Three Poetry and Book Events for the Week of August 25-31

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Peter Van Buren signs The Ghosts of Tom Joad Friday at the Tattered Cover LoDo.
This week's featured readings feature exciting new voices in fiction and an author whose riff on the new economy unfolds in novel form. And in the slam poetry realm, competition among local poets vying to represent Denver at the Individual World Poetry Slam in October is heating up with help from a star wordsmith. Top off your summer with a stunning read -- or an evening of performance poetry at its best.

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Three Poetry and Book Events (Bonus: One Is About Pie!) for the Week of August 18-24

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Pie baker Teeny Lamothe talks crust and filling Friday at the Tattered Cover Colfax.
Books can unfold great adventures or embrace an experience that's as easy as pie. This week's picks explore both roads; take a last summer vacation with these diversions. Read on...

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Three Book and Poetry Events for the Week of August 11-17

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Spencer Quinn reads from Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery Tuesday in Highlands Ranch.
It's not too late to travel this summer. The best thing about books is that they can take you anywhere -- and you never have to leave your house. They challenge your mind or simply tickle it, and like the best travels, memories stay with you long after the trip is over. Without leaving metro Denver this week, you can venture into prose and poetry of the American West, explore a mystery on four legs and dig into a trove of Colorado authors.

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Poets explore love, Denver style, at the Denver County Fair

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The Denver County Fair, now in its fourth year, was conceived as a big, fat blue-ribbon love letter to everything that's cool about Denver, from local artists and a healthy geek culture to, yes, legalized pot. So it's only fair that this year's poetry contest has an I Heart Denver theme.

This year's entries -- all unpublished and judged by a panel of literary pros -- explored love in the Mile High City from just about every angle. Following are the judges' five final picks; hear all of them read live at noon Sunday, August 3, on the fair's Arts Pavilion Stage, where the top three poets will also be awarded with prizes and ribbons.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Andrea Moore

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Jumping for joy with the Uganda Project.
#67: Andrea Moore

As a creative, Andrea Moore can't be categorized: She works in words and action, embracing poetry, performance, photography, visual art and the less definable art of self-discovery -- not just as a form of expression, but as a way of helping others. Working with the Wayfaring Band, the organization she co-founded, Moore animates self-actualization among members of the special-needs community and other marginalized groups through experiential voyages; she also works with at-risk youth through programs like PlatteForum. What propels this proactive, people-friendly dynamo? Read her 100CC questionnaire below to learn more.

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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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Literary Calendar: Five spoken word events and readings for the week of June 2-8

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Lend support to the Minor Disturbance youth slam team at the Griot's Gathering Tuesday.
Denver is a book town and a poetry town and a town where stories are told in darkened rooms. But it's easy to lose track of literary events in the bustle of everything else going on in Denver, from breweries to bike rides. We're here to help. Keep reading for a preview of some of this week's hottest readings, slams, open mics and other events on the literary calendar.

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Cheer on the youth poets of Minor Disturbance at tonight's Grand Slam

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Nobody knows how deep the talent goes in our local youth slam-poetry community better than Denver poet and youth mentor Ken Arkind. He's been on the side of young poets -- and at their side as they represent Denver at the national Brave New Voices youth slam competition on the Minor Disturbance team -- as a coach and cheerleader for many years. So if he crows a bit about his kids, it's only because he's seen firsthand how good they really are.

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