Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

It's a big week for Colleen Hoover.
It's a big week for Colleen Hoover. Colleen Hoover
Novelist Colleen Hoover is all over Denver's literary scene this week, first with a reading and signing at the Tattered Cover and then with the presentation of the first iteration of the city's newest literary conference. But there are more noteworthy events to put on the books, from poetry at Lighthouse to an appearance by Colorado author Gregory Hill to longtime novelist Joanne Greenberg's stop at BookBar. This week, you don’t have to ask what’s going on; just ask yourself how much awesome you can handle.

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Atria Books
Colleen Hoover, All Your Perfects
Tuesday, July 17, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
$16 (includes a copy of the new book and a reserved spot in line)
Number-one New York Times best-selling author Colleen Hoover will discuss and sign her newest novel, All Your Perfects, at the Tattered Cover; the book is a tour-de-force story of a troubled marriage and the forgotten promise that just might be the thing to save it. US Weekly approves, declaring that “no one writes a gut-wrenching tale quite like bestselling author Colleen Hoover.”

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Conundrum Press
Gregory Hill, Zebra Skin Shirt
Wednesday, July 18, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Colorado Book Award-winning author Gregory Hill (East of Denver) returns to the Tattered Cover on Colfax for a reading of his latest book, the last in the Strattford County trilogy. Zebra Skin Shirt has been called “the first great smart-ass existential science-fiction contemporary western of the 21st century.” Political cartoonist Mike Keefe dubs it “part mystery, part Steven-Wright stand-up routine, part Einsteinian thought experiment,” which adds up to something super-cool. It’s just math.

Book Bonanza
Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21
Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 South Syracuse Street
Update 7/17: The event is sold out, and no tickets will be available at the door.
Novelist Colleen Hoover helps host a local “literary extravaganza”dubbed Book Bonanza. The majority of the authors attending and presenting at the convention (a list of the best-selling folks are available on the Book Bonanza Facebook page) work primarily in contemporary romance and new- adult genres, but all flavors of fiction will be represented.It's an event that promises to be a rewarding book-lovers’ event. And speaking of rewarding: All proceeds from this year’s Book Bonanza will go to support Safehouse Denver, an organization that provides emergency shelter, counseling and advocacy for victims of domestic violence. If you were lucky enough to score a ticket, you're not just doing some good not just for your bookshelf, but also for local families in crisis.

Black Radish Books
Barbara Tomash, PRE-
Saturday, July 21, 5 p.m.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
Free for members, $10 for non-members
Join Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop in welcoming poet Barbara Tomash, author of PRE-, a 2018 poetry collection that Publishers Weekly says is “enigmatic yet welcoming,” and praises for illuminating “hidden relationships buried in language.” The Tattered Cover will be on hand to sell books, so you can get a copy signed while you enjoy drinks and snacks provided by Lighthouse. Registration is required.

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McMania Publishing
Joanne Greenberg, All I’ve Done for You
Sunday, July 22, 1 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street
Author Joanne Greenberg, who broke out with in 1964 with I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, comes to BookBar to read from and sign her twentieth novel, All I’ve Done for You. The new book is an intriguing tale of family, betrayal and stained legacy, told from the perspective of the ghost of a respected grandmother following her suicide, who now watches how the secret life she led affects both her family and the town in which they must still live.
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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
Contact: Teague Bohlen