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Foodie Creation Story

Local artist Ravi Zupa’s large-scale paintings of rabbits, bison and other prairie critters have adorned the walls at WaterCourse ever since Denver’s vegetarian mecca relocated to its current spot at 17th Avenue and Emerson Street, lending an earthy, mythical feel to the space and hinting at a larger narrative that’s been teased on the restaurant’s menu for the last five years by owner Daniel Landes.

That narrative, Joonie and the Great Harbinger Stampede, a novel-length version of Landes and Zupa’s collaboration, hits bookstores today. “It’s been quite a process to build this novel, and I’m just so excited to finally share this work with people,” says Landes. “When we moved the restaurant, I had this idea for a creation myth that takes place at the confluence of the Platte and Cherry Creek rivers, right in the heart of Denver, about the birth of consciousness, the moment when we first became self-aware. I would tell these stories to Ravi and set the scene that I wanted him to paint, and then a new piece of art would appear on the walls at WaterCourse and I’d have renewed compassion for these characters and a new urge to tell more of the story.”

And although you can buy the book today, its official release date, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get Landes to sign it. He’ll be on hand at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Get more information at
Tue., Oct. 16; Wed., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2012


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