Ícaro Editores Salon Spotlights Independent Latino Authors Saturday

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Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia is the editor at Ícaro Editores.
"People sometimes write books and don't know what to do with them," says Arturo Garcia, editor at Ícaro Editores, a small press. "It's a dream to see their work published. A lot of folks who get published, they want to fly with it. I tell them, be careful. Wings may be made of wax, you know."

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Donna Bryson, Author of It's a Black/White Thing, Talks About Racism and Reconciliation

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Donna Bryson on April 27, 1994, the day of South Africa's first all-race election.
Recent events have sparked the long-smouldering conversation about racism in America. While the Civil Rights movement peaked in this nation fifty years ago, some countries took a longer time to reach "equality." Associated Press correspondent Donna Bryson was stationed in South Africa from 1993-1996 and then again in 2008-2012; she saw first-hand the transition process that country went through and went on to write about it in It's a Black/White Thing. Bryson will be talking about her book today, December 12, at Bookbar and tomorrow, December 13 at Ujamaa Holiday Market.

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Marc Solomon on Winning Marriage and the Fight for Same-Sex Rights Tonight

Categories: Activism, Books

Same-sex marriage was the hot topic of the summer, with Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall following in the four-decade-old footsteps of her predecessor Clela Rorex, who'd issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in the country back in the mid-'70s. But with the U.S. Supreme Court's deliberate inaction this fall, same-sex wedding bells are now ringing all over the country. And tonight, Mark Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, will be in Denver to talk about Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits -- and Won.

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Hello Kitty Turns 40 with a New Book to Celebrate

Categories: Books, Childhood

Courtesy VIZ Media
Hello Kitty celebrates 40 with a new book of comics.

People marking a 40th birthday are usually dealing with wider hips, wrinkles and gray hair. But there's one gal who still looks puuuurfect: Hello Kitty.

The cartoon powerhouse first hit the streets of Japan in 1974. Now she's celebrating her birthday in style with a new book called Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A 40th Anniversary Tribute, put out by VIZ Media. It's filled with forty comics, plus one for good luck, featuring the pussycat going to parties, playing dress up, exploring outer space, hanging with dinosaurs and having adventures with her gang of friends.

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Cary Elwes on Writing As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride

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Cary Elwes (whose booksigning originally scheduled for tonight at the Tattered Cover has been postponed until further notice), explains in the introduction to his bestselling book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride, that he was inspired to pen the tome at the 25-year-anniversary celebration of the film. "The film has literally millions of devotees," Elwes writes. "They know every line, every character, every scene. And, if they'd like to know a little bit more about how their favorite film was made, as seen through the eyes of a young actor who got much more than he bargained for, then all I can say is ... As you wish."

We caught up with Elwes to talk about the story behind the story behind the story and how he put together such a spellbinding (true!) tale.

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Ten Essential Science-Fiction/Fantasy Books by Colorado Authors

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Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the multiple-award-winning The Windup Girl.
From such veterans as Connie Willis and Ed Bryant to newcomers Molly Tanzer and Rob Ziegler to Carrie Vaughn and Warren Hammond, the focus of Westword's current cover story, Colorado's science-fiction/fantasy writers are as wide-ranging as the genres themselves. The books that this state's authors have produced over the decades encompass hard SF -- that is, spaceships, aliens and technology -- as well as Gothic fantasy, and terrifying speculations about the future alongside inventive visions of the here and now. Like all good science fiction and fantasy, though, these ten essential books by Colorado SF/F authors use big ideas to capture and examine what it means to be human -- and, in some cases, non-human.

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Tonight: Two Colorado Mysteries Converge at Tattered Cover

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Gary Reilly.
Two local authors will be celebrating their just-published novels at the LoDo Tattered Cover tonight -- one in the flesh, one in spirit. And since the authors have an intertwined history and the novels involve the latest exploits of series characters, it's important to keep things straight.

Former Denver Post reporter Mark Stevens will be on hand to introduce Trapline, the third in his series of mysteries featuring intrepid hunting guide Allison Coil. But the gathering will also certainly include some reminiscences about Stevens's buddy Gary Reilly, an incredibly prolific novelist who never made much of an effort to publish any of his work before his death from cancer in 2011, at the age of 61.

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Will Warren Hammond and Carrie Vaughn Go Where No Local Sci Fi Writers Have Gone Before?

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Photo: Anthony Camera. Background image: Thinkstock
Carrie Vaughn is missing.

It's a little after ten on a Sunday morning, and this year's MileHiCon -- Colorado's oldest science-fiction and fantasy convention -- is beginning its third and final day. In a Hyatt Regency Tech Center meeting room, a panel titled "Literary Genre or Marketing Label?" is five minutes late getting started. Sitting at a long table at the front facing a few dozen attendees are four local SF/F writers: Lou Berger, Van Aaron Hughes, and Angie Hodapp and her husband, Warren Hammond. Next to Hammond is an empty chair where Vaughn is supposed to be.

Hammond is the last panelist to introduce himself as everyone waits for Vaughn to materialize. Rugged yet unassuming, he's hard to hear over the audience's polite coughs and the rustling pages of their convention schedules. "I'm the author of the novels KOP, Ex-KOP and KOP Killer, which are kind of cross-genre books: mystery, science fiction and noir," Hammond says. "My newest book is a science-fiction spy novel, and it's due in December. It's called Tides of Maritinia."

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Noah Van Sciver

#42: Noah Van Sciver

If you read Westword, you're familiar with Noah Van Sciver -- since 2008, when he started inking the 4 Questions feature in Backbeat, the hard-working cartoonist has been making observations about modern society and its many characters in these pages and online at westword.com. But Van Sciver has a professional life beyond the fourth estate -- pumping out comic creations, spreads, sketches and graphic novels like a bat out of comic-book hell, including The Hypo, his acclaimed 2012 Fantagraphics imprint about the darker side of Abraham Lincoln. We asked the rising star what keeps him going in this difficult field; learn more about the artist from his 100CC questionnaire.

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Arturo Garcia Talks About Broken: The Forgotten Children of Immigration

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Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia is the co-editor of Broken: The Forgotten Children of Immigration.
When mixed-citizenship families hear a knock at the door, they cower. It could be the immigration police coming to take away the parents, splitting them from their children, says Arturo Garcia, co-editor of Broken: The Forgotten Children of Immigration. Garcia, who will be discussing his book tonight at the American Friends Service Committee office, has spent the last few years interviewing youth who are both U.S. citizens and the children of undocumented immigrants, to learn about the trauma these families face. In advance of Garcia's appearance, Westword spoke with him about his book.

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