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Dave Chappelle in Denver

Chappelle's Show

Dave Chappelle has been in town performing his hilarious stand-up comedy at The Comedy Works since Tuesday, April 29 and will be here through Tuesday, May 6. I had the pleasure of seeing him last night at Comedy Works South. What was scheduled to be a two hour show turned into a four hour marathon lasting roughly from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.! Mr. Chappelle delighted his audiences and kept the crowd in stitches long past last call.

2013 Nebula Nominees Announced

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Since 1965, active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America vote on and present the The Nebula Awards to recognize the year's best works in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. The winners will be announced on May 17 in San Jose, California. Which of the nominees are you rooting for?

2014 Nominees for Best Novel

Challenge Accepted!

Reading Challenge Badge

Have you noticed all the great new reviews available on the library's website? We have over 1161  new reviews in a variety of genres ready and waiting to delight our customers.

Staff at the Denver Public Library recently underwent a Reading Challenge that dared them to read 16 books in a variety of genres and write reviews of them to share with customers. We are proud to say that we had 48 staff complete the challenge!

My Top Five Favorite Beatles Albums

The Beatles

50 years after the historic airing of The Beatles playing live on the Ed Sullivan show, Beatlemania may not make young girls scream and faint anymore, but many listeners continue to hold their music near and dear to their hearts. 

Hundreds, if not thousands, of books have been written about The Beatles. I have read a mere fraction of what is available. Some paint the lads from Liverpool in holy light, while others darken the lingering shadows and tell a more sinister tale. While not all music lovers love The Beatles, most respect their profound effect on the musical landscape that continues to evolve and annoy parents to this day.

To honor my favorite band, I would like to share my top five favorite Beatles albums!

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Hugo Award Winners 2013

Redshirts by John Scalzi

On Sunday night in San Antonio, Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi, was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Named for Hugo Gernsback, widely credited for popularizing the reading of Science Fiction, The Hugo Awards are one of Science Fiction's most prestigious honors and have been an annual literary event since 1955.

More Hugo Award 2013 Winners:

Best Novella

Best Novelette

Still Flying: 'Serenity' @ DPL's Steampunk Film Series

Serenity Movie Poster

With, Serenity (2005) -- the third installment of DPL's Steampunk Film Series -- Joss Whedon takes us 500 years into the future where the overpopulation of Earth has scattered humans across the universe. The crew of the spaceship Serenity must evade the totalitarian government and the assassin dispatched to hunt them down.

Whether you are a longtime fan of Joss Whedon, or are new to his work, Serenity is an action-packed film with elements from the Western, Science Fiction and Steampunk genres. It is also one of the few movies that I can think of that was developed after the TV show it was based on, Firefly, was canceled.

A Cyborg Walks Into a Saloon: The Weird West

The Good, the Bad and the Infernal by Guy Adams

The Weird Western may not be a genre you are overly familiar with, but because of its growing popularity and unforgettable characters I recommend hunkerin' down for a spell with a handful of books and films that are fine examples of all the Weird West has to offer.

What is the Weird West you ask? The Weird West takes all your favorite nuggets from genres such as Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy and puts in them in an American West setting (or off-world in a place very much like the American West) and tells a story in a gritty and descriptive language that propels readers through each action-packed moment.

Weird West Books:

Film on the Rocks Summer Lineup Announced

Film on the Rocks logo

My favorite herald of summer, the lineup announcement for Film on the Rocks, happened this morning!

It is a uniquely Colorado experience to be nestled in the breathtaking alcove of Red Rocks, watching the sun set over Denver, while reveling in a warm Summer evening and anticipating a beloved film. Each event is full of music, film and camaraderie. I have fond memories of seeing Saving Private Ryan and The Big Lebowski in years past.

Happy Winnie the Pooh Day!

The House on Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day! British author Alan Alexander Milne was born on January 18, 1882 and is the creator of everyone's favorite silly old bear and all of his pals in the Hundred Acre Wood! Celebrate with a spot of something sweet and a good book shared with dear friends! Reread the classic stories in The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne.

Winnie the Pooh's story begins on a pleasant day in 1924 when Christopher Robin Milne, the author's son, visited the London Zoological Gardens and encountered a real life Black Bear named Winnie who preferred condensed milk to honey! The original stuffed animals which inspired the beloved and timeless tales are on display in the New York Public Library. Mr.

Sink Your Teeth into These Vampire Books

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Looking for a great vampire book to sink your teeth into this Halloween? These young adult novels are bloody good. Being without a good book is really scary!

Whether you are looking for a stand-alone read or a series to be enthralled by, novels featuring vampires are incredibly diverse. Ranging from romantic to deadly, vampires are as varied as the mere mortals who read about them.

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