Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright Timothy Greenfield Sanders
This is a big literary week, with readings, launch parties and literary receptions all over town. If you want to keep some seriously kick-ass company, here are the five best events to book.

Jonathan Evison, Lawn Boy
Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Jonathan Evison (Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving) is already becoming known for his sharp and engaging commentary on race and socioeconomic conditions in today’s world, and on April 17 he'll bring his newest novel, Lawn Boy, to the Tattered Cover on Colfax for a reading and signing.  Some critics are calling Lawn Boy his finest work yet; it’s a book that Publisher’s Weekly says “quietly considers the deterioration of the American Dream.”

Madeline Albright, Fascism: A Warning
Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church
1820 Broadway
Presented by the Tattered Cover (tickets, $26.99, come with a copy of the book), this conversation with former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, the first woman to hold that position, promises to be both eye-opening and deeply unsettling — as well as one of the most important conversations Americans can have in this era. Albright’s book isn’t just a history of fascism in the twentieth century; it’s a canary singing loudly in the coal mine, warning us to learn from the lessons of the past in order to secure freedom for ourselves and our posterity.

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Farcounty Press
Mary Taylor Young, Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years
Saturday, April 21, noon
Antlers Hotel, 4 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs
This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, honors Colorado author Mary Taylor Young as the 2018 Frank Waters Award winner. Young, the author of Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years, among many other works, joins prestigious company; past winners include Barbara Kingsolver and Tony Hillerman. Proceeds benefit library programs; find more information on the library website.

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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