Virtual Adult Programs

Connie Shoemaker, the 2020 CBA Winner in General Nonfiction, developed an interest in Muslim women while spending four years in Cairo, Egypt with her husband and children, teaching English and writing for the Associated Press. More than half of Shoemaker’s life has been focused on education of international students and immigrants. She co-founded and directed Spring International Language Center, an intensive ESL program, and serves on the board of Immigrant Pathways Colorado.

Taste the Sweetness Later is informed by more than 200 hours of personal interviews. In the book, Shoemaker shares stories of two women living in the grip of dangerous dictators. Nisren, a Kurdish Iraqi whose childhood is plagued by Saddam Hussein’s “eyes that are watching,” marries an interpreter for the US Army. She escapes to America with her family after anti-US factions threaten to kill her husband. Eman, a Libyan growing up in the shadow of Muammar Gaddafi, persists in her dream of higher education by fighting for a scholarship that will take her from her sheepherding family of twenty-two siblings to graduate study in the United States.

Join us for the final event in our Celebrate Colorado Authors series, co-sponsored with the Colorado Humanities Foundation and the Friends of the Lyons Library!

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Word Wednesdays Writing Group

Word Wednesday is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. Facilitated by Dr. Kayann Short, PhD and open to all genres and levels.

The next meeting is Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021.

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Sarah Adleman: January 14th at 7pm

Thank you to all who attended our January 14th author talk with Colorado author Sarah Adleman. For those of you who were not able to attend, or for those who wish to revisit the questions and ideas she posed to the group, please follow the link below to the event recording.

Ms. Adleman’s discussion of her work The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother Echoes focused on the process of moving through grief: both the sorrow and joy, movement and stillness, and the importance of forgiveness.

 Due to technical difficulties, the video begins about 1-2 minutes into the discussion (mostly our introductions).