Five Book and Poetry Events for the Week of September 22-28

This week's picks include a how-to book for folks not willing to accept a first diagnosis and a four-event poetry marathon, held in tandem with readings around the world. Read on for the details.

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Jody Berger, Misdiagnosed: One Woman's Tour of -- and Escape from -- Healthcareland Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 23 Free

Journalist Jody Berger writes from experience in Misdiagnosed, an account that proves that it pays to keep asking questions after a major diagnosis. For her, the original pronouncement was deadly: A doctor told her she had multiple sclerosis after coming in complaining of tingling in her hands and feet. That was only the beginning of a healthcare odyssey through one different diagnosis after another, until arriving at one that made sense and was surmountable -- a gluten allergy. But Berger doesn't only relate her own story -- she also gives tips on the art of navigating the healthcare maze.

100,000[,000 Dead] Poets for [Spare] Change

Denver's poetry community galvanizes this week for a series of events held in conjunction with the annual worldwide 100 Thousand Poets for Change events officially observed on September 27. Here's your guide to the week's poetizing for peace.

Open Reading Hosted by Ken Greenley Ziggie's Blues Bar 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 24

It's all about politics at this gathering of poets at Ziggie's, the home of an annual summer poetry fest. Greenley and fellow poets Clarice Keegan and Michael Annis will be joined by former progressive talk show host Jay Marvin for an evening of speaking out against war, tyranny and plutocrats. Bring your own political poems to share at the open mic portion of the show.

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