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Yes, We Have That Cookbook

Magpie

Local magazine 5280 (available at your local branch or online through Zinio) recently featured 10 Favorite Cookbooks to Gift on their web site. With so many recipes just a search engine and a click away, are print cookbooks still needed? This article, and your library, say a resounding YES to that question.

The National Outdoor Book Awards

Finding Abbey

Many folks clamor to know the winners of the National Book Awards or the Pulitzer Prizes. I'm more partial to niche book awards.

The Library Started It All: Other Borrowing/Rental Services in Denver

Several months ago, library staff gathered information from you, our customers, to see what “nontraditional” items you might like to see the library circulate. While of course we will continue to offer books, music, and movies (both physically and digitally!), we heard many great ideas.

We also heard about many items that are already available to borrow or rent from other places in Denver--in some cases, even things that the library already has or does. We wanted to make sure to get the word out about some of these  services, programs, and classes. Here is a sampling:

Tiptree Award Winners--and New Tiptree Fellowships

My Real Children

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is one of my favorites for a lot of reasons. The award was named after James Tiptree, Jr, aka Alice B. Sheldon, whose use of a male pen name, when discovered, prompted much discussion of whether the act of writing itself is gendered.

Tell Us: What Would YOU Check Out?

The Denver Public Library is considering a "Library of Things"--items to be checked out or to use in the library that go beyond what you already expect from us (beyond books, DVDs, CDs, ebooks, etc).

Libraries across the country have been successful with such collections, and we want to know what YOU would check out from the Denver Public Library if it were available! Some ideas are:

Baking pans

Knitting needles

Button makers

New technology

Art

The Joy of Cookbooks

In Her Kitchen

Even if you don't actually like to cook, there is a certain pleasure to be had from just perusing cookbooks. Some have gorgeous photography. Some authors write about food in a way that can get you craving flavors you've never tasted before. Cookbooks allow you to fantasize about dishes that you might make (if you could find all of those rare ingredients and if you actually had all the strange kitchen gadgets required!). They allow you to travel the world through the cuisine of various countries. Some get so specific that they center around a single ingredient.

27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists

Beyond Magenta

Recently, the finalists for the 2015 Lambda Literary Awards were announced. Always expanding as the number of LGBT books continues to grow, these awards celebrate the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writing--fiction, nonfiction, genres, and children's and young adult books. Out of more than 800 submissions from over 400 publishers, finalists were chosen in various categories. Here are some of the finalists from our collection:

TV and Comics--A Great Combination

Flash

You've probably noticed that many new and returning television series have their roots in the comic book world. Whether the shows are strictly based on certain titles (most aren't) or inspired by characters and worlds originally created by comics writers and artists, you can enrich your viewing experience by delving into the backstory of your new favorite hero or antihero.

Here's a list of some TV to comics ties and suggestions for reading to get you started:

Eisner Awards--Celebrating Graphic Format Books

Saga

The 26th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were given out on July 25 At San Diego Comic Con International. Awards were given out in 30 categories to works published in 2013, celebrating the best of the comics world.

October is for (Biography) Lovers

Isabella: The Warrior Queen

What is it about biographies and memoirs? Is it the thrill of finding out intimate information about someone we only know through a public face? The inspiration we get from stories of overcoming obstacles? Learning more about someone when all you really know is that you respect their work? Biographies are perpetually popular at the library, and we are always getting new ones in, but it seems that October is the month that all biography lovers are waiting for.

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