Literature

Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

David Sedaris returns to Denver on June 21.
David Sedaris returns to Denver on June 21. Barclay Agency
From signings of books about Star Wars sci-fi to real-world science, from talks about David Sedaris comedy to alt-weekly celebrity interviews, the literary calendar is stacked this week.  And the Denver Public Library is holding its annual sale, which means you can stock up for a long summer of reading (and watching, and listening). Here are the five best events this week.

click to enlarge What...how do you dress for the movies? - FARRAR, STRAUS, & GIROUX
What...how do you dress for the movies?
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
A.D. Jameson, I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing
Monday, June 18, 7 p.m.
BookBar
4280 Tennyson Street
Free
Writer A.D. Jameson comes to BookBar to shine a new and nerdalicious light on a Death Star full of beloved geek classics, from Star Wars (well, mostly Star Wars) to Lord of the Rings to Guardians of the Galaxy to Harry Potter and more. In his new book, I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture, he explores the enormous love (and occasional hate) for certain properties: How they inspire, how they disappoint, and just how they actually came to be. It’s not just a labor of love, this book; it’s an insightful examination of how the geeks truly have inherited the Earth.

I believe I saw that "Wool Buddies" book first, Karen. - DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
I believe I saw that "Wool Buddies" book first, Karen.
Denver Public LIbrary
Summer Used Book Sale
Wednesday through Saturday, June 20 to 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Denver Central Library
10 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Free

More than 60,000 items are up for grabs at the Denver Central Library during its four-day annual sale, including children’s books, fiction and non-fiction, CDs, DVDs, audio books and more. New inventory is added each day, so there’s always something new to see Wednesday; come out and stock your shelves and help the Denver Public Library system fund vital programs and services at the same time. It’s a win-win, whether you’re a book collector or a candidate for a future episode of Hoarders.

click to enlarge Tesla: also the inventor of awesome mustaches. - W.W. NORTON & CO.
Tesla: also the inventor of awesome mustaches.
W.W. Norton & Co.
Richard Munson, Tesla
Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
$5 (includes a $5 voucher for any same-day purchase)
Nikola Tesla didn’t just invent a lot of the things we today take for granted: the radio, robots, remote control (and that only dips into those inventions filed under “R”). He also inspired generations of thinkers to follow (Tesla Motors, anyone?), but has somehow been largely overlooked by history. Richard Munson seeks to rectify that with his book Tesla: Inventor of the Modern, and comes to the Boulder Book Store to discuss the work, the bizarre personal life, and the mental acuity of one of history’s most enigmatic and under-appreciated minds.

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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