From signings of books about Star Wars sci-fi to real-world science, from talks about David Sedaris comedy to alt-weekly celebrity interviews, the literary calendar is stacked this week. And the Denver Public Library is holding its annual sale, which means you can stock up for a long summer of reading (and watching, and listening). Here are the five best events this week.
Monday, June 18, 7 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street
Writer A.D. Jameson comes to BookBar to shine a new and nerdalicious light on a Death Star full of beloved geek classics, from Star Wars (well, mostly Star Wars) to Lord of the Rings to Guardians of the Galaxy to Harry Potter and more. In his new book, I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture, he explores the enormous love (and occasional hate) for certain properties: How they inspire, how they disappoint, and just how they actually came to be. It’s not just a labor of love, this book; it’s an insightful examination of how the geeks truly have inherited the Earth.
Wednesday through Saturday, June 20 to 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Denver Central Library
10 West 14th Avenue Parkway
More than 60,000 items are up for grabs at the Denver Central Library during its four-day annual sale, including children’s books, fiction and non-fiction, CDs, DVDs, audio books and more. New inventory is added each day, so there’s always something new to see Wednesday; come out and stock your shelves and help the Denver Public Library system fund vital programs and services at the same time. It’s a win-win, whether you’re a book collector or a candidate for a future episode of Hoarders.
Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
$5 (includes a $5 voucher for any same-day purchase)
Nikola Tesla didn’t just invent a lot of the things we today take for granted: the radio, robots, remote control (and that only dips into those inventions filed under “R”). He also inspired generations of thinkers to follow (Tesla Motors, anyone?), but has somehow been largely overlooked by history. Richard Munson seeks to rectify that with his book Tesla: Inventor of the Modern, and comes to the Boulder Book Store to discuss the work, the bizarre personal life, and the mental acuity of one of history’s most enigmatic and under-appreciated minds.