Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Counterpath's Unseen Festival Sneak Preview, Friday, August 17
Counterpath's Unseen Festival Sneak Preview, Friday, August 17 Counterpath
The literary lineup this week includes many ways to just plain better yourself, from working on self-empowerment and emotional healing to showing compassion for other populations both here and abroad to discovering past lives on other planets. Yes, it gets that far-flung: Here are five refreshing ways to jump into a deep pool of ideas:

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Penguin Books
Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo, Stop Biting the Tail You’re Chasing
Tuesday, August 14, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
$5 (includes voucher for book)

Are emotions our friends or our enemies? Is is possible to free ourselves from emotional conflict? The Buddhist practice of lojong is a way of letting go of attachment to both the positive and negative…and it can lead to profound insight and compassion. Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo will be at the Boulder Book Store to read from and sign their new book, Stop Biting the Tail You’re Chasing: Using Buddhist Mind Training to Free Yourself from Painful Emotional Patterns. Show up, listen up and let go.

Llewellyn Worldwide
Dr. Linda Backman, Souls on Earth
Wednesday, August 15, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Regression therapist Dr. Linda Backman shares her fascinating work with interplanetary souls — what she calls IPs, those whose previous lives were experienced on other planets in the universe — in her book Souls on Earth: Exploring Interplanetary Past Lives. Whether you’re a believer or just someone with an open mind to new ideas, this reading and signing at the Tattered Cover Colfax promises to be an engaging and engrossing evening of cosmic consciousness.

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Michael Arceneaux
Michael Arceneaux, I Can’t Date Jesus
Wednesday, August 15, 7:30 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
Boulder’s Dairy Arts Center kicks off a new series called “Creatively Speaking” with author Michael Arceneaux, the self-proclaimed “black David Sedaris,” who'll read and sign his new book, I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé. What’s it like to grow up black, Christian and gay in today’s America? Arceneaux provides one highly entertaining perspective. Tickets are $10 at the Dairy Arts Center website.

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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