Larry Greico, Gilpin Library. I hope everyone’s summer is going as well as ours is here at the library. It seems like the Summer Reading Program just started, but in fact it’s winding down already. On August 9, we’ll be hosting our annual ice cream party for all the participants in the program, as well as their families. There will be grand prize drawings, as usual, for those present, and all the ice cream you can eat (with parent’s permission, of course.) We start at 10:00 a.m. and go until noon, with the drawings beginning at about 10:45. Come join us for the ice cream and stay for the excitement!
This is about the time that we announce the date of A Midsummer Night’s Poetry Reading, but I’m afraid we’re going to pass this time. Never fear, the Gilpin County and Ned poets will be back for a cool evening of poetry when we present A Midwinter Night’s Poetry Reading next January or February. Those of you who join us for the open microphone segment, keep writing and polishing up your poetry, and be ready to take the stage next winter. There’s a good possibility we’ll be joined by one or more great poets from other parts of Colorado as well. We’ll announce the date late next fall.
The annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair for the Friends of the Gilpin County Library is scheduled for Thursday, September 25, at the Barnes & Noble store in Denver West. On that day visit the store and let them know you support our Friends group at the checkout counter, and we’ll be awarded a percentage of the day’s sales. We’ll be providing more details as we get closer to the date, so watch this column to find out ways to help.
A couple of great new books have been added to the library this week. We’ll begin with the latest book by C.J. Box, called Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country. There are ten outstanding short stories presented here, four of them featuring Box’s popular series character, Joe Pickett.
Joe is a Wyoming game warden and gets himself into more crime-related mysteries than most police detectives. These ten stories—three of them never before published—show you mostly the dark side of the west, Wyoming in particular, and they will keep you glued to every page. One, in fact, “Le Sauvage Noble,” about a Lakota man in Paris, is one you won’t easily forget.
Box has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38 and a French Elle magazine literary award. The fourteen entries in his “Joe Pickett” series have added an interesting new twist in the development of the American detective novel.
The new book from the pen of Dean Koontz is called The City, and presents the story of a young man who is a musical prodigy, a singer, coming of age within a remarkable family.
Young Jonah Kirk, the grandson of “a formidable piano man,” is just beginning to discover his own musical gifts when he meets a “group of extremely dangerous people.”
Jonah narrates his story in a rhythmical prose style in Koontz’ book. “The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious…,” he writes. “I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened…and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.”
USA Today: “Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.” Happy reading, everybody!