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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

Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Theft

The finalists for the 25th annual Lambda Literary Awards were recently announced. The Lammys celebrate GLBT literature and are given in many categories, including fiction, romance, biography/memoir, children's/young adult, and sf/fantasy/horror.

If you want your next read to have GLBT themse, this is a great list to start with! For the complete list of finalists, see the Lambda Literary Foundation web site. The site also lists past winners and nominees. 

James Tiptree, Jr. Awards Announced

The Drowning Girl

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award and honor books were recently announced.

What is the Tiptree? Given since 1991, it is "an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender...The aim of the award is not to look for work that falls into some narrow definition of political correctness, but rather to seek out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating." The Tiptree is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who used the pen name James Tiptree, Jr. to publish her science fiction and fantasy stories, genres largely closed to women at the time she was writing.

A Novel Thank You!

Somewhere South of Tuscany

A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our 2nd annual Novel Night on Friday at the new Sam Gary Branch!

A wonderful time was had by all, hundreds of crafts were created from recycled books, amazing desserts by Monica Kadillak were consumed, books were donated (and traded), prizes were won, and, most importantly, Fresh City Life My Branch programming at the Denver Public Library was supported! Special thanks to these sponsors:

Monica Kadillak, for her wonderful desserts--look for more cooking classes with Monica in the months to come!

The Denver Botanic Gardens

Starbucks

Books & Authors, (Not) Well Behaved Women, and Cakes!

One Land Two Stories

After you recover from our Novel Night fundraiser on Friday, Fresh City Life My Branch continues to serve up a diversity of adult cultural programs for your learning pleasure!

We all know that Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History. Learn about some of the great female Colorado troublemakers in this presentation by the Fairmount Heritage Foundation on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Sam Gary. Encore presentation on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Cold, Colder, Coldest

Antarctica

During the colder months, some folks like to read about tropical climates and warm days. I have a tendency to want to read about places that are even colder than where I am.

Enter my obsession over books about Antarctica. I don't know that I'll ever get to visit there, but I do love to read about it, both in fiction and nonfiction. While there is a vast body of literature about Antarctic explorers such as Amundsen, Shackleton, and Scott, my reading about the cold continent tends to be about modern folks--scientists and other curious types--who have recorded their time there and are often studying the (few) animals that live there, along with other studies including climate change, the earth's history, and even the possibilities of life on Mars.

Author Event: One Land, Two Stories

One Land Two Stories

Join Fresh City Life My Branch in partnership with The Colorado Ballet's Light Project for a presentation by the authors of One Land Two Stories.

The presentation will be Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Shaul Gabbay was born and raised in Tel Aviv. The son of Jewish Arab refugees, he was educated in Israel, received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and completed his postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago. Born in Haifa, Amin Kazak became a Palestinian refugee in 1948. Kazak completed advanced degrees from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

Be Crafty and Parent Compassionately with Fresh City Life My Branch

Herbs

Get a new skill, learn a new craft, and become a better parent with Fresh City Life My Branch programs this week!

The folks from Painting Soiree will introduce you to Acrylic Painting on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Bring home your first masterpiece! Please register: 720-865-0975 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Lots of choices for Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m.:

Do You Have Your Novel Night Tickets Yet?

Novel Night 2013

Been putting off getting your Novel Night tickets for 2013? Call or stop by the Sam Gary Branch today to show your support for Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming!

What does your $25 Novel Night ticket get you? A fun-filled evening of crafts made from recycled books, light dinner fare, and special desserts provided by popular cooking teacher Monica Kadillak! We'll also be running a book swap with some choice titles--bring two, take one! Leftovers will be donated to good causes! Additionally, your ticket will enter you into prize drawings for gift cards and other treats all evening long.

Explore Colorado Wine!

Exploring Colorado Wineries

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Author Series presents Paula Mitchell, author of Exploring Colorado Wineries on Monday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Mitchell will focus this presentation on wine fundamentals and organizing your Colorado wine tour, and will help you increase your wine knowledge and gain confidence in pairing wine with your favorite foods. Discover the incredible spectrum of Colorado's 125 wineries and tasting rooms. Sharpen your understanding of the "Five S's" of wine tasting. Expand your wine tasting vocabulary through the Wine Aroma Wheel. Learn the fine art of tasting room exploration. She'll make you want to start exploring!

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