This week in local literary events, you can not only read a book but also make one, or throw your support to a fledging Denver-centric art magazine. ’Tis the season to be bookish! Mizel Arts and Culture Center JAAMM Fest
Charles Belfoure, The Paris Architect
Starts September 30
Wolf Theatre, Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center Tickets: $15 to $18
Because the Mizel Arts and Culture Center JAAMM Fest grew out of the Jewish Community Center’s old Leah Cohen Festival of Books and Authors, it’s still anchored by a solid slate of author events, though all the arts are now represented in the annual fall celebration (JAAMM is shorthand for Jewish Authors, Artists, Music and Musicians). Guests this year includes everyone from Kinky Friedman to political writer David Axelrod, and kicks off Wednesday, September 30, with an evening with Charles Belfoure, the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect, in which, yes, a Paris architect is tasked with designing the perfect hiding place for a wealthy Jewish during the Nazi invasion of France. The next night, Belfoure will introduce his newest book, House of Thieves, at 7 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue. That event is free. Visit MACC online for a complete listing of 2015 JAAMM Fest events. Monster Book-Making Workshop Share Denver
1 p.m., Saturday, October 3 $35
Crafty book-lovers can get in the Halloween spirit when instructor Shawn Gascoyne-Bowman leads a workshop on making a monster book, complete with fake eyes, distressed surfaces and secret compartments (secret compartments!). Materials are included in the $35 registration fee, but feel free to bring your own plastic spiders and other spooky trinkets or a special book you’d like to hack.
1/1 Mag Issue 1 GoFundMe Launch
Mike Wright Gallery
6 p.m. Sunday, October 4
For the last couple of years, Denver arts booster Jarred De Palo has been touting local artists online as the owner and publisher of 1/1 Magazine. Now he’s touting 1/1’s next stage — a free, full-color biannual print publication — but will first launch an online crowdfunding campaign https://www.gofundme.com/1of1mag to help cover the cost of printing the first issue. Attend his Sunday fundraising soiree at Mike Wright Gallery in LoDo, and you’ll receive your own copy of one of the first issues, hot off the press, featuring work by twenty up-and-coming Denver artists. Learn more at the1/1 Magazine Facebook Page.
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