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Plaza Voices: "All Immigrants are Artists"

Cover of De Kooning: An American Master, by Mark Stevens and Annalynn Swann

I started thinking recently about how many famous and influential artists came to the U.S. from other countries. Willem de Kooning, that giant of American abstract expressionism, emigrated from the Netherlands in 1926--as a stowaway aboard a British freighter. Pop artist David Hockney's sun-soaked images of California are perhaps all the more notable because he himself is English, though he lived here for years.

Book Discovery: DPL Booklists

When you're looking for something to read, and you're already on waiting lists for the latest bestsellers, where can you discover new reading ideas?  Try Denver Public Library booklists!

DPL booklists are each based on a theme, genre, or award, and include both fiction and nonfiction titles. There are currently more than 80 booklists available for your perusal on our website. Visit denverlibrary.org/lists to find the following booklists, and more:

Scariest Books in Existence!

*You will feel PAIN!* *You will see SUFFERING!* *You will smell DEATH!* *Your life will NEVER BE THE SAME!*

Your suffering in life is no comparison to the suffering of the characters in these books.

These are some of the scariest/ disturbing books in existence!

Also, If you wanna see/hear a real live ghost, check out the video I uploaded at the bottom of the blog.

--WARNING: these books are violent --

RITA Awards: Excellence in Romance Novels and Novellas

Amid the rippling, throbbing, pounding heat of July in San Antonio, romance novel authors, publishers, readers and judges will gather for the Rita Awards to recognize outstanding published works in their chosen genre.

Although romances are often stigmatized and ignored by literary critics, they have the largest market share of fiction sales, followed by religious/inspirational, mystery, science fiction/fantasy and classical literature.

October is for (Biography) Lovers

Isabella: The Warrior Queen

What is it about biographies and memoirs? Is it the thrill of finding out intimate information about someone we only know through a public face? The inspiration we get from stories of overcoming obstacles? Learning more about someone when all you really know is that you respect their work? Biographies are perpetually popular at the library, and we are always getting new ones in, but it seems that October is the month that all biography lovers are waiting for.

What We're Reading II

Due to popular demand, the critically acclaimed series from the library's Literary Bureau, "What We're Reading," is back. Our tireless researchers have read books on their lunch hours, breaks and even at home in order to share their findings.

Yesterday Today

cover image, The Harlem Hellfighters

Anytime is the right time to explore history. The 100th anniversary of “the greatest war” evokes cries from ghostly trenches. An assassination may have sparked World War I but a blueprint for conflict existed long before the first shot. This war gave us shell shock, machine guns, and "a lost generation."

Plaza Voices: World Cup

Carlos celebrates Brazil's score with his friends.

Every four years, billions of people tune in to watch countries from around the globe compete in the World Cup, one of the largest international tournaments outside of the Olympics. Much like the Olympics, this is an opportunity for national pride to swell as you root for your home country. Whether you are a soccer (or dare I say, football?) aficionado, or just recently realized that the U.S. even had a team, it is a chance for strangers to band to together and even learn more about our neighbors from other nations. 

International Latino Book Awards

Cover image: Rebozos de palabras

Latino Literacy Now just presented the International Latino Book Awards on June 28. These awards are always fascinating in that they cover both children's and adult books, international authors and publishers, self-published books, and interesting categories, including Latino-focused and different subjects in nonfiction. I've listed a few of the winning titles below, but you might like to check out the complete list of winners and honorable mentions.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

The Bully Pulpit

The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction recognizes the best fiction and nonfiction books published in the previous year.  The winners are selected by a committee of seven distinguished library professionals and chaired by Nancy Pearl (who has her own action figure!).

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