Romance and thrillers…

This week at the Gilpin Library

by Larry Grieco, Librarian

There seems to be no end to the books that are published in various genre fiction. One of the best romance writers, Danielle Steel, continues to crank out winners. (Her list of titles is approaching 100, and 600 million copies of her books have been sold all over the world.) Her legion of fans, and those reading her for the first time, are never disappointed. Her newest novel is called First Sight, and it revolves around fictional American fashion designer Timmie O’Neill. Timmie’s renowned line, Timmi O, is “the embodiment of casual chic, in fashion and for the home.” She’s got everything she wants in business, but there is a big hole in her life when it comes to an intimate relationship. Willing to take risks in business, she shies away from risk then it comes to her heart. In Paris for Paris Fashion Week, Timmie becomes ill, and must be attended by a French physician, Jean-Charles Vernier. Their patient/doctor relationship seems routine at first, but they both sense a spark that neither had expected. They become confidants and friends, and, after Timmie returns home to Los Angeles, they correspond regularly. Will they dare to take the risks that go with falling in love? They are from two very different worlds, and they are each as strong-willed as the other. In the hands of a storyteller like Danielle Steel, their romance is an entertaining and satisfying read.

Another genre that seems never to fade or falter is the “thriller.” Catherine Coulter is one of the leading practitioners in this type of fiction and has just published the twentieth title in her “FBI Thriller” series. Her ongoing protagonists are Agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock, and it’s no surprise that they are on hand for Bombshell. Savich and Sherlock are special agents in the Bureau’s DC office, and Savich is impressed with the work of Agent Griffin Hammersmith, who he recruits to join their team in the nation’s capital. Griffin is derailed for a time when he stops on his way to DC to visit his sister, Delsey, in Virginia. Delsey is in some deep trouble, possibly concerning murder, and Griffin is compelled to stick around to protect her. Meanwhile Savich and Sherlock are dealing with the killing of the grandson of a former Federal Reserve Bank chairman. Catherine Coulter knows how to spin a tale, so you feel like you’re on a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. And that, in a nutshell, is the very definition of the thriller genre.

We’ve got several things coming up in this exciting summer of ’13 that are sure to be of interest to many of you. First there’s the big, delicious Ice Cream Party that every year marks the end of the Summer Reading Program (and heralds the beginning of the new school year soon to follow.) It’s Meadow Gold ice cream again, and the party will be Saturday, August 10, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Lots of ice cream and grand prize drawings are two very big drawing cards, and they assure great attendance at this event. You have to be present to win, so plan on getting here in the first hour.

Our photographers-in-residence, John and Julie Black, will resume their series of digital photography workshops in mid-August. This has been one of the most popular of any of our artist-in-residence programs.

Come to the library for A Midsummer Night’s Poetry Reading on Saturday evening, August 31, from 7:00 to 9:00, with special guest Robert King, an outstanding writer from Greeley, CO. Bob will be joined by some of Gilpin County’s best poets: Christine Weeber, Marcelo Games, and Burt Rashbaum, and by Karla Schorzman, a fine poet and an honorary Gilpinite. There will be an opportunity to join in with your own poems during an open mic session.

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