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* President Obama says he learned good citizenship from novels. In a discussion with novelist-essayist Marilynne Robinson for the New York Review of Books, the conversation ranged far and wide over literature and the role it plays. The President said, “It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion that the world is complicated and full of grays, but there’s still truth there to be found, and that you have to strive for that and work for that. And the notion that it’s possible to connect with some[one] else even though they’re very different from you.” Robinson is the recipient of a National Humanities Medal, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and numerous other awards. See http://www2.nybooks.com/articles/s3/2015/nov/05/president-obama-marilynne-robinson-conversation.html. A recorded version is also available.

* Coming up Saturday, October 31, Denver writers collaborating on a booth at the annual Washington Street Community Center holiday bazaar, 809 S Washington St, Denver 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Loads of hand-crafted goods and baked items. I’m one of the writers, and the participating authors are diverse in subjects. Drop by!

* An electronic collection of short speculative fiction with a humorous twist, Weirder Science (Alternate Hilarities), volume 4, is available on Amazon. My short-short, “The Give-Away,” a satirical view of earth-style leadership, is part of the collection. Cost is $13.50 hard copy, $1.99 Kindle. Publisher Strange Musings Press says, “Science can be both savior and damnation. . . Get ready to brave the dangerous terrain of theory and hypothesis. Madness and science go hand in hand. Skipping, Singing and Laughing Maniacally!” Visit Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/qephsz9
* A distinctive new book store, Local Editions of Longmont, is now carrying my newest novel. Visit the store, also a coffee shop, 2919 17th Ave Suite 110, Longmont, CO 80503, 303.746.7662, localeditionslongmon.com. My books are also carried by City Stacks, Denver’s newest bookstore, 1743 Wazee Street Denver, CO 80202, 303.297.1440, CityStacks.com. Busy downtown neighborhood. Thanks to these businesses for your support of local authors.

* Several of my short stories, along with a wealth of others, are available for download on the website Alfie Dog, for a small fee. All types from literary to mystery. See http://alfiedog.com/fiction/
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