Denver Talks, with six weeks of public events and discussions inspired by author Claudia Rankine's book Citizen: An American Lyric, all hosted by the local literary school Lighthouse Writers Workshop. An obvious good place to get started would be the Denver Talks Kickoff Party, where you can pick up a free copy of Citizen, Rankine’s personal discussion of racism in America, and learn more about future programming while enjoying live readings and performances by Khadijah Queen, Molina Speaks, Stories on Stage and others. Drop by the Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock Street, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 7, and open the book on an entire month of events; admission is free. Looking for a Denver forum to join? Book talks are scheduled at RedLine at 2 p.m. on October 14 and 21, and you can also hear Rankine in discussion with Mayor Michael Hancock on November 15 at Boettcher Concert Hall. Learn more at denvertalks.org.
The real point of a community read isn’t just about reading the book — it’s more important that people start talking about it. To that end, Denver’s participation in the national NEA Big Read event has been redubbed