Truth is definitely stranger than fiction but fiction gets plenty strange in A Highly Placed Source, a very funny novel by local media-relations consultant (and former Westword staffer) Michelle Dally. Drawing from her experience in politics, journalism and motherhood, she's created an insider's story that touches on everything from youthful masturbation to opportunistic lawmakers to God. And the plot is only slightly less crazy than what's actually going on at the Capitol. "If I had written about what's happened this year in the legislature, the editors would have taken it out," Dally says. "It's purely unbelievable." But the fact that her book is a novel hasnt stopped political insiders from trying to guess the identity of the Professor the legislator with the lagging libido. "A lot of retired senators are laying bets, but it is fiction," Dally insists. Still, maybe she'll spill some secrets when she signs her book at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. For information, call 303-322-7727 or go to www.tatteredcover.com.
Fri., Feb. 22, 2008