Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Tiffany Quay Tyson
It’s the week of St. Patrick’s Day, and you know what that means: tinted beer, only barely inoffensive Irish stereotypes, and what we now recognize as a radically inappropriate reason to pinch people who aren’t wearing green. It's also the week of the Ides of March. So sure, raise a pint, but keep your daggers to yourself: There are books to read and bookish events to patronize. Here are the five best....

Random House
Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
Thursday, March 15, 5:30 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street

BookBar’s Teen Happy Hour offers half-price cafe drinks for young readers, and focuses on a great new book aimed just at them. This week, it's Rachel Hartman’s rich and layered fantasy novel, Tess of the Road, which pushes the limits of genre while never abandoning its spirit. Think of it as the #metoo movement plus dragons: female empowerment, medieval style.

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Tiffany Quay Tyson
Tiffany Quay Tyson, The Past Is Never
Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

Denver author (and Lighthouse Writers Workshop instructor) Tiffany Quay Tyson returns with The Past Is Never, a compelling addition to contemporary Southern Gothic fiction, weaving together local legend and the search for a missing child, all with a deft touch of magical realism. The plot involves an old rock quarry — and we all know that nothing good ever happens at old rock quarries.

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Will Bardenwerper, The Prisoner in His Palace
Friday, March 16, 7 p.m.
Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder

How do a dozen young American soldiers react to the sudden assignment of guarding the biggest “high-value detainee,” none other than Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein? That’s the premise of New York Times and Washington Post contributor Will Bardenwerper’s thought-provoking study, The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid. USA Today calls it a “meditation on the meaning of evil and power,” while the Minneapolis Star Tribune labels it “an enlightening piece of journalism.” Hear what Bardenwerper has to say when he visits the Boulder Bookstore.

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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