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Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

The Bully Pulpit

The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction recognizes the best fiction and nonfiction books published in the previous year.  The winners are selected by a committee of seven distinguished library professionals and chaired by Nancy Pearl (who has her own action figure!).

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.

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.

Don’t Leave Me This Way: The Rebirth of Soul

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

While the heyday of soul may be fifty years in the past with the likes of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Jackie Wilson, a new swell of artists influenced by these early pioneers is rising and moving audiences around the country. Marked by strong frontmen and women, these folks have moves and energy straight from a James Brown playbook and backing bands that have licks of their own. Be prepared to have your soul stirred and, if you’re like me, end up with a goofy, strained grimace on your face and an air mic primed for lip syncing.

Goodbye Egon

Dr. Egon Spengler

You may not recognize his face or even his name, but the comedy world lost an incredible talent today with the passing of Harold Ramis. He leaves an astounding legacy of writing and directing some of the most enduring (and quotable) comedy features and acting, most famously as the ever serious Ghostbuster, Dr. Egon Spengler.

Ghostbusters remains one my all time favorite films. Its witty dialog, spot-on acting, eccentric characters, creative storytelling, and pseudoscientific plot lines makes it one of the most enjoyable and audience friendly films I can think of. Pure desert island worthy material. If this was all Ramis left the film world, it would be enough in my book. But his body of work includes so much more and in light of his passing feels like it all deserves another view. Here are some of the highlights:

Best Music of 2013 - Critics have spoken...now have your say!

Best Albums of 2013

With 2013 coming to a close, the “best of” music lists have been pouring in the past few months. Best albums, best cover songs, best tracks, best photos, best music appearances on television - the possibilities are endless and critics never seem to tire of list-making.

Here is a round-up from some of the more influential sources:

"I Like Their Old Stuff"

The Black Keys - The Big Come Up

It is one of the most cliché elitist replies when someone asks you if you like a band. Typically the speaker is trying to show off that they've listened to the band longer than newfound fans. In some instances, however, it's a genuine opinion void of hubris.

I confess that I've used the phrase for both reasons. Recently a friend asked me to go to see The National with him and I found myself saying this exact thing. I love their albums Alligator and Boxer, but found myself bored with their two latest.  They weren't bad albums, just disappointing.

Best Albums of 2013...So Far

Kanye West - Yeezus

2013 is half over and music pundits have been hard at work identifying their favorite albums of year so far.

Here's a sampling of the "Best Albums of 2013...So Far" lists that I've happened upon:

Fun Times in Fatherhood

Darth Vader and Son

Being a father can be tough, but it can also be a lot of fun. All of the sudden you can build forts, spend hours playing with Legos, and run around the backyard screaming like a pirate without people shaking their heads in disgust. As Father's Day is upon us, here are some great books that will make fathers smile and help them up their game.

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