Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

You had to hold it with the finger you sliced on the tuna can lid?
You had to hold it with the finger you sliced on the tuna can lid? Brandon Marshall
The entertainment calendar is rife with opportunity for readers of all stripes. Are you a veteran or interested in military history from the perspective of the soldiers in service? Are you fascinated by both poems and biology, and just never had a way to combine the two? Are you a fan of the Beats, or have you ever been in love?
And if you just love books? Well, here’s a heaping helping of things for you to do.

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Because it doesn't begin and end with Tim O'Brien.
Arvada Center
Stories From Wartime
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Wednesday, February 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
For over two decades, Regis University and its Center for the Study of War Experience has presented this discussion of the Stories of Wartime, including conversations between veterans and civilians about their various wartime experiences. This year, Regis is partnering with the Arvada Center in order to bring these important moderated talks to a wider and more public forum. The opening night on February 7 focuses on “The Combat Experience,” and is followed by similar presentations: “The Korean War and Its Legacy” on February 28; “Race, Gender, and the Military” on March 21; “The ‘Othering’ of Perceived Enemies” on April 11; and “The Complexities of Commemoration” on April 25. All sessions are free, but registration is required at the Arvada Center website.

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Sort of makes you want to watch Watchmen again, doesn't it?
Roxanna Schmidt
Mapping the Body: Poetry and Anatomical Art
Health Sciences Library Gallery
University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Campus
Thursday, February 8, 6 to 8 p.m.
12950 East Montview Boulevard, Aurora
Students with CU Denver’s Creative Writing program pair up with original artwork from the modern anatomy program on the Anschutz Campus in an opening reception for an ongoing art and poetry installation called Mapping the Body. Come for the readings, original commemorative chapbooks and light refreshments, and stay for the interdisciplinary fun. The exhibit will continue through March 30, but get there quick, because the refreshments won’t last that long.

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Attending this show makes you officially 1.6 percent cooler.
Andrea Gibson
Andrea Gibson, Take Me With You
Friday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store

1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
Boulder’s popular slam poet and raconteur comes home to speak about and sign the book Take Me With You, which explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family and forgiveness. It’s Andrea Gibson's poetic examination of what it means to live, hurt and heal in the modern era. Also, while the title is a clear invitation, Gibson and the folks at Boulder Book Store ask that you please pay for the book (and get it autographed) before you take it with you.
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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