Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Pam Houston reads from her new memoir at the Tattered Cover on Thursday, January 31.
Pam Houston reads from her new memoir at the Tattered Cover on Thursday, January 31. Mike Blakeman
The first month of 2019 wraps up with a week full of literary events sure to satisfy. From the racial history of Colorado academia to women aging gracefully to middle-grade graphic novels to a literary celebration that lasts the whole day? It’s enough to make you forget that you still need to take down your holiday decorations. Here are the best literary events in Denver this week.

University Press of Colorado
Polly McLean, Remembering Lucile
Tuesday, January 29, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder

In 1918, Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Jones became the University of Colorado’s first female African-American graduate — though she was not allowed to “walk” at graduation, nor is she pictured in the 1918 CU yearbook. Polly McLean brings this important piece of Colorado history to life — and to the Boulder Book Store for a reading and signing — in Remembering Lucile: A Virginia Family’s Rise From Slavery and a Legacy Forged a Mile High. Tickets for the event are $5, and each is good for $5 off any purchase the same day.

Mary Pipher, Women Rowing North
Wednesday, January 30, 7 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street
From the writer of the New York Times best-selling book Reviving Ophelia comes this new guide to wisdom, authenticity and bliss for women reaching their golden years: Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age. Mary Pipher brings her book to BookBar to talk about how older women are generally happier and filled with gratitude for the blessings in their lives, and how women of any age today can can grow into the empathetic, joyful, sage people they have always wanted to be.

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WW Norton & Co
Pam Houston, Deep Creek
Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

Critically acclaimed author Pam Houston comes to the Tattered Cover to discuss and sign her newest book, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country. The memoir, primarily set on her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, delivers some of Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how to “live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief — to love the damaged world and do what [we] can to help it thrive.”
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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