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Get ready for the Author Olympics

Jordan Fields
Garfield County Libraries
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

With all the buzz surrounding the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Garfield County Libraries wanted to get in on the action. We know all the bibliophiles and book groupers understand that reading (and, of course, discussing what you’ve read) can be a highly competitive sport. So Garfield County Libraries has created the Author Olympics, a venue where authors from various countries have the chance to duke it out to see who will prevail in various genre events.

How it works is this: Once every few days during the Olympics, Garfield County Libraries will post a new poll on Facebook for a genre competition. If you have “liked” Garfield County Libraries’ Facebook page, you are eligible to vote in the poll to determine who will win gold in that genre.

Authors from around the world will compete in the following genre events: mystery, science fiction and fantasy, romance, literary fiction (living authors), literary fiction (dead authors), young adult fiction, graphic fiction and thrillers.



There will also be a final all-around competition for the gold medalists in each of the genre categories to compete against one another to determine who gets ultimate bragging rights.

The competition began on Friday, July 27, with mysteries. Agatha Christie of Great Britain easily took home the gold, beating out Alexander McCall Smith of Scotland who took silver and Janet Evanovich of the U.S. in third.



Romance kicked off yesterday, and there’s still time to vote. Long-time competitor Jane Austen of Great Britain is expected to take gold, but relative newcomer Nora Roberts just might give Austen a run for her money.

The most competitive medals are expected to be in the literary fiction genres. Competitors in the dead authors division include Jorge Luis Borges of Argentina, Fyodor Dostoevsky of Russia, William Faulkner of the U.S., Victor Hugo of France, James Joyce of Ireland, Franz Kafka of the Czech Republic, and Thomas Mann of Germany.

The living authors division includes Isabel Allende of Chile, Paulo Coelho of Brazil, J.M. Coetzee of South Africa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez of Colombia, Haruki Murakami of Japan, and Salman Rushdie of India.

The majority of the Author Olympics medals still remain up for grabs. To have a say in who wins literary gold, go to Garfield County Libraries’ Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/gcpld and get in on all of the Author Olympics action.

Garfield County Libraries’ Summer Reading Program presents a bonus music program at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Carbondale Town Hall. This program will feature the Gordon Cooper Branch Library’s Youth Services Librarian and award-winning children’s musician, Sue Schnitzer. She performed at Garfield County Libraries in 2007 and has recorded four CDs for children.

Practice reading to a friendly dog at the New Castle Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Indy the dog provides a pressure-free audience for children to practice their reading-aloud skills – and he loves to listen to stories.

This event requires advance registration and parent permission. Sign up for a 15-minute session at the New Castle Branch. Call 984-2346 for more information.

Get your first glimpse of the new Silt Branch Library while helping librarians get ready for opening day. The library will soon need volunteers to form a book brigade to help move books from the old library to the new library.

All ages are welcome, and there will be flexible shifts, so even if you can only help for an hour, we’d love to have you.

The Book Brigade will form on Friday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, Sept. 15. To volunteer, contact the library at 876-5500.


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