Book signings don’t always happen in book stores — this week, for instance, you can follow your literary fancy to a movie screening or a cat cafe. If you prefer the old-fashioned format, though, you can stick to the tried-and-true with the appearance of a pair of local detective-fiction masters. Keep reading for this week’s literary picks.
Matt Zoller Seitz, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Book signing, craft beer and dessert pairing and screening
Alamo Drafthouse Littleton
7:30 p.m. February 13
Alamo Drafthouse is going all out for Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine TV critic and editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com, who also happens to be an aficionado of all things Wes Anderson. Meet Seitz, who will introduce his book The Grand Budapest Hotel, a followup to The Wes Anderson Collection, at — what else? — a screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The kicker? Along with a flight of three Yeti beers from Great Divide, guests will be served the same “Courtesan au Chocolat” pastry featured in the flick. Go Wes, young man.
Leslie Goodwin, Cat Skills: Loving Care for Cats
Denver Cat Company
5 to 8 p.m. February 13
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Cat lovers will appreciate all the care and research that went into local author Leslie Goodwin’s cat-care primer, which includes advice on feeding and other feline matters from veterinarians, humane society experts and just plain cat fanatics. And Goodwin will up the atmosphere by signing copies of the book at the Denver Cat Company, in a room full of furballs that you can commune with and pet as you like over coffee and the five-star Amazon pick. And if you purchase the book, a portion of the proceeds will benefit research for Feline Infectious Peritonitis: Goodwin lost a cat to the incurable disease, and wanted to pay it forward.
Mike Befeler, Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse
Rex Burns, Crude Carrier
Broadway Book Mall
2 p.m. Sunday, February 15
Veteran detective fiction master Rex Burn, known for his Gabe Wager books, is off and running on a new spinoff series featuring the Touchstone Agency’s father-daughter detective team, James and Julie Raiford. He’ll be at the Denver Book Mall signing the second installment, Crude Carrier, alongside fellow local author Mike Befeler, who will introduce his book Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse.