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“Weekly Reflection”, from Kent Ira Groff

Dr. Kent Ira Groff emails a brief “Weekly Reflection” each Monday (art for the heart & succinct spiritual zinger for the head). Kent, who’s authored 10 books and taught theology in the US and abroad, loves being an inter-faith spiritual companion/director, retreat leader and writer/poet: “I listen to people’s stories and gives them back to them.” To check out / sign up for Weekly Reflections: www.LinkYourSpirituality.com

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Dian Curtis Regan a CBA Finalist

Dian Curtis Regan’s newest book for young readers, Space Boy and the Space Pirate (Boyds Mills Press, 2016) is a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Book Award. On May 4th, the Bookbar in Denver will host a reading and signing for the finalists. The awards banquet will be held at the Parker Arts, Culture, and Events Center at the end of May. For more information visit spaceboybooks.com or diancurtisregan.com.

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Poetry from Gail Waldstein

Several of Gail Waldstein’s poems have been accepted and are published (or will be) as follows:
botanic garden silence,  published in Switched on Gutenberg, issue 23 on line. 9/16 (on line)
timbre special merit in MurielCraft Bailey Contest, The Comstock Review fall/winter 2016; vol. 30:2
pulse honorable mention Atlanitis Award, Poets Billow 2/17
brush accepted at ellipsis 2/2017

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The Enraptured Reader: Writing to Stir the Emotions

A One-Day Luncheon Seminar
with Page Lambert

Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:30 – 4:00

SANSKRIT LITERATURE seeks to evoke intense, visceral, and emotional responses in the reader, much like someone experiences when mesmerized by a work of art, or spellbound by a performance. Known as the Rasa Theory, this phenomenon “can also help artists and writers effectively represent and harness emotions, creating suspense and surprise in their art.” (Rita Banerjee, “Emotion and Suspense: The Essence of the Rasa Theory,” Poets & Writers, Jan/Feb 2017).

During this one-day luncheon seminar, we will explore the realm of emotion (in our own work and in published examples, and we’ll study the writing tools available to us to evoke emotions in our readers. Registration Details: http://www.pagelambert.com/workshops_speaking.html

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:30 to 4:00
WHERE: Mount Vernon Country Club, Golden, Colorado (25 minutes from downtown Denver).
COST: $105 (register before Monday, 4/10/17); $120 (Monday, 4/10/17 or later)
INCLUDES: Morning coffee, tea, pastries and fruit; catered luncheon and afternoon beverages. Appropriate for all genres.
Questions? 303.842.7360 or page@pagelambert.com

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PEP Talks CO Features Karen Susman

You’ve heard of TED Talks. Now there are PEP Talks. Ten inspiring, informative speakers including CAL past president, Karen Susman, who will be speaking on storytelling. Some topics CAL members might find of interest include sales, health, mental blocks, money management, building a business, and keeping motivated. See all speaker bios and get tickets (just $59) at www.PEPtalksCO.com. April 29, 2017, from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at the Sheraton DTC, 7007 South Clinton St., Greenwood Village, CO 80112.

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Gail Storey Recent Speaking Engagement

Gail Storey, author of I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, was a speaker at the Houston (Texas) Country Club for the University of Houston Honors College Great Conversation.

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Enlightenment, by Stoney Stonebraker

Enlightenment is Stonebraker’s updated version of a previous book he wrote in 2014 titled The Real You—How to Energize Your Authentic Self. Enlightenment is a combination of information from various authors and their experiences “in search for enlightenment” and Stonebraker’s personal soul searching on this topic. Stonebraker’s latest book shines a light on breaking free from a lifestyle of acquiescence. Available on amazon.

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Lou Dean Workshops at the Rifle Library

Lou Dean will be speaking at the Rifle Library at 6:00 p.m. on April 6th about her eight books. She will be teaching a two-hour workshop for aspiring teen writers at Rifle Middle School April 7th. Local book clubs are reading On My Ass/Riding the Midlife Crisis Trail and the kids are reading CAL Award Winning novel, Reaching for the Reins, before Lou’s visit.

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The Descendants of Charles II, Vol 4, by Daniel A. Willis

Volume 4 of Daniel Willis’ 10-volume genealogical series, The Descendants of Charles II, is set for an April 11th release. King Charles II of England and Scotland could well have been called the Father of his Country. Although he had no children by his Queen, he recognized 15 illegitimate children by seven different women. This series seeks to trace out the thousands of descendants of those 15 children. Along the way, brief biographical information will be presented of those families featured in each volume. Volume 4 features the family of the Dukes of Grafton, Charles younger surviving son by his most infamous mistress, Lady Castlemaine. Paperback only, can be ordered from any online book seller.

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Poetry by Art Elser Featured by University Hospital

Art Elser had three poems accepted in The Human Touch, the literary arts journal of Colorado University Hospital, “I Read to My New Grandson,” “The Terror of the Breathing Tube,” and “To See the World in a Grain of Sand.”  In January, Art published his second book of poetry, A Death at Tollgate Creek: Songs of the prairie.

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