Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

2020: a great year to see more...books.
2020: a great year to see more...books. Pixabay
The literary new year opens with something for everyone: the young, the hungry, the history buffs, the aspiring writer, and those of us who’d just rather stay home and be left alone with our books…but also know that outside is good for us sometimes. Whatever categories you might fall into, there’s something for you this week in Denver.

Start 2020 the right way, Denver: with some books.

The 2019 Party was one for the...(ahem)...books. - BOOKBAR
The 2019 Party was one for the...(ahem)...books.
Introverts New Year’s Eve Party
Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street

Who wants to paint the town when you can instead snuggle down? BookBar’s traditional Introverts New Year’s Eve party returns to ring in 2020 with a boozy and bookish night of board games, silent reading, coloring and more. Wear your cozy socks and come celebrate with those who are always there for you year-round…you know: books. Tickets are $30 and sold out fast last year, because we introverts are legion. Quiet, but legion.

Random House Books for Young Readers
Suzanne Lang, Grumpy Monkey
Saturday, January 4, 11 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
960 South Colorado Boulevard, Glendale

It’s early January, and school isn’t yet back in session…so chances are good that you might have some grumpy monkeys bouncing around the house. Corral them and take them over to the Barnes & Noble on Colorado Boulevard on Saturday morning for this storytime spotlighting Suzanne Lang’s best-selling 2018 book Grumpy Monkey, about Jim the chimpanzee and his terrible mood. This isn’t an author event, just a timely reading for kids (and tired parents), with activities to follow.

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West Margin Press
Ian Neligh, Spurred West
Saturday, January 4, 2 p.m.
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Idaho Springs writer and journalist Ian Neligh brings his newest book, Spurred West: Rogues, Treasure Seekers, Bounty Hunters, and Colorful Characters Past and Present, to the Tattered Cover for a discussion and signing. The collection of true stories reveals the spellbinding world of the Old West’s most infamous characters, from bullfighters to rustlers to Buffalo Bill Cody himself. It’s a fantastic look at Colorado state heritage — and it’s all true.
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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