Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Author Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) reads from his new, decidedly adult  book at Tattered Cover.
Author Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) reads from his new, decidedly adult book at Tattered Cover. YouTube
February may be the shortest month of the year, but you couldn’t tell it from the jam-packed calendar during this full first week of February. YA novelists taking on the adult market — and vice-versa; a host of folks talking about history and literature and how they come together; love and cider; Tennyson Street and cryptozoology. Here are your five literary best bets:

click to enlarge HARPER PERENNIAL
Harper Perennial
Eoin Colfer, Highfire
Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover Colfax
2526 East Colfax Avenue

From the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl books comes a rollicking adventure yarn just for adults: Highfire: A Novel. It's about a vodka-drinking, flashdance-loving dragon in the bayous of Louisiana, just making his way any way he can...which, of course, means the sheriff is on his tail. (Not literally, since the dragon actually has a tail.) Colfer can probably explain this better at the reading and signing. Tickets to the event include a copy of the book and a place in the autograph line.

John Shors, The Demon Seekers, Book 1
Thursday, February 6, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

Best-selling Colorado author John Shors (Beneath a Marble Sky, Unbound) brings his young-adult trilogy, The Demon Seekers, to the Tattered Cover Aspen Grove for a reading and signing. We've interviewed Shors several times before, most recently about this new direction for his writing; get the back story, then head to Aspen Grove and get in on the ground floor of the next big thing in the YA markets.

University of Minnesota Press
At the Inkwell: A Journey Through History
Saturday, February 8, 4 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street

Denver author Hillary Leftwich (Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock) gathers five fabulous folks to read and discuss the role, effect and importance of history in literature. Put on your thinking cap and come to this month's At the Inkwell to hear from authors Clint Carroll (Roots of Our Renewal) and Marco Rafala (How Fires End), and writers Nawal Nader-French, Pavlos Stavropoulos and Ivette Torres.

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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