Celebrating Hispanic Fiction

Row of flags from Latin American countries

I’ve really enjoyed reading my friends’ lists of 10 books most influential to them, a meme popular right now on Facebook. I’ve crafted mine and several in the top 20 (because a librarian can’t stop at 10) are books by Hispanic authors. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s lyrical storytelling in One Hundred Years of Solitude, the complicated relationships […]

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Stop Procrastinating… Tomorrow

I’ve put off writing this post several times, which is fitting since it is National Procrastination Week. I’m a lifelong, one might even say professional, procrastinator. I wait until the last minute to do most things. I have the very best of intentions, but can always find something better (or different) to do than the […]

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CPL Impact on the IMPAC

People love handing out recognition and awards. There is an award for most anything—acting, singing, peace and even best beard and moustache. The literary world is especially fond of awards, with the Pulitzer, National Book Award and of course, the awards we remember from our childhood—the Newbery and Caldecott. Last year, CPL participated in the nomination process for […]

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Listen, Hear: Audiobook Award Winners

I'm not usually a fan of audiobooks. They tend to make me sleepy and if I do listen to one I'm driving a car and well, that's not a good combination. However, I picked one up for a recent road trip and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama is a paranormal […]

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Doggone Good Nonfiction

black dog on a leash

I am a dog person. Like a haven’t-met-a-dog-I-don’t-like, have-a-bunch-of-different-nicknames-for-my-pooch, the-dog-sleeps-in-bed-with-me, dog person. So naturally, I’m a dog book person as well. A lot’s been published in the past few years on this much-loved furry friend, both fiction and non. Here are some of my favorite nonfiction titles. Ever wonder what goes on inside Fido’s mind? Cognitive […]

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Delightful Donut-ty Reads

variety of donuts -- with nuts, with sprinkles

Cops know it. Homer Simpson knows it. Whether you spell it doughnut or donut, this ring of fried doughy goodness may be the perfect food. Sweet or savory (bacon donut anyone?), breakfast or dessert, the donut has found its way into not just our stomachs, but our hearts. Donut stores have popped up all over […]

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