Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Concerned About Global Warming?

From Henry Thoreau to Rachel Carson, we've always had great writers & photographers to inspire us and teach us about the environment. Now it's time to tell your story.

The Union of Concerned Scientists and Penguin Classics—along with bookstores across the country—are encouraging all aspiring writers and photographers to submit their personal stories and images about global warming for publication in a new online book to be published in 2009, Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming.

The deadline to submit is November 15, 2008. The winning essays and photographs will be included in the online book and in a limited edition print version of the book. We hope you'll consider submitting a story or photograph. For more information, visit

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New Bookclub for Independent Businesses

Boulder is a hub for independent businesses, and the Pearl Street Mall is a great example of how independent businesses can work together and thrive, thanks to their community. We're starting a new bookclub this fall, specially designed for independent businesses. Our new Independent Business Bookclub seeks employees from other independent businesses, as well as any others who are interested, in joining to discuss books that address the concerns, challenges and needs of independent businesses.

This unique bookclub's first pick is Bo Burlingham's book, Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, which discusses how maverick companies have passed up the growth treadmill—and focused on greatness instead.

Some entrepreneurs have rejected the pressure of endless growth to focus on more satisfying business goals. Goals like being great at what they do, creating a great place to work, providing great customer service, making great contributions to their communities, and finding great ways to lead their lives. In Small Giants, veteran journalist Bo Burlingham takes us deep inside fourteen remarkable privately held companies, in widely varying industries across the country, that have chosen to march to their own drummer. He searches for the magic ingredients that give these companies their unique "mojo" and the lessons we can learn from them.

The Independent Business Bookclub will meet to discuss Small Giants by Bo Burlingham on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at noon in the Upper North Room of Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO. Bring your lunch and join us!