Book It: The Six Best Literary Events This Week

Or you could just stay in bed all week and catch up on your reading.
Or you could just stay in bed all week and catch up on your reading. Betsssssy at Flickr
Now that the horns have stopped tooting and the champagne has been downed and the hangovers treated and the resolutions already broken, re-promised and ready to be broken again, it's time to turn the page. Take your kids to storytime, explore some self-help weight-loss ideas, hear a couple of local poets ready to lift the spirits, and watch a classic film just waiting to be rediscovered, discussed and enjoyed.

Here are the six best literary ways to start 2019 and wake up your brain from its happy but satiated holiday drowse:

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Tattered Tales Storytime at Colfax Avenue
Tuesday, January 1, 10:30 a.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

Every Tuesday, the Tattered Cover on Colfax hosts a half-hour of stories, activities and snacks, designed for the entertainment of the younger set (and to inspire their love of books and reading). For kids, it’s fun time. For parents, especially on New Year’s Day, it’s a bookish blessing.

Readers Guild Membership Sale
Tuesday, January 1, 10 a.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
Did you resolve to read more in 2019? If you're a member of the Boulder Book Store's Readers Guild, you're in luck: Everything in the store is 25 percent off to you on January 1. And if you're not a member, shouldn't you consider becoming one?

Happier Hour
Thursday, January 3, 4 to 5 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street

Did you resolve to get out and about more in 2019? Plenty of people did, because the Introverts New Year's Eve at BookBar was a sellout. If you have yet to discover BookBar, resolve to open a new chapter by stopping by this popular spot at the Thursday happier hour, when adults get half off wine and kids' meals (starting at 4 p.m.) and kids get storytime (starting at 4:30), then cookies! Find out more here.

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Balboa Press
Lisa M. Gunshore, Enlightenment Pie
Saturday, January 5, 2 p.m.
Tattered Cover LoDo
1628 16th Street

Just in time for that post-holiday weight loss you promised yourself, here comes author Lisa M.Gunshore, bringing her book Enlightenment Pie: Healing Through Spiritual Practice to Tattered Cover LoDo for a reading and signing. The book teaches how physical weight can be an outward reflection of weight carried within, and how to free the spirit, mind and body from that negativity. Gunshore argues that it’s not so much about changing your diet as it is about changing your understanding, and thereby changing your life.

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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