"Battle of the Books with Author Jim Mustich" with DPL

We are super excited to partner with the Denver Public Library for the BATTLE OF THE BOOKS with Jim Mustich! The virtual event will take place Saturday, January 16th at 5pm, and you can register through the DPL link below. The books will be announced before the event!

Register here: https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/battle-books-jim-mustich

From the library: "An evening for book lovers! We'll talk books with James Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, the compulsively readable, entertaining and surprising book that celebrates the greatest books of all time, from Harold and the Purple Crayon to the works of Shakespeare to sci-fi classics like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? There’s something for every reader. Each of our five local luminaries will battle to advocate for their favorite books, vying for the hearts and minds of the audience members (you!). Attendees will then vote to name the champion. Our literary gladiators include author and MSU professor Dr. Elizabeth Renee Fajardo, Denver City Librarian Michelle Jeske, author Adrian Miller, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, and author Manuel Ramos. A few lucky audience members will even have the chance to win book-themed door prizes! Books will be available for purchase from BookBar. 

Purchase Leven Deli for dinner to accompany your Battle viewing -  check out the attached menu. 5% of proceeds will be donated back to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation. Use promo code 1000books. Signature cocktails "The Cozy Corner" and "Late Fee" will be available for purchase as well."

About the Participants: Governor Jared Polis is a Colorado native, an entrepreneur, education leader, and public servant. In addition to his career as an entrepreneur, much of Governor Polis’ adult life has been focused on improving public education.

Michelle Jeske is Denver's City Librarian (only the 10th, by the way, in 130 years), head of the Denver Public Library, with more than 4.4 million annual visitors and 9 million checkouts in normal times. She is also President of the Public Library Association, an active member of multiple city and community groups focused on youth and community engagement, and a passionate advocate for the public library’s democratic role in the community. In her spare time, she loves to cook, walk, make mosaics, and yes, read!  

Dr. Renee Fajardo is a mother of seven and a cultural activist who has spent the past 30 years preserving and promoting the rich heritage of  Colorado’s multi-cultural  communities through her work as a storyteller and writer. She has co-authored the numerous books in the Tummy Tale series ( Holy Mole Guacamole plus seven other books) that  preserve family food traditions of Colorado. Since 2010 she has been the director of the Metropolitan State University Chicana/o Studies Journey Through  Our Heritage program (a program that  partners community organization and university students  with  local high schools and middle schools  to create teams that work on service learning projects). She is the board chair of the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council. In 2018 she was inducted into the Denver Public Library César Chavez Leadership Hall of Fame. 

Manuel Ramos is a retired lawyer and the author of ten published novels (his 11th novel will be published in April 2021) and one short story collection. 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.

Adrian Miller is a food writer, James Beard Award winner, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. Adrian received an A.B in International Relations from Stanford University in 1991, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1995. From 1999 to 2001, Miller served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton with his Initiative for One America – the first free-standing office in the White House to address issues of racial, religious and ethnic reconciliation.

Event date: 
Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 5:00pm
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