Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Rejoice, lit lovers: Here are books for every gift-giving occasion — and then some — this holiday season.
Rejoice, lit lovers: Here are books for every gift-giving occasion — and then some — this holiday season. Pixabay
If you can’t find something to love on this week’s literary calendar, you’re not looking hard enough. From the holidays to history, from children’s books to stories on stage, everything's geared up for gift-giving. Here are five events to book for the days ahead:

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Ellen Kingman Fisher, Hill’s Gold
Wednesday, December 11, 7 p.m.
Chautauqua Community House
900 Baseline Road, Boulder
$12 ($9 for members)
Historian Ellen Kingman Fisher brings her new book set in the historic heart of Colorado, Hill’s Gold, to the Chautauqua Community House for a reading and signing. Fisher uses letters and journals to re-create this story of fortunes, fate and the birth of the mining industry in the Colorado territory during the Civil War. Tickets are available now.

J.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Younger Readers
Jan Brett, The Tale of the Tiger Slippers
Thursday, December 12, 5:30 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

Beloved best-selling children’s book author and artist Jan Brett brings her newest work, The Tale of the Tiger Slippers, to the Tattered Cover for a reading and signing. Using both footwear and felines, the book reimagines a powerful Middle Eastern folk tale that celebrates hard work and an appreciation of one’s roots. Tickets to the event include a copy of the book and a spot in the autograph line.

How the Storytellers Stole Christmas!
Thursday, December 12, 7 p.m.
Walnut Room
3131 Walnut Street
$15 to 20
Join the Storytellers, Denver’s favorite all-male a cappella vocal group, for a night of music, merrymaking and story. Share a drink, tell a tale, and feel rejuvenated after an evening of holiday classics and tales of Christmas past. In the true modern seasonal spirit, there’s a special prize for whoever wears the ugliest sweater.

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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