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"When I first started writing, I remember there was an ideal intended reader in my mind: Myself as a young boy, wanting to read an adventure story that had cool ideas and was thrilling and dangerous and had a certain amount of ass-kicking involved in it," says Paolo Bacigalupi, a Colorado-based writer from Paonia who has managed to find plenty of those intended readers since racking up awards for his novels The Wind Up Girl and Ship Breakers. "Young readers have an appetite for exploration of the 'what ifs' about the dangers that are out there, and they want some straight talk about the hazards of the future," Bacigalupi says. "They tend to be the ones who are the change-makers, the ones who are upsetting and rewriting the system."

In this Hunger Games moment, when dark, dystopian novels for young adults are all the rage, Bacigalupi's books are among the darkest and most dystopian, and most are filled with rage.

He'll be reading from and signing copies of his latest, The Drowned Cities, tonight at 7 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorchester Street, and tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at the Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street. For more information, go to
Tue., May 1, 7 p.m., 2012


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