The book is a well-researched take on the historical novel that concentrates more on individual stories than larger themes. As a result, it almost requires a reader to keep an encyclopedia on hand at all times which makes the fact that Sayles will be at the Tattered Cover Book Store at 2526 East Colfax Avenue at 2 p.m. today to read from the book and answer questions very appealing. Admission is free; for more information, go to www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-322-7727.
Read about Westword editor Patricia Calhouns bit part in a John Sayles movie at showandtelldenver.com
Sun., May 29, 2 p.m., 2011