I'm honored to belong to a rollicking book club made up of wonderful, entrepreneurial, hilarious Denver women known as Book Babes. The book club established in Denver in 1987, is sponsoring the Opening Night film for Women+Film Voices, Denver Film Society’s six-day film festival. Opening March 8 and running through March 13, 2011, the film festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.
The Book Babes will sponsor Miss Representation, directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, one of many films—both documentaries and feature films. The festival also will include salons, and in-person guests focused on thought-provoking, inspirational stories of women from around the world.
Two members of Book Babes—Joanne Katz, and Lu Law—serve as Denver Film Society board members. A third Book Babe, Terri Garbarini, also is sponsoring another film through her Cherry Creek North namesake women’s fashion boutique, Garbarini.
Book Babes includes the following members:
• Meredith Carson: Works at the Denver Performing Arts Complex and serves as a music DJ Friday mornings on KGNU, 88.5 FM, 1390 AM. Meredith reads some of the books some of the time.
• Susan Erlich: LoDo Pioneer, Generalist.
• Terri Garbarini: Owner, Garbarini, a woman’s fashion boutique.
• Lee Goodfriend: Co-owner of Racines and Dixons Downtown Grill restaurants.
• Mimi Kaupe: Book Babes’ founder and an in absentia member in good standing, is a costume designer.
• Joanne Katz: Denver Film Society board member, owner of Three Tomatoes Catering, Cowtown Barbeque Catering , and Three Tomatoes Steakhouse & Club at Fossil Trace.
• Lu Law: Denver Films Society board member and designer extraordinaire.
• Jennifer Macy, Esquire.
• Karen Means Moore: Owner of Djuna, an interior design/home furnishings store, and also Pilates Evolution, an SPX Fitness studio.
• Karen Roehl: An Abstract Expressionist painter with a studio at the Dry Ice Factory in RiNo.
• Carol Simpson: Owner, Fine Gardens landscaping.
• Me, Colleen Smith: Author of the acclaimed novel “Glass Halo,” founder of Friday Jones Publishing, freelance writer & graphic art director.
• Alice Sperling: Mostly retired from the P.R. business in Denver, and living happily-ever-after in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
• Deborah Williams: Miss Chief at Design and Image Communications. Deborah--to her credit--reads most of the books most of the time. For the occasion, Design and Image Communications created a new Book Babes logo, shown above.