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.
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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.

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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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Howard Books

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.

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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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Melville House

Jason Heller, Strange Stars
Friday, June 8, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

Music journalist and Hugo award-winning author Jason Heller, (full disclosure) a longtime Westword contributor, comes to the Tattered Cover with his new book, Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded. The book is a deep and insightful dive into the 1970s, when pop music met sci-fi, and sparks flew. Heller argues that even in this era of comic-book supremacy in TV, film and culture in general, the nerds have been significantly influential for much, much longer. Preach, brother.

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Buen Parto Press

Tom Pearson, The Sandpiper’s Spell
Sunday, June 10, 5 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street

BookBar welcomes poet and performer Tom Pearson, best known for his theatrical work and now debuting his first book of poetry, The Sandpiper’s Spell. The work is a pastiche of meditative vignettes and fragmented memory, and was called “an homage to the fragility of life [that] requires slow, deep, repeated reading” by playwright Andrea Lepcio (Looking for the Pony). So count this Saturday evening at BookBar as the first of several.

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