Forget all the patriotic plays on words; leave those to commercials about granite countertops and discount furniture. Instead, consider spending some of your free time on local literary pursuits. Take in a reading, hang out and talk about writing and publishing, or do some writing yourself. Here are your best bets for some independent creativity activity the week of July 4:
Booktropolis With Josiah Hesse
Tuesday, July 2, 7 p.m.
The Goods Restaurant
2550 East Colfax Avenue
Booktropolis — which bills itself as “authors. community. conversation.” — lives up to its slogan with an in-depth conversation with Josiah Hesse, author of the Carnality series. The Tattered Cover teams up with the Goods restaurant, right next door, to host this evening with Hesse, who also runs the local Suspect Press. The talk will be stimulating, the appetizers delicious, the environment stylish — exactly the sort of literary night to which Denver aspires.
Tuesday, July 2, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
Steven Wingate might no longer live in Colorado, but he’s still a Colorado author. As evidence, look no further than Of Fathers and Fire, a coming-of-age story with a magical-realist twist, which is inspired by Wingate’s own upbringing in 1980s Colorado Springs. Wingate brings his new novel, which Robert Olen Butler called “deeply felt, subtly innovative, [and] utterly compelling,” to the Boulder Book Store for a reading and signing. The $5 tickets are good for a $5 credit on any purchase the day of the event.
Daniel Klawitter, The Trickster
Saturday, July 6, 6 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street
There’s something for everyone at BookBar’s First Saturday Poetry series, which features two talented and very different poets. Denver poets Erica Hoffmeister’s newest collection is Lived in Bars, an “exquisite road trip across America’s still-feral landscapes and people”; Daniel Klawitter’s collection The Trickster: Poems for Very Clever Children and Silly Adults is chockful of Shel Silverstein-style charming, thoughtful and funnybone-tickling poetry. The happy-hour mingling starts at 4:30 p.m., the readings at 5:30.