Back in the 1980s, when I still had in-laws working a family farm out on the eastern plains, I used to head out to visit them on U.S. 36 and pause, like many drivers did, at a wide spot in the road called Last Chance. It was a place for gas and chips and a soft-serve and maybe a bed if you were a bu ... More >>
Following in the footsteps of Wallace Stegner, the "Dean of Western Writers," takes a big pair of shoes. Though we don't know what size award-winning Colorado author Kent Haruf wears, we do know that his literary prowess is deserving of the Wallace Stegner Award, given annually by CU-Boulder's Cente ... More >>
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We've long lamented the lack of a strong literary history of Denver -- and now Jenny Shank, author of The Ringer, has provided one, just published on the Poets and Writers web site.
"Colorado has often been a boom and bust state," she writes, "at ... More >>
When I equated the One Book, One Denver program with a McDonald's Happy Meal -- people-pleasing and easy to digest -- I didn't know that McDonald's had signed on to sponsor this year's celebration of reading, which will focus on The Art of Racing in the Rain.
But hey, at least it's better th ... More >>
Today is the deadline to vote for the next pick in the One Book, One Denver program. Your options: Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Jef Otte wasn't thrilled by the choices, following in a long tradition of Westw ... More >>
John WilliamsFor years this space has been the repository of staff rants about the weird selections made by the city's One Book, One Denver program -- most of which have little or nothing to do with Colorado and seem to be, at best, a nod toward oh-so-PC mediocrity. The worst offender may be ... More >>
For a city that embraces reading, Denver has never really embraced the One Book, One Denver program -- not even after last year's votingpalooza for the fifth edition, tied to a secret National Endowment for the Arts grant from the Big Read program, which resulted in the pick of To Kill a Moc ... More >>
"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read," Scout, the young tomboy narrator, confides in To Kill a Mockingbird. "One does not love breathing."
Now, To Kill a Mockingbird has been called on to breathe new life into One Book, One Denver, the program that promotes reading by havin ... More >>
Book 'em, Barack.Hard to imagine the press minions who worked for the previous administration releasing a list of books George W. Bush planned to read on vacation -- probably because those liberal smartypants types would bring their overt prejudice to bear against titles such as The Pet Goat. ... More >>
Photo by Doug BeamBat For Lashes' Natasha Khan.Lash-ing out.
Today in Backbeat Online:
• Over the Weekend: Bat for Lashes at the Bluebird Theater.
• Over the Weekend: The Avett Brothers at the Ogden Theatre.
• Over the Weekend: The Flaming Lips at Red Rocks.
• Over the Weekend: Mos D ... More >>
Read between the lines: The rationale behind the city's vote for the next One Book, One Denver selection became clear yesterday, when the Department of Cultural Affairs revealed that the city had received a $20,000 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
That NEA program is desig ... More >>
Here's the great thing about a book. Once you have it in your hands, it never goes offline. The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs hasn't been so lucky with the web site where the city's residents are invited to help choose the next One Book, One Denver selection. Voting allegedly started on June 1 ... More >>