Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Poet Jared Smith will be at Mad Blood Final Fridays on January 25.
Poet Jared Smith will be at Mad Blood Final Fridays on January 25. Jared Smith Facebook
If you're a fan of late-night comedy and the parent of a middle-grader; a sci-fi fan who's also into sound; a lover of poetry or an aspiring poet yourself; or a reader of Western fiction, Colorado authors or thrillers (or all three), there's something for you on this week's calendar. Here's hoping you made a resolution to support your local bookstores, libraries and literary pursuits in 2019, because we've got five great ways to keep that resolution going.

Paul Noth, How to Properly Dispose of Planet Earth
Wednesday, January 23, 4 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street

Writer and artist Paul Noth is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, as well as a former writer for Late Night With Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show, among other TV programs. Noth comes to BookBar for a meet-and-greet surrounding his sequel to the middle-grade hilarity of How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens, this one called How to Properly Dispose of Planet Earth. It’s laugh-out-loud stuff for grades three to five that doesn’t include underpants jokes in the title, which is refreshing in and of itself.

University of Minnesota Press
Trace Reddell, The Sound of Things to Come
Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
$5 (good for $5 off any purchase the day of the event)
Trace Reddell, associate professor of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver, brings The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film to the Boulder Book Store for a discussion and signing. The new book includes original readings of classics like The Day the Earth Stood Still, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars and Blade Runner, delivering a comprehensive history of sound in science fiction cinema. If you’re a fan of science fiction, chances are good that you’ve never thought of your favorite movies in quite this way before.

Margaret Coel, Jefferson County Library Foundation Friends Annual Meeting
Friday, January 25, 11:30 a.m.
Wheat Ridge Recreation Center
4005 Kipling Street, Wheat Ridge
$25 for members, $35 for non-members
Join the JeffCo Library Foundation in welcoming noted Colorado author Margaret Coel (the Wind River Mystery series) for the Friends annual meeting and luncheon. Coel has been writing about the Rocky Mountain West for decades, and her work has won five Colorado Book Awards and a Willa Cather Award for Best Novel of the West. Several of Coel’s books will be available for sale and signing at the event; tickets are available now, and going fast.

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Lithic Press
Jared Smith and Frank Coons, Mad Blood Presents
Friday, January 25, 7 p.m.
United Methodist Church
3757 Ponderosa Drive, Evergreen
Head to Evergreen for this year's first installment of Mad Blood’s Final Fridays, with a couple of great poets as well as some open-mic time for locals who want to dip a toe into the poetry pool. This month, Mad Blood hosts Jared Smith, editor at Turtle Island Quarterly and poet (To the Dark Angels and many other books), and poet and small-animal veterinarian Frank Coons (Counting in Dog Years).

The Throwaways
LS Hawker, The Throwaways
Saturday, January 26, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

Littleton author LS Hawker reads at the Tattered Cover in her own back yard, bringing an explosive crime thriller that involves mysterious deaths, a murderous drug cartel, and the framing of an innocent man. The Throwaways is “a twisty, emotionally rich drama,” according to Kirkus Reviews. Hawker’s first book, The Drowning Game, was a USA Today bestseller, and a finalist in the ITW Thriller Awards' Best First Novel category.

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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