This week's literary picks bounce between a promising novelist's debut, a pop star's foray into fiction and a bookish wine tasting; read on for all the details.
Rebecca Rotert, Last Night at the Blue Angel Tattered Cover LoDo 7 pm. Monday, August 4 Free
Set in Chicago during the early 1960s, Last Night at the Blue Angel is the story of jazz singer and rising star Naomi Hill and her precocious ten-year-old daughter Sophia, told against the noisy backdrop of a turbulent time and place. The advance on this novel, which includes being named an Indie Next pick, is that it's a page-turner rich with history and personal drama. We're guessing this won't be the last we hear from Rotert.
Continue reading for more dates on Denver's literary calendar.
Rick Springfield, Magnificent Vibration Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch 7 p.m. Friday, August 8 Free
Pop stars have a way of reinventing themselves, and no one proves this better than "Jessie's Girl" one-hit-wonder Rick Springfield, who went on to become a daytime-TV heartthrob, a bestselling memoirist and now a comic novelist. His fiction debut, Magnificent Vibration, is about a man who stumbles onto God's direct line and embarks on a Douglas Adams-esque adventure. Springfield's in town for tomorrow's KOOL Koncert 2014 at Fiddler's Green, but first he'll drop in at the Tattered Cover for a book signing that includes a small performance. If you want a ticket for a place in the book-signing line, act fast: Pick one up with your purchase of the book at any Tattered Cover location or take your chances the night of the event. Seating for the reading is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Literary Wine Tasting BookBar 6:30 p.m. Saturday, August 9 $40, by reservation 720-443-2227
Ashley Vaughters is a sommelier with an MA in lit, and she's found a way to blend her areas of expertise into one delightful diversion. She's paired six wines with six great works for an evening of literary sipping that also comes with light appetizers and a free book for every participant. While the pairing of a Monterey County Poppy Pinot Noir with The Grapes of Wrath might be pushing it (amid visions of rotting oranges and starving Okies and all), Breakfast at Tiffany's and Chateau Moncontour Cremant de Loire Rose makes perfect sense; tickets are $40 and seating is limited.
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