Start: 5:30 pm
Active Minds Lecture Colfax Colfax Avenue: The Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect 150 years ago, changed the course of the United States while it was embroiled in the Civil War. In it, President Abraham Lincoln exercised his constitutional authority as commander in chief of the armed forces, to proclaim all slaves in Confederate territory to be forever free. Join Active Minds as we explore what this historic proclamation did and did not do. We will examine its impact, both immediate and longer term, from the perspective of slaves, slave owners, Northerners, Southerners, and the country as a whole. PDF of the Active Minds Lecture Series.
Start: 7:30 pm
Colfax Avenue: Emma Brockes will discuss and sign her memoir She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me (Penguin), a chilling work of psychological suspense and forensic memoir-writing—the story of a young woman who reinvented herself so completely that her previous life seemed simply to vanish. It is a beguiling and unforgettable journey across generations and continents. She Left Me the Gun chronicles Brockes’s efforts to walk a knife-edge between understanding her mother’s unspeakable traumas and embracing the happiness she chose for her daughter. Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: firstname.lastname@example.org Emma Brockes’s website
Start: 7:30 pm
Historic LoDo: Guests are invited to an evening of indie fiction from local publisher Running Meter Press. Writer and seasoned book reviewer Barry Wightman will read from and sign his debut novel Pepperland (Running Meter Press), a noir love letter to the magic of music, the talismanic powers of new-fangled computers and a generational urge to change the world. It's one big, historical, multi-track concept album. Funny and satirical, told in fast-moving rock 'n roll riffs and rhythms by the noted Music and Cultural Authority, Martin Alan "Pepper" Porter, Pepperland is about missing information, missing people, missing guitars, paranoia, Q & A, brothers, revolution, Agents of the Federal Government, IBM, interviews in Rolling Stone (real, imagined, or otherwise), Hugh Hefner, the birth of the Internet, a talking bear, the 18 minute Watergate tape gap, a Dark Stranger, love, death and the search for it amidst the wreckage of recession-wracked, entropically rundown mid-seventies America. Think the Ramones meet Jane Fonda meets Bill Gates."Wightman’s first novel is a riotous, occasionally electrifying celebration of love and music, capturing the turmoil of its times with a touch of otherworldliness that seems right in sync with rock ’n’ roll...." ~ Starred review from Booklist Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: email@example.com Barry Wightman’s website Running Meter Press publishers Mark Stevens and Mike Keefe will present The Heart of Darkness Club (Running Meter Press), the third of ten comic novels by the late Gary Reilly featuring Denver cab driver Brendan Murphy, a.k.a. “Murph,” which began with The Asphalt Warrior, followed by Ticket to Hollywood."I had been driving a taxi for fourteen years, longer than I had done anything in my life except watch TV. I thought of this as I drove my heap out of Rocky Cab and headed toward Capitol Hill. For the past fourteen years I had lived in a kind of hermetically sealed world, like one of those glass balls filled with water and artificial snow that billionaires drop off their deathbeds." ~ Murph Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: firstname.lastname@example.org