Literature

Book It: Five Best Literary Events This Week

Look what's happening this week!
Look what's happening this week! 5 Continents Editions

As we say goodbye to April and usher in the lovely month of May (c’mon, May, be lovely...), the literary scene is beginning to blossom, just like the buds on the trees and the six-packs of annuals at almost any retail store. From childhood tales to adult aphorisms to mom poems to zen gardens to short readings from state-award finalists, this week is all about small, good things in perfect little packages.

click to enlarge GOLDEN BOOKS
Golden Books
Poky Little Puppy Storytime
Tuesday, May 1, 10:30 a.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Free

Who doesn’t love The Poky Little Puppy? The classic kids’ book from 1942 was one of the dozen original Little Golden Books that every child seemed to have on their shelves, and it’s now the focal point of the Tattered Cover’s Children’s Book Week. Bring the kids to meet the Poky Little Puppy, enjoy stories and snacks, and even make your own Little Golden Book. Who doesn’t want to see their name along that thin, gold-leaf spine?

SCHAFFNER PRESS
Schaffner Press
Alex Stein, ed., Short Circuits: Aphorisms, Fragments, and Anomalies
Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover LoDo
1628 16th Street
Free
Following up on the success of a first collection of aphorisms, editor Alex Stein and co-editor James Lough offer this celebration of short-form writing that includes such writers as Charles Simic, Joy Harjo, Claudia Rankine, Lydia Davis, and many others. Join the Tattered Cover in welcoming Stein, along with featured contributors Elisa Gabbert and H.L. Hix; they'll discuss how in literature as in life, it’s the small things that make it all worthwhile.

click to enlarge SHAMBHALA PUBLICATIONS
Shambhala Publications
Alxe Noden and Martin Hakubai Mosko, The Sound of Cherry Blossoms
Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
$5 for entry (can be applied to the purchase of the book)
Photographer and garden designer Alxe Noden and ordained Zen monk and landscape architect Martin Hakubai Mosko teamed up for The Sound of Cherry Blossoms: Zen Lessons from the Garden of Contemplative Design, a book that is part garden design, part Zen Buddhism, and all inspiration. Tickets to their reading are $5, which can be applied to the cost of a book or same-day purchase.

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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