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Three Book Events in Denver and Boulder for the Week of October 13-19

Paint the town read! A couple of bestselling authors will discuss hot-button issues and their work in Denver this week, and a controversial figure will be here to set the table for a celebration of the 75th year of her iconoclastic life. Read on for all the lit-pick details.

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Nicholas Carr, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us Boulder Book Store 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 14 $5 voucher required, good toward purchase of the book

Remember the humans rendered helpless by automation in the Disney yarn Wall-E? It can happen, says Nicholas Carr. In a world where Google Glass and self-driving cars are a reality, how do we remain tuned into our human side? Carr, who explores how technology rules our lives in ways that aren't psychologically healthy in The Glass Cage, will discuss those consequences -- and what we can do about them -- Tuesday at the Boulder Book Store.

Continue reading for more literary picks.

Gary Shteyngart: An Evening at DU, Little Failure: A Memoir Sturm Hall, University of Denver campus 7 p.m. Friday, October 17 $25

Russian emigre and acclaimed author Gary Shteyngart gets to the heart of who he is in Little Failure, a memoir overflowing with the same dry and self-deprecating sarcasm that also propels his bestselling novels. Shteyngart will discuss and sign copies of the new paperback edition Friday at the University of Denver at an event sponsored by DU and the Tattered Cover; the $25 fee to get in includes your copy of the book.

Judy Chicago, Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue 2 p.m. Saturday, October 18 Free

This fall, Denver is playing a major role in helping controversial feminist icon Judy Chicago celebrate her 75th birthday, with a major art exhibition at RedLine and a lecture at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. But the Tattered Cover will also take time to fete Chicago with an inaugural presentation and book-signing featuring her new book Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education, an examination of what's right and terribly wrong about the art-school experience.

What's on the next page in Denver's literary world? Visit Westword's Literary Event listings for this week.

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