Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week
It must be awards season, based on the copious number of upcoming readings spotlighting and celebrating the finalists for several important state literary awards. Which, of course, means that many hardworking writers are emerging from their deep creative wells (also known as their basement offices) and coming out into the Colorado sunshine, squinting like cartoon moles. Best to make no sudden movements, lest they return to the safety of their literary warrens.

But do go to their readings, where you can buy their books and shake their hands.Because every good piece of writing deserves a thank you. Here are five literary events this week where you can deliver just that.

Women and Gender Studies
Disobedient Laughter: A Celebration of Feminist Comedy
Tuesday, April 24, 2:30 p.m.
Women and Gender Studies Spring Speaker Event
University of Colorado Denver, Tivoli 440, Adirondacks Room

Join Linda Mizejewski, professor of Women and Gender Studies at Ohio State University and author of Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics, for an afternoon of discussion and standup, the latter courtesy of additional guests Christie Buchele and Janae Burris from the Denver-based comedy troupe Pussy Bros. There will be refreshments following the event, along with a Q&A and a gratifying sense of awareness and empowerment.

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Simon & Schuster
Siobhan Vivian, Stay Sweet
Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Siobhan Vivian, author of The Last Boy and Girl in the World and The List, comes to the Tattered Cover to read from and sign her new book, Stay Sweet, which is all about first love, feminism, friendship and ice cream. You know — the important things, especially for a YA audience. (But secretly for all of us, especially the ice cream.)

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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