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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.

Craft brewer's Quiz

Drink Craft Beer

If you're a craft brewer, or if you want to be a craft brewer, check out what Denver Public Library has for you! We have these great magazines covering the craft brewing industry.

Plaza Voices: Where Are We From? Where Are We Going?

Image from the interactive immigration map at www.pewglobal.org

Have you ever wondered about immigration in other countries? Or been curious about where immigrants from the U.S. end up when they go abroad? This interactive map from the Pew Research Center provides an instant, highly readable graphic that answers just those questions--and many more.

Start by selecting a country, then choose "Into" or "Out Of" to see both immigration to and emigration from that particular corner of the world.

Mindfulness Book Club: Tools for Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness on the Go: Simple Meditations Practices You Can Do Anywhere

As my exploration with mindfulness continues, I have to admit sometimes I struggle. Being aware of thoughts and feelings sounds so easy, but it definitely takes work. The increased awareness has helped me focus more on the present and I find I'm rehashing the past a little less, which is a huge step for me.

Plaza Voices: Stories from Angel Island

Cover of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, available from DPL

This year marks the 105th anniversary of the opening of Angel Island, an immigration station near San Francisco that is sometimes called the Ellis Island of the West. However, Angel Island primarily acted as a detention center for immigrants, especially those of Asian descent.

Be a Rebel. Be a Rock Star. Be a Man and Read to your Kids.

Reading is rebellious. My conviction in believing this is just as strong as my belief in the sky being blue, or in beauty being ubiquitous.

Reading is the one thing I can still do to get in touch with the outlaw in me, the adolescent delinquent craving confrontation with authority. It’s because of this, too, that I read to my son every day. It’s the closest I get to doing something religiously. I want him to think for himself, rebel against anything that goes against his ideals and the integrity of who he is, who he will be.

Winter of Reading is coming

What is the best thing to do during the long cold winter months? Why, read of course! Anyone who is a Book Person (and aren’t we all) can tell you that the best way to spend a cold day is curled up with a good book, listening to some tunes and sipping from a steaming mug of tea.

How Colorado Got So Rugged: Books on Colorado Geology

Messages in Stone Book Cover

If you want to see geologic marvels, Colorado is the place to be. Tall mountains, deep canyons, desert mesas, dinosaur bones, glacial valleys--this state has it all. But have you ever wondered how it got this way? Why is Colorado so rugged, when states like Iowa and Kansas are so flat? What raised those mountains and carved those valleys?

Mindfulness: It's Not What You Think

Water drop photo by fox_kiyo

Mindfulness seems to be on everyone's, well, minds lately. You may have heard it discussed in relation to business, health, or relationships. But what is it exactly?

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