Literature

Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week
Rosalie Winard/Colorado State University
This week boasts a surprising number of literary events, stuffed into a few days before a big three-day weekend. From an afternoon with the legendary Temple Grandin to discussions of environmental family living, American occupation, road trips and coloring books, the literary lineup is as wide open as a summer vacation.

Check out one (or more!) of these bookish events, then spend part of your Memorial Day weekend doing some reading. Hammock and lemonade optional.

click to enlarge PHILOMEL BOOKS
Philomel Books
Temple Grandin, Calling All Minds
Monday, May 21, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Arvada Center
6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
$35 for adults (includes a copy of the book); $10 for kids under 18

The Arvada Center partners with BookBar to host renowned author, scientist and autism spokeswoman Temple Grandin at the only Colorado stop on a national tour publicizing Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor. Her new book, aimed at a youth audience, explores the history of inventors:  not only what they accomplished, but how they thought. The event includes a kids' activity hour starting at 4:30 p.m., followed by a presentation by Grandin, and a book signing starting at 7 p.m. Tickets and more information available at the Arvada Center website.

click to enlarge NEW WORLD LIBRARY
New World Library
Mary DeMocker, The Parents' Guide to Climate Revolution
Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Free
Parenting is tough enough; doing it with a careful eye toward environmentalism and responsible living can be even tougher. Mary DeMocker’s The Parents' Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep offers up wide-ranging ideas and activities designed to help with just that. On May 23 at the Colfax Tattered Cover, author Mary DeMocker will discuss the power of creative protest, and how having confidence in science and scientific argumentation can bring a family closer together and leave a lighter footprint on the planet. Good lessons at any age.


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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