Book It: The Five Best Literary Events in Denver This Week

Paul Child

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Simon & Schuster
Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened
7 p.m., Thursday, November 16
Bellco Theater, Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Just a little over a year ago, who would have guessed that Hillary Clinton was going to have the time these days to go on a national book tour? Pretty much everyone thought that she’d be too busy, you know, being president. Instead, we have Trump in the White House, and Hillary Clinton is going around the country trying to explain What Happened.
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Marea Evans
Helen Thorpe, The Newcomers
7 p.m., Thursday, November 16
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
As if your Thursday weren’t already crowded enough with possibilities, here’s one more: Helen Thorpe, author of Just Like Us and Soldier Girls, reads and signs The Newcomers. The new book focuses on a group of teenage refugees as they start a new life at South High School right here in Denver in the 2015-'16 academic year. “Few books could be more vital,” a cover blurb says, “in this particular moment.” Though to be fair, Clinton’s What Happened is right up there. And thus the Thursday conundrum. Luckily, either choice is a can’t-lose proposition.

Next week: the legendary Dan Rather and probably a whole lot of cookbooks.

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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