Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

The Central City Poetry Festival launches on September 21.
The Central City Poetry Festival launches on September 21. pixabay
This week, Denver's literati takes over such venues as the Teller House in Central City, the Forney Museum of Transportation and Denver Academy, for special happenings from festivals to word games. Love words? Get out there and try something new.

Craig Johnson, Land of Wolves
Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m.
Forney Museum of Transportation
4303 Brighton Boulevard
The Tattered Cover and Denver’s storied Forney Museum of Transportation join together to present a special evening with New York Times best-selling author Craig Johnson for a discussion and signing of his new novel, Land of Wolves. The book, the latest addition to Johnson’s beloved Longmire series, revolves around what might be the suicide of a shepherd — or was it murder? Tickets include a copy of the book and a spot in the signing line.

click to enlarge HENRY HOLT & CO.
Henry Holt & Co.
Jonathan Mooney, Normal Sucks
Thursday, September 19, 6:30 p.m.
Denver Academy/James E. Loan Athletic Center
4400 East Iliff Avenue

Denver Academy brings author Jonathan Mooney in for a reading, discussion and signing of his book, Normal Sucks. Mooney, whose work has been featured in outlets ranging from the New York Times to National Public Radio, speaks across the country about neurological and physical diversity, inspiring those who live with differences and advocating for change. The event is free, but registration is required by September 17.

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The Unseen Festival 2019 Opening Night
Friday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.
7935 East 14th Avenue
$10/night or $70 for full access

Denver’s own Unseen Festival returns for a third year, exploring new definitions of experimental writing, film, and dance over ten straight days of performance and screenings, starting on Friday, September 20, and running through September 29. The event — dedicated to invoking notions of the resistant, the excluded and the unacknowledged — launches on opening night with writer Andre Hoilette, dancers Keith Haynes and Vivian Kim, and too many amazing film shorts to count.

click to enlarge Khadijah Queen (I'm So Fine) is the keynote speaker at the first annual Central City Poetry Festival. - YESYES BOOKS
Khadijah Queen (I'm So Fine) is the keynote speaker at the first annual Central City Poetry Festival.
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Central City Poetry Festival
Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Teller House
120 Eureka Street, Central City
$10 to 20

Just a short drive from Denver, the Central City Poetry Festival celebrates its inaugural year of honoring the best in poetry and literature. Hosted by the historic Teller House, a charming former hotel in the posh and antique environs of equally historic Central City, the CCPF will boast poets, publishers and artists offering their work and words. The impressive guest list includes keynote speaker Khadijah Queen, as well as former Colorado poet laureate Joe Hutchison, Regis Mile High MFA director David Hicks, and many more. Both general admission and VIP tickets are still available.

click to enlarge Jennifer Wortman - AMANDA TIPTON
Jennifer Wortman
Amanda Tipton
Word for Word
Saturday, September 21, 3 p.m.

Mutiny Information Cafe
2 South Broadway
High Priestess Productions and Malarkey Books team-up to host a collective reading called Word for Word at Mutiny Information Cafe. The event includes readings of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as a word game or two — with prizes! Anytime you can hear some amazing writing and also win swag by showing off your skills in vocabulary, diction and syntax, that’s a good day. Guests include local literary luminaries Manuel Aragon, Ahja Fox, Sasha Geffen, Alan Good, Patricia McCrystal, Holly Salvatore, Raksha Vasudevan and Jennifer Wortman.

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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