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Colorado Authors Series: Jacqueline St. Joan

Local author Jacqueline St. Joan will be at the Schlessman Family Branch on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss her novel My Sisters Made of Light.

In her novel, St. Joan draws from her extensive travels and research to share with readers a compelling portrait of the compelling, heartbreaking, and sometimes terrifying lives of the women and men in the social, political, and religious maze that is Pakistan. St. Joan is an award-winning poet, travel writer, teacher, and lawyer. She has worked as a county judge, a law professor, and a child and human rights advocate. My Sisters Made of Light is her first novel.

KIDS - Recommended New Books

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some titles we are excited about in the new year.

Younger readers:

Anonymous Authors

With the recent speculaton over who is behind the new book O: A Presidential Novel, what do you think about books being published by anonymous authors? Several books have published anonymously within the last forty years. Some authors revealed their involvement years later. Does it make the work less credible because they hide (or try to hide) their identity?

Happy Birthday Edward Gorey!

Gashlycrumb Tinies

Edward Gorey, born on February 22, 1925, is the author of over 100 books and the illustrator of hundreds more. Even though he passed away in 2000, his macabre crosshatch style of illustration has influenced many artists to this day and continues to capture the imaginations of readers everywhere.

reading, not rocking

Does everybody dream of Rock Stardom at some point in their life? I cannot count the number of "taking the school by storm and blowing everyone away" talent show fantasies I had as a teenager, and to this day I wonder what could have been had I learned how to play guitar instead of the piano. It is on days like this that I decide to live vicariously through others by throwing on some of my favorite music and reading about my favorite bands instead.

There is something quite satisfying in reading about lives completely unlike your own: lives you will never lead, but are curious about anyway. Not only that - it is pretty fun to read about the origins of your favorite band, or about some debauchery you either have never experienced or have put far behind you. Read one of these rock biographies and experience some secondary musical inspiration.

 

Presidential Fiction

Abraham Lincoln continues to enthrall writers, readers and historians. Lincoln once said, "The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I [haven't] read." Have you read these fictionalized accounts of Lincoln's extraordinary life?

Tool Crush

Digital Library Assistant

If you work for a living, chances are you have a work tool you fancy. The Digital Library Assistant, DLA for short, is my new work crush.

Weighing only 25 oz (including battery), the DLA helps my colleagues and I shelf-read the book stacks, automatically comparing what is on the shelf to an electronic copy of the library's inventory. I learn several things with a wave of the DLA and marvel at the time savings. The DLA is the right tool for my job.

The library has several interesting books about tools and technology whether you're a collector or worker bee.  Here are a few sample titles:

Happy Birthday Matt Groening!

Born today in 1954, Matt Groening is the creator of the television series The Simpsons and Futurama. Groening's first published works were cartoons called Life is Hell and were about a pair of anthropomorphic rabbits named Akbar and Jeff.

The popularity of Life is Hell led to the creation of The Simpsons. The Simpsons debuted on the Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987.

My Frugal Valentine

Valentine's Kiss

Not sure what to do for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? You don't have to spend a lot of money to show you care. ...Let me count the ways...

Off Kilter Romance

Ah, the day of LOVE has arrived, looming over our collective heads. Are you in love? Out of love? Don't believe in Love? Some of these books might convince you otherwise, while others will just reaffirm that belief.

Breathers: A Zombie's Lament: This is truly an off-kilter love story, believe it or not Zombies are alive and well, if not breathing, at least falling in love. If you haven't read this quirky zombie novel pick it up and devour it today. A whole new take on what it means to be a zombie and in love.

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