Literary Calendar: Donald Ray Pollock, Terry Tempest Williams and Harry Potter

What’s on your list for summer reading? A dark Peckinpah-esque page-turner? A celebration of national parks? Or both, with a new helping of Harry Potter to balance everything out? Here’s where to learn more.
Donald Ray Pollock, The Heavenly Table
Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27

2009 PEN/Bingham Fellowship awardee Donald Ray Pollock takes a twisted, hyper-violent turn through Cormac McCarthy country in his new novel The Heavenly Table, in which farmers Pearl Jewett and Ellsworth Fiddler cross paths in 1917. Pollock knows the gritty American Gothic territory he traverses: He labored at the Mead Paper Mill for three decades before earning his stars as a novelist.
Terry Tempest Williams, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks
Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
7 p.m. Friday, July 29
Tickets: $10

The Boulder Public Library Speaker Series and the Boulder Book Store team up to host environmental writer and activist Terry Tempest Williams, who will discuss her newest book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks. Williams writes from the heart about why we need to preserve these wild places, relying on historical background and personal philosophizing to make her points. The $10 ticket price includes a $5 voucher toward purchase of the book at the event; part of the proceeds benefit the BPL.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midnight Release Party
9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 30

Harry Potter fans young and old bemoaning the end of the beloved series can wipe away their tears: There will be an addendum to the Potter legacy with the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play based on a story by J.K. Rowling. Potter parties in the grand tradition are planned at a couple of Tattered Cover locations and the Boulder Book Store, but Tennyson Street’s BookBar sounds like a cozy place to pick up the new edition. Beginning at 9 p.m. on July 30, there will be special performances, snacks, prizes, games and a costume contest for fans waiting to get their books when the clock strikes twelve. Fun for all!

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