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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.

World Poetry Day! - March 21

earth and ink quill

In Paris in 1999, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), proclaimed March 21st as World Poetry Day.

Plaza Voices: Telling Our Stories

Cover of Purpose, by Wyclef Jean, available at DPL

Personal stories are fascinating. They enliven history, putting events into a context we can understand. They bridge the gaps between our own experiences and those of others, as we see common human concerns arise in circumstances vastly different from our own. More than anything, personal histories help us to empathize with people whose lives we may have never imagined.

novella /noʊˈvɛlə/

Literary Lingo

The Oxford English Dictionary notes the term novella is derived from the Italian novella originally a short fictitious narrative. But the novella is not short on popularity.

Big Library Read - Shakespeare Saved My Life

Shakespeare Saved My Life

We’re excited to announce that the latest Big Library Read is now live, offering millions of users around the globe the opportunity to join the largest global eBook club in the world. For the next two weeks the eBook Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates will be available to borrow without any wait lists or holds.

Mindfulness Book Club: Mindfulness Goes To Work

Your Mind at Work. From the April 2013 issue of Mindful Magazine.

We all spend a huge chunk of our lives at work. We may spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our loved ones. So when you have a bad day or are stressed, it can feel completely overwhelming.

Plaza Voices: Immigrant Women

Cover of Danticat's Behind the Mountains, available from DPL

March is Women's History Month, and a time to explore the experiences and contributions of immigrant women here in America.

Both the Migration Policy Institute and the American Immigration Council offer demographic information on immigrant women, detailing country of origin, occupation, and education level.

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:

The Bookseller: An Interview with Denver Author Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

Cynthia Swanson is a Denver writer and mid-century modern designer. Her debut novel, The Bookseller, is being released by HarperCollins Publishers on March 3. This work of historical fiction, set in Denver in the early 1960s, asks the question, “How did I end up in my current life?

Do you think you would risk your life to save a stranger?

Village of Secrets

Pierre Piton, a courageous 17-year-old, led French Jews in hiding during the Holocaust on a complicated 250-kilometer journey to cross the border between France and Switzerland with overnight stays in churches, crossing streams, climbing over barbed-wire fences, all the while cleverly evading the regular patrols. After many successes, while on a train, he was finally arrested by the French police. Rather miraculously, he was later released.

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