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James Beard Foundation Award Finalists Announced

Ripe

Whether you love discovering new recipes or just want to drool over the beautiful photographs, you'll want to check out the James Beard Award finalists for excellence in cookbooks and food writing.

American Cooking:

Fire in My Belly, Kevin Gillespie & David Joachim

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart

Southern Comfort, Allison Vines-Rushing & Slade Rushing

Beverage:

How to Love Wine, Eric Asimov

Inventing Wine, Paul Lukacs

The(Probably) Awesome book club is indeed AWESOME!

these people had no problem getting out. just sayin'

We had our first meeting on Saturday (where were you?! It was only like 7 inches of snow!) and I think I can officially say that the (probably) can be changed to CAPS LOCK AWESOME! We talked about what kinds of books we like and everyone had read something that no one else had, which was super cool.

Our next meeting is Saturday, April 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Burnham Hoyt book club room at the Central Library. We’re reading Glow by Amy Ryan. If you want to join us, read the book and come hang out. We’ll have coffee and donuts. If you don’t get a chance to read the book in time but want to join the book club, come by anyway. We’ll be picking books for the next sessions plus talking about the book we read. I’m pretty sure no one bites.

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe

The Denver Post called him the Father of African Literature and quoted African scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah as saying that he didn't just influence African literature, he invented it.  Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author, poet, and professor, passed away last Thursday in Boston.    

Achebe was critical of the portrayal of African people and civilization in Western literature as barbaric or inarticulate, and worked to change this false perception through his own works and through the founding of Okike, a Nigerian literary magazine.  He was active in Nigerian politics and government, sometimes at the risk of his own safety.  He was awarded The Man Booker International Prize in 2007.

Here is a sampling of his titles available through Denver Public Library:

His novels:

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

KIDS & TEENS: VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS!

CBW 2013 poster by Brian Selznick

Hey Kids and Teens - let your voice be heard by voting for your favorite books and authors from 2012 in the Children's Choice Book Awards. Children's Book Week is coming up in May, and as part of the celebration, the Children's Book Council gives out awards to popular authors. The Denver Public Library owns all of the titles that have been nominated, so start reading now - voting starts today!

Children's Book Week is May 13-19 and celebrates books for young people of all ages. While the Children's Book Week website has all kinds of good stuff on it, like a cool search-and-find bookmark by Grace Lin and the Children's Book Week poster by Brian Selznick, but my favorite part is voting for the best books. The Children's Choice Book Awards honor books for Kindergarten - High School.

Scribes, Scholars & Storytellers Series 2013

Featuring Carnita Groves and Anitha Jackson

The Blair-Caldwell Library created the Scribes, Scholars and Storytellers series to assist and uplift members of the Denver African American community that are involved in or trying to break into the published field. We strive to offer material from a wide range of genres. This year we have an awesome variety of talent. 13 Denver based scholars, poets and authors who will be sharing their creativity ending May 22. Join us for an exciting series, promising a little something for everyone!

Read Me, I'm Irish!

A statue of James Joyce in Dublin

This St. Patrick's Day, pass over the leprechauns, green beer, and clovers in silence and enjoy a true celebration of Irish culture in the works of this triumvirate of Irish literary giants.

Entertain your friends over the holiday weekend by reciting Jem Casey's "The Workman's Friend" or quoting the stately, plump Buck Mulligan.

March is National Nutrition Month

In honor of National Nutrition Month we will have Registered Dietitians visiting the Green Valley Ranch Branch on Monday, March 18 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the Central Library on Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

These nutrition experts will be on hand to talk about healthy eating and the USDA's new MyPlate dietary guidelines, along with any other food and diet questions you may have.

Celebrate Women's Fiction

Alif the Unseen

Celebrate Women's History Month by reading some of the outstanding fiction by female authors on the recently announced Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) long list.

Now in its 18th year, the U.K. prize celebrates fiction written in English by women. The long list finalists are from various countries, including the U.K., Israel, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Turkey, and Australia. Check out one of these great titles today, and look for the short list announcement in April and the winner in June!

A Trick I Learned from Dead Men, Kitty Aldridge

Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson

In Case Of Emergency, Eat This Book

I recently received Dr. Kessler's book, The End Of Overeating, in the mail. It was from my friend Mary, and included a sweet, heartfelt note that read, "In the event of an emergency, eat this book." Ahh, friends. So far, it's delicious.

Truthfully, Mary and I are both fighting a battle of the bulge. She is my cheerleader and I am hers. Last year, when Dr. Joel Fuhrman visited The Denver Public Library, I had the doctor sign a copy of his book Eat To Live for Mary and I mailed it to her for inspiration. 

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