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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!

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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").

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).

Stop Hiding that Romance Novel!

A Duke of Her Own

Do you find yourself hiding the cover of the book you're reading? Or bringing a stack of books with hearts on their spine to the checkout desk and saying "they're for my mother?" Maybe you hide your eReader from friends and family? Then chances are you are a secret Romance reader. Why the secrecy? Smart, strong people read Romances every day. And there's a lot of great Romances out there!

What We're Reading

Whenever I tell someone I work in the library, a common response is, "Wow, it must be great to be around books and read all day!" The reality is that reading on the job is considered bad form, and most of us are too busy checking out books, shelving them when they come back, providing reference, managing the network, keeping everyone safe or maintaining buildings to do more than glance at a tempting title.

What do we read in our free time?

Things Are Heating Up!

Mambo in Chinatown

Here at the library, we're not just thinking about a Summer of Reading for kids and teens--summer is a great time for EVERYONE to read, and we're already looking ahead to the hot books that you'll be craving. Whether you're a mystery buff, want to get lost in the world of science fiction or fantasy, can't get enough of compelling memoirs and biographies, or like a little bit of everything, we've got a summer book on order for you! Get on the holds list for your favorite author's new book today--or try something new!

Winners of the Agatha and Edgar awards are in!

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel

On May 1, 2014 the Mystery Writers of America chose the winners for their prestigious Edgar Award. Here is a list of the winner for each category.

Tell Me A Story: The Art and Joy of Audiobooks

Do you find cleaning the bathroom or weeding the garden dreary? Try listening to an audiobook and make your chores something to look forward to. They're also great for commuters and running errands -- you don't feel quite so helpless in traffic jams when you're listening to a great mystery or compelling biography. And family road trips are even better with a well-narrated book that everyone can listen to and discuss.

Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014

Gabriel García Márquez, photo

Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at the age of 87. NPR has a great audio remembrance of his life and legacy. It mentions his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize for Literature he won in 1982. If you've never read it, it's an amazing speech, weaving together the magic and reality of Latin America in a beautiful piece of writing that's moving, sad in parts, and insightful, yet filled with touches of delight and humor--and ultimately hopeful.

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