They dont let you in easily, because a lot of people want to see them. Its not a zoo; theyre not on display, theyre not trained seals, says Gruen, who jumped through a lot of flaming hoops to get there. But the final step was the approval of the apes themselves. For that, Gruen brought presents. I brought a big bag of stuff, she recounts. It worked.
Spending time with the apes was integral to writing her book: Ape House follows the lives of a colony of similar but fictional apes after the clinic where they live is firebombed and the reality-show media circus that follows. Spend time with Gruen tonight at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, where shell read and discuss her book beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 303-436-1070 or go to www.tatteredcover.com.
Wed., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m., 2010