Arts and Culture

Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Notable fiction derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
Notable fiction derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. YouTube
When it comes to literary pursuit, you have two choices this week: You could read some magical realism while drinking whiskey and quoting Monty Python with your mom as she regales you with stories of famous women in history (and nags you about how you really ought to call her more). Or you could just attend all the functions mentioned in this list and get the same experience, only with a lot less headache and a lot more stuff for your bookshelf.

Might we suggest the latter? If we’ve convinced you, here are items for your to-do list this week. (If not, better call your mom and get that set up. And buy a lot of whiskey.)

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Birlinn Pocket Guides
Blair Bowman’s Whisky Warmup
Finn’s Manor
2927 Larimer Street

Just in time to bone up on your seasonal liquor before Saint Paddy’s Day comes whisky consultant Blair Bowman, author of the book The Pocket Guide to Whisky. At least, that's what we'd planned. It turns out Bowman has been caught up in a nasty European storm and will no longer be at RiNo’s own Finn’s Manor to spread the whisky word. In good news, you can still pick up a copy of his book at your favorite book store and have a drink. Probably many. Plan to Uber home.

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Ramona Ausubel
Teo Grossman
Ramona Ausubel, Awayland
Tuesday, March 6, 7:40 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
Ramona Ausubel’s writing is an always amazing mix of heart and wit and some level of magic. In her new book, Awayland, Ausubel takes readers on a journey that’s more than geographic, from small-town America to the Arctic Ocean to the gates of Heaven itself. It’s a trip steeped in myth and impossibility, but grounded in the everyday experiences of parenthood, home, longing and loss.

Motherhood loves company.
Tattered Cover
Shayna Ferm and Tracy Tee, Parentally Incorrect
Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Motherhood is not for the faint-hearted — that's the central message of Parentally Incorrect: True Tales by Real Moms of the F#cked-Up Things Their Kids Have Done. Drawn from Ferm & Tee’s irreverent Pump and Dump mom-to-mom comedy phenomenon, the book includes stories from moms across the country of the most unbelievable and shame-inducing stories, with the ultimate lesson being that no mom is alone. Get your book signed and your motherhood commiseration affirmed.

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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