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Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Author Markus Zusak will read from his newest book at Cherry Creek High School on Friday, October 19.
Author Markus Zusak will read from his newest book at Cherry Creek High School on Friday, October 19. prhspeakers.com
There’s an abundance of celebrations in Colorado’s literary world this week: a bash for Denver’s own literary journal, a used-book sale benefiting local libraries, a soirée for science fiction and one for just plain science. That adds up to a joyous embarrassment of riches — and a crazy schedule. Pace yourself, stay hydrated and pause once in a while to be grateful for all the local literary world has to offer. Here are the five best events on the calendar:

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Copper Nickel 27
Copper Nickel 27 Release Party
Tuesday, October 16, 7 p.m.
K Contemporary Gallery
1412 Wazee Street
Free

CU Denver’s Creative Writing Program will celebrate the publication of the 27th issue of its international literary journal, Copper Nickel, which this round includes the work of Irish poets Elaine Feeney, Conor O’Callaghan and Jessica Traynor, as well as Denver visual artists Kristen Hatgi Sink, Rebecca Berlin, Daisy Patton and Mario Zoots. Drinks and charcuterie will be served — and really, who can turn down a good Irish charcuterie and some damn fine poetry?

Markus Zusak, Bridge of Clay
Friday, October 19, 7 p.m.
Cherry Creek High School
9300 East Union Avenue, Greenwood Village
$30
The Tattered Cover brings acclaimed author Markus Zusak (The Book Thief) to Cherry Creek High School to talk about his new book, Bridge of Clay. Zusak breathes life into the story of five boys left to their own devices in an adult world, and how they struggle to survive while searching for the reason that their father disappeared. The $30 ticket includes a copy of the book and a designated place in the signing line.

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Jefferson County Libraries
Whale of a Used Book Sale
Friday, October 19, through Sunday, October 21
JeffCo Fairgrounds
15200 West Sixth Avenue Frontage Road, Golden
Free
If you’re in the market for some cheap reads — and if you’re reading this, let’s assume you are — then you should head to Golden this weekend for the Jefferson County Library Foundation’s semi-annual Whale of a Used Book Sale, where over 80,000 books, DVDs, vinyl records and more will be on the block, starting at just fifty cents. Two quarters? You can’t even get an hour of parking with that anymore. But out at the fairgrounds, the parking is free and admission is, too, and some great books will be yours for just the change from your pocket.

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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