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2014 Colorado Book Awards

Animal Mineral Radical

Earlier this month, the Colorado Book Award winners were announced at a ceremony in Aspen by Colorado Humanities. To be eligible, authors had to be Colorado residents or their work must have been strongly influenced by Colorado. With 16 categories, there is something for everyone.

Laying Tracks- traveling by train

amtrak.com writer's residency program

Trains in the United States are becoming a thing again. Recently Amtrak has launched a Writers in Residence program of which I am INSANELY jealous and plan on applying at some point (hopefully the program will take off like wildfire and be available for many years to come.) But in the meantime I will have to bide my time with fantasies and books.

Connecting Denver with the Art of Browsing

Dakota Lay browsing shelf

I remember the thrill of the hunt - trailing my fingertips along the book spines as I prowled through the stacks. There was a buzz of anticipation as I'd pause to slide one off the shelf and the secret satisfaction of discovering some gem of a book on my own. Saturday library excursions with my father were my early introduction to the enticing art of browsing.

Plaza Voices: Mulberry Child

Jian Ping (left) and her daughter Lisa Xia (right).

In 2008, Jian Ping had the opportunity to return to China for the Olympic Games and brought her adult daughter Lisa with her. After years of tension stemming from their different cultural values and expectations, Jian was hoping this trip would help her reconnect with Lisa in a new way. While revisiting her mother’s painful past, Lisa realized how much sadness and trauma her family had experienced, and just how much it influenced her mother and her decision to immigrate.

EEEEEK! Bram Stoker Awards Announced

Bram Stoker Award statuette of haunted house

The Hugos' rocket trophy is pretty cool and the Agathas' teacup is cozy, but the Bram Stokers' gargoyled, rat-infested haunted house award is the creepiest!

The Stokers have been awarded by the Horror Writers Association since 1987 and the latest winners were announced at their convention in Portland last month. The winners are:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Book Discovery: Prepub Titles

Do you hate it when your friend says she is reading the latest bestseller from your favorite author, and you didn't even know that the book was coming out? Here at the library, our goal is to have books ordered before you even know that you want them.  With about 300,000 books traditionally published every year in the United States (and that many, or more, self published), and the means to buy only a small fraction of them, how does your library decide what to buy, and, more importantly, how can you get on the list early so you're not waiting months for the latest hot title?

Congratulations, by the way :: Great Commencement Speeches

Congratulations, by the way

Graduation season is upon us.  Regardless whether it’s kindergarten, high school, or college, graduations mark unique accomplishments and should be well celebrated.  Often they also indicate impending life transitions that can be swelling with both peril and promise. 

National Doughnut Day - Friday, June 6th

National Donut Day

Friday, June 6th is National Donut Day. Established by the Salvation Army in 1938, National Donut Day honors the men and women who served donuts to soldiers on the front lines of World War I. Check out the Salvation Army’s short film about it here.

Plaza Voices: Dewey Diaries - 786.9

Video still of musician Aneudy Arias

Check out this beautiful video piece, the latest in the Dewey Diaries video series by Case Drury. In it, local musician and native of the Dominican Republic Aneudy Arias speaks with us about music, drumming, and his favorite call number, 786.9. Don't forget to look for his band, Mono Verde!

Remembering Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/20/vincent-harding-dead-died_n_5358585.htm

On May 19. 2014 the world said goodbye to Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding, former Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Transformation at Iliff School of Theology, in Denver Colorado.

Dr. Vincent Gordon Harding, civil rights activist, historian, theologian, and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provided us all with a more definitive approach, towards understanding the ongoing struggle of civil rights and social responsibility.

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