Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Steven Dunn reads at both BookBar at Red Rocks Community College this week
Steven Dunn reads at both BookBar at Red Rocks Community College this week Tarpaulin Sky
It's election week across the U.S., and Colorado’s literary scene is going national. Former secretary of state John Kerry and nationally recognized fiction writer Ramona Ausubel kick off the week strong; this weekend, many events will honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s servicemen and -women. And Steven Dunn, author of Colorado Book Award finalist Potted Meat, will appear not once, but twice. There’s almost too much good stuff to list — but while you’re enjoying the bookish delights, don’t forget to take the time to vote. And here's an idea: Maybe vote for people who seem like they read?

Riverhead Books
Ramona Ausubel, Awayland
Monday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.
Tivoli 640 (Zenith Room), Auraria Campus
900 Auraria Parkway

Join the creative-writing program at the University of Colorado Denver in welcoming fabulous fiction writer Ramona Ausubel, who'll reading from her latest collection of short stories, Awayland. Ausubel’s particular style of fiction has made understandable waves in the literary world, earning her several honors, awards and spots on “best of” lists. Come experience the wonderful weirdness and right-on truth of fiction that challenges, entertains and affects readers on a deep, core-myth level.

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Simon & Schuster
John Kerry, Every Day Is Extra
Monday, November 5, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue
John Kerry has been a senator, the secretary of state, and the 2004 Democratic candidate for president — and now he comes to the Tattered Cover to read from and sign his new best-selling book, Every Day Is Extra. His autobiography tells the story of a unique American experience, from being the son of a diplomat to a decorated Vietnam veteran to a politician. It’s a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most turbulent decades in American life…and a roadmap to where America can go next, if we have the collective will. The event is free, but registration is required.
Veteran Author Readings & Workshop
Thursday, November 8, noon
The Den, Red Rocks Community College
13300 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood

Catch Steven Dunn at Red Rocks Community College, where he's teaming up with notable local writer Jason Arment (Musahaleen) for a reading and writing workshop. Dunn and Arment, both veterans, will offer not only readings (and signings!) of their work, but also their insights into the process of writing, and how it can be a powerful and significant force in and of itself.

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University of Alabama Press
Dr. Steven Trout, The Great War and Collective Memory
Saturday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.
Regis University, Claver Hall Mountain View Room
3333 Regis Boulevard
Join Colorado Humanities in celebrating Veterans Day with an evening dedicated to war, history and American memory. A presentation by author, historian and consultant Steven Trout (On the Battlefield of Memory, Memorial Fictions) will be followed by a panel discussion with a panoply of local professors talking about the Great War — now a century old — and how we can and why we must remember that American experience.

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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