Book It: The Six Best Literary Events This Week

Pulitzer Prize-winning stateswoman Samantha Power comes to Denver with her new book, The Education of an Idealist.
Pulitzer Prize-winning stateswoman Samantha Power comes to Denver with her new book, The Education of an Idealist. YouTube
The first week in October brings the two things for which the month is perhaps best known: the full power of the political season, and different aspects of abject horror. (Which can sometimes be pretty much the same thing.) Add to the schedule some practical advice on losing a loved one and a celebration of local lit, and you’ve got six best bookish bets for early autumn.

Fulcrum Publishing
Rachel Kodanaz, Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time
Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

Rachel Kodanaz, best-selling author of Living With Loss, One Day at a Time, brings her book Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time to the Tattered Cover for a discussion and signing. Personal possessions can tell an evocative story of a life well lived; Kodanaz’s book shares these stories, and provides tools to thin, repurpose and redistribute such possessions so they continue to provide a legacy of the ones we’ve loved and lost.

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Little, Brown
Meaghan Winter, All Politics Is Local
Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover LoDo
1628 16th Street
Meaghan Winter is a freelance journalist who has published widely in outlets like New York, Bloomberg Businessweek, Cosmopolitan and Slate. In presenting her new book, All Politics Is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States, Winter will be joined in conversation at the Tattered Cover by Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, Executive Director of New Era Colorado Lizzy Stephan, and Colorado Representative Leslie Herod.

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Winter 2019 Issue
Suspect Press
Suspect Press Fall Release Party
Saturday, October 5, 7 p.m.
Mercury Cafe
2199 California Street
$10 (suggested donation)

Local literary outlet Suspect Press throws its first release party in a year to celebrate its newest quarterly magazine. The event will feature performances from many of the contributors, including poets Nico Wilkinson and Adrian Molina, comic artists Cori Redford and Jake Fairly, comedian Zach Reinert and artist Paul Bindel, as well as good stuff from Suspect Press’s own Lonnie M.F. Allen, Amanda E.K., Josiah Hesse and Shimma Ali. The event is free, but a $10 suggested donation goes to supporting the performers. Also, there will be free doughnuts, which are second only to good literature as one of life’s great pleasures.

Music to My Fears
Saturday, October 5, 7 p.m.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
$15-$20 general admission

The Denver Horror Collective presents a night of horror fiction readings set to live music. The event, which benefits the local fiction anthology Terror at 5280’, is hosted by Lighthouse Writers Workshop, BookBar and other local businesses committed to supporting the pants being scared off the local populace. Tickets for the event are $15, or $20 with a spooky-themed adult beverage.

Samantha Power, The Education of an Idealist
Monday, October 7, 7 p.m.
History Colorado Center, Colorado Room
1200 Broadway
$40 (includes book)/$30 Members
History Colorado Center welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and decorated stateswoman Samantha Power as part of the inspiring speaker series Bold Women. Change History. Power was appointed as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. by president Barack Obama, and she will speak about that experience, her book The Education of an Idealist, and her history with the public-engagement initiative known as Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado. Presented in partnership with the Tattered Cover; tickets are available now.

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St. Martin's Press
Augusten Burroughs, Toil & Trouble
Monday, October 7, 7 p.m.
Arvada Center for the Arts
6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada

Best-selling memoirist Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors) brings his highly anticipated new book, Toil & Trouble, to the Arvada Center for a discussion and signing co-sponsored by BookBar. The book is a hilarious and terrifying chronicle of one man’s journey to understand himself — and the realization that there are very few things in this world that are truly coincidences. Tickets are $48 (including taxes and fees), and include a copy of the book ready for signing.

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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