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This Friday - Meet These Authors and more...

by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

It’s getting about that time, folks! Books and Bites at the Arvada Library is just around the corner. Are you ready to meet some incredible authors on Friday, September 20th from 6:30 – 8 PM?

Right now we're going to introduce you to some more writers who'll be there.

Donna Shannon’s latest book couldn’t be more timely in the current economic climate. Donna’s a career coach with years of experience helping people find employment and take control of their job. Her book How to Get a Job Without Going Crazy is definitely worth a look if you want the inside scoop on how to land the best work you can.

Of course, if you’re stressed out about unemployment (or anything else for that matter), you might want to take the advice Marilyn Raff has to offer and reconnect to nature through gardening. Marilyn has been a professional gardener for 25 years, and she has written extensively on the subject in books like The Intuitive Gardener. More recently, she’s expanded her writing to include poetry. In the Palm of the Land: poems offers beautiful vignettes about the transformative power of gardens in one's life.

Author Matt Kailey knows something about transformation as well. An award-winning author, blogger, and community activist living in Denver, Matt started his transition from female to male in 1997, and since then he has educated thousands of people across the United States and the world as a keynote speaker, presenter, and writer focusing on transgender and transsexual issues. His book Focus on the Fabulous is an entertaining collection of fiction, nonfiction, poetry from Colorado GLBT writers. His other books Teeny Weenies and Other Short Subjects and Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience were Lambda Literary Award finalists.

Anyone with even a passing interest in mysteries will recognize Robert Greer's name. Robert is a professor of pathology, medicine and dermatology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus in Aurora, and the author of thirteen novels. His latest, Astride a Pink Horse, is a mystery that starts with the discovery of a decorated African American Air Force veteran found naked, dead, and dangling by his ankles inside a deactivated minuteman missile silo in desolate southeastern Wyoming. The investigation reveals deceit, revenge, broken government and memories of the horrors of World War II, the Cold War, and the dawn of the atomic age.

J.M. Mitchell's extensive insider experience with the National Park Service makes his suspense novel Public Trust frighteningly realistic. He was Chief of the agency's Biological Resource Management Division and retired after 36 years of service, having worked in Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, Washington, D.C. and Fort Collins, Colorado. He worked on many of the most controversial issues facing the national parks, and knew the privilege--and sometimes the pain--of public service. Public Trust is a gripping read about an honest ranger caught in a political firestorm when he returns to the canyons of New Mexico, and has to face hard truths about integrity and trust.

Manuel Ramos is the author of eight published novels including Colorado Book Award winner and Edgar finalist The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz. His recent crime drama Desperado: A Mile High Noir is classic Ramos, flush with details about Denver's North Side and its seedy undercurrent of drugs and gang violence. Manuel is a master of setting who has the ability to turn Denver itself into a character in his novel. Think you know the city well? After deliving into Manuel's novels, you might change your mind!

These and many more great writers look forward to meeting you this Friday, September 20th, at the Arvada Library for Books and Bites.