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Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week
Tarfia Faizullah
This might be the traditional week of the April Fool — but not in this literary calendar, where every event will make your week a little wiser. Want to better understand the history of America’s troubled relationship with Russia? Care to be inspired by some poetry, or some award-winning genre fiction? How about doing something educational and fun with the family, or learning how to better serve the veteran population that so generously served our country? It’s all right here, in your back yard, waiting for your patronage.

(It’s not actually in your back yard. April Fool’s.)
click to enlarge JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
Johns Hopkins University Press
Sherry & Jenny Thompson, The Kremlinologist
Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Free, books for sale
Sherry and Jenny Thompson are the daughters of Cold War-era diplomat Llewellyn E. Thompson — so who better to write the unique and monumental biography of his life and work? The Kremlinologist: Llewellyn E. Thompson, America’s Man in Cold War Moscow traces the career of Thompson as he navigates the dangerous waters of the Cold War — something that’s all too pertinent to the fraught U.S.-Russia relationship that exists today.

click to enlarge UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER
University of Colorado Denver
Tarfia Faizullah, Registers of Illuminated Villages
Thursday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.
CU Denver Creative Writing
1201 Larimer Street, Tivoli 640
Free
Award-winning Brooklyn-born poet Tarfia Faizullah comes to the Auraria campus to read from her new collection of poetry, Registers of Illuminated Villages. Her first book, Sear, won both accolades and multiple honors, and Faizullah has been praised by two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as “a poet of brave and unflinching vision.” This is the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver's fifth annual Jake Adam York Memorial Reading, which seeks to spotlight poetry that engages with history or issues of social importance.

click to enlarge Chris Goff's Red Sky is one of the Thrillers finalists. - RED SKY
Chris Goff's Red Sky is one of the Thrillers finalists.
Red Sky
Colorado Book Award Finalist Readings: Mystery, Thriller, and Science-Fiction
Friday, April 6, 7 to 9 p.m.
BookBar
4280 Tennyson Street
Free

The Colorado Book Awards are among the state’s most prestigious honors for those who write in or about colorful Colorado. And BookBar has once again agreed to host a weekly night of readings to celebrate the finalists from each of two or three categories. In this inaugural event, selected authors in the categories of Mysteries, Thrillers and Science-Fiction appear, all ready to puzzle, thrill and/or knock your socks off in a sci-fi sense.

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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