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Local author publishes collection of her columns

PREVIEW photo/Carole Howard Betty J. Slade has published a collection of her “The Artist’s Lane” weekly column in The Pagosa Springs SUN from 2008-2012 in a new book called “Living Life on the Front Page.”  Betty is an artist-writer who has lived in Pagosa Springs with her husband, Al, full time since 1993. Betty has donated a copy of her book to the Sisson Library. 

PREVIEW photo/Carole Howard
Betty J. Slade has published a collection of her “The Artist’s Lane” weekly column in The Pagosa Springs SUN from 2008-2012 in a new book called “Living Life on the Front Page.”  Betty is an artist-writer who has lived in Pagosa Springs with her husband, Al, full time since 1993. Betty has donated a copy of her book to the Sisson Library.

Fans of Betty J. Slade’s “The Artist’s Lane” weekly column in The PREVIEW will be pleased to know she has published a collection of her columns from 2008-2012 in a new book called “Living Life on the Front Page.”

Betty is an artist-writer who has lived in Pagosa Springs with her husband, Al, full time since 1993. They bought their land in 1965 and built their home in 1976. As her regular readers know, they have four children, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren— all of whom are regularly featured in Betty’s column. Al’s hunting dog, Whiskey, and their daughter’s dog, Daisy, also make frequent appearances in the activities and events Betty chronicles, as do their many friends and their pets.

“The Artist’s Lane” column began in 2008 as a promotion for the Pagosa Artisans’ Co-op, focusing on local artists. Over time, the topics expanded to myriad subjects, almost all of them centering on Pagosa Springs. Those telling about Sweet Al, her husband of 53 years, are always the most popular. Betty and Al’s appearance in this Library News column today is a happy coincidence, since their anniversary is April 1.

Betty has donated a copy of her book to the library. It makes a delightful read, both for longtime enthusiasts and new admirers.

Teen sports gaming 

Tomorrow (Friday, March 29) and every fourth Friday of the month, teens in seventh through 12th grades are invited to a free sports gaming time from 2–3:30 p.m. Snacks are provided.

Science Fun 

Science Fun, a free science and technology club for curious kids in fourth through sixth grades, takes place next Friday, April 5, from 2-3:15 p.m. Sniff and Slurp is this month’s theme. Registration is required so we have enough supplies for all the youngsters.

How-to and self-help

“The Cat Whisperer” by cat behaviorist Mieschelle Nagelschneider helps you understand how cats see the world so you can train them and get them to do what you want. “Sticks and Stones” by Emily Bazelon is a study of bullying everywhere from school cafeterias to the Internet and how some schools have succeeded in dealing with this sad problem. “Sewing Solutions” by Nicole Vasbinder offers tips and techniques for even the most experienced sewist, including troubleshooting tips when you encounter problems.

Biographies

“Coolidge” by Amity Shlaes is a new biography of this under-appreciated man who was president from 1923 to 1929. “The Secretary” by BBC foreign correspondent Kim Chattas is the first inside account of Hilary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.

Large print

“The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin is a fictional biography of Anne Morrow, wife of Charles Lindbergh. “Miss Dimple Suspects” by Mignon F. Ballard is the latest in the Cozy mystery series. “Out of Warranty” by Haywood Smith is a social satire and romance centering on health insurance issues. “Chance of a Lifetime” by Jodi Thomas is the latest in the Harmony romance series. “The Two Medicine River” by Richard Wheeler is a western set in Blackfoot Indian territory. “A Time for War” by Michael Savage is a mystery about the U.S. under secret attack. “Her Amish Man” by Erin Bates is a romance. “One Hot Murder” by Lorraine Bartlett is the latest mystery in the Victoria Square series. “Red Velvet Cupcake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is the latest in the Hannah Swensen mystery series with recipes.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Night Moves” by Randy Wayne White is the 20th novel in the suspense story series featuring Doc Ford. “The Striker” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is the latest in the adventure series featuring Detective Isaac Bell. “Damascus Countdown” by Joel C. Rosenberg is a thriller about the aftermath of Israel’s successfully launching a first strike on Iran.

Sci-fi and fantasy

“The Best of All Possible Worlds” by Karen Lord is a science fiction epic and a devastating social commentary.

“Written in Red” by Anne Bishop is the first book in a new fantasy series about the Others, vampires and shapeshifters among them. “Frost Burned” by Patricia Briggs is an urban fantasy featuring shapeshifter heroine Mercy Thompson.

Other new novels

“A Deeper Love Inside” by Sister Souljah, the sequel to “The Coldest Winter Ever,” is a coming-of-age story featuring Winter’s youngster sister. “The Chance” by Karen Kingsbury is a story of a reunion of childhood friends by this hugely popular Christian fiction writer.

Thanks to our donors

For a generous donation, we thank Tamara Shrader. We also received a generous grant from the Russ Hill Bazaar Grants Committee to help support our children’s books program. For books and materials this week we thank Bamma Laizure, Jim Mathison, Lyn Rogers and many anonymous donors.

We also would like to send a special “thank you” to Brian MacNeill, who has volunteered to take our recycling to the transfer station. Brian, you are awesome!

Website 

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on March 28, 2013.