Fulcrum Publishing shifts focus to educational graphic novels

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Fulcrum Publishing
As Fulcrum Publishing approaches its thirtieth anniversary, the Golden-based publishing house is intensifying its new focus on educational graphic novels, which teachers around the country are using with more regularity to get students interested in reading. The topics of these publications range from endangered ocean species to an unconventional history of Washington, D.C.

Bob Baron founded Fulcrum in 1984 to help promote books about environmental conservation. Since then, the company has become known for publishing guides and books about the outdoors, Native American history, politics, gardening and travel. One of its best-selling books is Colorado's Fourteeners by Gerry Roach.

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Three Denver-area book events for July 14-20

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Ian Doescher signs William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return in Denver and Boulder this week.
There's still plenty of time left for summer reading, and for inspiration this week you can hear authors of popular mystery and pop-culture series. Or you can bone up on your wedding-photography skills just in time to hop on what could be a burgeoning local market for same-sex ceremonies. Here are our book-event picks for this week.

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Four Denver-area poetry and book events for July 7-13

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J. Dylan Yates reads from The Belief in Angels this week in Boulder and Denver.
Baby, it's hot out there, but that shouldn't keep anyone from seeking out new words, whether spoken aloud or written in books. Local slam poets are entering the final stretch before heading off to this year's national competitions, literary poets are still staging readings and authors are bringing their juicy summer reads to the local independent bookstores. Here are a few things to celebrate this week.

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Three poetry and book events for the week of June 30-July 6

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Mario Acevedo: "Wednesday Night at the Denver Diner," Art & Writing, Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

It's high summer as we head into the Fourth of July holiday, when author tours take a break -- just like the rest of us. But in the meantime, we can hear poetry to raise a fist to, goof off literarally or see an art show that celebrates books and writers. Check 'em out.

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Three poetry and book events for the week of June 23-29

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Whether you're looking for summer reading, poetic inspiration or just a good time with a side of culture, there's a literary event for you this week. Read on and we'll tell you where the poets are rhyming and the hottest authors are reading.

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Paul Reiser on his Sundance film and returning to standup after twenty years

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To anyone who grew up watching too much basic cable in the '80s and '90s, the sight of Paul Reiser cracking wise is comfortingly familiar. Whether on contemporary classics like Aliens and Diner or the long-running and widely syndicated sitcom Mad About You, chances are good that Reiser's face is on a television somewhere at this exact moment.

Not one to rest on his considerable laurels, however, Reiser is currently in the midst of a mid-career renaissance, appearing in several upcoming movies and honing his standup act in clubs across the country. In town this weekend to headline Comedy Works' South club, Reiser talked with Westword about his role in the Sundance Film Festival smash Whiplash, the lasting influence of Aliens, and his experience returning to the stage after a twenty-year hiatus from standup.

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Author Antonya Nelson on LitFest, buying books and Funny Once

Categories: Books, Festivals

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Author Antonya Nelson.
Paint the town read! As LitFest 2014 continues at Lighthouse Writer's Workshop, we caught up with award-winning author Antonya Nelson, who'll be teaching two classes this week and participate in a free reading on Thursday, June 19. Nelson teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and is the author of three novels and four short-story collections; her work regularly appears in the New Yorker, Harper's and Best American Short Stories. We chatted with her about what inspires her -- and the first thing she'd advise a writer.

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The Smithsonian Institution's Richard Kurin on studying history through objects

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History can build and destroy nations, create and end wars and help society wrangle with ethical obligations and failures. But when teachers reduce it to an endless scroll of names and dates that have been stripped of context, history loses its power.

The Smithsonian Institution's Richard Kurin is on a mission to change the public's relationship to the past. Working with his colleagues, the academic historian has distilled his museum's 137,000,000 historical and cultural artifacts into 101 iconic pieces he discusses in The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects. In advance of his Tuesday night reading at History Colorado, Westword spoke with Kurin about his book.

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Greg Weisman on his new book, and his Comic con experience

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Weisman at his booth at Comic Con
Although he is known mostly as the co-creator of the animated series, "Gargoyles," Greg Weisman has taken on a new challenge: young adult fiction. Spirits of Ash and Foam, the second in his growing series, officially comes out July 8, and the author was at Denver Comic Con over the weekend to promote it.

Rain of the Ghosts, the first of the series, tells the story of a young Caribbean girl named Rain whose grandfather gives her the power to see ghosts. Weisman already has seven more books tentatively planned out, following Spirits of Ash and Foam.

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Gary Reilly's posthumous pre-war novel shows some life

Categories: Books, Readings

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Gary Reilly
We've written before about the strange career of Denver cabbie and secret author Gary Reilly, who wrote more than two dozen novels over decades but never tried to publish any of them before his death from cancer in 2011, at the age of 61. That long silence is now being swept away by his friends, novelist Mark Stevens and cartoonist Mike Keefe, who launched Running Meter Press with the express purpose of issuing a new Reilly book every few months -- including the latest, a surprisingly somber portrait of a soldier waiting to ship out for Vietnam, The Enlisted Men's Club.


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