One Book, One Town and America’s Music at the libraries |

One Book, One Town and America’s Music at the libraries

DJ KSlay
Henry Chalfant |

The Carbondale Branch Library is thrilled to host bestselling author Daniel Stashower at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Stashower will be speaking about his newest book, “The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War,” which is the featured title for this year’s One Book, One Town.

Stashower is an acclaimed biographer and narrative historian, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP: The Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler, as well as other publications. With The Hour of Peril, Stashower brings us the thrilling true story of America’s first private eye, Allan Pinkerton, with a chronicle of his most celebrated and controversial case — foiling an assassination attempt on Abraham Lincoln in 1861.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are free and can be obtained by visiting the Carbondale Branch Library. Copies of the book are available at the Carbondale and Silt Branch Libraries, or can be requested at any Garfield County Library and on our website,

In addition to One Book, One Town in Carbondale, the library in Glenwood Springs is also bustling with activities in its new building. In fact, the Glenwood Springs Branch Library was one of 81 sites selected to host a six-week program series titled “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” This series features documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. The six sessions focus on the uniquely American musical genres. The library has already hosted four of the weekly events, including last night’s spotlight on country and bluegrass.

But we are not done yet. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, the library will feature rock ‘n’ roll. Come and discover how rock ‘n’ roll “excited a worldwide generation of young listeners, while upsetting established social, cultural and musical authorities” as outlined by Charles F. McGovern, Associate Professor of American Studies and History, College of William and Mary.

Then, the following Wednesday will feature the sixth and final session on Latin Rhythms: from Mambo to Hip Hop. Participants will explore how mambo migrated to New York City from Havana in the 1940s and broke social and musical rules.

Finally, members from the Symphony in the Valley will be close out the America’s Music program series at the library by performing compositions from various American composers at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. “America’s Music” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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