Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Jason Heller celebrates the nerd in all of us.
Jason Heller celebrates the nerd in all of us. Jason Heller
It’s not every week that starts with Big Trouble in Little China, wanders To the Moon and Back, enjoys an Optimistic Decade and some Strange Stars, and ends with a strong drink and some good poetry. But this week holds exactly that and more. Here’s what you need to know to turn the page in the days ahead.

Big Trouble in Little China
with Jim Butcher, Brief Cases
Tuesday, June 5, 7 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Sloan's Lake
4255 West Colfax Avenue
Denver local and New York Times #1 best-selling novelist Jim Butcher hosts the launch of his new Dresden Files book Brief Cases, along with a showing of ’80s awesomeness Big Trouble in Little China, which Butcher credits as being seminal to his urban-fantasy authorial aesthetic. The event begins with a Q&A with Butcher about his work and his newest book, leads into the screening of the Kurt Russell classic (“Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton says at a time like this…”), and ends with a book signing. It’s a night that will shake the pillars of heaven, Alamo Drafthouse style.

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Karen Kingsbury, To the Moon and Back
Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m.
CU South Denver
10035 South Peoria Street, Parker
New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury comes to Denver with her newest book in the Baxter Family collection, To the Moon and Back. The event is hosted by Douglas County Libraries and the Tattered Cover Bookstore; tickets are $29 and include a hardcover copy of the book, a reserved seat at the reading, a place in the autograph line, and dessert bites. And really, the dessert bites alone are worth that price.

Heather Abel, The Optimistic Decade
Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover LoDo
1628 16th Street
Heather Abel’s new novel is a sweeping story of idealism, love, class and place, centered on a utopian summer camp and its charismatic leader. Novelist Andrea Barrett (Ship Fever) calls The Optimistic Decade “bighearted, wise and beautifully written.” Join the Tattered Cover in welcoming Abel to discuss and sign this remarkable debut book.

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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