Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Nicole Hampton brings Sugar High to BookBar on December 15.
Nicole Hampton brings Sugar High to BookBar on December 15. Linnea Covington
Denver's literary scene keeps giving back. Since this week leans hard on the holidays, there are events to keep kids busy as well as to keep adults shopping, as well as events that simply celebrate reading. Here are five bookish things to do in the days ahead.

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Workman Publishing
Barney Saltzberg, Beautiful Oops!
Tuesday, December 11, 10 a.m.
Anythink Huron Street
9417 Huron Street, Thornton
Tuesday, December 11, 4:30 p.m.
Anythink Perl Mack
7611 Hilltop Circle, Denver
Both free

Children’s author, songwriter and illustrator Barney Saltzberg comes to two locations of Anythink libraries for two very special events. Saltzberg will spend the morning at the Thornton location performing from his many books, most recently Beautiful Oops! and Enough Is Enough. In the afternoon, he moves to the Denver location for a found-art workshop in which kids use found objects in order to make their own “Oops Art.” Space is limited at both; visit the Anythink website for registration and more information.

Verne Lundquist, Play By Play
Tuesday, December 11, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Legendary sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist comes to the Tattered Cover with his memoir, Play By Play: Calling the Wildest Games in Sports – From SEC Football to College Basketball, the Masters, and More, just in time for the sports fan on your gift list. The book replays the greatest experiences from Lundquist’s storied career, taking you behind the scenes for some of the most exciting moments in modern sports history. Take a seat in the box with one of the best announcers in the business.

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Renee Fajardo
Renee Fajardo and Carl Ruby, Biscochitos for Mis Jitos
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.
CHAC Art Gallery
222 Santa Fe Drive
Some of the Southwest’s best storytellers and authors come together to pay tribute to a cookie called biscochitos, which originated in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico over a century ago. But it’s not all cookies in Biscochitos for Mis Jitos & Other Tummy Tales; stories and recipes in the book represent numerous ethnic influences throughout the Southwest, and include everything from apple pandowdy to potato latkes to chili guiso. Come buy a book, get it signed — and bring your appetite for the Biscochitos Tasting Contest.

Write for Rights
Thursday, December 13, 5 p.m.
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street
This annual letter-writing campaign hosted by Amnesty International invites the community to send messages of solidarity to people facing human-rights violations, or to write letters that put pressure on those in power to stop the abuses being committed. This year, all of the cases chosen to spotlight are women — women who have been wrongly imprisoned and punished. Writing materials are provided; all you need to bring is passion and commitment. The event is free, but registration is requested. End the year by giving back: As 2018 closes, make your voice heard.

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WestWinds Press
Nicole Hampton, Sugar High
Saturday, December 15, 6 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street
Denver’s Nicole Hampton not only runs the popular food blog Dough-Eyed, she's also come out with Sugar High: Sweet & Savory Baking in Your High-Altitude Kitchen, which we highlighted last month in a guide to Colorado cookbooks. And now she brings that book — just in time for mile-high holiday baking — to BookBar for an event that’s sure to be as delicious as it is informative. Cheddar, bacon and herb biscuits? Cappucino streusel cake? Triple-berry and apple galettes? I don’t even know what a galette is, but yes, please. And pass the eggnog latte.

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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