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.
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.
Pam Houston, Deep Creek
Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m.
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.”
Judd Winick, Hilo Book 5
Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
Author and illustrator Judd Winick (who’s also known for his comic-book work on titles like Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League and Star Wars) brings the latest installment in his graphic-novel series Hilo to the Tattered Cover Aspen Grove for a book talk and signing. Hilo Book 5: Then Everything Went Wrong is a middle-grade romp full of action, humor, robots, aliens and cosmic hijinx. And everyone knows that cosmic hijinx are, like, the best kind.
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Tattered Cover Literary Soiree
Saturday, February 2, 8:45 a.m.
Tattered Cover LoDo
1628 16th Street
Tattered Cover celebrates the 21st anniversary of its signature event, the Tattered Cover Literary Soiree: Writers Respond to Readers. The event lasts all day, and it’s chock-full of award-winning, best-selling and break-out authors mingling with their fans and lovers of all things literary, including Melanie Benjamin (The Girls in the Picture), Tim Johnston (The Current), Cynthia Swanson (The Bookseller, The Glass Forest) and Ausma Zehenat Khan (Black Khan, Deadly Divide). Bring your appetite for both the written word as well as book-themed food throughout the day. For more information, visit the Tattered Cover website or visit Eventbrite to secure your tickets — they’re going fast.
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