Literary Calendar: Lit Fest Events, Matteson Perry and One Book, One Denver Kickoff

This week you can kick back and meet some of this year’s Colorado Book Awards finalists in the Lighthouse Writers Workshop Lit Fest tent, have a laugh with a Colorado success story or — if you‘re a nine- to twelve-year-old bookworm — dive into this summer’s Youth One Book, One Denver programming. Read on.
Lit Fest Speakeasy Reading: Colorado Book Award Finalists
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
4 p.m. Monday, June 6

As part of its two-week intensive Lit Fest, Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s informal Speakeasy Readings offer happy-hour literature and libations in collaboration with the Tattered Cover. On June 6, come to the book tent for a taste of this year’s Colorado Book Award finalists in the poetry and literary-fiction categories, including winning poet Nicky Beer (The Octopus Game), Martin McGovern (Bad Fame), Mark Stevens (reading from Gary Reilly’s Pickup at Union Station) and Tiffany Quay Tyson (Three Rivers: A Novel). Visit Lighthouse Writers online for a list of upcoming Speakeasy readings and other Lit Fest at Night readings and salons. 
Matteson Perry, Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch
Tattered Cover LoDo
7 p.m. Thursday, June 9

Colorado-born author and storyteller Matteson Perry, two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling championship and host of the Lost Angeles Moth StorySlam, continues to keep audiences laughing with his book Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch, a funny firsthand account of living single in the 21st century.
Youth One Book, One Denver Kickoff Celebration
Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11

Denver’s Youth One Book, One Denver program picked a peach for this year’s chosen summer read: Colorado author Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s middle-grade novel Book Scavenger, the story of a twelve-year-old girl who is hot on a trail left by her favorite author and creator of an online game, searching for clues in books and puzzles he’s left behind. The Tattered Cover will kick off a summer-long series of interactive events and activities on June 11 with a public introduction of Bertman, her book and the related programming to come. Get started on your own book-scavenging adventure and plan to meet back up at the Tattered on August 6 for an an end-of-summer celebration. Can’t make the kickoff party? Learn more about this summer’s YOBOD programs at Denver Arts & Venues.

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