Three literary events for the week of July 28-August 3

This week in the local lit world, you can learn everything you ever needed to know about sleep, laugh it up at a book-signing by a comedian who's taken to writing young-adult novels, or watch authors' stories come alive onstage -- and still have time to go home and get some of your own precious reading done. Here are our picks:

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Kat Duff, The Secret Life of Sleep Boulder Book Store 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 $5 voucher required

In The Secret Life of Sleep, author Kat Duff explores the cycles and other worlds of sleep, sourcing modern research and personal insights to talk about something we all have to do. Ever wonder why it can be so darned hard to get enough? Duff talks about that, too, in a book that's ironically designed to not put you asleep.

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Sara Benincasa, Great Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 Free

Not your typical YA author, Sara Benincasa is a comedy "it" girl already famous, at least in certain 'net circles, for interviewing famous people in a bathtub, hosting a comic sex-chat show and writing a memoir, Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom, which is based on a live one-woman show. Now she has indeed written a young adult novel, Great, which places a teen girl in the dramatic and scandal-ridden milieu of The Great Gatsby. Benincasa will read from the novel, and then, because she leads a double life, she'll be joined by local comics Mara Wiles and Adam Cayton-Holland, who will share a few adolescent tales of their own. Not your typical literary reading, either!

Stories on stage: An Evening of Stories from Lighthouse Writers East Theatre, Dairy Center for the Arts 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 2 $25 online

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In a match made in literary heaven, this collaboration between Stories on Stage and Lighthouse Writers tops off a weekend story-building workshop in Boulder with a public program of dramatic readings based on stories by Colorado writers Jennifer Wortman, Laura Pritchett and George Saunders. Actors Josh Robinson, Diana Dresser and Michael Bouchard bring the stories to life onstage.

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

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