Start: 12:30 pm
Highlands Ranch: The eruption of civil unrest that began in late January, 2011 and resulted in the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is having a dramatic impact on the country, the region, and the world. Join Active Minds as we explore the origins and implications of this historic shift in the Arab world. In particular, we will examine the United States’ involvement and role both before and after the transition. PDF of the Active Minds Lecture Series.
Start: 7:30 pm
Historic LoDo: As a reporter at The New York Times, Hedrick Smith shared a Pulitzer for the Pentagon Papers series and won another Pulitzer for his international reporting from Russia in 1971–1974. Smith’s prime-time specials for PBS made him an Emmy Award-winning producer for examining systemic problems in modern America and offering prescriptive solutions. His books The Russians and The Power Game were critically acclaimed bestsellers and are widely used in college courses today. Smith will join us to discuss and sign his important new book Who Stole the American Dream? (Random House), an eye-opening account of how, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and we became two Americas. This is a book full of surprises and revelations, and is essential reading for all of us who want to understand America today, or why average Americans are struggling to keep afloat. Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: email@example.com Hedrick Smith’s website
Start: 7:30 pm
Colfax Avenue: Called “one of the most talented young writers on the American scene today” by Paul Auster, Laird Hunt has a highly praised book of stories and four genre-bending novels to his credit: The Paris Stories, The Impossibly, The Exquisite, Ray of the Star and Indiana, Indiana. Hunt will read from and sign his critically acclaimed new novel Kind One (Coffee House Press), a haunting, suspenseful tale of redemption and human endurance in antebellum America. As a teenage girl, Ginny marries a distant cousin, Linus Lancaster, and moves to his Kentucky farm "ninety miles from nowhere." In the shadows of the lush Kentucky landscape, Ginny discovers the empty promises of Linus's "paradise"—a place where the charms of her husband fall away to reveal a troubled man and cruel slave owner. Ginny befriends the young slaves Cleome and Zinnia who work at the farm—until Linus turns his attentions to them."There is always a surprise in the voice and in the heart of Laird Hunt's stories, with its echoes of habit caught in a timeless dialect, so we see the world he gives us as if new. 'You hear something like that and it walks out the door with you.'"--Michael Ondaatje Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: firstname.lastname@example.org