Reviews and Blog Posts: books

Books & Brews: Suggested Pairings for Denver's Brewing Scene

Photo courtesy of Black Shirt Brewing Co

With Denver churning out new breweries at breakneck speed, you can sometimes have trouble finding someone to drag along to each new spot. Luckily, you still don't have to go alone. Consider inviting your long lost pal, the book. Here is a brief list of complementary "Book & Brew" pairings for taprooms around Denver.

Hogshead Brewery. This northwest Denver brewery's traditional English cask ales pair nicely with any of the English greats: a Lake Lightning and a Brontë, a Chin Wag to match your Shelley (the poet or the novelist).

Author Kristen Ashley Takes Denver By Storm

If there is truth to the writer's credo, "write what you know" -- Kristen Ashley is leading an exciting life! You'll have a chance to meet this prolific and popular author at the library this September. 

Kristen Ashley has a soft spot for the Denver Public Library. She started her writing career here in Denver and often wrote and did research in our libraries. And now she wants to say thank you to DPL and to all of her loyal readers. Kristen is coming to Denver for a special event to meet her fans and raise funds for one of her favorite places - Denver Public Library.

An Evening with Kristen Ashley
Friday, September 20, 7 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Little Free Libraries: Neighbors Creating Richer Communities

Our Little Free Library by Robin Filipczak

This spring, my family installed a Little Free Library in front of our home. Have you heard about these libraries? Founded in 2009, the Little Free Library movement seeks to:

promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide

build a sense of community as people share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

Owners can create their own library box or purchase one from Little Free Library and register on the organization's website. Library locations are then geolocated on a Google Map.

Author Dean Fetzer Debuts His New Novel At DPL

Fetzer signing copies of his books in the Vida Ellison Gallery of Central.

An intimate but enthusiastic group gathered to hear excerpts from Dean Fetzer's newest novel, Dead Silent.

The author, visiting from London, chatted with the audience and then read passages from the finale in his Jaared Sen Quartet. Dean took questions from the audience, and then signed copies of his books for excited collectors. 

Denver Public Library owns these Fetzer titles:

Death in Amber

Everyone Has a Story To Tell. Get Yours Published.

"I publish my own books, so there isn't a certain editor I owe the book to at a publishing house." -- Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Denver Public Library hosts a workshop designed to help writers navigate the changing world of self-publishing.

In 2008, there was a paradigm shift in the publishing world: more book titles were self-published than published through traditional means. In 2009, 76% of new book titles came into being by self-publishing. London-based author Dean Fetzer is leading the charge for the brave new world of publishing. He helms our upcoming workshop focused on self-publishing for new authors.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore

by Robin Sloan

DPL Rating:
5

Enticed by a help wanted sign, an out-of-work 21st century man enters an antiquarian bookstore and gets caught up in the puzzle of a lifetime. Set in San Francisco and New York, this upbeat book is a perfect blending of old and new and a read that technophiles and bibliophiles will...

Unbound: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery

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"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery." -- President Barack Obama

For every triumph of human rights, there is a new corner of darkness somewhere in the world that needs the bright light of justice shone on it. And that light doesn't have to reach very far; Colorado is a hub for international human trafficking. A special task force has been formed to combat the problem.

Read up. Knowledge is empowering: many contemporary authors, both fiction and nonfiction, are reporting on this heartbreaking subject.

Love a Good Mystery? Check Out the Edgar Nominees!

Map of Lost Memories

Love mysteries, but don't know what to read next? See if you missed any of the best mystery and crime novels, true crime, and biography of 2012 by perusing the nominations for the Edgar Awards!

The Edgars, given out by the Mystery Writers of America, have been honoring great mystery writing since 1946. This year's awards will be given out on May 2--plenty of time to read the nominees in your favorite category and predict your own winner!

Best First Novel:

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore

by Robin Sloan

DPL Rating:
4

“What do you seek in these shelves?”

KIDS - Recommended New Books

from Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. With summer vacation just around the corner, here are some great new titles to keep you reading all summer long.

Younger Readers:

Letters to Leo by Amy Hest. Annie's dad has finally given in and let her get a dog, so now Annie writes letters to her new pet during the school day so he can keep up with all of the exciting things that happen to her while she is away from him. Annie is not exactly a "model citizen" and there are lots of funny stories and drawings throughout the book. Recommended by Gigi from the Children's Library.

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