When the weather turns cold, it's tempting to huddle on the couch with a blanket and a good book. But don't ignore all the great literary events in town this fall! Here's a starter set to bookmark:
Colorado Chautauqua: Ellen Kingman Fisher, Hill's Gold, December 11. Kelly Cordes, "The Stories We Tell," January 16. Dessa, "Senseless Love: Torch Songs and Brain Science," January 23. Dave Showalter, "Freedom to Roam," February 7. Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, Unleashing Your Dog, March 4. John Gierach, Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers, April 15. Joe Waterman, National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks, April 23. Helen Thorpe, "Fruits of Their Labor," April 28. $12 and up, Colorado Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-3282, chautauqua.com.
Denver Public Library Used Book Sale: The autumn edition of the massive twice-yearly sale happens just before Thanksgiving. Through November 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, dplfriends.org.
The Great Debate: Like to argue, but not about politics, religion or anything important? Witness heated debates on the mundane on the third Tuesday of each month. 8-9:30 p.m., $8, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street, 720-946-1388, buntport.com.
History Colorado Center: Susan Helms, January 9. Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery, January 20. Carol Anderson, February 12. "La Cultura y El Movimiento: Juania Dominguez," February 17. Liette Gidlow, March 11. "Colorado's First Scientists," March 16. Gale Norton, April 9. "Studying the Sun in Colorado," April 20. "The Woolly West: Colorado's Hidden History of Sheepscapes," May 18. Dawn Teele and Sally Roesch Wagner, May 27. History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, 303-447-8679, historycolorado.org.
The Moth StorySLAM: Show up with a five-minute story fitting an assigned theme on the third Friday of every month; you may be chosen to pit your storytelling skills against others in a battle for tale-telling supremacy. Through December 20, 7:30 p.m., $17, Swallow Hill Music, 71 East Yale Avenue, themoth.org.
The Narrators: The third Wednesday of each month sees all kinds of folks telling true stories based on a monthly theme. 8 p.m., free-$5, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street, 720-946-1388, buntport.com.
National Geographic Live: Life on the Vertical, December 27. Photography Without Borders, January 17. Day to Night, March 13. $26 and up, Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.
Pen & Podium: Michael Ondaatje, January 27. Min Jin Lee, March 16. Michael Pollan, May 11. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, 303-871-7720, newmancenterpresents.com. Note: All events are currently sold out; call to be added to waitlist.
Shaun Boothe Presents the Unauthorized Biography Series: Boothe tells stories of cultural icons like MLK Jr., Muhammad Ali and Malala Yousafzai through hip-hop, rhyme and spoken word. February 6, 7 p.m., $20, Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.
What's Your Story?: History Colorado's newest exhibit tells the stories of over 100 notable Coloradans and their accomplishments. History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, 303-447-8679, historycolorado.org.
The deadline is past for these listings, which were compiled for our Fall Arts Guide. But we highlight hundreds of events, including literary activities, every week on westword.com; send information on upcoming dates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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