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Saturday May 10, 2019

Join us on Saturday, May 10th at 7:00 for a presentation by Elisabeth Hyde, best-selling author of Go Ask Fannie, a Finalist for the 2019 Colorado Book Award. The presentation will be followed by an author reception.
       
When Murray Blaire invites his three grown children to his New Hampshire farm for a few days, he makes it clear he expects them to keep things pleasant. The rest of his agenda--using Ruth and George to convince their younger sister, Lizzie, to break up with her much older boyfriend--that he chooses to keep private. But Ruth and George arrive bickering, with old scores to settle. And, in a classic Blaire move, Lizzie derails everything when she turns up late, cradling a damaged family cookbook, and talking about possible criminal charges against her.

This is not the first time the Blaire family has been thrown into chaos. In fact, that cookbook, an old edition of Fannie Farmer, is the last remaining artifact from a time when they were a family of six, not four, with a father running for Congress and a mother building a private life of her own. The now-obscured notes written in its pages provide tantalizing clues to their mother's ambitions and the mysterious choices she once made, choices her children have always sought without success to understand. Until this weekend.

As the Blaire siblings piece together their mother's story, they come to realize not just what they've lost, but how they can find their way back to each other. In this way, celebrated author Elisabeth Hyde reminds readers that family survival isn't about simply setting aside old rivalries, but preserving the love that's written between the lines.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elisabeth Hyde is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, most recently In The Heart of The Canyon, a New York Times Editor's Choice and a People Magazine Great Read. Her fourth novel, The Abortionist's Daughter, became a bestseller in Great Britain after being selected as a Summer Read by The Richard and Judy Show. Trained as a lawyer, she worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., before she started writing full-time. She lives in Boulder with her husband.





Saturday May 11, 2019

Join us on Saturday, May 11th at 6:00 for a presentation by Manuel Ramos, best-selling author of The Golden Havana Night and other Chicano noir crime fiction. Manuel is a two-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, an Edgar© finalist and has received several International Latino Book Awards Honorable Mentions. The presentation will be followed by an author reception.
       
Praise for The Golden Havana Night

The latest Gus Corral adventure takes the Northside homeboy to Cuba and back to Denver in a story that Kirkus Reviews called "gripping" with a hero who is "hard to resist."

"You can't help but love a book that's subtitled A Sherlock Homie Mystery, which suggests another Gus Corral book may be in the works. That's good news, because The Golden Havana Night cries out for a sequel."
The Denver Post

"Ramos' metaphoric reflections on who and how we see one another, through language, through health communication, through aging, make interesting divagations from the crime and travel literature mission of the novel, but add immeasurably to the storytelling essential of the detective novel. The Golden Havana Night has everything a reader looks for. Except an ending. And that's what, when all gets said and the last page done, makes this Sherlock Homie novel a real kick in the head."
La Bloga

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Manuel Ramos is a retired lawyer and the author of nine published novels and one short story collection. For his professional and community service he has received the Colorado Bar Association’s Jacob V. Schaetzel Award, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s Chris Miranda Award, the Spirit of Tlatelolco Award, and others. His fiction has garnered the Colorado Book Award, the Chicano/Latino Literary Award, the Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors League, and three Honorable Mentions from the Latino International Book Awards. His first novel, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz, was a finalist for the Edgar® award from the Mystery Writers of America and won the Colorado Book Award in the Fiction category. His published works include Desperado: A Mile High Noir, winner of the 2014 Colorado Book Award in the Mystery category, several short stories, poems, non-fiction articles and a handbook on Colorado landlord-tenant law, now in a seventh edition. He is a co-founder of and regular contributor to La Bloga (www.labloga.blogspot.com), an award-winning Internet magazine devoted to Latino literature, culture, news, and opinion. The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories was published in 2015. My Bad: A Mile High Noir was published in September, 2016.





Wednesday May 15, 2019

Join us on Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 for a presentation by Susan Harness, author of Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption, a Finalist for the 2019 Colorado Book Award. The presentation will be followed by an author reception.
       
In Bitterroot Susan Devan Harness traces her journey to understand the complexities and struggles of being an American Indian child adopted by a white couple and living in the rural American West. When Harness was fifteen years old, she questioned her adoptive father about her “real” parents. He replied that they had died in a car accident not long after she was born—except they hadn’t, as Harness would learn in a conversation with a social worker a few years later.

Harness’s search for answers revolved around her need to ascertain why she was the target of racist remarks and why she seemed always to be on the outside looking in. New questions followed her through college and into her twenties when she started her own family. Meeting her biological family in her early thirties generated even more questions. In her forties Harness decided to get serious about finding answers when, conducting oral histories, she talked with other transracial adoptees. In her fifties she realized that the concept of “home” she had attributed to the reservation existed only in her imagination.

Making sense of her family, the American Indian history of assimilation, and the very real—but culturally constructed—concept of race helped Harness answer the often puzzling questions of stereotypes, a sense of nonbelonging, the meaning of family, and the importance of forgiveness and self-acceptance. In the process Bitterroot also provides a deep and rich context in which to experience life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Devan Harness (Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes) is a writer, lecturer, and oral historian, and has been a research associate for the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University. She is the author of Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption: Outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project (1958–1967).

Praise for Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption

"What does it mean to be Native when you weren't raised Native? What does it mean when the members of your birth family who remained on the reservation tell you that you were lucky to be raised elsewhere, but you don’t feel lucky? Harness brings us right into the middle of these questions and shows how emotionally fraught they can be. . . . It's time everyone learned about the many ways there are of being Native."—Carter Meland, Star Tribune

"Though there is a distinct sense of dissonance throughout the book, Sue still locates pride in her heritage, when all is said and done. And in finding pride in a troubled history, she is more able to combat her own internal conflict. Despite feelings of abandonment and nonbelonging, love and understanding can still prevail."—Victoria Collins, Hippocampus Magazine





Friday May 17, 2019

Join us on Friday, May 17th at 7:00 for a presentation by Jeffrey B. Miller, author of WWI Crusaders. He will talk about one of the world's largest food relief efforts that was run by a small band of Americans but is little-known today. He guarantees you'll be surprised by the story he tells. Come learn about 100 years ago and the start of America's journey from perceived nation of selfish shopkeepers to world leader in humanitarian aid. Miller believes this WWI story about helping others simply because it was the right, the moral, thing to do might lead us back to Making America Generous Again. The presentation will be followed by an author reception.
       
KIRKUS REVIEW

Miller (Behind the Lines, 2014, etc.) offers the second volume of a tour-de-force history detailing a little-known World War I humanitarian rescue mission, led by a future American president.

During the early years of the First World War, an amazing organization, the Commission for Relief in Belgium, gathered together a group of idealistic young Americans to keep the people in German-occupied Belgium from starving. Popular historian Miller continues detailing the history of this organization, which was formed and run by none other than Herbert Hoover, who left his own successful business and mining-engineering interests to lead it. He and his intrepid CRB delegates constantly struggled with German military and governmental authorities and with the Belgian relief agency Comité National, but they managed to manipulate, cajole, bluff, and fight their way to providing the most extensive food relief program in modern history. They did so by preserving their absolute political neutrality and winning the respect and support of even the German aggressors. To succeed, Hoover and his band knew they had to be on the right side of worldwide public opinion: “Hoover’s understanding of this concept, and of the way the world’s news media worked, would serve him and his cause extremely well from the very beginning.” Miller delivers compelling portraits of young idealists who interrupted their lives to serve the CRB for no pay. He engagingly parallels this tale with the story of La Libre Belgique, a scrappy underground newspaper that continually poked the Germans in the eye; he shows how even though the Germans jailed and executed Belgian patriots associated with the paper, nothing could stop it from getting published. Miller is an accomplished writer who never gets in the way of his intriguing story, eliminating tiresome footnotes and in-text citations that might have detracted from the gripping historical narrative.

A magnum opus that celebrates the qualities of compassion, honor, and humanitarian virtue

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeffrey B. Miller is an award-winning writer whose last three books have been Best Books of the year (one for Publishers Weekly and two for Kirkus). He has been a Denver-based professional writer, magazine editor, and book author for more than 40 years. He started six magazines (city, regional, and national), was editor-in-chief of five inflight magazines, spent 13 years as a freelance travel writer, and was director of communications for AAA Colorado, supervising its website, magazine, public relations, public affairs, and traffic safety.

He co-authored with Dr. Gordon Ehlers FACING YOUR FIFTIES: Every Man's Reference to Mid-life Health (M. Evans & Co., 2002) which was a Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2002. After three years of research and writing, he self-published BEHIND THE LINES (Milbrown Press, 2014), which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014. The Starred Review stated: "An excellent history that should catapult Miller to the top tier of popular historians." (He's still waiting for the catapult.) After an additional three years of research and writing, he recently self-published WWI CRUSADERS (Milbrown Press, 2018), which has been named a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018.





Friday May 31, 2019

Join us on Friday, May 31st at 7:00 for a presentation by Aimie K. Runyan, author of the a heart-pounding, epic tale Daughters of the Night Sky. The presentation will be followed by an author reception.
       


A novel—inspired by the most celebrated regiment in the Red Army—about a woman’s sacrifice, courage, and love in a time of war.

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she’s dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

After years of arduous training, Katya is assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment—one of the only Soviet air units composed entirely of women. The Germans quickly learn to fear nocturnal raids by the daring fliers they call “Night Witches.” But the brutal campaign will exact a bitter toll on Katya and her sisters-in-arms. When the smoke of war clears, nothing will ever be the same—and one of Russia’s most decorated military heroines will face the most agonizing choice of all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. She has written four historical novels, including the internationally bestselling Daughters of the Night Sky and Promised to the Crown. Her most recent novel, Girls on the Line is a Historical Novel Society Editor's Choice for February 2019. She is active as an educator and speaker in the writing community and beyond. She has been nominated for a 2019 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer of the Year award and a 2019 Colorado Book Award. She lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband and two (usually) adorable children. To learn more about Aimie, please visitwww.aimiekrunyan.com