Book It: Five Best Literary Events in Denver This Week

Poet Kevin Prufer.
Poet Kevin Prufer. CU Denver Creative Writing
As everyone in Denver tries to re-set their internal clocks (thanks, Daylight Savings Time!), the calendar includes plenty of lit events to illuminate the darker evenings and keep those bleary eyes open for just a few more pages.

I Never, Laura Hopper - TATTERED COVER
I Never, Laura Hopper
Tattered Cover
Laura Hopper, I Never
7 p.m. Tuesday, November 7
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
YA Novelist Laura Hopper tackles the difficult subject of sex and how teens deal with it in her debut novel. Called a “sweet, sex-positive take on a classic teen romance,” I Never was inspired by the author remembering the dog-eared “good parts” of Judy Blume’s classic book Forever. Of course, that book came out in 1975, and things in the teen world have changed a bit since. Head to the free launch event to see if Hopper’s updated take can live up to the level of its inspiration, 21st-century style.

Kevin Prufer, Churches
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 8
CU Denver Creative Writing
Auraria Campus, Tivoli, Room 640
The University of Colorado Denver’s creative-writing department hosts poet Kevin Prufer, whose 2014 collection, Churches, was named one of the ten best poetry books of the year. Prufer’s work has made so many “best” lists and been awarded enough prizes that it's impossible to present all the honors here. Check out the (free!) reading, pick up a copy of one of his books, and find out why.

click to enlarge Jeff Carson gives would-be writers a clue. - AMAZON PUBLISHING
Jeff Carson gives would-be writers a clue.
Amazon Publishing
Mystery Writer Jeff Carson, Making Crime Pay With Independent Publishing
6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 9
Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers
Colorado Automobile Dealers Association
290 East Speer Boulevard
Ever read a mystery and think, “Hey, I could have written that!” Well, you didn’t — which means you can either stop saying that, or you can attend this month's RMMW meeting, featuring a talk by Jeff Carson, Amazon best-selling author of the David Wolf series. Carson will share how he became a successful writer without the help of the big publishing houses. Tickets are $25 (or $20 for RMMW members), which includes beef kabobs for dinner. And there is no mystery about the satisfaction that comes from a good beef kabob.

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
Contact: Teague Bohlen