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Plaza Voices: Dewey Diaries--135.4

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Check out this wonderful video featuring a Plaza participant talking about his favorite call number! This is the first installment of our Dewey Diaries video series by Case Drury.

Find out more about this fascinating call number and check out this customer's recommendation from the Denver Public Library!

They Are Legend: Authors We Lost in 2013

The Golden Notebook

As we all get used to writing "2014" as the date, here is a last look back at some of the notable authors we lost in 2013. Their words will long endure.

Chinua Achebe--Nigerian writer who died at age 82. His most famous work is Things Fall Apart (1958).

Iain Banks--Scottish author of both contemporary and science fiction.

Tom Clancy--popular author of espionage and military thrillers. His classic works include The Hunt for Red October and other books starring CIA operative Jack Ryan.

National Jewish Book Awards

Like Dreamers

The Jewish Book Council recently announced the winners of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards.

According to the Jewish Book Council, "Now in its 63rd year, the National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature. Established to recognize outstanding books of Jewish interest in various categories, it has earned its place as one of the nation's premiere literary honors."

Some of the winners and finalists include:

The Most Enjoyable Book of the Year -- The Costa Book Awards for 2013

Front Jacket Cover for Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

It all began in 1919, when the University of Edinburgh presented the James Tait Black Prize to Hugh Walpole for his novel, Secret City and, in the biography category, to H. Festing Jones for his memoir of Samuel Butler. 

The James Tait Black has the distinction of being Britain's oldest literary award and, with it, a trend was born. Over the years, book awards have proved wildly popular, with prizes for individual genres, first books, etc. You name it, there's a prize. Typically, recognition is given for the "best" book in a given category -- novel, biography, poetry, science fiction/fantasy, mystery, graphic novel, children's book, young adult -- which seems a tall-enough order to judge.

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?

Why You Should Read Louise Erdrich

A great book for book clubs and one you shouldn't miss.

Since college (so many years ago), I have always been a fan of Louise Erdrich, but until the publication of her most recent book, The Round House, I had let a few of her books slip by without reading them. When my book club selected The Round House, I felt this was the perfect opportunity to get caught up. Wow! While most of Erdrich's books are complicated and require dedication and focus to plow through, The Round House, is completely accessible to your average reader.

Pop Microhistories: Great Big Stories about Extremely Specific Subjects

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Good news for popular nonfiction readers: we've recently published a new online booklist chock-full of microhistories. So what is a microhistory, anyway?

The term has meant different things to different people over the years. First used by historians to describe close investigations into the lives of common people, early examples of the practice include Carlo Ginzburg's The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller and Natalie Zemon Davis's The Return of Martin Guerre.

Did You Miss This?

The Delta Sisters

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark tucked in a title. Staff periodically flag a book that may have fallen off your reading radar. Who knows? You may discover a new, favorite title!

Come, My Little Angel by Diane Nobel
A slim novella tells the story of 10 year old Daisy who is praying for a miracle in the High Sierras. If you like the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul, this story may be for you!

Current Resources on Individuals with Autism

Currently there is much being written about individuals who live with autism. Denver Public Library has many resources. In Colorado there are many organizations ready and able to assist.

Adult Nonfiction 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!

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