Author Mario Acevedo discusses his literary influences, Rocky Flats and writing about dogs

Reading is about more than following a narrative or absorbing information; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, which celebrates the books that inspire Denver artists.

Mario Acevedo is a local author whose 2007 debut novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, introduced readers to Felix Gomez, an war veteran turned undead gumshoe; it was touted as one of the best new books by a Colorado author in the august pages of Westword that year. Since then, Acevedo has published four more Gomez novels, and recently co-authored an e-book about an international ponzi scheme called Good Money Gone. I recently met up with Acevedo to discuss his literary influences, his career, and the community of Colorado writers at Three Dogs Tavern, where we watched our own dogs tentatively befriend one another on the patio out front.

See also: - The Write Stuff- Lighthouse Lit Fest - Manuel Ramos on his Mile High noir novel and the gentrification of Denver's North Side - Author Beth Groundwater on grammar, mysteries and whitewater rafting

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Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
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