Reviews and Blog Posts: fiction

Ode to Japanese Authors

Yukio Mishima

I've always been taken on an interesting journey exploring the terrain of Japanese novels.

Japanese authors offer an array of characters reaching from the subtle layers mist to an ocean of depth and current in character development, so much so the characters become imprinted into our imagination.

Some authors to read:

Colorado Authors Series Presents Eleanor Brown, Author of The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, on Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Eleanor Brown's debut novel, The Weird Sisters, is the story of the Andreas family, whose motto might as well be "There's no problem a library card can't solve." When Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia (named after Shakespeare heroines by their professor father) return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, they love each other. They just don't happen to like each other very much.

2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Pulitzer Prize

Every year the Pulitzer committee grants awards in 21 different categories. This year, the Denver Post won the category of Editorial Cartooning. Read on for the winners in the Fiction, History, Biography, Poetry and General Nonfiction categories!

Fiction

History

Biography

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare

Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper

Why is April 23rd a memorable date for Shakespeare lovers? William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and he died on April 23, 1616. Many novels have been written about his life, loves and family, with most drawing inspiration from the historical details that are known about this legendary playwright.

Fictional accounts of Shakespeare's Life:

IMPAC Award Short List Announced

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award honors novels with high literary merit written all over the world in any language. The short list for the 2009 award has just been released! The winner will be announced on June 15, 2011.

Journey on the Appalachian Trail

At over 2,100 miles, the Appalachian Trail is the world’s longest footpath. While many folks have read about the AT in Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, there also are many more books out there detailing the reality of thru-hiking the AT.

While I doubt that I will ever undertake the daunting task of walking from Georgia to Maine, the stories of those that have will continue to enthrall me.

A Journey North: One Woman’s Story of Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Adrienne Hall

The New Appalachian Trail, Edward B. Garvey

Make Mother's Day Plans with Eleanor Brown

What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than to bring your favorite woman to hear Eleanor Brown talk about her very popular novel The Weird Sisters? You can even get her a signed copy!

After Mother's Day brunch, plan on taking mom, grandma, or your favorite aunt to the Schlessman Family Branch for this Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presentation on Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Sherlock Holmes, Man of Mystery

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating literary figure. Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many more stories have been written by a variety of authors about this intriguing detective.

Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Announced

The Shirley Jackson Awards honor outstanding achievement in writing psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Try out some of the nominees if you dare! And make sure to check out some books by the awards' namesake, Shirley Jackson, while you're at it!

NOVEL

  • Dark Matter, Michelle Paver
  • A Dark Matter, Peter Straub
  • Feed, Mira Grant (I really enjoyed this one--the 2nd book in the series, Deadline, is coming soon!)

City Tales: Pittsburgh

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

Ah, Pittsburgh. The Steel City. City of Champions. My adopted hometown.

Pittsburgh has come a long way from the dirty, smog filled days of the steel mills but I don't think the city has quite yet reached the status of a vacation destination for many other than me.  Here are a few titles that allow you to travel to the 'Burgh without leaving your recliner.

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