The literary scene in Denver is exactly like the rest of the city at the close of July, which is to say red-hot. From sci-fi thrillers to intimate fiction collections, from warnings about the fate of the Western wilds to invitations to drink wine and eat cheese at a library-sponsored soirée, it’s all here for you this week, in these five best bets for your reading pleasure.
Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m.
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Writer Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath) brings his new sci-fi thriller, Wanderers, to the Tattered Cover for a reading and signing. The “magnum opus story about survival” deals with a terrifying sleepwalking phenomenon that sweeps across America in an epidemic. The secret hidden within the mystery of exactly how and why it began promises to either tear the nation apart or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.
Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
Join the Boulder Book Store in helping to launch Boulder writer R.L. Maizes’s new book, We Love Anderson Cooper, which reminds us that even if we're outsiders, even if we're fiercely independent, even if we're a little off, we're also never truly alone. Kirkus calls this collection of short stories “genuinely witty,” “vaguely weird” and, most important, “worth reading.” The $5 entry fee is good for $5 off the purchase of this book or any other on the day of the reading and signing.
Wednesday, July 24, 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover LoDo
1628 16th Street
Christopher Ketcham has written for many notable publications: Harper’s, National Geographic, New Republic and others, reporting on the west side of the Mississippi for more than a decade. Now he brings his book This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption Are Ruining the American West to the Tattered Cover LoDo for a discussion and signing. The book is a hard-hitting and honest look at the battle now being waged over the fate of public lands in the American West; it’s also a plea for protection for these last wild places.