As 2018 comes to a close, Denver’s literary world needs a long winter’s nap just as much as the rest of us. Book events slow down, because there are so many parties to attend, shopping trips to accomplish, halls to deck, cookies to bake. Bookstores are still open for business, of course, and while you’re shopping for gifts, don't forget to get something for yourself. You’ve been good this year, right?
Books feed the soul, and so will these five literary events closing out 2018.
Jamie Horton, 20th Annual Holiday Reading
Monday, December 17, 7 p.m.
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Acclaimed actor, director and writer Jamie Horton comes to the Tattered Cover once again for his special holiday literary event. Celebrate the season with cider, cocoa and cookies as Horton reads from holiday classics. The event is free, but you're encouraged to celebrate the spirit of giving during the holiday season by bringing a new or like-new book as a donation to the Tattered Cover’s annual book drive, which benefits Reach Out and Read Colorado.
Drew Litton, 2019 Colorado Sports Calendar
Tuesday, December 18, 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
960 South Colorado Boulevard, Glendale
Denver’s Drew Litton is well known as one of the last sports cartoonists in America. He worked for the Rocky Mountain News until its closure in 2009, and his art and humor is currently showcased in both the Chicago Tribune and on ESPN. Litton visits the Barnes & Noble Bookstore to sign his 2019 Colorado Sports Calendar, a great Mile High stocking stuffer.
A Christmas Carol
Now through December 24
Stage Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
1101 13th Street
Tickets start at $40
No story captures the true Christmas spirit as well as A Christmas Carol. This joyful and beautifully staged musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale follows legendary skinflint Ebeneezer Scrooge as he meets a group of ghosts who put him back on the road to a happy and generous life. As December wears on, you've been to Walmart and Target too often, your browser automatically starts up on your Amazon page and even the Christmas music is becoming too much. Let A Christmas Carol at the DCPA remind you of the reason for the season.
’Twas the Night Before Christmas Storytime
Monday, December 24, 11 a.m.
4280 Tennyson Street
’Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the town, few bookstores were open, letting everyone down. Except BookBar, which is hosting a Miss Marilyn reading event presenting Clement Clarke Moore’s inimitable 1837 classic, "A Visit from St. Nicholas." The poem is one of America’s most beloved and remembered works, and is the source of many of our presumptions about Santa Claus and the holiday in general. This event is a great way to occupy the kids during one of their least patient days of the year…or for you to vicariously experience the excitement and joy once again.
Introvert’s New Year’s Eve Party
Monday, December 31, 9 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street
Want to ring in 2019 appropriately, but don’t want to, you know, talk to people? New Year’s Eve parties can be fun, but they’re so…unnecessarily social. BookBar is the answer for all you kindly hermits who want to elebrate without even having to pretend to mingle. Board games! Coloring books! Silent reading! Knitting! No, seriously: knitting! Your $30 ticket gets you snacks, activities, a champagne toast and desserts at midnight, 20 percent off all book purchases, and the perfect way to welcome the new year with perhaps the greatest gift you could give yourself this season: socially endorsed solitude.
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