Someone said poetry is the art of juxtaposition, and this work week's book-ended (get it?) readings offer a convenient study: A nineteenth-century lawman sets out to take back his tarnished reputation from the bandit who framed him and ends up falling in love; meanwhile, in postmodern Brooklyn, a young drone types numbers into a program known only as The Database. Luckily, a little trivia lightens things up.
Danica Favorite: The Lawman's Redemption
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
Monday, August 3, 7 p.m.
The second in a series of romance novels set in nineteenth-century Leadville — Denver writer Danica Favorite's first for the Harlequin imprint — The Lawman's Redemption follows the adventures of handsome and aptly named lawman Will Lawson as he fights to restore his, uh, good name — with the help of a damsel, of course, who just might also be a love interest... maybe?
Romance novels tend to get a bad rap, but Favorite's love of the genre — and of Leadville — makes for a good read. You know, if you like romance. Read our interview with her here!
Tuesday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.
if you're reading this post, you're probably some kind of literary nerd. The question is, are you nerdy enough to compete for the coveted Nerd of the Week Crown at BookBar's weekly Literary Trivia? Ah, trivia. Long have you married worthless knowledge and drinking, disciplines previously thought incompatible, and there's no better place to do both than BookBar, which is exactly what it sounds like: a bookstore... that's also a bar.
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
Forthcoming from Henry Holt August 2015
In a windowless office in a remote part of town, the newly employed Josephine inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as The Database.
Told with the light touch of a Calvino and the warm heart of a Saramago, this brief fable-novel is funny, sad, scary, and beautiful. I love it.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
The Beautiful Bureaucrat is a thrillingly original debut, formally inventive and emotionally complex. Helen Phillips is one of the most exciting young writers working today, and I envy those who get to discover her work here for the first time.
Friday, August 7, 7:30 p.m.
The resume of Colorado-raised Helen Phillips reads like a list of dream accomplishments — winner of the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, work in the New York Times and Tin House, collaborations with the Brooklyn Museum — and her latest novel, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, an examination of unsettling monotony in the postmodern world, comes favorably blurbed by Ursula K. LeGuin. And it's intriguingly weird! Catch her again at the Tattered Cover Colfax on Saturday.
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