Tuesday, August 21, 2007

All the News That's Fit to Cut and Paste

Here's the monthly newsletter I was moaning about.
If you have any questions about any of the events, please call the store at 303-572-2260.

Our First Year?!

September is our anniversary month! We hadn’t really thought about it until we had to pay the business insurance. Now I look up at the header for this newsletter and see “Issue 12”. Hmmm. 12 months?! We’ve been in business a whole year?

We’re celebrating with a full calendar of events.

On September 7, we have the twin pleasure of hosting a book signing and art opening. Author J. Marie Judy will be on hand to autograph copies of Life on Torrez Road, a Northern New Mexico Family History. It is a labor of love that Judy’s sister, Joanne Dulmaine illustrated.

Joanne will grace our walls with some of those illustrations and with her acrylic art work. The reception begins at 6 p.m. Hope to see you there.

On September 9, we’ll host a book signing fiesta with Denver’s own Frank Amadeo White. White grew up in the San Luis Valley and may be best known for his Southern Colorado Milagro tours. Frank’s new book, La Garita, explores the valley he loves. The fiesta begins at 4 p.m. Frank is threatening to bring some bizcochos. Don’t miss it!

In prepartion for our October altered book show, we’ll host Nancy Missbach of Tangerine Book Arts on September 21. She’ll give an informal lecture on the art of folding, spindling, mangling, cutting, pasting, revising, and recreating a book. Her talk is free, open to the public and begins at 7 p.m.

On September 23rd, we’re honored to host a poet who has won a Colorado Book Award and a novelist who is about to win one. Robert Cooperman, the poet, won his award in 2000 for In the Colorado Gold Fever Mountains (Western Reflections, 1999). Bob is a busy man. He published two books in 2006 (The Long Black Veil, Higganum Hill, 2006 and A Killing Fever, Ghost Road Press, 2006). He has another book, A Tiny Ship Upon the Sea, forthcoming from March Street Press.

Teague Bohlen, the novelist, teaches fiction at the University of Colorado at Denver. His work has been seen in outlets nationwide, nominated for the Pushcart Editors Book Award, and won the Martindale Prize for Fiction. The Pull of the Earth, his first novel, has been on the local bestseller list and is a finalist for a Colorado Book Award.

Bob and Teague will begin reading at 4 p.m. Don’t be late!

One or Two Things We’ve Learned

After a year in business, we’ve learned one or two things. I’ve learned that I’m a pushover. I have bowed to the pressure of new books. If you want me to order a special title and you’re not in a hurry, I will order from Baker and Taylor whenever I can justify it. As soon as I have ten titles that are ten sure sales, I’ll place the order.

I’ve also learned that I can’t keep printing a monthly newsletter. It’s too expensive -- on me, the earth, and on the store’s budget. We’ll continue to email news, but paper updates will only be printed and mailed by chance. If you want to keep in touch, let us know your email address or pay us a visit now and then.

The Book Club Beat

The next Whodunit Club meeting is August 26 at 4:30 p.m. Ruth Rendell’s Sins of the Fathers is under the magnifying glass. Jean Abrams, this month’s club leader, has instructed all comers to stop reading at Chapter 16. Dolores Johnson, local whodunit writer, will be leading the group in October. The book she’s chosen is Taking the Wrap, her second to last Mandy Dyer mystery. Paperback copies should be available through Miss P’s in September.

How about one more try at the myth series reading group? If you’re interested in story and the part it plays in religion and culture, give Miss P a call at 303-572-2260. The Whodunit club meets on the last Sunday of the month. How about the 2nd to last Sunday?

Is it your turn to host the neighborhood book club? Why not host the group here?

Building an Altar to the Book

Miss Prothero’s Books and Tangerine Book Arts are sponsoring an altered book show. Here’s how it works. Come to Miss P’s, pick the perfect tome from the “alterable” shelf, then fold, spindle, cut, paste, revise and recreate. When you’re done, enter your books into Miss P’s Annual Altered Book Exhibition. Need a little push to get started? Nancy Missbach of Tangerine Book Arts will teach an altered book workshop on September 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. If you want more details, stop by the store to pick up a brochure. You can also call the bookstore at 303-572-2260 or Tangerine Book Arts at 303-623-1331.

Read Hard Die Free

Miss Prothero has opened a Cafe Press T-Shirt Shop. We’ve created two Ts, two book bags, two coffee cups, and one cap. Check it out at --


If we can put together an order of 10 items or more, Miss P’s will pay the shipping and do the ordering. Christmas is coming. Buy something for that someone who has almost everything.

1 comment:

Rob in Denver said...


I've lived in the neighborhood for seven years and I don't think I've seen anyone last in that space anywhere near as long as you have.

Who knew a small bookshop dropped into the heart of Denver's rough and tumble La Alma neighborhood could do so well? You, I suppose. :-)

Your shop is a community gem. Thanks... and here's to many more.

Rob Siders

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