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Golden Residents Select Benediction by Kent Haruf for 2013 One Book. 1 Golden. - Author Night and Activities Planned for the Fall

(Lakewood, CO – June 28, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that Benediction by Kent Haruf has been selected as this year’s choice for the second annual One Book. 1 Golden. program. Benediction was voted the winning book by the public in a contest earlier this year.


As part of the One Book. 1 Golden. program, Haruf will host a book reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Foss Auditorium in the American Mountaineering Center (710 W. 10th St., Golden, Colo.). Online reservations will be accepted beginning Sept. 7 at


“This is a beautiful novel and readers will be able to identify with various aspects of the story,” said Donna Walker, director of public services, JCPL. “Combined with the other events we will be hosting as part of the One Book. 1 Golden. program, this is a perfect selection for creating conversation in our community.”


In addition to Mr. Haruf’s book reading, the Golden Library will be offering additional events this fall, including:


Book Discussion Tuesday

6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17

Join other readers for a lively discussion of Benedictionat the Golden Library (1019 10th St.).


“Turn the Other Cheek” Panel Discussion

6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24

Location to be determined

In Chapter 25 of Benediction, Reverend Lyle preaches a controversial message based on the Sermon on the Mount, a message that enrages some members of his congregation, many of whom have family members serving in the military, and ultimately leads to his dismissal. Join us as leaders from the local faith community hold a panel discussion on the idea of “turning the other cheek,” its relevance in today’s world, and its interpretation in various religious faiths and the teachings of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Is there such a thing as a “just” war?  Is violence warranted as revenge? A Q&A will follow the panel discussion. Free tickets will be required.


“Picture Golden” Photo Contest

The imaginary small town of Holt, Colo. is the setting for Benediction. Like any small town there are things that distinguish it from other towns. What is it about Golden that sets it apart, makes it unique? What says “Golden” to you? Take a photograph and enter it in our “Picture Golden” photo contest. The submission deadline is Sept. 21 and winners will be announced at a reception in the Golden Library on Sept. 29. Additional information will soon be available at


“We’re excited to be working with the Golden Library to offer One Book. 1 Golden. again this year,” said Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloane. “We love the idea of bringing the community together around a common topic of interest.”


The goals of the One Book. 1 Golden. program are to promote a culture of reading and bring the community together through a shared reading experience. This is the second year of the program. Growing Up True by Craig Barnes was selected in 2012.


One Book. 1 Golden. is presented in partnership with the Golden Civic Foundation, the City of Golden, the Golden Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Hotel.


About Jefferson County Public Library

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