Cultural critics have been debating the virtues and perils of youth-obsessed literature all summer long. In the New York Times, A.O. Scott lamented "The Death of Adulthood in American Culture." Slate's Ruth Graham wrote the screed "Against YA," bashing older fans of young-adult fiction. Both say the ... More >>
This week's featured readings feature exciting new voices in fiction and an author whose riff on the new economy unfolds in novel form. And in the slam poetry realm, competition among local poets vying to represent Denver at the Individual World Poetry Slam in October is heating up with help from a ... More >>
Dark fantasy epics, as every hunger-gamer knows, are all the rage at the box office and on cable. The latest New Yorker to clog my mailbox is the special "Science Fiction Issue." And I'm happy to report that Paolo Bacigalupi, Colorado's own doctor of dystopia -- who recently discussed his creative p ... More >>
After racking up awards for his debut novel The Windup Girl in 2009 -- Nebula and Hugo honors for Best Novel -- Paulo Bacigalupi followed up with Ship Breaker, set in an equally dismal, dystopian future, and won another round of awards, including a National Book Award nomination and a Printz Award f ... More >>
Paolo Bacigalupi.You know you've moved beyond cult status as an author when national magazines get all itchy over the upcoming publication of your new novel... a good half a year before it's scheduled to be released. Such is the excitement around The Drowned Cities , Paonia writer Paolo Bacig ... More >>
Counterpath was founded in 2006 as a small press publisher, but since then it has expanded into much more. The nonprofit now not only publishes experimental work, but is also a physical space that sells other small press books and hosts art installations, readings, and film screenings. Tonigh ... More >>
John Williams.John Williams would have relished the irony. The University of Denver professor's astonishing novel Stoner landed with a thud when it was first published in 1965. Forty-six years later, and seventeen years after Williams himself died at the age of 71, the book is being hailed as ... More >>
John WilliamsPosthumous vindication has its drawbacks, to be sure. But the novels of John Williams, who died in 1994, are drawing more acclaim and readers now than the irascible University of Denver professor ever imagined he'd have. The latest laurel to come his way? A piece last week on Na ... More >>
Nothing, to our way of thinking, is more captivating than the true story of very real struggle. We all have these little musical fantasies, strumming our Fenders in the dark of our apartments, listening to a little Miles Davis or Johnny Cash.
Jay CanodePaolo BacigalupiForget Carmelo Anthony. Our hopes for NBA glory this season are riding on Paolo Bacigalupi, a gifted but not particularly tall sensation from Paonia. That's NBA as in the National Book Awards. And fond as we are of Melo's tweets, we're banking on NBA finalist Paolo ... More >>
Oh, to have the Purell franchise at the University of Colorado at Boulder graduation ceremony, taking place at Folsom Field at 8:30 a.m. this morning. Earlier this week, reports surfaced about three possible swine-flu cases at CU, but officials decided against canceling the celebration, pimped in th ... More >>
Poet Mark Doty talks about his writing life at three separate events.
Fast on the heels of the announcement on Wednesday of this year's National Book Award nominations (my favorite, for the record, is Peter Hessler, for his scrupulous and fascinating Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present) comes our own homegrown author fte: the Colorado Book Awards, ... More >>