This week opens the book with a focus on Colorado authors (including Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, the subject of this week’s Westword cover story) and a new ripple in the metro-area book-store biz. Here’s how to support your local authors and your local bookstores.
Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, Fig
Boulder Book Store
6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9
Author Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, whose parents once ran the Rue Morgue mystery book store in Boulder, delves deeply into mental illness in her debut YA novel, Fig, the story of an OCD girl who cares for her schizophrenic mother. Shot with literary references and driven by Schantz’s own hunger for the written word, Fig is a book that will appeal to teens and adults alike. (Schantz will also be at the Tattered Cover Colfax at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14.)
Manuel Ramos, The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories
Tattered Cover Colfax
7 p.m. Thursday, April 9
Ramos, a retired lawyer whose Denver-set Luis Montez mysteries kickstarted his second career as a novelist over twenty years ago, now turns an eye to the Mexican-American experience in The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories (Arte Publico Press, $17.95), which explores both the ethnic group’s struggles and history. Ramos promises guest readers and a good time at the Tattered Cover.
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Aspen Grove Grand Opening Celebration
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 11
The new Tattered Cover store at Aspen Grove opened quietly last week after downsizing from the Highlands Ranch branch, but the official grand opening is this Saturday, with a reading and hands-on fun for kids (Justin Matott’s When I Was a Girl... I Dreamed and When I Was a Boy... I Dreamed) at 10:30 a.m. and another for local young-adult authors Emily Hainsworth (Through to You) and Brenna Yovanoff (Fiendish) at 2 p.m. In between and all through the day, the store will host games and giveaways, and a chance to win a $100 book-shopping spree. Though the space is smaller than the Highlands Ranch store, this Tattered promises the same ambience and no drop in the number of books carried.
What's on the next page in Denver's literary world? Visit Westword's Literary Event listings for this week.