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Who is Richard Castle?

Naked Heat

Mysterious fictional author Richard Castle releases his second book, Naked Heat, on September 28. Fans of the show will be happy to know that the new season of Castle starts on September 20.

Richard Castle is inspired by mystery novelists and TV writers like Stephen J. Cannell and James Patterson. Both best-selling authors make cameos on the television show. The first book written by Castle, Heat Wave, was not only featured in the show but was an important plot point in one of last season's episodes.

Farming, Anyone?

The Bucolic Plague (book cover image)

With so much talk about food safety, organic produce, and local eating, do you ever have the urge to just move to the country and start your own farm?

That's what Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner did, and you can read all about the ups and downs of shifting from New York ad exec (and former drag queen) to farmer in The Bucolic Plague.

You may be familiar with The Fabulous Beekman Boys from their TV show on Planet Green.

Taste of the Garden

The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without Recipes and Drawings by Mollie Kat

LiveWell West Denver invites you to a Taste of the Garden Produce and Health Fair on August 20 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey. Each family or single adult will get a bag or box full of free fruits and vegetables! There will also be cooking demos with free samples!

What is your favorite fresh from the garden vegetable recipe? I love zucchini and asparagus. I've found that the trick to cooking asparagus is to saute them over medium/low until they turn bright green. Serve quickly. They really taste the best when they are still snappy. The rest of the menu usually goes a little something like this: baked salmon in wasabi/honey/soy sauce mix, couscous, and spring mix salad. Depending on how fancy we are feeling, we might saute the asparagus in garlic and fresh rosemary. What I like best is that none of these dishes is time or labor intensive.

Chew and Review: Mac n Cheese Pancake Recipe Review

Mac n Cheese Pancakes

You picked the recipe and now it's time to review it. The Mac n Cheese Pancakes from Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin were a huge hit at my house! Watch the video and see how easy it is to make them at home.

I. LOVE. THIS. COOKBOOK. Seriously people, is there a more fun-to-read, easy-on-your-busy-lifestyle, creative cookbook out there?

Fun to read because he's so entertaining and funny and he has a potty mouth that keeps it real.

Easy because I had left over macaroni to use for a pasta salad later in the week and although I do prefer to make things from scratch, using the dry pancake mix was a cinch. With all that maple-y, crunchy, cheesy goodness, I couldn't tell it was from a box.

DIY for Mad Scientists

If you refer to your garage as your laboratory, or long for the days of science fair projects to explain how you blew off your eyebrows, you may be a mad scientist! Whether you are a gadget geek, a chemistry champion or an experiment egghead, the library has something to inspire, explain and delight.

The Wisdom of Wooden

The Wisdom of Wooden

Sports Illustrated once noted about John Wooden: "There has never been a finer coach in American sports. Nor a finer man." Wooden, the beloved UCLA men's basketball coach, died at the age of 99 in June.

John Wooden's communication style was markedly different than say Pat Summit, another personal favorite. Wooden tried to make each day his masterpiece and coached by the Golden Rule. Coaching was the path of service to mankind for Wooden and effective teamwork was a hallmark of his coaching. He also had a fondness for maxims. A few of my favorites include:

Funny Mommies

sippy cups are not for chardonnay

Have you recently traded in your stylish handbag for a diaper bag? Do you miss eating dinner with two hands while your food is still warm? Have your Facebook posts gone from witty comments to ponderings on baby poo?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then put down What to Expect the First Year and pick up one of these hilarious tales.

What’s your funny mommy moment?
 

Philip K. Dick Festival

The Crack in Space

The first ever Philip K. Dick festival is being held in Blackhawk, Colorado on August 13,14 and 15. This area of Colorado was the setting for the Hugo Award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle.

Did you know that Philip K. Dick (1928 - 1982) is buried in Fort Morgan, Colorado? He authored more than 50 novels and 200 short stories! Many of his works have been adapted for the big screen

Latitudes Book Club

A Dozen on Denver: Stories

Celebrate Colorado's 134th anniversary of becoming a state on Sunday, August 15 at 3pm by exploring the rich diversity of the Colorado Book Awards. Pick from the wide selection of winners, or other books celebrating our great state! Share what you're reading or just come to learn about titles that you'll want to read.

What the Heck is a Nook and Why Should I Care?

I have read eBooks occasionally over the years, on my old Palm PDA, on a laptop, even on a regular desktop computer. I never thought I would get a special eBook reader as I've been hoping for the long awaited converging mobile technology, the phone that will be small for the pocket but large for reading, capable of doing all things but still fast.

Circumstances came together recently instigating me to buy a Nook eReader from Barnes and Noble. The Nook is compatible with the Library's wide variety of downloadable books in EPUB format. Many PDF books are also usable on the Nook.

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