Literature

Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Denver loves its literary scene every week.
Denver loves its literary scene every week. Pixabay
This week is chock-full of different sorts of love, from sisterhood to barbecue, from authors both long-standing and fresh to the field. And appropriately enough, it concludes with the first annual Bookstore Romance Day. There’s love in the air, people – and on the page. Find out at these five best bets for your ever-lovin’ literary heart.

BOUTIQUE OF QUALITY BOOKS
Boutique of Quality Books
Erika Witsell, Give
Tuesday, August 13, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
$5

Author Erika Witsell brings her new novel Give to the Boulder Book Store for a reading and signing. The book is “a striking, often unflinching, depiction of a doomed marriage and its enduring consequences.” It’s the story of two sisters, unexpected gifts, heedless parenting, long shadows, and the bonds of family. Tickets to the event are $5, which are redeemable for the same amount off any purchase the day of the reading.

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University of Georgia Press
Barbecue in America
Tuesday, August 13, 7 p.m.
Cheluna Brewing Company
2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
$20

Colorado Humanities presents a delicious evening of discussion about barbecue, with conversation between culinary expert Adrian Miller and Jim Auchmutey (Smokelore). They will discuss Auchmutey’s experiences as a writer, his founding of the Southern Foodways Alliance, and his guest curation of the Atlanta History Center’s Barbecue Nation exhibit. Tickets include a barbecue buffet dinner provided by Rolling Smoke BBQ; you may want to pack some Wet Wipes to keep those book pages sauce-free.

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Grand Central Publishing
Sandra Brown, Outfox
Wednesday, August 14, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
$28

Join Tattered Cover in welcoming the author of seventy (yes, seventy) New York Times bestsellers, Sandra Brown, who comes to read from and sign her newest novel, Outfox. The book is a psychological thriller that combines heart-stopping suspense, forbidden passion, and an FBI agent’s hunt for a ruthless con man turned serial killer. Tickets include a copy of the book and a place in the signing line; seating is first-come, first-served. Get there early: Rumor has it that the lines are murder.


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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
Contact: Teague Bohlen