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Literary Events in Boulder County and the Surrounding Area

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Barbed Wire Books
This large bookstore hosts a variety of literary events, including storytimes, classes, workshops and book discussion groups held in the “Hobbit Hole.” For a full schedule, see www.barbedwirebooks.net. 504 Main St., Longmont. 303-827-3620.
1st & 3rd Wednesdays: Game of Thrones Book Group, 6pm
1st, 3rd & 4th Saturdays: The Longmont Book Club, 10:15am (each Saturday group reads a different book); see www.meetup.com/longmont-bookclub for info

Boulder Book Store
Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., offers an email newsletter, book clubs, and frequent book signings and readings by local, national and international authors. www.boulderbookstore.com; 303-447-2074.

Boulder Wine Reads
Dec. 4 & Jan. 8: Check online ahead of time for the selected book of the month; then read the book and get together to discuss the book over wine. 4pm at Settembre Cellars Winery & Tasting Room, 1501 Lee Hill Drive, #16. www.settembrecellars.com.

Chautauqua Author Forums
Chautauqua frequently hosts regional and national authors, who share passages from their books, discuss the topic and answer audience questions. 7pm at Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road. www.chautauqua.com.
Dec. 7:  Robert R. Crifasi, A Land Made from Water
Jan. 25:  Mark Sundeen, The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America
Feb. 22:  Erika Krouse, Contenders
March 22:  Mark Stevens, Allison Coil Mysteries
April 19: Leslie Irvine, My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People & Their Animals

Dogs Enjoy Afternoon Reading (D.E.A.R.)
2nd Saturdays: Children of all ages are invited to read to specially trained dogs from 1-2pm. No preregistration required. At Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.

Firehouse Art Center Monthly Poetry Readings
3rd and 4th Fridays: Longmont’s Firehouse Art Center offers two opportunities each month for aspiring and established poets—Writing Workshops on 3rd Fridays at 7pm, and Open Readings (original works only) on 4th Fridays at 7pm. These events are open to all. FAC is at 667 Fourth Ave. in Longmont.www.firehouseart.org.

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe
Tuesdays: Open poetry readings from 7-8:30pm weekly are hosted by Troy Suben. Sign up by 6:55pm to read. Innisfree also offers regular poetry readings, live music and other events; check the calendar at www.innisfreepoetry.com. New location: 1301 Pennsylvania Ave.

Longmont Public Library Writers’ Group
Tuesdays: Weekly meetings are for writers at any stage in their writing process and often include an outside speaker or presenter. First and third Tuesdays are open writing and sharing; second and fourth Tuesdays are discussions. Free and open to all. 6-7:30pm at Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.

Pages & Paws
1st, 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays: Kids (and even adults) can sign up for 15-minute sessions to practice their reading skills with the library’s therapy dog. Sessions begin at 3:45pm at Boulder Public Library’s Meadows Branch, 4800 Baseline Road. www.boulderlibrary.org.

Find the latest must-read, join a book club, or research a topic you’ve always wondered about. Area libraries offer residents the opportunity to explore new worlds, and they have children’s storytimes, reading programs, free entertainment, book discussion groups, teen activities and special events.
Boulder: Main Branch: 1001 Arapahoe Ave.; Meadows Branch Library: 4800 Baseline Road; George Reynolds Branch: 3595 Table Mesa Drive; NoBo Corner Library, 4600 Broadway. 303-441-3100; www.boulderlibrary.org.
Lafayette: 775 W. Baseline Road. 303-665-5200; www.cityoflafayette.com/library.
Longmont: 409 Fourth Ave. 303-651-8470; www.longmontcolorado.gov/library.
Louisville: 951 Spruce St. 303-335-4849; www.louisvilleco.gov/library.
Lyons: Temporary location while the Lyons Depot Library undergoes post-flood repairs: 405 Main St. www.townoflyons.com.
Nederland: 20 Lakeview Drive. 303-258-1101; nederland.colibraries.org.

‘So, You’re a poet’ Reading Series
Mondays: This poetry-reading series takes place at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Monday evenings from 8-11pm. See the schedule at www.thelaughinggoat.com.

Stories on Stage
Stories on Stage is a nonprofit performing-arts organization that showcases great actors reading great literature by exceptional authors. The performances listed below are at Chautauqua Community House; see www.storiesonstage.org for Denver performances on Dec. 11 and March 12.
Dec. 10: Making Merry, 2pm
March 11: Kevin and the Storytellers, 7:30pm

Truth Be Told: Boulder’s Story Slam
Dec. 18: Bring a five-minute story based on the theme “Flame,” put your name into a hat, and if your name is chosen, you get to tell your story on stage. Stories must be true. Between stories, the hosts perform song medleys and their own stories based on the theme. 7pm (doors open 6:30pm) at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. CheckCheck www.storyslamboulder.com for more events, including some scheduled in Denver.