Mayor Hickenlooper Unveils One Book, One Denver Title

Mayor Hickenlooper Unveils One Book, One Denver Title


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Mayor Hickenlooper Unveils One Book, One Denver Title

Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros is 2005 selection

(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper and the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs announced Thursday that Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros is the 2005 One Book, One Denver book selection. The selection was unveiled at a public press conference at the Denver Central Library. One Book, One Denver cultivates a culture of reading and discussion throughout the greater Denver metro area. A series of community events are scheduled throughout the months of March and April.

“Great literature is a catalyst for insightful and provocative conversation in the community,” Mayor Hickenlooper said. “When the entire community comes together around one great book, the community and everyone in it is made stronger by the experience.”

Caramelo was selected by the Mayor with recommendations from the literary and education communities and from One Book, One Denver project partners. Criteria for book selection requires that the book be a work of fiction, available in English and Spanish, available in paperback, and engaging for both high school and adult readers. In addition, the book must be written by a living author who is willing to participate in community activities.

Copies of Caramelo are widely available at all Denver Public Library locations and at Denver Public Schools thanks to the generous support of HealthONE. As the One Book, One Denver Gold Sponsor, HealthONE purchased more than 3,000 copies of the book. Spanish language books are available, as well, thanks to the Spanish Language Book Sponsor American Family Insurance. Local bookstores including Tattered Cover Book Store and Cultural Legacy Booksellers have many copies available for purchase.

“We hope you will head to your local library or bookstore and pick up a copy of Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros,” said Denise Montgomery, Director of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs. “Get together with friends, co-workers and family members to discuss this engaging book and participate in community events.”

Resource guides to assist book groups, bookmarks and flyers are all available in both English and Spanish. Pick up a copy of the resource guide at any Denver Public Library location and at local bookstores. Or, download the information from Additional information and online discussion opportunities can be found online at the Denver Public Library’s website at

Scheduled events for One Book, One Denver include a public reading by Caramelo author Sandra Cisneros on April 7, numerous book discussions in English and Spanish throughout the month of March, and much more. Please visit for a complete schedule of events.

One Book, One Denver is a collaborative effort between the City and County of Denver, the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, the Denver Public Library and the following community sponsors and partners:

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor
The Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News

Sponsor for Spanish Language Books
American Family Insurance

Event Sponsors
Cultural Legacy Booksellers
The Colorado Rockies

Media Sponsors
5280 Magazine
The Bloomsbury Review
La Voz Nueva
Rocky Mountain News
CD 104.3
The Denver Post

Colorado Endowment for the Humanities & Center for the Book
Metropolitan State College of Denver
North High School
Colorado Community Colleges
Regional Transportation District (RTD)
Denver Public Schools
Stories On Stage
Downtown Denver Partnership
Tattered Cover Book Store
Denver Public Library
University of Denver
El Centro, Su Teatro
University of Colorado – Denver
Kroenke Sports Enterprises
Lighthouse Writers Workshop


Posted on Feb 24, 2005 (Archive on Mar 26, 2005)
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