Arts & Entertainment

Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale latest dystopian novel to top best-seller lists

Move over, 1984. There’s a new dystopian novel topping the charts. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has just become the best-selling book on Amazon.com. “New,” of course, is a relative term....

DATE: Feb. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Books

The Unsettlers explores simpler living

The quest for the simple life is one that has been undertaken by many throughout America’s history. However, in the age of consumption and global warming, we can see that the traditional ways that...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Books

Launch your reading out of this galaxy

When the winters get cold and the snow piles up in the mountains, we sometimes need to escape the cabin fever with a trip to another galaxy. This year’s Intergalactic Snowdown aims to take us to...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Books

Why Orwell’s ‘1984’ matters so much now

Donald Trump may not be a big reader, but he’s been a boon for sales of dystopian literature. Amid our thirst for adult coloring books and stories about missing girls and reincarnated puppies, some...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Books

Adrift a marvelous debut novel by Micki Browning

Former Durango Police Capt. Micki Browning has just released Adrift, her first mystery novel. Since retiring, Browning has moved to the Florida Keys and now has much greater opportunity to enjoy...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Books

‘Dirtbags’ author graduates with new book

How do you nest when you largely live on the road? Luke Mehall, author of Great American Dirtbags and American Climber, has released a new book about the trials of growing up a dirtbag. Revisiting...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Books

11 great history books to end the year

Regular readers know that I love history and worry we pay far too little attention to it, so here are 11 of my favorite history books of the year. (I say “favorite” and not “best” because I don’t...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Books

Books to help you in the new year

The new year is often a time for reflection and goal-setting, and toward the end of December, many new books are released that instruct people how to “be a better you.” These books often teach you...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Books

Happy hints for Santa

Despite the dearth of snow to cover the brown ground, Santa is coming soon. Books are perfect presents for girls and boys. They can educate, entertain and expand children’s worlds. Fortunately,...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Books

Hot reads for those cold days and nights

With cold weather blowing in, and thoughts of snow coming our way, it can get a little chilly in our reading lives. The snow piles up, and the cabin fever sets in. When you get tired of the winter...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Books

Celebrate Indies First Day on Saturday at Maria’s

Celebrate Indie bookstores and Small Business Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave. Local authors and literary personages who will work as booksellers...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Books

Magazine prints never-before-published H.G. Wells ghost story

NEW YORK – Here’s an odd story, from long ago: A man by the name of Meredith has converted a room in his house to a cluttered, dirty study. Meredith has a taste for Scotch whisky, and one day asks...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Books