Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Adam Cayton-Holland and his new memoir will be at Tattered Cover Colfax August 21.
Adam Cayton-Holland and his new memoir will be at Tattered Cover Colfax August 21.
This week's literary events tell a variety of stories, from historic fiction to real-life-inspired novels to a touching memoir. It’s also celebrity-stocked, with actress Amber Tamblyn visiting Alamo Drafthouse and local-comic-made-good Adam Cayton-Holland. It’s a pretty full week, so make room on your schedule — and your bookshelf.

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Mark Woolcott
Tricia Downing, Chance for Rain
Tuesday, August 21, 5 p.m.
Fiction Beer Company
7101 East Colfax Avenue

Denver dynamo Tricia Downing — athlete, motivational speaker, community activist and author — celebrates the debut of her first novel, Chance for Rain, at Fiction Beer Company. The book closely parallels some of Downing’s own challenges in living a life in the face of physical adversity, dealing with the “worries, experiences, and growth” of wheelchair users. Books will be available for purchase (and an autograph by the author) at the event.

Adam Cayton-Holland, Tragedy Plus Time
Tuesday, August 21, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

Denver’s own Adam Cayton-Holland (a former Westword writer) takes a break from his national comedy appearances and his TV series Those Who Can’t to come home to the Mile High City to launch his book Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-Comic Memoir. The book is a paean to his sister, who took her own life after struggling with mental illness, and is an honest and heartfelt look at the beautiful, funny and heartbreaking relationship that they shared. Tickets to the event include a copy of the book and a spot in the autograph line.

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Red Adept Publishing
Diane Byington, Who She Is
Eldonna Edwards, This I Know
Amanda Skenandore, Between Earth and Sky
Thursday, August 23, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

The Tattered Cover will offer a celebration of historical fiction when three authors come to the Colfax location to share their work with each other and the fans who gather. Local author and former University of Denver professor Diane Byington presents her new book, Who She Is, a novel about a young girl with epilepsy and parents who seem to be hiding something. Eldonna Edwards’s book This I Know is a coming-of-age story set in the American Midwest in the turbulent 1960s. And Amanda Skenandore’s Between Earth and Sky deals with the intersection of white and Native American culture. Get your books signed — and your horizons broadened.

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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