Book It: The Six Best Literary Events This Week

Shanthi Sekaran appears courtesy of BookBar and Broomfield on November 3.
Shanthi Sekaran appears courtesy of BookBar and Broomfield on November 3. Daniel Grisales
Halloween interrupts the usual literary schedule this week, but there are still enough bookish events after trick-or-treating to satisfy even the hungriest literary sweet tooth, from a talk about magic-realist novels to poetry from some of the state’s finest to a con for young-adult books to a citywide literacy celebration. And if you’re feeling creative, a contest ending on Halloween night just might tickle your six-word fancy. Here are the best of your boo-tiful literary options for the scariest week of the year:

Second Annual Six-Word Mystery Contest
Now through October 31
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
$6 to enter one category; $10 for a chance in all five

The Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America presents its second annual Six-Word Mystery Contest, open to all writers who want to delve into something incredibly brief and still deeply affecting. Winners from each of five categories (Hard-boiled, Cozy, Thriller, Police Procedural and Mystery with Romance or Lust), along with an overall winner, will be announced at the RMMWA holiday party in December. The inaugural winner last year was Cindy Marsh, with her six words from the Thriller category: “Eyes so lovely I kept them.” Brrrr. Feel like taking on the challenge? You have, in the spirit of the season, until the stroke of midnight on Halloween night to do it.

click to enlarge RED HEN PRESS
Red Hen Press
Cai Emmons, Weather Woman
Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

The Tattered Cover welcomes author Cai Emmons to read from and sign copies of her new book, Weather Woman, a novel about science and intuition, women and power, and what the Earth needs from humanity. The event is free...and potentially inspiring.

click to enlarge Writer Kali Fajardo-Anstine, at home in the American West. - COURTESY OF KALI FAJARDO-ANSTINE
Writer Kali Fajardo-Anstine, at home in the American West.
Courtesy of Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Out From the Margins
Thursday, November 1, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Arapahoe Community College
5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

Out from the Margins, a literary event in Littleton this Thursday, spotlights authors and poets from communities that have historically been shunted to the wayside. Steven Dunn, the founder of the Art of Storytelling reading series, has joined forces with Jamey Trotter of Arapahoe Community College to organize a panel with poets Ahja Fox and Jenee Elise as well as author Kali Fajardo-Anstine, whose eagerly anticipated novel Sabrina & Corina will drop in the coming months.

Juan Morales
First Saturday Poetry: Juan Morales and Wayne Miller
Saturday, November 3, 4 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street
BookBar will be full to bursting with poetic awesomeness as November begins to wind its chilled path through the end of the year. This week’s poets are big players in both the 21st-century poetry scene as well as Colorado’s academic environments: Juan Morales (The Handyman’s Guide to End Times) is the director of creative writing at Colorado State University Pueblo, where he runs the literary magazine Tempered Steel. Wayne Miller (Post-) is the director of creative writing at the University of Colorado Denver, where he runs the literary magazine Copper Nickel
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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.
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Kera Morris is usually nervous and writes satire to make up for it. She is the fiction editor for the 2018 Progenitor Art & Literary Journal and the current editor-in-chief of her college paper, the Arapahoe Pinnacle.
Contact: Kera Morris