Jeter, Blaylock, Powers) working in southern California would meet up at their local watering hole and realized they were all writing similar works, as a joke they called it "Steampunk".

I Want My Mummy!

Mummies

As a youth nearly everyone goes through an Egyptology phase, right?

Well, mine never really went away, though it did morph into something a bit different. No longer intrigued by pictographic writing, or ceremonies dedicated to sun gods, now I'm just fascinated with human fruit leathers, people pickled in bogs, or dehydrated on steppes, MUMMIES! There is a touring exhibition going around the US right now called Mummies of the World. Currently the exhibition is in Salt Lake City, UT until the end of May and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it comes to Denver!

World Poetry Day

In recognition of World Poetry Day, Denver Public Library will be hosting a poetry reading Thursday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Library in our Jaren Ducker Browsing Area (north of fiction).

Seven local poets will be out to read their work! So bring your lunch and drop on in, we'd love to see you!

In 1999 during their 30th session the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared March 21 to be World Poetry Day. In part because "[t]here is still a tendency in the media and among the general public to refuse to take the poet seriously. Action is needed to free ourselves in order to make this image a thing of the past and to give poetry its rightful place in society."1

Are you dreaming of white?

Blood and Ice by Robert Masello

Are you dreaming of snow? Wishing that winter was a bit closer? Here are a couple thrillers sure to chill you to the bone!

  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • A family of off-season caretakers get snowed-in, but does the danger come from without or within? Chill out with this classic King novel.

    A group of Antarctic explorers discover something unexpected in the ice but will any of them survive to tell the tale?

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