Before there was Harry Potter, there was Discworld. Created by another internationally best-selling British author, Terry Pratchett, the fantasy series, which debuted in 1983, was set on a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants standing on a giant turtle. In the tradition of The Lord of the Rings, the books have inspired maps and games even cartoon and theater adaptations. But beyond the myth, the stories of Discworld run parallel to issues in the real world.
"It started out as a parody of all the fantasy that was around in the big boom of the early '80s, then turned into a satire on just about everything, and even I don't know what it is now," Pratchett explains on his web page. "I do know that in that time, there's been at least four people promoted as 'new Terry Pratchetts,' so for all I know I may not even still be me."
The latest (and 36th) installment, Making Money, begins when Lord Vetinari summons Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig the condemned man turned postal worker extraordinaire who was introduced in Going Postal to ask: "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?" The ensuing story puts Lipwig in charge of printing Ankh Morpork's first paper currency.
Pratchett will be at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, tonight to read from and sign Making Money. Free tickets for the book signing will be handed out beginning at 6:30 p.m., one per person in line. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis to ticketed customers only. Visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070.
Thu., Sept. 27, 2007