"They always say the way authors are chosen is very mysterious because that's how they are -- they're the Evil Companions," notes the Denver Public Library's Jen Morris. "But in this case, he's a very well-regarded author who has a Colorado connection, and we just thought he'd be a great fit for our twentieth anniversary." Case in point: Urrea's a fine author, but also a strong advocate of books, one who's been in the news lately after five of his own works were banned in the Tucson Unified School District as part of a larger ban on all Mexican-American studies. Of this, he wrote on his blog: "It's not about Mexican-American studies, it's about education, it's about the history of this land, it's about the people of this land, it's about literature. Be angry!"
Meet the man at 6 p.m. at the Oxford Hotel, 1637 Wazee Street, where he'll speak, read from his work, sign books and most likely crack a few jokes; for tickets, ranging in price from $60 to $150, go to www.dplfriends.org. Proceeds benefit the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation.
Thu., April 12, 2012