Three Book Events in Denver and Boulder for the Week of October 13-19

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Artist Judy Chicago appears at the Tattered Cover Colfax on Saturday.
Paint the town read! A couple of bestselling authors will discuss hot-button issues and their work in Denver this week, and a controversial figure will be here to set the table for a celebration of the 75th year of her iconoclastic life. Read on for all the lit-pick details.

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Sam Spina Releases Know Me Now, His Latest Collection of Comics

Categories: Art, Books, Comix

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Sam Spina compares the attraction of autobiographical comics with the appeal of reality television. "Super-trashy reality TV gets good ratings -- it doesn't necessarily have to be good," he says. But Spina, a longtime Denver comic artist currently living in Atlanta, doesn't think it's the quality of these art forms that draws people in. Rather, it's the everyday events easily dismissed as mundane that play out in the two mediums and engage people.

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Three Book and Poetry Events in Denver for the Week of October 6-12

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Garth Stein Introduces his new novel at Sturm Hall on Sunday.
This week you can cheer on performance poets or listen thoughtfully to the literary variety; if you prefer novels to poetry, you can hear the author of one runaway bestseller discuss his next book. Keep reading for details.

See also: Mountain to Mountain Author Shannon Galpin on Bicycles and Violence Against Women


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Mountain Goats singer John Darnielle's Debut Novel Wolf in White Van

Categories: Books

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John Darnielle will read from his debut novel, Wolf in White Van, at the Tattered Cover tonight.
Cultural critics have been debating the virtues and perils of youth-obsessed literature all summer long. In the New York Times, A.O. Scott lamented "The Death of Adulthood in American Culture." Slate's Ruth Graham wrote the screed "Against YA," bashing older fans of young-adult fiction. Both say they fear that the United States suffers from a population whose adolescence might be a lifelong affair.

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Mountain to Mountain Author Shannon Galpin on Bicycles and Violence Against Women

Categories: Activism, Books

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Breckenridge resident, women's right activist and avid cyclist Shannon Galpin (whose adventures we featured in the July 2012 cover story, "Peak Performance") has quite the story to tell in her just-released autobiographical tale, Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan, which chronicles the launch of her nonprofit organization, Mountain2Mountain, and her strange path as an advocate for women bicyclists in Afghanistan. She'll sign Mountain to Mountain at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 6, at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, and on Wednesday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder. In advance of those appearances, we chatted with Galpin about how she wound up riding mountain bikes in Afghanistan and how her own experiences with violence as a woman help her connect with other women.

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Three Book and Poetry Events for the Week of September 29-0ctober 5

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Pick up the new edition of Charlie Papazian's The Joy of Home Brewing this week at the Great American Beer Festival.
This week, you can mix your bedtime reading with explorations of beer-making and improving health through medical marijuana, or just enjoy an old-fashioned open-mic poetry reading at the Arvada Center. Keep reading for the details.

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Crazy Horse's Girlfriend Author Erika T. Wurth on Growing Up in Idaho Springs

Categories: Books

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Erika T. Wurth, now a creative writing professor at the Western Illinois University, went to school in Idaho Springs. She already has one book of poetry under her belt and now a novel, Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, set in the mountain town. She'll be back in Colorado on Monday, September 29 for a reading/signing at the Tattered Cover at 2526 East Colfax Avenue. In advance of that appearance, we chatted with Wurth about how her experience in Idaho Springs shaped the novel and her thoughts on penning what could be the first Native American literature set in Denver.

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Five Book and Poetry Events for the Week of September 22-28

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Celebrate 100 Thousand Poets for Change in Denver.
This week's picks include a how-to book for folks not willing to accept a first diagnosis and a four-event poetry marathon, held in tandem with readings around the world. Read on for the details.

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Author Cheryl Strayed Is Ready to Get Wild in Denver Friday

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Reese Witherspoon stars as Cheryl Strayed in Wild.
In 1995, after the death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed looked for comfort by dabbling in sex and heroin. When that only made her problems worse, Strayed embarked on an ambitious journey to hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail. In 2012 Strayed turned her trek into a memoir: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. This Friday, September 19, Strayed will be at the Paramount Theatre to talk about her book and the upcoming film version starring Reese Witherspoon.

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George Saunders on Dream Images and Steering Toward the Rapids

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George Saunders is one of America's most celebrated short-story writers, winner of both the Folio prize and a National Book Award finalist, as well as a MacArthur fellowship. Since 1996, he's been a professor at Syracuse, itself an incubator for some of the best authors of his generation. Saunders returns to town this week (he went to the Colorado School of Mines) for the Writer's Studio at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, both to participate in a reading and signing event for fans and to conduct a more focused writers' studio.

Westword caught up with Saunders in advance of his trip to Denver, to talk about finding out which literature is bullshit, writing stories based on dream images, and how, creatively, it's always best to steer toward the rapids.

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