Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Adam Makos reads from his WW2 novel Spearhead at the Tattered Cover on March 8.
Adam Makos reads from his WW2 novel Spearhead at the Tattered Cover on March 8. Ad
What do papal intrigue, powerful poetry, impossible feats of strength, World War II tank wars and the art of growing old with grace have to do with each other? They’re all in the spotlight on Denver's literary landscape. Here are your five best bets for the first full week of March, coming in like a literary lion.

Steve Berry, The Malta Exchange
Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.
Douglas County Library
20105 Main Street, Parker

Best-selling author Steve Berry comes to Colorado courtesy of the Douglas County Libraries to read from and discuss his latest Cotton Malone thriller, The Malta Exchange. It’s a deadly race for the Vatican’s oldest secret; the pope is dead, the conclave to select his replacement is about to meet, and a fourth-century document threatens to blow the whole thing open. The event is free, but registration is recommended.

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Copper Canyon Press
Victoria Chang, Barbie Chang
Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.
CU Denver Creative Writing Reading Series
Tivoli 640
900 Auraria Parkway
Powerhouse poet Victoria Chang comes to the CU Denver Auraria campus to read from and sign her latest collection, Barbie Chang. Chang is a winner of numerous awards for her work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize (for “Barbie Chang Wants to Be Someone,” from this collection), and more. This is her fourth book; her third, The Boss, won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and the California Book Award. The event is free and open to the public.

Mark Synnott, The Impossible Climb
Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder

Pioneering big-wall climber Mark Synnott comes to the Boulder Book Store to read from and sign his new book, The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life. When the climbing world learned about Honnold’s “free solo” ascent of El Capitan — once considered impossible — it was a feat compared to the moon landing. Synnott writes of the achievement itself, along with the emotional drama of a life committed to exploring the limits of human potential. The $5 entry fee is good toward the purchase of this or any book the day of the reading.

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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