Book It: The Five Best Literary Events in Denver This Week

Yes, it’s the third week in November, the time when Americans traditionally say, “Holy shit, it’s already the third week in November?” and then start freaking out about the Thanksgiving menu that they have yet to plan. One option, of course, is to head to the grocery store and get to work on pecan-based side dishes. The other option? Relax. Read a book. I know which one I’d choose. Here, a list of literary options to take your mind off turkey this week.

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Thames & Hudson
Alex Prud’homme, France Is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child
7p.m., Monday, November 13
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue

While we might be ignoring turkey right now, that doesn’t mean we need to ignore the rest of the edible experience, right? And with that in mind, Alex Prud’homme presents this paean to the life and love of inimitable PBS culinary queen Julia Child and her equally noteworthy husband, the photographer Paul. Their story is told through narrative and over 200 images taken from 1948-'54, when they lived in Paris…and were prepping to become the national figures they were destined to be.

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Kazuo Ishiguro
Cynthia Wong, [email protected] Series: Kazuo Ishiguro
Noon, Tuesday, November 14
Auraria Campus
Student Commons Room 1300
University of Colorado Denver professor Cynthia Wong presents the work of Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Prize Winner in literature, whose novels include Remains of the Day (1989), Never Let Me Go (2005) and The Buried Giant (2015). Wong literally wrote the book on Ishiguro; her insights are definitely worth packing a sack lunch.

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Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 15
Boettcher Concert Hall
1000 14th St.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the NEA’s Big Read and the City and County of Denver all team up to host poet and MacArthur fellow Claudia Rankine in the latest Denver Talks series — this one a timely discussion of race and social justice, free and open to the public, with Mayor Michael Hancock. Rankine is also appearing Thursday, November 16 at 12:30 ,p.m. in the Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus, and will give a craft talk at 4 p.m. that same afternoon at the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop (1515 Race Street, tickets $75). Join in the conversation.