Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Poet Andrea Gibson launches the national tour for Lord of the Butterflies at Innisfree on Friday, November 23.
Poet Andrea Gibson launches the national tour for Lord of the Butterflies at Innisfree on Friday, November 23. YouTube
Denver will enjoy a cornucopia of literary goodness this Thanksgiving week. Sure, Thursday looks pretty quiet, given that many of us will be somewhere we call home, eating and laughing and washing more dishes than we knew we actually owned. But hot on the heels of Turkey Day comes Black Friday, and then Small Business Saturday and the opening of the holly-trimmed commercial floodgates that is the holiday shopping season. So give thanks: Here are your top five reasons to be bookishly grateful this year.

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Write-In Wednesdays
Wednesday, November 21, 4 to 6 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street

Need a break from the pie-making and the thanks-giving? Westword’s Best Bookstore of 2018 proves its ongoing awesomeness with this weekly devotion of writing space (and bottomless cups of coffee!) to local authors who just need a peaceful and supportive place to write. Come to Tennyson Street for a mug of joe, some peace of mind, and the opportunity to write the next great lit-work for BookBar to champion.

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Teague Bohlen
Colorado #ResistanceReads
Friday, November 23, through Tuesday, December 4

This is what literary democracy looks like! Kick off Black Friday in make-your-voice-heard style with this campaign by local authors like organizer Kate Jonuska, who want to make a positive difference in today’s America. Between Black Friday and Colorado Gives Day, fully 50 percent of all proceeds from sales of several Colorado authors’ political and social works will go to nonprofits like the ACLU, IRC Denver, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, ACCESS Housing, CHARG Resource Center, Extended Hands for Hope, the Transgender Resource Center and more. Do good hand in hand with some of your favorite authors, who are looking to do the same. Check out the website for more information, and to find out how to buy, read and make a difference.

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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