Start: 10:30 am
Colfax Avenue: Young children and families are invited to join us for a very special storytime with a visit from Pout-Pout Fish! Kids will enjoy a reading of Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna’s new board book Smile, Pout-Pout Fish ($5.99 FS&G), a fun activity, snacks, and having their picture taken with Pout-Pout Fish.
Start: 12:00 pm
Historic LoDo: Kim Staunton will be playing four roles in the world premiere of black odyssey, opening January 17 at the Denver Center Theatre Company. That play magically recasts Homer’s The Odyssey as the story of a black soldier returning from Afghanistan. Join us at noon, when Staunton will talk about opportunities and obstacles at our ongoing series of free monthly lunchtime conversations at the downtown Tattered Cover Book Store. Page to Stage is designed to enrich audiences’ theatre experience and spark a conversation. Join Kim and host John Moore, former theater critic for The Denver Post and now an associate director for the Denver Center, for what promises to be a fascinating hour.
Start: 5:30 pm
Colfax Avenue: Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a controversial method of extracting previously unavailable oil and gas reserves from the ground by fracturing rock by injecting pressurized fluids. Proponents claim that it opens up vast amounts of natural gas within the U.S. and could play a key role in the United States gaining energy independence within the not too distant future. Opponents claim that the chemicals used in fracking represent a significant environmental risk to ground water and other elements of the environment. Join Active Minds as we explore the risks and benefits of fracking and put it into the broader context of U.S. Energy Policy. For information on Active Minds go to www.activeminds.com PDF of the Active Minds Lecture Series.
Start: 7:30 pm
Historic LoDo: When Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers that “everyone in the world should read” (The Washington Post). Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called “arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature,” will read from and sign his debut novel Radiance of Tomorrow ($25.00 FS&G), an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. Free numbered tickets for a place in the booksigning line will be available at 6:30 pm. Seating for the presentation prior to the booksigning is limited, and available to ticketed customers only on a first-come, first-served basis. Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: firstname.lastname@example.org