Book It: The Seven Best Literary Events This Week

Rex Burns will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Colorado Authors' League Celebration of Excellence.
Rex Burns will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Colorado Authors' League Celebration of Excellence. Facebook
Denver’s literary scene is all about storytelling this week, from learning how to turn your own most embarrassing moments into worthy anecdotes to true stories from top-notch authors, including former Denverite Rick Reilly and current Denverite Jason Heller. And, of course, there will be parties and prizes. Here are the seven best bookish events over the next seven days:

Jason Heller, Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded
Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe
2 South Broadway

Science fiction had an outsized impact on music in the 1970s, from David Bowie to Parliament. Occasional Westword writer and Denver-based music critic Jason Heller’s Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded takes a dive into how everything from Samuel Delaney novels to comics and the Star Wars series impacted rock, funk, punk, glam and beyond, while looking at various stages of Bowie’s career and how it wove in and out of science fiction. Heller will celebrating the paperback release of his 2018 book tonight; for more information, go to

Storytelling Workshop: The Art of Humiliation
Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m.
Boulder Writing Studio
777 Pearl Street, #211, Boulder

$335 ($305 for members) for the six-week series
How can the worst thing that ever happened to you become one of the best things that ever happened to you? Ask Alyssa Pinsker, widelyvpublished writer and participant in such world-renowned performance events as the Moth storytelling hour; she’ll attest that turning embarrassment into a story can not only be great therapy, it can also be great entertainment. In Pinsker’s six-week workshop, you can learn to create a compelling narrative arc, connect with an audience and find some closure: It’s the art of completely vulnerable storytelling.

LitFest Kickoff Party
Friday, June 7, 6:30 p.m.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
$20 for members/$30 non-members

Lighthouse Writers Workshop has become known for any number of great literary resources in the Denver area, perhaps none so thorough and well-known as LitFest, its celebration of writers and writing that happens for a couple of glorious weeks every summer. Come celebrate the beginning of the fourteenth year of this hometown literary tradition at a party with food from Cuba Cuba, plus live music, games, lots of mingling and more. Tickets are still available at the Lighthouse website.

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William Morrow
Neal Stephenson, Fall
Friday, June 7, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Join the Tattered Cover in welcoming acclaimed science-fiction author Neal Stephenson (author of the prescient Snow Crash and several other novels) to Denver to talk about and autograph Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel. The new book is another wildly inventive and entertaining science-fiction thriller that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds. Tickets to the event include a copy of the book and a spot in the signing line.

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Belles Histoires
Elaine Russell, In the Company of Like-Minded Women
Saturday, June 8, 2 p.m.
Tattered Cover LoDo
1628 16th Street
Author Elaine Russell invites readers to visit 1901 Denver through her story of three sisters reuniting many years after a family rift separated them. Russell comes to the Tattered Cover to read from and sign In the Company of Like-Minded Women, which explores the complexity of love, the bonds between sisters, and the struggles women faced in determining their own future at the start of the twentieth century.

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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