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Stephen King's Summer Book Picks

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Entertainment Weekly asked Stephen King for some hot summer reading suggestions, many of which are already on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Stephen King recommends:

Summer Hoops

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LeBron James is announcing his decision live on Thursday, July 8 at 9 PM ET on ESPN.

I was reminded while watching Hoop Reality, that only 1.2% of all college basketball players are recruited to the NBA. James is a very talented and lucky man.  A recent trip to watch the Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks (sans an injured Candace Parker) had me wondering about the percentage of young women being recruited to the WNBA.

1998 Nobel Winner José Saramago's Literary Legacy

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Winner of the Nobel prize for literature in 1998, Portuguese novelist José Saramago died last month. He was 87. He left a long list of novels--and books in other genres, too--as his legacy in spite of the fact that he didn’t start writing novels until he was in his fifties.

Library Journal recommended Blindness as an “excellent choice for a book-discussion group.” Publishers Weekly said The Cave is a “remarkably generous and eloquent novel” and that “Saramago [had] an extraordinary ability to make a complex narrative read like a simple parable.”

Baltasar and Blimunda

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

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The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is celebrating its 20th year of first-rate, visual, culinary, and performance arts this weekend. This free event features a cultural pavilion, Artivity Avenue, demonstration chefs, fitness instructors and much more! Shop hardy this weekend! Spending money in Denver generates much needed revenue that helps to fund the library!

If art crime thrills you, you might be interested in the book list Forgers, Filchers and Fakes.

Tales of breastfeeding...

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Working full time while nursing a baby is the most rewarding and exhausting thing I've ever done! Where do I turn when I need a little breastfeeding inspiration? First I look at my cute lil' baby, and then I hit up Denver Public Library.

Deciding to breastfeed isn't something I really thought about too much. I simply knew I wanted to try it--I have nothing against parents who formula-feed their babies. I'm very much a "whatever works for you" kind of gal and some women just can't breastfeed for a multitude of reasons.

I learned a little about breastfeeding in my childbirth class and decided to take a breastfeeding class after it came to an end.  I did ok 'breastfeeding' a stuffed Cookie Monster, so when baby arrived I gave it a go. 

2010 Colorado Book Awards

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Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book announced the winners for the 2010 Colorado Book Awards!

And the winners are:

Oprah's Summer Book Picks

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There is no denying that Oprah can pick a book. Oprah recommends 26 books for your reading enjoyment in her July edition of O.

Some of Oprah's choices include:

Armchair Travel

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There's nothing like a good vacation, and summertime always makes me eager to travel. This summer, however, a complicated schedule and lack of funds are keeping me from exploring the world. Fortunately, I can be consoled with books whose settings and plots take me all kinds of places, even from my Denver living room.

The best writers, in my opinion, create a setting that is so vivid that it almost becomes a character.

Newer Books with a Focus on the Americas

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I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Biennial of the Americas, a citywide event during the month of July. There will be art exhibits, entertainment and forums focusing on the Americas with visitors from many—maybe from all—of the countries of the Western Hemisphere in attendance. Here are some of the newer books related to the countries and cultures of the Western Hemisphere that captured my attention:

Latin American Graphic Design Edited by Felipe Taborda and Julius Wiedemann

Border Culture By Ilan Stavans

Sudden Fiction Latino: Short Stories from the United States and Latin America Edited by Robert Shapard, James Thomas and Ray Gonzalez

Cherry Blossom Festival

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The Cherry Blossom Festival is a jubilant weekend honoring Japanese-American culture, food, music and much more!

Japanese Dining

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