Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Jen Sincero jump-starts Denver with her newest motivational book on Tuesday, December 4
Jen Sincero jump-starts Denver with her newest motivational book on Tuesday, December 4
Denver is playing host to a number of literary luminaries this week: Wyoming writer Alyson Hagy, motivational sensation Jen Sincero, Colorado photographer John Fielder and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson. Rounding out the star-studded lineup is former Westword scribbler Jason Heller, with a reading from his book Strange Stars. The winter night’s sky is full of literary brilliance — so shine on, you crazy Denver diamonds.

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Alyson Hagy, Scribe
Monday, December 3, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Celebrated author Alyson Hagy comes to Tattered Cover to read from and sign Scribe, named one of NPR’s “Best Books of 2018.” Hagy draws on traditional folktales and the history and culture of Appalachia to create a swiftly plotted novel that touches on pressing issues of our time — migration, pandemic disease, the rise of authoritarianism — and makes a compelling case for the power of stories to both show us the world and transform it.

Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass Every Day
Tuesday, December 4, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

Tattered Cover welcomes world-renowned motivational speaker and author Jen Sincero, who'll read from and sign copies of her newest book, You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable. Sadly, after reporting the full name of the book, we’re out of room to describe the collection of exercises, cues and reflections to keep you going…but then, the title is pretty clear all by itself, isn’t it? Tickets are $20 and include a copy of the book and a spot in the autograph line. Motivation: Come get you some.

John Fielder Publishing
John Fielder, Colorado: Black on White
Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 p.m.
Cherokee Ranch & Castle
6113 Daniels Park Road, Sedalia
John Fielder, Colorado’s pre-eminent nature photographer, comes to the beautiful Cherokee Ranch & Castle for a reception, slideshow presentation, book sale and signing in connection with his new book, Colorado: Black on White. Witness forty years of Fielder photography, from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains to our western river canyons. Fielder will relate stories of his life and work, and even give photo tips. Admission includes appetizers and a chance to enjoy the Castle in its full holiday splendor. Fielder’s books will, of course, be available for purchase and autographing…just in time for gift-giving.

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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