This week in Denver, a notable author navigates cyberspace in his “Great American Internet Novel” and a nationally beloved blogger laughs hysterically at her own battle with depression. Meanwhile, in Boulder, a local journalist gives that town’s famous McGuckin Hardware its due.
Joshua Cohen, Book of Numbers
Sturm Hall, Room 451, University of Denver
7 p.m. Wednesday, November 11
Publisher’s Weekly calls Joshua Cohen’s copiously researched new novel Book of Numbers an “ambitious and inspired attempt at the Great American Internet Novel” and an “encyclopedic epic,” drawing comparisons to Thomas Pynchon and Dave Eggers. How up to date is he? In October, Cohen wrote a serialized online book live, while interacting with strangers in a chat sidebar. Meet the Google Glasses of literature in person: Cohen is bringing his literary expertise to the University of Denver for a three-day Writer-in Residence stint with DU’s Department of English and Creative Writing, which includes a free public reading at Sturm Hall on November 11.
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Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue
7 p.m. Wednesday, November 11
One of the nation’s most recognized bloggers, the devilishly funny Jenny Lawson (aka the Bloggess) tells it like she sees it on a variety of social media platforms, blogging and tweeting her autobiographical stream of consciousness and delighting readers everywhere. Her new book, Furiously Happy, takes on her own depression and anxiety in a way that somehow makes us laugh. Come get a piece of Lawson at the Tattered Cover; free numbered tickets for a place in the signing line are available with purchase of the book ($26.99, from Flatiron Books) in advance at any T.C. location (excluding the airport stores).
Clay Evans, Behind the Green Vest
Boulder Book Store
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 11
$5 voucher required for entry
You haven’t really experienced Boulder until you’ve experienced McGuckin Hardware; part folksy independent tool-bar extraordinaire and part impulse-shopping emporium, the family-run hardware Valhalla has been drawing people from all over the nation for sixty years. Former Daily Camera reporter and columnist Clay Evans has packaged the story of McGuckin Hardware and its green-vested employees into a new book, which he’ll discuss and sign at the Boulder Book Store. McGuckin owners Dave and Dee Hight will also be there for the event (Dee is the daughter of store founder Bill McGuckin), which might just turn into a big nostalgia fest. A $5 voucher, good toward purchase of Behind the Green Vest — or any other purchase on the day of the reading — is required and can acquired in advance or at the door.
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