Archive for the ‘January 2009’ Category

Denver Press Club Helen Verba Lecture Series Jan 29

January 27, 2009

Thursday, Jan. 29, 8 a.m., Helen Verba Lecture Series. Speakers are David Sheff and his son, Nic, who both have written best-selling memoirs about their struggle to overcome Nic’s methamphetamine addiction.  The Denver Post co-sponsors this event.

David Sheff is a veteran magazine journalist whose work has appeared in Playboy, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Outside and Wired. He will talk about his book, “Beautiful Boy – A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Meth Addiction.”

After the father wrote about his experience in a magazine story, a book editor contacted Nic and asked him to write his own book. The result is “Tweak.”
It starts with an 8 a.m. continental breakfast, followed by an 8:30 a.m. talk.

Cost is $15. To RSVP, go to:


Aspen Writers Presents Scott Turow

January 22, 2009
Of all the lawyer-storytellers who have clambered onto the bestseller list in recent years,
Scott Turow is the champ.”
The Washington Post Book World

(January 22, 2009) Aspen CO — He is considered the master of the legal thriller, an expert in the field of law, and a super hero of the windy city — fighting white collar corruption. Not only has Scott Turow’s name topped the bestseller list for years, but he has also been a familiar face during the recent scrutiny of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Scott Turow will appear in Aspen to kick off the 12th annual Winter Words series of author readings and talks presented by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation on Thursday, January 29th at Paepcke Auditorium at 5:30 pm (doors open at 5:00 pm). Tickets are just $10-$15 and may be purchased through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House (970.920.5770).

A writer and attorney, Turow is known as the unparalleled author of legal thriller novels that go beyond suspense and into the challenging regions where law and reality intersect, exploring, as he puts it, “the ambiguities underlying the sharp edges of the law.” Born in Chicago in 1949, Turow graduated from Amherst College in 1960 and went on to study and eventually teach at the Creative Writing Center at Stanford University. In 1975, Turow entered Harvard Law School where he not only graduated with honors, but also successfully finished his first book, One L (1977). From there, Turow spent eights years as an Assistant US Attorney in Chicago during which time he wrote his most popular novel, Presumed Innocent (1987), on the commuter train to work. Turow was also lead government counsel in several trials connected to Operation Greylord, a massive undercover investigation into judicial corruption in Chicago’s Cook County. Fifteen local judges and forty-nine lawyers were convicted while Turow prosecuted one of the most notorious judges, who received an 18-year prison sentence. Turow’s novel Personal Injuries (1999) is broadly based on his experience during Operation Greylord.

“Turow’s novels are not quite entertainments. They transcend their genre. They are literature that will last.” – Newsweek

On writing mystery suspense thrillers, Turow comments, “One of the ironies is that this poor genre, the mystery, is so looked down upon, yet it enthralls people. It delivers answers that life and certainly the courtroom cannot. Only in the mystery novel are we delivered final and unquestionable solutions. The joke to me is that fiction gives you a truth that reality can’t deliver.”

In total, Turow has written seven novels, a novella, and two works of non-fiction including: The Burden of Proof (1990), Pleading Guilty (1993), The Laws of Our Fathers (1996), Reversible Errors (2002), Ordinary Heroes (2005), and Limitations (2006). Turow’s books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 25 million copies world-wide, and have been adapted into two television miniseries and one full length film starring Harrison Ford. While he continues to split his time equally between writing and practicing law, Turow also finds time be active in a number of charitable causes including performing with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a musical group of best-selling authors that raises funds for various literacy charities.

For a full Winter Words press kit, follow this link and click on ‘Media’ in the left-hand menu.


In addition to Scott Turow, this year’s Winter Words line-up features masters of the craft Augusten Burroughs, Jeffrey Eugenides, Andrew Sean Greer, Sara Gruen, and Jane Hirshfield, in unforgettable stand-alone events taking place from January through April 2009. All events are held at 5:30 pm (doors open at 5 pm) and include a public reading and talk, followed by a short Q&A and a book signing. After each Winter Words event is the Author Salon, a series of receptions at a private home honoring the author of the evening. The Author Salon is available exclusively for members of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation; annual memberships, starting at $100, are accepted at any time of the year.

Ticket levels include:
·    Winter Words single tickets: $15 individual; $10 student/educator with current school I.D
·    Winter Words season subscription (all six events, up to 23% savings): $70 AWF members; $80 non-members
·    Author Salon (includes Winter Words reading and talk plus a reception in a private home honoring the author): $40 single ticket; $200 series (all six events and receptions, a 17% savings) – for AWF members only

Tickets, season subscriptions and Author Salon after-party passes are available through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House (970.920.5770, toll-free 866.449.0464). Information and group ticket sales are available through the Aspen Writers’ Foundation at 970.925.3122.

The Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Colorado’s oldest nonprofit literary organization, has been bringing readers and writers together since 1976. The organization’s mission is to provide programs that encourage writers in their craft and readers in their appreciation of literature. Through its repertoire of ten year-round programs and projects, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation serves 20,000+ literary enthusiasts of all ages annually. More information is available at 970.925.3122.

Candlelight March from Press Club to Denver Newspaper Agency

January 19, 2009

Thursday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m. gathering, 6:30 p.m. event start: Candlelight March from the Denver Press Club to the Denver Newspaper Agency building, and the marchers will ring around the building. We hope to have 150 candles, one for each year of the paper’s history.

Each person will bear a placard with one of those 150 years. This event is open to one and all: readers and writers, reporters and editors, photographers and page designers, labor and management, Post and News, public officials and private citizens.

Our plan is to gather at the Press Club at 6 p.m. and head out in single file to the DNA building at 6:30 p.m. The vigil itself will last about a half-hour. When we arrive at the DNA building, the person bearing the year 1859 will light the candle of the person representing 1860, and so on through to 2009.

If you would like to be a part of this historic event, please contact John Ensslin at\

Denver Press Club hosts Merrill Markoe Jan 21

January 11, 2009

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m., Rocky Talk with novelist and comedy writer Merrill Markoe, at the Denver Newspaper Agency auditorium, 101 West Colfax Avenue.

We’ll start with an 8 a.m. continental breakfast, followed by an 8:30 a.m. talk in the DNA auditorium. This event will be hosted by Rebecca Jones, former “critter editor” of the Rocky Mountain News. Kevin Fitzgerald, Denver’s favorite standup comedian/veterinarian, also will join in the conversation.

Markoe was co-creator of the long-running “Late Night with David Letterman,” where she was the creator of “Stupid Pet Tricks.”   She’s also the author of several novels, including “What the Dogs Have Taught Me,” “Walking in Circles Before Lying Down” and her latest book, “Nose Down, Eyes Up.” Her new book is about a man in the midst of a midlife crisis who gets some unexpected advice from his suddenly talking dog.

Cost is $15. To RSVP, go to

Press Club Hosts Stephen J. Cannell Jan 13

January 11, 2009

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m.: Meet the creator of “The A-Team.” Stephen J. Cannell, Emmy-award winning television writer and producer, will be the guest speaker when the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists kicks off its second season of “Rocky Talk – the Art of Conversation.”

This highly successful series of breakfast conversations with visiting authors and newsmakers will be held in the auditorium of the Denver Newspaper Agency at 101 West Colfax Avenue.

It starts with an 8 a.m. continental breakfast, followed by an 8:30 a.m. talk.  Cannell created and scripted several successful television series, including “The Rockford Files,” “Greatest American Hero,” “The A-Team,” “Hunter,” “Riptide,” “Hardcastle & McCormick,” “21 Jump Street” and “Wiseguy.”  He’s also the author of a series of 12 suspense and mystery novels, including his latest book, “On the Grind.”

Cost is $15. To RSVP, go to*%3AK%3AU%27EVE75QZH%40%20%20%0A


January 6, 2009

Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Saturday, January 24
1 – 3 p.m.
Lakewood Public Library
10200 W. 20th Ave. (at Kipling)
Use your own story to explore character, conflict, voice and metaphor. Bring paper and pen and create the story of your life. WRITE YOUR LIFE AS FICTION: Explore Memoir Writing. Develop your tale through engaging memory boosting excersises. Join Anne for “fresh writing.”

CAL Luncheon – Legal Ins and Outs of Writing

January 6, 2009

Important Colorado Authors’ League Luncheon — Don’t let your writing dreams turn into nightmares.

They loved your article, so they stole it and put it online!

Homage? Or stealing?

Trademark? Copyright?

How much of this can I quote?

Am I liable for what my co-author does?

Will this get me on Oprah in a bad way?

Do I need a lawyer?

Professional writers must stay on top of the legal ins and outs of writing in today’s world. On January 28th, the Colorado Authors’ League will help you learn how to protect your work and not step on another writer’s toes.

What: Colorado Authors’ League luncheon

When: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 11:30 – 1:30

Where: Sheraton Four Points, I-25 and Hampden Ave., Denver

Cost: CAL and affiliate members – $20; non-members $25


Everything you want to know on a variety of writing and publishing legal issues including e-books and electronic rights, the Internet, freelancer and author contracts, permissions and releases, copyright ownership and author/publisher’s personal liabilities. Jon Tandler will discuss these legal issues and more that are critical to writers and authors, including recent litigation around Google and Harry Potter. This session and Jon’s information will be practical and current, and is a must for today’s word entrepreneurs!

Jon Tandler is a Denver based attorney and partner with Isaacson, Rosenbaum PC, specializing in intellectual property and publishing law. His work includes counseling and representing publishing, software and other media-based firms, preparing content acquisition agreements and licenses to suit specific editorial, publishing and production distribution arrangements, advising on intellectual property and other proprietary rights questions.

Kick off your writing year with a serious boost to your professionalism. Join your peers in the Colorado Authors’ League for this must-do luncheon!

What is the Colorado Authors’ League, and why aren’t you a member?

Established in 1931 to “foster the art and craft of authorship,” the Colorado Authors’ League boasts more than 250 professional writers, including authors of adult fiction and nonfiction, magazine journalists, children’s book writers, playwrights, and poets.

CAL’s monthly luncheons feature topics professional writers want, such as marketing, working with agents, writing for new media, generating publicity, and other professional development topics, plus great networking! CAL also sponsors writing seminars and scholarships. The prestigious CAL Awards honoring CAL’s outstanding writers in a variety of categories recognize the best in Colorado writing.

Are you a published writer? Take your place among the national best selling authors and local legends in the Colorado Authors’ League. Membership information and much more is waiting for you at

Deadline Jan 31 for Poetry and Fiction Contests

January 3, 2009

Saturday, Jan. 31, is the deadline for entries into both the Thomas Hornsby Ferril Poetry Prize and the Flashbulb Fiction Award.

The FERRIL contest has two categories, student (entry fee $10) and professional (entry fee $20). Two cash prizes will be given in each category, $150 and $100, and each winner also will receive a one-year membership in the Denver Press Club. The first-place winners will be invited to accept the award and read in the company of Colorado’s best-known poets and dignitaries at the 2009 Ferril benefit reading on May 22. QUESTIONS: INFO and RULES:

Make checks payable to the Denver Press Club and mail entries to Ferril Poetry Prize, c/o the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver CO 80204.

The FLASHBULB FICTION AWARD: Each entry should be no more than 500 words and should relate in some way to the state of Colorado. The Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop and the Denver Press Club co-sponsor this award. Cash prizes: $150 and $100, and each winner also will receive a one-year membership to the DPC.

The first-place winners also will be invited to read at the May 22 event. The entry fee is $15. Make checks payable to the Denver Press Club and mail entries to Ferril Poetry Prize, c/o the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver CO 80204. Questions: Info:

Denver Press Club Book Sale

January 3, 2009

Friday, Jan. 9 (6-9 p.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 10 (9 a.m.-noon), the
Denver Press Club will hold its massive, semiannual book sale. On
Friday night, it’s open to members (and a maximum of one guest each).
On Saturday, it’s open to everyone, and we’ll also have a pancake
breakfast that morning.

The book sale will have a one-time special feature this year, courtesy
of Janis Frame, who recently closed her well-known Book Buffs store.
Janis generously donated many special items, including about 100
signed first editions from such authors as Alice Walker, Margaret
Atwood and Richard Ford, plus other books. These will be priced at
only $10 each, with all proceeds going toward a special, one-time Jean
Tool scholarship.

As usual, all other books will be bargain-priced at $3 for hardbacks,
$2 for trade paperbacks, 50 cents for mass-market paperbacks and $1.50
for CDs and videos.

The Denver Press Club is at WWW.DENVERPRESSCLUB.ORG · (303) 571-5260 ·
1330 Glenarm Place Denver, CO 80204

Colorado Authors League January Workshop

January 3, 2009

Take your book from your dreams to the bookstore shelves! Make 2009 your best writing year with solid information about publishing – right now – from successful authors and agents. Fiction, nonfiction, how to sell your book. It’s all here for you at the Colorado Authors’ League winter workshop. Get the keys to success! Get motivated! Get it all for under 50 bucks!

What: From Inkling to Ink, Colorado Authors’ League winter workshop
Who: The Colorado Authors’ League
When: Saturday, January 31 from 9:00 to 1:00
Where: First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd. at Hampden Ave., Denver, CO
Cost: $39 for CAL members; $49 for non-members
How to register:<>, click on 2009 Winter Writers’ Workshop, or contact Steve Berger at<>, 303-979-2162.

Is There a Book in You? takes you from the first inkling of an idea through the development process to a literary agent. With Dr. Judith Briles, Kimberly Field and Pam Novotny (nearly 40 books between them.)
All About Agents featuring Kate Schafer Testerman, Maryann Karinch and Rachelle Gardner. Hear agents dish on fiction, nonfiction, New York and local opportunities.

Ask questions. Make personal contacts. Network. Enjoy a nice continental breakfast.

It’s the best deal in town. All the details are waiting for you at<>. What are you waiting for? Reserve your spot NOW!