Literary Calendar: Three Book Events in Denver and Boulder June 29-July 5

This week a multi-talented author and artist relives American history first-hand in her memoir of life as a girl in a Japanese-American internment camp, while another goes Little House on the Prairie in a modern urban setting during a year of processing her own foods the old-fashioned way. And still another author offers the ultimate escape in a time-traveling fantasy. What’s on your bedstand? Here are some suggestions.

Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey, Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind a World War II Fence
Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30
Boulder Book Store
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2

Salt Lake City author Lily Nakai, who was among 120,000 WWII-era Japanese-Americans interned in 1942 by the United States government, personalizes the internment-camp experience in her memoir, Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp. The culminating product of a series of watercolors Havey painted while exploring her own haunting battle with memories of her time behind the barbed wire fence as a young girl, the book combines those paintings with photographs, and girlhood stories and vignettes from her incarceration at the Santa Anita Assembly Center and Colorado’s Amache Relocation Center. Get up-close and personal with a sad and divisive chapter from American history.

Megan Kimble, Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food
Boulder Book Store
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30
Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1

How easy is it to eat off the grid while living in the city? In a grand experiment, urban apartment dweller Megan Kimble, a food writer and the managing editor of Edible Baja Arizona, decided to find out, launching herself into a full year of eschewing all processed foods. During that time, Kimble milled wheat, extracted salt from the sea, tempered chocolate, ate produce fresh off a semi-truck at the U.S.-Mexico border, milked a goat and slaughtered a sheep, among other things — all on a limited income.

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Barbara Elder, Rhiannon
6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 5

Fantasy fans can rejoice when Colorado author Barbara Elder introduces her new tale about an aeternan — a human who can remember her past lives — and her adventures through time. Who and what does Rhiannon encounter while traveling through her psychic memories? Get a taste at BookBar — and while you’re there, make sure to admire the Tennyson Street book shop’s newly renovated facade.

What's on the next page in Denver's literary world? Visit Westword's Literary Event listings for this week.

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