A lot of weeks are chock-full of author readings, but Denver’s literary scene is switching it up a little as January turns to February, with movie screenings, collage-making, trivia and beer, environmental politics and more. Why the change? No clue, but it’s the first week of February, so it probably has something to do with groundhogs.
Here are your best literary bets for the coming week, whether a rodent sees his shadow or not.
James Dashner, The Death Cure
Tuesday, January 30, 6 p.m.
7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
The best-selling author of The Maze Runner series talks with YA author and Tattered Cover owner Len Vlahos about writing, industry success and the books that made him famous. Dashner will personalize books and then introduce a screening of the new movie The Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Note: Actual running of mazes not guaranteed or recommended.
The Green Amendment
Maya K. Van Rossum, The Green Amendment
Wednesday, January 31, 7:30 p.m.
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder Veteran environmentalist Maya K. Van Rossum has a message for activists who feel as though they’ve been stymied in the fight for a cleaner environment: to bypass introducing one-off laws, and turn to changing state and federal constitutions. The Green Amendment is an inspiring new agenda for environmental advocacy, one that empowers in an entirely remarkable way.
Winter of Reading Kick-Off Trivia Party
Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m.
Woods Boss Brewing
2210 California Street The Denver Public Library teams up with Woods Boss Brewing to provide a venue where Denver residents can pull from their vast trivia knowledge about books and winter and books set in winter and that sort of thing. Sign up for the Winter of Reading, down a pint of specialty brew concocted just for the occasion, and show off your chops. Don’t forget your library card: It gets you $1 off at the bar during the event (and later, you can check out some books).
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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.