Books: Lakeside History, Phil Goodstein on Colfax and a Coloring Book of Art Nouveau Fairy Tales

Learn more about some of Denver’s grittiest and most storied places, from Lakeside to East Colfax Avenue, at author events this week, or get some tips on how to make a history of your own, with help from a new service that helps people return to and finish projects begun long ago. Here’s how.
David Forsyth, Denver’s Lakeside Amusement Park: From the White City Beautiful to a Century of Fun
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 15

Colorado author David Forsyth has a jones for Lakeside Amusement Park in all its guises, and his new book, Denver’s Lakeside Amusement Park: From the White City Beautiful to a Century of Fun, reveals that history — or at least as much of it as he could confirm. He’ll discuss the centenarian park’s secrets July 15 at BookBar, where you can pick up a signed copy of the book for $34.95.
Phil Goodstein
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 15

Off-the-wall historian Phil Goodstein, the author of eighteen books on Denver, digs deep into the city’s not-so-pristine past in what’s become a Goodstein classic: The Seamy Side of Denver. As part of small press/bookstore/event space Counterpath’s love affair with the East Colfax Avenue corridor where it's now located, Goodstein will offers tales of the longest continuous street in America culled from lifelong research. Although Colfax is the focus of Goodstein's talk, the folks at Counterpath recommend bringing out all of your Denver questions while he's in the building. And there's more: Save the Signs Denver neon expert Corky Scholl will be there to show some short films, and Counterpath's neighbors are invited to add their own city stories.
Laura Givens, Crisis Averted and Art Nouveau Fairy Tales
Broadway Book Mall
200 South Broadway
3 p.m. Sunday, July 17

As if event diva Dana Cain of the Denver County Fair and numerous other pop-culture expos didn’t already have enough to do, over the last year she’s launched DreamSalvage, a consultancy that helps people recover abandoned projects. Cain will join one client, author and artist Laura Givens, who’ll be signing her new short-story collection, Crisis Averted, as well as launching her Art Nouveau Fairy Tales coloring book, at the Broadway Book Mall on July 17. Author Ed Bryant will chat with Cain and Givens about the the books and the DreamSalvage experience. If you’re looking to revive a project or book of your own, this is a good place to get started.

What's on the next page in Denver's literary world? Visit Westword's Literary Event listings for this week.  
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