Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Longhand: the 21st century writing equivalent of a quill and inkpot.
Longhand: the 21st century writing equivalent of a quill and inkpot. Fredrik Rubenssen at Flickr
It’s a short week (thank you, New Year's Day), and most of us will be heading back to work and our regular lives, trudging through the snow without an excuse to down an eggnog latte, without a seasonal reason to inspire goodwill toward our fellow humans, without presents or twinkles or pies or fruitcake. Well, maybe the fruitcake is still around, lingering on the counter like cloying maraschino guilt. Good thing Manitou Springs has some plans for how to get rid of it.

You know what will help the January blues? Resolve to read more books. Crack one open — both a book and a beer, if possible — and let’s get started on a literary 2018.

Drag Queen Story Time
Thursday, January 4, 4 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street
For those of us who enjoy a little demonstrable diversity with our book reading, local wunderkind BookBar (which was just named one of the Most Unique Bookstores in the World by Fodors) offers up Drag Queen Story Time, featuring a local wunderkind in her own right, Shirley Delta Blow, who started at Hamburger Mary's and worked her way up to the Clocktower Cabaret (and teaching third grade). Shirley’s stories celebrate diversity, acceptance and kindness — a pretty solid way to start the New Year.

David Barsamian, Global Discontents
Friday, January 5, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy is a compelling set of interviews with noted political philosopher and social critic Noam Chomsky, focused on the “dry kindling” of discontent around the world that could soon catch fire. Longtime Chomsky interlocutor and Boulder liberal voice David Barsamian will speak about his series of ten discussions with Chomsky, spanning the years 2013 through 2016, all about the fate of the “world we are leaving to our grandchildren.”

12-Hour Write-a-Thon
Saturday, January 6, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
Members and non-members are welcome (though RSVPing is mandatory!) at this writing fest hosted by Lighthouse Writers Workshop, one of Denver’s best literary resources and supporter of all things bookish. No lectures, no readings, no networking, just write, write, write. Well, and snack, so bring something potlucky to share.
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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