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Stories are a Great Way to Encourage Children to Pursue the Arts

Started by Cynthia Marie VanLandingham Sep 20, 2008.

Reading group?

Started by Esri Allbritten May 7, 2008.

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Comment by Esri Allbritten on May 7, 2008 at 7:54am
Hi! There wasn't a book group here that I could find, so I started this one. My first book is an urban-fantasy, romantic-suspense comedy set in Boulder and featuring elves. I'll be signing copies of Bound to Love Her May 10, 4:30 PM, at the Borders in the 29th Street Mall. The store recommends that you reserve a copy in advance, by calling them at (720) 565-8266. My website is
Comment by JoAn Segal on May 7, 2008 at 8:23pm
I really joined to see what would come up. Feeling very supportive of Esri and other authors. See you at her book signing on Saturday at Borders!

JoAn Segal
Comment by Ann Brandt on May 13, 2008 at 10:48am
I was happy to see an online book group. As June 1 is National Cancer Survivors Day, has anyone seen any books on surviving or survivors' stories?
Comment by JC on May 24, 2008 at 10:51pm
there are two reading groups at the lafayette library that are open to all and then they also have book group bags with 5-10 books and a disscussion outline.
Comment by Lynne on June 30, 2008 at 11:48am
recently finished reading a great new novel set in Boulder CO. I feel this novel deserves wider readership, so I am posting a review I wrote for this book here.

Plastic Man: A Novel of the Sixties by Dan Culberson is the perfect novel for Baby Boomers...and for anyone who has ever experienced the angst of burgeoning adulthood. It is a witty, engaging, and insightful account of college life in Boulder Colorado in the 1960’s, an era in which tumultuous societal change mirrored the vicissitudes and emotional upheavals that have always characterized human adolescence.

Much like the protagonist in his quest to find redemption in the “huge vastness” and “spilling wonderment” of the sea, activists of the Sixties, appalled at perceived social injustices, sought a “sea change” in social policy and popular culture. Readers of Plastic Man will follow Hud’s long journey (both emotionally and geographically) to the sea, and share in his disappointment/enlightenment when he finally glimpses his personal holy grail. Hud’s experience serves as a reminder that, while the hopes and dreams of the Baby Boomer generation eventually fell short of reality, there were invaluable lessons learned in the pursuit of those idealistic goals.

The story of Plastic Man is told with humor and empathy. Those of us who came of age in the Sixties cannot fail to identify with the events and youthful emotions portrayed in the novel. Younger readers should note that, despite the many contrasts between the popular culture of the Sixties and that of later eras, it is the similarities that are more profound. If ever a novel illuminated the paradoxical truism that “the more things change, the more they stay the same," this is it. Human adolescents will always push the limits of authoritarian rules, agonize at the vicissitudes of young love, worry about grades, seek to “fit in” while standing out, and be traumatized by tragedies befalling their peers.

Many facets of this novel distinguish it from other fictionalized “coming-of-age in the Sixties” accounts. The author’s numerous glimpses forward illustrate clearly the specific ways in which popular culture has changed since the decade of the Sixties. The novel is peppered with amusing puns and word play, along with lingo and musical references that those of us who lived through the era will instantly recognize, perhaps with nostalgia for “the old days.” Moreover, there is an underlying mystery that keeps the reader keenly interested until the final pages of the novel.

If you read this book, one thing is for sure: The sentence “It’s Saturday, by God!” will take on new and hilarious meaning. You’ll have to read the book to find out why.
Comment by Dan Culberson on July 1, 2008 at 10:54am
Here's another unsolicited review of my novel, PLASTIC MAN: A Novel of the Sixties:

Dan, I finished Plastic Man which I thoroughly enjoyed because of the style in which it was written, the memories it brought back of CU and of Fort Leonard Wood, and the cut-out-the-crap type of philosophizing.

(I don’t think I’ve had a thought about Waynesville in 40 years or so. Mentioning it in your book brought back some memories about a few buddies in basic and of a couple of nights out together, the details of which I would never dare pass along to my wife or daughter.)

If I wasn’t on the edge of senility, I’d memorize some of the paragraphs so I could gleefully repeat them at the next ‘cocktail party’ I attend, especially when some 65 year old woman wants to tell me why her life is now on track, finally, after reading the 26th or 27th self-help book.

A lot of the situations in our lives must have been similar and as I read along I thought to myself, “Now, why didn’t I think of saying that at the time?”

There IS a lot of bullshit in life and mostly it’s something I’ve just dealt with or put up with, albeit not always willingly, because I knew at the time it was in my best long-term interest to do so. (It happens when you’re working for someone else and need the money.) I appreciate the ways you must have handled it, or at least how you think about it now.

A few years ago I started volunteering in the ER, and that’s a good reality check. I’ve met about every kind of person in every kind of bad situation. It helps keep things in perspective.

Again, a great read. Thanks for letting me know it had been published.

(The writer is a fraternity brother of the PLASTIC MAN author and was a year ahead of him in college.)
Comment by Dan Culberson on July 20, 2008 at 6:11pm
I will be participating in the "Local Authors and Illustrators Festival" July 30, 2008, at the Boulder Public Library, where I will give a reading from my recently published novel, PLASTIC MAN: A Novel of the Sixties, followed by a Q&A. My presentation will be in the Main Library at 4:30 p.m. at a location to be determined. If the books I've ordered arrive in time, I will also be selling copies of it.
Comment by Esri Allbritten on August 14, 2008 at 1:47pm

(An elf, a vampire and a werewolf walk into a bar...)

Three local authors of supernatural fiction sign books and field questions at the Boulder Bookstore, October 22.

Kitty the werewolf has a radio talk show in Denver.
Author, Carrie Vaughn

Psychologist Kismet Knight counsels vampires in Denver.
Author, Lynda Hilburn

Tolkien-style elves find love and money in Boulder.
Author, Esri Rose

7:30 PM, Wednesday October 22, at the Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street, in Boulder. Put it on your calendar in spooky writing.
Comment by Michael McCollum on October 27, 2010 at 12:24pm
Hey All!
I'm a PhD Student in American Studies at Saint Louis University. I lived in Boulder for a number of years.
Does anyone know of novels set in Boulder that may have "Orientalism" themes? I'm thinking of the Tibetan influences in Boulder, Naropa or the Tea House. I'm in Cultural Studies and I'm looking to apply the appropriation of "oriental culture," to Boulder. Thanks for the help!
Mike McCollum
Comment by Esri Allbritten on October 28, 2010 at 4:54pm
Michael: I don't, but that doesn't mean they're not out there. Talking to the staff at the Boulder Bookstore and also at Trident Bookseller & Cafe would be a great place to start. Both places should be up on that stuff. Boulder Bookstore's number is 303.447.2074, and Trident's is 303-443-3133. I hear Tuesday's are the slowest retail day. I'd guess that at around 3:00, they'll be least busy.


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