Book It: The Five Best Literary Events This Week

Writer and teacher Kati Standefer offers a "Writing the Personal Sex Essay" workshop at the Boulder Writing Studio.
Luke Parsons
Writer and teacher Kati Standefer offers a "Writing the Personal Sex Essay" workshop at the Boulder Writing Studio.
What is it about September that makes us all start to turn inward, both literally and figuratively? We go inside in the actual sense, but we also begin to contemplate a little more, think a little deeper, and — yes — read more, too. Is it something in the air as the year starts to wane, or is it just that we’re all working off an internal back-to-school clock? Whatever the reason, embrace it. Here are five of the best ways to do so this first week of September. (And don’t forget the month-long Unseen Festival at Counterpath — we covered their sneak preview back in August, but there are 26 days of awesome left to take in.)

Nevertheless, We Persisted
Tuesday, September 4, 7 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Prep/Bookbar
3752 Tennyson Street
$20 for adults over 18; free under 18

Bookbar is the organizer of this inspirational and empowering event, which is being hosted at Rocky Mountain Prep in order to accommodate a larger crowd. Speakers include teen activist and former candidate for the Denver School Board Tay Anderson; Holocaust survivor Fanny Starr; Liz Wolfson, founder of the Girls Athletic Leadership Schools (GALS); paraplegic basketball coach Jess Markt; and poet Azure Antoinette. Tickets for the event are still available, but going fast.

click to enlarge SILENT HEARTS
Silent Hearts
Gwen Florio, Silent Hearts
Tuesday, September 4, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
$5 (includes voucher)

Former Denver Post reporter Gwen Florio returns to Colorado to sign and discuss her new book, Silent Hearts, a complex portrayal of two different but equally resilient women caught in the conflict of war-ravaged Afghanistan, in situations and an era that will test them in ways they never imagined. Your $5 entry fee is good toward the purchase of this or any book at this Boulder Book Store event, so it’s a can’t-lose proposition.

Lit Crawl Denver
Saturday, September 8, 7 p.m.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem
3200 Larimer Street

Lit Crawl Denver returns for a three-peat of what the orgazniers humbly call “literary debauchery,” this year partnering with Denver’s urban art festival Crush Walls in RiNo. Walk around the area to see all the artists at work, then head to the Infinite Monkey Theorem for readings from this year’s Colorado Book Award winners, including Laura Pritchett (The Blue Hour), Helen Thorpe (The Newcomers), and more. Pace yourself. Stay hydrated.