Book It: The Six Best Literary Events This Week

Nationally known psychotherapist and writer Lori Gottlieb brings her new book to BookBar on Thursday.
Nationally known psychotherapist and writer Lori Gottlieb brings her new book to BookBar on Thursday. Facebook
As June comes to a close, the lit scene in Denver could not be more diverse in terms of topics. Decluttering. Therapists. Stories both spoken and on the page. Literary festivals in the mountains and fantasy/sci-fi signings right here in town. Here are your best bets for the coming week, literature lovers.

Tracy McCubbin, Making Space, Clutter Free
Thursday, June 26, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover LoDo
1628 16th Street

A recent poll from House Beautiful says that sudden sensation Marie Kondo’s method doesn’t actually work for 80 percent of the people who try it. Author Tracy McCubbin, a “high-profile clutter exorcist” and owner of Los Angeles's number-one organizational company, dClutterfly, suggests the reason why in her new book, Making Space, Clutter Free: The Last Book on Decluttering You’ll Ever Need. Turn a new page on wiping out the overwhelming mess of unused items and conquering what McCubbin calls the "seven emotional clutter blocks" at this free book discussion and signing.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Lori Gottlieb, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
Thursday, June 27, 7 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street
Lori Gottlieb is a New York Times best-selling author, a national advice columnist (she writes the "Dear Therapist" feature for The Atlantic), and a noted psychotherapist, all of which led her to write the hilarious, thought-provoking and insightful book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed. Now being developed for an ABC television series starring Eva Longoria, the book explores the world of therapists, from their own patients to their own psychiatric care. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at a counselor’s world, in which the questions they’re being asked are sometimes the very questions those counselors are asking for themselves. As her Denver stop on a national tour, Gottlieb brings her new book to BookBar for a sure-to-be popular reading and signing.

Saturday, June 29, 7 p.m.
Savoy at Curtis Park
2700 Arapahoe Street
$10-$15 at the door

Back by popular demand, UNSENT returns to Denver for some summer fun in the storytelling tradition of Mortified and The Moth. Brave souls take the mic to share a text, email or letter that they wrote….but never sent. Or wish they never sent. The stories are true, the cringing is real; it’s a live show that will also be recorded for a podcast. Advance tickets are $10 and include a free beer; beer-less tickets are $15 at the door. Drinks start at 7 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m., and the after-party is at 9:30 p.m. And be warned: Said party will continue “until the wheels fall off.” Protect your wheels, people. 

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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