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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

Longtime Activist, Poet, Actress, Playwright Ruby Dee dies at the age of 91

Ruby Dee: Photo credit blackenterprise.com Women of Power Legacy Award Winners

Ruby Dee was born Ruby Ann Wallace on October 27, 1922 in Cleveland Ohio, and inspired many as a humanitarian through seven decades of service in the world of entertainment and social activism.

Ruby Dee was often seen alongside her husband Ossie Davis until his death in 2005. Her career began in theater and she was famous for her supportive role in "A Raisin in the Sun" a play written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1957 which starred Sidney Poitier.

Into Every Life a Little Roald Dahl Must Fall: Tales to Flap the Unflappable

Illustration, The Landlady by Wesley Ryan Clapp

Our third installment of the newly-minted Brown Bag Mysteries creeps to life with a tale from Roald Dahl. The famed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl was a master of witty, off-kilter writing that leaves the reader feeling unsettled and delighted all at the same time. Tuesday's adult storytime presentation of The Landlady is just such a story.

Brown Bag Mysteries – Storytime for Adults

Philip Seymour Hoffman is Flawless

Despite his untimely death in February of this year, Philip Seymour Hoffman left a legacy of superlative screen credits. While his acting is often discussed in relation to his roles in big box office films like Along Came Polly and Capote, he created a truly diverse oeuvre during his brief life. This Tuesday, our Denver Public Library film series, He's a Lady: A Brief History of Men in Drag, continues with Flawless -- one of Hoffman's most eccentric and flawless performances on screen.

Saturday Sessions: Divertimento: Flamenco Denver

Cool off while our great hall heats up with a bright and earthy sounds of traditional flamenco music. This free concert includes invitational dancers and live music. Another reason to love Denver -- free concerts at the library every Saturday.

Flamenco Denver
Saturday, June 14, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Mercury in Retrograde

Mercury

Some strange technological things have been afoot the last few days, so I looked online yesterday to see if the planet Mercury was in retrograde. (This is something I do pretty regularly when I see a rash of technology failures, even though I’m a skeptic at heart.) It is. Mercury is in retrograde until July 1, apparently. Technology can be glitchy at any time of year. And I’m not someone who really subscribes to astrological explanations for things that happen in my life. But I work with tech all day, and have an array of gadgets at home.

The Superhero Training Academy on Saturday, June 21

Extraordinary Warren, A Super Chicken book cover

We’re super excited about Comic Con! So we decided to hold a Superhero Training Academy at the Children’s Library on Saturday, June 21 starting at 10:30 a.m.

Seven superhero skill tests will be ready and waiting for young superheroes to complete. Complete them all for an official superhero certificate!

Does your young superhero prefer to wear a cape? Can they cross a fiery pit of lava? Are they super duper strong? Sounds like they’re a great candidate for the Superhero Training Academy!

Plaza Voices: And third place goes to...

German instruction materials available from DPL

Ben Blatt, a staff writer at Slate, has spent the last little while creating “viral maps” and writing articles about them online. Now, you may have never heard the term “viral map,” but if you spend any time on social media sites, you must have seen at least one of these fascinating and entertaining maps. 

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?

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