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Sandra Dallas hits Denver hard in early January with not one, not two, not three, but four Denver events in the coming week. And if that’s not enough, by mid-February it has a total of nine in different parts of the state. If you like Sandra Dallas – I mean, if you really like Sandra Dallas – you have a busy month ahead of you. If you only want to see Dallas once or twice, here are four more literary things that will brighten up your gray week of January.
Sandra Dallas, Westering Women
Tuesday, January 7th, 7pm
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Best-selling Denver writer Sandra Dallas starts her series of appearances in Colorado with a discussion and signing of her new novel Westering Women on the tattered cover. The historical novel is an inspiring celebration of the sisterhood on the dangerous Overland Trail in 1852. In the story, several women respond to an ad calling for “eligible women” to populate the gold mines in the areas to the west. Everyone leaves something behind; None of them are ready for the road ahead. A full list of her readings can be found on the Dallas website.
Melissa Hartwig Urban, The Whole 30
Wednesday, January 8th, 7pm
4335 West 44th Avenue
$ 6 / $ 33 / $ 43
BookBar presents an evening with certified sports nutritionist Melissa Hartwig Urban, co-creator and CEO of the Whole30 program. Urban uses her skills to help people change their relationship with food and create lifelong healthy habits for discussion, questions and answers, and book signing at the Oriental Theater. Admission tickets are $ 6 entry only, $ 33 entry, a copy of the book and space on the signature line, and $ 43 for a copy of the book and priority seating and placement on the signature line.
Bryan Hall, An Ethical Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Saturday, January 11th, 2 p.m.
Ragged cover LoDo
1628 16th Street
Bryan Hall is Dean of the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies and Professor of Humanities at Regis University in Denver. He’s bringing his new book, An Ethical Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Keep Your Brain Without Losing Your Heart, for reading and signing on the ragged cover of LoDo. It’s both fun and ethically challenging, a unique introduction to introductory ethics with a charmingly undead approach.
Stories on stage, crushes
Saturday, January 11th, 1.30pm and 7.30pm
721 Santa Fe Drive
$ 15- $ 28
Did you ever really forget your first crush? Or your second? Or third? That first emotional surge and the sometimes joyful, but sometimes also excruciating results that are sure to follow? The Buntport Theater brings these stories to the stage, focusing on the magic, pain, and exhilaration of romantic crushes. Maybe not the best place to fall in love. But maybe it would be too. You do you
Winter of Reading: Happy Hour of the Short Story
Friday, January 10th (and every Friday through February), 4 p.m.
222 Milwaukee Street
The Denver Public Library is celebrating its annual winter of reading with a new presentation of short stories every Friday from 4pm to 5pm through February at Narrative: Storied Food and Drink. No preparation required; Just show yourself ready to enjoy a short story, order some food and drink from Narrative, and discuss the story everyone just read. It’s probably the best way to start a weekend and the perfect addition to DPL’s Winter of Reading.
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Teague Bohlen is a writer, writer, and professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the 2007 Colorado Book Award for literary fiction. In 2014 his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success was published. His new collection of Flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.