Thursday, September 12, 2013

PPLD names 2013 All Pikes Peak Reads books

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM

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This morning, the Pikes Peak Library District announced its picks for this year's All Pike Peak Reads books.

For adults:
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
China Boy by Gus Lee
Sweeping up Glass by Carolyn Wall

For teens:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

For children:
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The theme of this year's selections is "My Voice, Our Future" and focuses on tomes that "highlight personal expression and the ways in which documenting a personal struggle can improve all of our futures."

As with each of the past years, the library has lined up a robust schedule between now and October 31 of signings, discussions, author visits (below) as well as partnerships with other local groups. See the whole calendar here.

Author Visits

Gus Lee, author of China Boy
Visiting author on October 2, 3, and 4

Storytelling Workshop
Gus Lee will lead this storytelling workshop presented in conjunction with the PPLD/RMPBS Citizen and Student Journalism Contest.
Wed., Oct. 2 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla

Reception and Lecture with Gus Lee at UCCS
This special ticketed reception with Gus Lee will be held in the UCCS Kraemer Family Library and is presented by the Asian Pacific American Cultural Endowment at PPLD. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at!
Fri., Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. – UCCS Kraemer Family Library
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Lecture and book signing
The lecture and book signing is open and free to the public, limited seating.
Fri., Oct. 4 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. – UCCS Centennial Hall Auditorium

About Gus Lee
Gus Lee is a nationally-recognized ethicist and best-selling author of four novels, a family memoir of China and a unique work on courageous leadership. He is a leadership and character educator and an executive coach for leaders in corporations, government, non-profits, law enforcement, the military and NGOs. He has written for Time and Encyclopedia Britannica, was the Chair of Character Development at West Point, where he was mentored by then Major H. Norman Schwarzkopf. Gus has consulted to and learned from over fifty professions and industries, global organizations and leaders from every continent.

Gus has been a corporate chief operating officer, executive vice president, chief learning officer, government senior executive, acting deputy attorney general, senior deputy district attorney, U.S. Senate ethics investigator, FBI and law enforcement trainer, university assistant dean, paratrooper and drill sergeant. He served in the Infantry and JAG and jumped with the South Korean Airborne. He and Diane have two bio and two adopted children; one operates a mission that provides clean water to 800,000 villagers in 11 African nations; two have combat deployments as paratroopers; one teaches English in Korea and the three who are married have spouses of high character.


Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo
Visiting author on October 14, 15, and 16

Interaction with classes at Colorado College
Celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library. The evening will be highlighted by readings from two renowned Canadian authors: Steven Galloway and Steven Hayward. Open and free to the public, limited seating.
Mon., Oct. 14 from 6 - 8 p.m. – Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Lecture, musical performance, and book signing at Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Center
The evening will begin with a solo performance by cellist Pamela Chaddon of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, playing "Cellist of Sarajevo, Lament, op. 12" (dedicated to Vedran Smailovic in admiration and in mourning for the suffering people of Bosnia-Herzegovnia, 1992) - David Wilde. Following Steven Galloway’s lecture, Ms. Chaddon will be joined by pianist Robin Kessinger to perform “Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor, op. 35” written by Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic. Open and free to the public, limited seating.
Wed., Oct. 16 from 6 - 8 p.m. – Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.

Bio for Steven Galloway
Steven Galloway is a Canadian novelist, born in Vancouver, and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia. He attended the University College of the Cariboo and the University of British Columbia. He is the author of three award-winning novels, Finnie Walsh (2000), Ascension (2003) and The Cellist of Sarajevo (2008). His work has been translated into over 30 languages and optioned for film, stage and radio. He is an Associate Professor and Chair of the UBC Creative Writing Program, where he has taught for the past 12 years, and lives in New Westminster. His fourth novel, The Confabulist, will be published in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia in the spring of 2014.

Bio for Steven Hayward
An internationally acclaimed novelist, Steven Hayward was born in Toronto, and is the author of Don't Be Afraid, The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke, and Buddha Stevens and Other Stories. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Colorado College, as well as the host and executive producer of KRCC’s Off Topic.

Bio for Cellist Pamela Chaddon
Cellist Pam Chaddon is active as a chamber and orchestral musician throughout the Front Range. She is currently associate principal cellist for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and enjoys playing for various church and small ensemble venues throughout the region. She has performed with many highly acclaimed organizations including Maryland, York and Loudon Symphony Orchestras, Gettysburg and Millbrook Chamber Orchestras, Shippensburg Festival Orchestra. She enjoys playing unaccompanied Bach in the Black Forest, where she lives with her family.

Bio for pianist Robin Kissinger
Pianist Robin Kissinger has performed on major stages of the world including Budapest, London, Seoul and across the United States. Along with playing much of the standard chamber music literature, she and Hungarian cellist Mihaly Virizlay performed together for decades, premiering a number of works by major composers written for them. Robin taught piano and coached chamber music and opera at Goucher College, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Catonsville Community College. She has also maintained a private teaching studio for over 40 years.

Carolyn Wall, author of Sweeping Up Glass
October 24 and 25

“Experiential Speeches” with Pikes Peak Community College History
Students, stories from students on how they found their own voices through significant experiences. (pre-visitation, Ms. Wall not in attendance)
Wed., Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – PPCC Rampart Range Campus

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Writing and Literary Workshop for PPCC students and Colorado Springs community with author Carolyn Wall and members of PPCC faculty
This workshop will explore a variety of subjects from writing fiction and nonfiction to journaling and finding one’s voice through creative writing.
Thu., Oct. 24 from noon - 4 p.m. – PPCC Centennial Campus Theater

Introducing Author Carolyn Wall
This event features a lecture from Ms. Wall concerning her APPR-selected book and her writing career. Following the lecture there will be a reading from Sweeping Up Glass with the book’s author. Also featured will be PPCC student vocal performances before a backdrop of visual art works from PPCC students. Following the reading, there will be a Question and Answer session.
Thu., Oct. 24 from 6 - 8 p.m. – PPCC Centennial Campus Theater

Voices in History
Join us for an inventive and non-traditional puppet show from the PPCC Natural Resource Interpretation (puppetry) class, with remarks by Ms. Wall.
Fri., Oct. 25 from 9 - 11 a.m. – PPCC Centennial Campus Theater.

Reception for Carolyn Wall featuring the announcement of winners of PPCC’s Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest
In celebration of the All Pikes Peak Reads initiative and the visitation of APPR author Carolyn Wall to Pikes Peak Community College, PPCC is conducting a Creative Nonfiction and Poetry writing contest. Centered on this year’s APPR, “My Voice, Our Future,” the writing contest runs from September 1 to October 1, 2013. Only currently registered PPCC students are eligible to enter the contest.

Winners of the Poetry division of the contest will also be announced with selected winners from both divisions doing readings from their winning works. A selected “Experiential Speech” will also be given during the reception. Author Carolyn Wall will give remarks on her time with PPCC students and give the writing contest winners a private audience for questions and counseling. A book signing with the author will follow. Very limited seating for the public,
Fri., Oct. 25 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. – Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library

Bio for Carolyn Wall
Carolyn Wall is the author of the soon-to-be published novel Playing With Matches. She is an Artist in Residence for the Oklahoma Arts Council and received the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award for fiction for her first novel Sweeping Up Glass. She has lectured and taught novel and short story writing across the country and twice received the Oklahoma Writers Federation’s crème-de-la-crème award. She has recently finished her third book, set in the American south, and is currently at work on another.

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