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World Poetry Day

In recognition of World Poetry Day, Denver Public Library will be hosting a poetry reading Thursday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Library in our Jaren Ducker Browsing Area (north of fiction).

Seven local poets will be out to read their work! So bring your lunch and drop on in, we'd love to see you!

In 1999 during their 30th session the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared March 21 to be World Poetry Day. In part because "[t]here is still a tendency in the media and among the general public to refuse to take the poet seriously. Action is needed to free ourselves in order to make this image a thing of the past and to give poetry its rightful place in society."1

Are you dreaming of white?

Blood and Ice by Robert Masello

Are you dreaming of snow? Wishing that winter was a bit closer? Here are a couple thrillers sure to chill you to the bone!

  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • A family of off-season caretakers get snowed-in, but does the danger come from without or within? Chill out with this classic King novel.

    A group of Antarctic explorers discover something unexpected in the ice but will any of them survive to tell the tale?

Joss Whedon is a GENIUS

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season one

With the Avengers tearing it up at the box office I am prompted to pay homage to the genius behind the action blockbuster of the summer.

Joss Whedon has long been a cult favorite, from his creation of a certain cheerleader who moonlights as a vampire slayer, to his amazing futuristic weird western, he has always flown a bit below the radar. Now with the Avengers kickin' butt and takin' names at the box office perhaps this under-appreciated auteur will finally make the A-list!

Long time fans of Whedon have always appreciated his witty and oddball brand of humor. Smart, fast paced, filled with in-jokes that are said with a certain wry flair are some of his trademarks.

Fairytales Retold, reshaped and reimagined

Cover: The Rose and the Beast, by Francesca Lia Block

Wicked, the amazing Broadway hit came to Denver April-May, I have seen the show, I have read the books and I LOVE Wicked, and now Snow White and the Huntsman is tearing it up at the box office but what about other lesser known retold stories?

I have a fascination with stories told from the outsider's perspective, or stories told with an unexpected slant. It has always been a dream of mine to get a degree that studies fairytales just so I could spend years and years and years reading and rereading the same stories told different ways, but I digress.

Terry Pratchett, not just for reading!

The Color of Magic

For years I have tried and failed to make it all the way through a Terry Pratchett novel, but his movies, now that's another story...

I don't know why, I try and try yet Pratchett's novels are just beyond me. I love witty books, I love quirky British novels, I like footnotes and random asides in fiction but I just cannot read Terry Pratchett, but his movies, now those I can get behind.

Let's go hiking

Peterson Field Guide to Birds

Spring is the time of year when people start to hit those trails again, and the holds lists for hiking guides just sky rocket. But don't just stop at the trail guide learn more about your hike with some of these excellent materials.

Add some depth to your trek by bringing along a field guide or two:

Moths Attack!

The Silence of the Lambs

With such a mild winter the Miller Moths have arrived with a vengeance, and just before them those little tiny moths (Clothes Moths) arrived en masse to my house. You know, the ones that will eat all your favorite sweaters and you won't know until the fall...

So with moths on the mind I thought I would throw together a little list of all things moth-y!

Mothman Prophecies This movie is a strange and lurid account of the strange occurrences that took place in the 1960s in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. With appearances lasting for only a year, the mothman has had a place in the canon of American urban legends ever since.

Twisted Comics

Black Hole

I love a good illustration, as they say a picture is worth a thousand words, though in some instances there truly are no words...

These comics are NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN, please bear that in mind, I am talking about R. Crumb inspired twisted insanity. Like:

Grimmer Tales by Eric Bergstrom - These are very funny riffs on nursery rhymes, things do not go as planned!

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring- This book just gave me the creeps, I was amazed, confused, grossed out and yet completely riveted.

Trudi Canavan, Fantasy from down under

Trudi Canavan

There is a lot of great fantasy being written in the land of Oz these days.

For some reason Australian authors have been popping up all over my radar lately. From one of my favorite illustrated series Monster Blood Tattoo, to the Black Magician Trilogy, Australian authors seem to have their thumbs on my fantasy pulse.

Me and Emiliana Torrini

me and armini cover

If you were knocked out by the Sucker Punch soundtrack like I was you might want to further explore the work of Emiliana Torrini.

Born in Iceland of Icelandic and Italian parents Torrini has been a collaborator in the dance music scene for some years now. Working with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Paul Oakenfold, she lends her stylish sense and her fairy tale vocals to their works. Her own albums are a departure from the dance music scene and are reminiscent of a funky Tori Amos, or perhaps Regina Spektor.

From her sweet, sad and tender "Today has been OK" to the upbeat "Jungle Drum" her songs run the gamut.

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