Book It: The Five Best Literary Events for the Rest of 2018

A hot drink, a cold day, and a good book inside: the recipe for a happy holiday.
A hot drink, a cold day, and a good book inside: the recipe for a happy holiday. Book Catalog at Flickr
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.

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Jamie Horton, 20th Annual Holiday Reading
Monday, December 17, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
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.

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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