Book It: The Six Best Literary Events This Week

The Denver literary scene boasts six stupendous reasons to get out of your air-conditioned home, get in your air-conditioned car, and head out to a generously air-conditioned bookstore to support your local writers and their work this week. Here are your six best bets for staying cool — both in the literal and literary senses — in mid-July.

click to enlarge SIMON & SCHUSTER
Simon & Schuster
Jennifer Kincheloe, The Body in Griffith Park
Barbara Nickless, Ambush
Tuesday, July 16, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

A pair of Colorado mystery authors bring their newest novels to share at this mid-summer reading and signing. Jennifer Kincheloe will read from her latest Anna Blanc book, The Body in Griffith Park, which combines mystery, history, humor and romance. Barbara Nickless will discuss and sign the third novel in her Sydney Rose Parnell series, Ambush, which tracks a murder mystery from Mexico City all the way to Denver.

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She Writes Press
Patricia Eagle, Being Mean
Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
How does a child confused by episodes of abuse come to understand what’s safe or unsafe, right or wrong, normal or not? Alamosa author Patricia Eagle reveals the heartbreak and destruction of her own sexual abuse by her father in her new book, Being Mean: A Memoir of Sexual Abuse and Survival, which she brings to the Boulder Book Store for a reading and signing. (Eagle will also appear at the Tattered Cover LoDo on Wednesday, July 17.) The book is about blocking sexual abuse memories, having them surface, and learning how to live with it all in the healthiest way possible. Tickets to the event are $5, and are good for a $5 discount on this or any purchase the day of the reading.

Mark Greaney and Lt. Col. Ripley Rawlings, Red Metal
Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
Mark Greaney (The Gray Man and Jack Ryan series) teams up with Colorado’s own Lt. Col. Ripley Rawlings, an active-duty Marine and veteran of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, to discuss and sign their new book, Red Metal. Greaney and Rawlings will appear in conversation with Charles Henderson, himself a Marine vet of more than 23 years and an author of military classics Marine Sniper and Silent Warrior. Here’s your chance not only to support local writers, but also to thank them for their service to the nation.

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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