Literature

Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Books: little packages one unwraps page by page.
Books: little packages one unwraps page by page. Pixabay
If you’re still in the market for a week-before-Christmas gift for that book lover in your life, the Barnes & Noble on South Colorado Boulevard has you more than covered. While most of the town's other bookstore event planners are settling in for a long winter’s nap, this B&N is turning the holly jolly up to eleven. Add to that a local punk publication and a plethora of local playwrights, and you’ve got one very nice list of five literary winter wonders.

Rachel Kodanaz is one of the many local authors participating in the Colorado Authors' League Bookfair. - FULCRUM PUBLISHING
Rachel Kodanaz is one of the many local authors participating in the Colorado Authors' League Bookfair.
Fulcrum Publishing
Colorado Authors' League Bookfair
Tuesday, December 17, and Wednesday, December 18, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
960 South Colorado Boulevard, Glendale
Free
The Colorado Authors' League has been supporting local writers for over eighty years, and now Barnes & Noble will host over 25 members over two exciting days. A complete list of the participating writers, their most recent books, and what times they’ll be in-store to shake hands and sign copies is available on the Barnes & Noble website. Autographed books are some of the best gifts — and when they’re local, they’re doubly special.

TINTO PRESS
Tinto Press
Denver Zine Library Bookfair
Thursday, December 19, 9 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
960 South Colorado Boulevard, Glendale
Free

Denver’s own Tinto Press, boutique publisher of graphic novels, comics and mini-comics (including David Tosh’s Jumbo Mumbo), sponsors this bookfair designed to benefit the Denver Zine Library. It's a trifecta of local literary awesome Denver: a brick-and-mortar retailer hosting an event for a local publisher that supports a local literary nonprofit. Happiness upon happiness upon happiness, just in time for the season.

Hidden Worlds and Strange Negotiations
Thursday, December 19, through Saturday, December 21
Theater 29
5138 West 29th Avenue
$22

Denver’s Theater 29 presents nothing but original plays by local playwrights — and this production is no exception. Jessica Austgen, Tami Canaday, Lisa Wagner Erickson, Ellen K. Graham, Dakota C. Hill, Rebecca Gorman O’Neill and Edith Weiss put together these stories of one reality spilling into the next: literary lovers grow tired of their genre, a homeless man connects with knock-knock jokes, time becomes a palindrome on East Colfax (doesn’t it always?), and much more. Tickets start at $22 for performances Thursday through Saturday nights — a great way to get out of the house before the holidays and support your local arts!


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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