This week Mexican journalist and author Elena Poniatowska became the fourth woman, first Mexican woman, and fifth Mexican to win the highest literary honor in the Spanish-speaking world, the 2013 Cervantes Prize (Premio Cervantes).
She is recognized for her lifelong career as a journalist, essayist, novelist and poet whose work addresses Mexican socio-political movements and themes, many focusing on history and the disenfranchised and poor.
John Green (photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore) - author, vlogger, tweeter, teacher, activist, Nerdfighter Extraordinaire - is my hero. His brother Hank is a very close second on my hero scale, as well. And yes, I am now a proud Nerdfighter, too, fighting suck and doing my best to increase awesome!
What an inspiration these brothers are - sharing their energy, creativity, knowledge, passion, innovation, and let's face it, just plain genius, with the world.
I'm sure many of you out there are thinking the same thing--why isn't that new (book, movie, tv show) item by my favorite (author, actor) in the catalog yet? Rest assured, these items WILL be on order soon!
Here at DPL, we try to order materials 2-3 months ahead of publication, but because of the way our yearly funding works, we have to wait until a bit later in the year to start ordering next year's titles. We know that you're anxious to get onto the list for some sure to be popular items, so start looking for new books by these authors (not to mention Season 4 of Downton Abbey!) within the next few weeks:
Fresh City Life has a few more gifts to deliver this season -- including a return engagement of the immensely popular acoustic group, The Castle Rock Community Ringers -- a local handbell choir that creates beautiful music throughout the year. Check out the Fresh City Life calendar for events this season and in the new year.
Hark! How the Bells: Holiday Bell Choir Concert
Friday, November 29, 5-6 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Returning for an encore performance, the Castle Rock Community Ringers make incredible music using only the classic choir bells – and these musicians know how to create a joyful noise! The well-regarded Castle Rock Community Ringers will show us how to ‘throw cares away’ with their thoughtful blend of holiday and secular songs all created with perfectly-pitched handbells.
We have three author’s coming to our branches this weekend...It’s an author extravaganza!
On Saturday, November 16, veteran sports writer Mark Kiszla discusses his new book, No Plan B: Peyton Manning’s Comeback with the Denver Broncos. The book follows Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning from training camp through the regular season as he stages one of the most hyped comebacks in National Football League history. Join us at Schlessman Family Branch at 11 a.m.
It’s that time of year again (Halloween! Wait... I mean Christmas!). Time to update your gadget collection (or a loved one’s if that’s more your style). We’ve got a couple of classes coming up for those of you who are interested in brushing up on what type of tablets, smartphones, and gadgets are out there.
Which Gadget is Right for You? (Central Library, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16) – Come in with questions or just listen as we talk about the pros and cons of different eReaders, tablets, and smartphones.
Make sure to check out the "Which Gadget is Right for You?" classes at some of our branch locations:
Yes, Thanksgivukkah. For the first time since 1888, the all-American harvest celebration and the first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights coincide, on Thursday, November 28. There's even a Facebook page about it, from which we've borrowed the Woodstock-ish image.
Jonathan Mizrahi, a graduate student in quantum physics (and no relation to the designer Isaac Mizrahi, as far as I know), has calculated that this convergence of the Gregorian (secular) and Jewish (religious) calendars won't happen again until the year 79811. The redoubtable Steve Morse (mentioned in a previous post about calendars) arrived at a date slightly different from Mizrahi's, but everyone agrees that this is an extremely rare event, not to be repeated in our lifetimes.
In the last few months, I have had the pleasure of reading three humorous books about cats.
Now, I like to laugh, but I have a hard time finding humor in books. So imagine my delight when I heard myself laughing out loud to the vitriolic statements of Grumpy Cat, the existentialist musings of Henri or the pleas of the insanely possessive owner of Lost Cat.
Are you 9-12 years old? Do you like to read great books and have great discussions about them with your friends? Wouldn't it be great if you could all read the same book at the same time this summer? Well you can and you can help us decide which book to pick for Youth One Book, One Denver, 2014. Voting is open from November 6th - November 20th.