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Like Seinfeld, 'Festival' Is About Nothing... And Everything

NPR Books - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 5:03am

Milan Kundera's new novel is short on plot, but don't mistake that for dullness. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says the book is slim, funny and stunningly profound.

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Raised By 5 Different Families, 7 Siblings Are Reunited In 'Bastards'

NPR Books - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 3:19am

In her debut memoir Mary Anna King tells the story of her fractured upbringing and how — in the face of poverty — love and hard work were not sufficient to keep her family together.

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Marvel's Half-Black, Half-Latino Spider-Man Is Going Mainstream

NPR Books - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 3:07pm

"It won't be [that] Miles is Spider-Man with an asterisk or some kind of adjective or adverb attached to it," says writer Brian Michael Bendis. "He is going to be Spider-Man — just Spider-Man."

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How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice

NPR Books - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 3:06pm

Adonal Foyle has financial advice for professional athletes. "You really have to put money in its proper place," he says. "If we do that, we will respect it — but not give it too much power over us."

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Daniel Silva On 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Writing An Israeli Spy Protagonist

NPR Books - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 6:09am

"Israel is extremely unpopular in the world right now," Silva says, and he doesn't always share his characters' opinions. The English Spy is Silva's 15th novel starring operative Gabriel Allon.

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Prolific Crime Novelist Turns Talents To Dissecting 'Forensics'

NPR Books - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 6:09am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with crime novelist Val McDermid about her new book, Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime.

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Alpha, Beta, Heathcliff — An Alphabet Of Romance Heroes

NPR Books - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 6:09am

As part of the NPR Books Summer of Love series, Lynn Neary digs into the history of the romance hero, the difference between alpha and beta heroes, and why Heathcliff is really kind of a jerk.

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The Craft Sequence: Please Do Judge These Books By Their Covers

NPR Books - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 5:03am

This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine rewinds Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence. Critic Amal El-Mohtar was drawn in by great cover art and discovered a sharp, smart, unusual urban fantasy series.

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Editors’ Choice

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:00pm
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.


ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The Art Issue

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:44am
This week, Holland Cotter talks about the contemporary art scene, and Jonathon Keats discusses two new books about art theft and forgeries.


How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

NPR Books - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:16am

Writer Arthur Allen describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis. Originally broadcast July 22, 2014.

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ArtsBeat: Group Approves Fellowship Named for Controversial Scholar of Russia

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 9:38am
The main scholarly association covering the post-Soviet world has announced a new fellowship named partly for Stephen F. Cohen.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Judy Blume's New Book And Lifetime's 'UnREAL'

NPR Books - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 7:42am

On this week's show, a beloved author of books for kids writes another one for adults, and Lifetime sets a drama behind the scenes of a reality dating show.

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Valley Taxi expands to national park

Local News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 6:45pm
As transportation in Grand County comes to the forefront of public discussion, some local business owners are taking it upon themselves to bridge the gaps.Winter Park-based Valley Taxi is expanding its Grand Lake presence with a new weekend shuttle through Rocky Mountain National Park.The new shuttle will take hikers from Kawuneeche Visitor Center to popular trail heads on the west side of the park, and bikers will be able to hitch a ride as far as the Alpine Visitor Center before descending back into the Kawuneeche Valley said Curt Spencer, owner of Valley Taxi. “I think there’s a real demand …

Winter Park Resort proposes expansion of Trestle Bike Park

Local News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 6:45pm
The U.S. Forest Service is in the process of reviewing a proposed major expansion at Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort.Phase two of Trestle Bike Park includes constructing 10.1 miles of new trails near Vasquez Ridge that will be served by the Olympia lift, said Bob Holme, bike park manager.The expansion would increase the amount of trail mileage at Trestle by about 25 percent.“The goal of phase two is to provide the guests with a full range of trail experiences from beginner to expert only utilizing the Olympia lift,” Holme said.Winter Park Resort operates Trestle Bike Park in Arapaho …

New attorney a former Grand County resident

Local News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 6:45pm
For Alan Hassler, Grand County’s selection for county attorney, his new job will a bit of a homecoming.Hassler, who was named as County Attorney Anthony “Jack” DiCola’s successor on Tuesday, June 23, grew up in Kremmling and lived in Grand County for 27 years.Hassler currently lives in Grand Junction with his wife Karla, where he runs a private practicing working primarily in real estate and business law, he said.“We had four very qualified applicants competing for this position and we felt Mr. Hassler was the best qualified fit for the county.” wrote Commissioner Merrit Linke in a press release. “Mr. …

General Store & Handmade Gifts preps for grand opening July 1

Local News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 5:09pm
If you are traveling to the high country this summer and staying in the Granby area a new store is opening at the Inn at Silvercreek to provide a convenient and cozy place for visitors to pick up sundry items and even a few hard to find handmade gifts for the special people in their lives. The General Store & Handmade Gifts, located just inside the front lobby of the Inn at Silvercreek, will feature a selection of supplies for travelers, such as toothbrushes, shaving cream and other minor items often forgotten by vacationers in their haste to pack. The store …

Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July Celebration moves to Hideaway Park

Local News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:53pm
After many years of family 4th of July fun at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex, this year’s Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July Celebration is moving to downtown Winter Park.The event is free to the public and has become a highlight of the summer season.“We’re very excited to bring all of our 4th of July activities into town this year,” Winter Park and Fraser Chamber of Commerce Director Catherine Ross said. “We hope that local businesses and the public-at-large benefit from this change.”Hideaway Park, at the intersection of Highway 40 and Rendezvous Way in Winter Park, will be the site of …

Letter misunderstood

Local News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:53pm
To the Editor:It figures that someone would take my letter to the extreme. No where in my letter did I suggest that officials start going down the side streets in Grand County and putting liens on private property. My letter specifically states the Highway 34 corridor. Also, no suggestion was made to fill lovely meadows with “row upon row of housing.”And yes, there is a valid reason for private property owners to cut their dead trees. Most of us have neighbors. Some very close. Dead trees are a fire hazard as well as a falling hazard. The National Forest isn’t …
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