Local Author Happy Hour

Second Saturdays 5-6pm
Meet up to 3 local authors for a special happy hour. 1/2 off any drink on our menu for this casual book signing.

This month, meet:

Bart Schaneman, who lives in Capitol Hill in Denver and works as a reporter for Marijuana Business Daily. He spent five years in Asia, where he gathered most of the material for the essay collection Someplace Else: On Wanderlust, Expatriate Life, & the Call of the Wild and travelogue Trans-Siberian.

Someplace Else: On Wanderlust, Expatriate Life, & the Call of the Wild: Where we choose to live defines us. This collection of essays and poems explores the themes of travel, of living abroad and of returning home after five years of living out of country. In Someplace Else, Bart Schaneman attempts to answer that eternal question -- is this the best place for me to live my life, or is there someplace else I should be? Full of adventure,  curiosity, and love of the road, Schaneman's writing will take you to far flung destinations and give you a new appreciation for the place you call home ... for now.

Trans-Siberian: The quick-paced narrative takes us to: the real life Pandora from "Avatar" in China, on the Trans-Mongolian Railway to the nomadic horse camps on the high desert of Mongolia, and the Volga River Valley and White Night in St. Petersburg in Russia. This personal adventure is told in clear, precise prose--direct writing, straightforward storytelling. Bart Schaneman was trained as a journalist and his attention to  detail and telling dialogue is on full display here. Like John Steinbeck's travel writing, or Joan Didion's essays, there is piercing insight and keen observations, with particular care for the rhythm of good sentences. This is the work of a promising young writer. 

 

K.B. Jensen, an author, poet, journalist and ski instructor. Her first book, “Painting With Fire,” an artistic murder mystery, hit the bestseller list for crime novels on Amazon and has been downloaded more than 70,000 times. Her new book, “A Storm of Stories,” veers into more literary territory and currently has a 4.6 star rating. Jensen grew up in Minneapolis and recently moved from Chicago to Littleton with her husband, daughter and rescued border collie/lab mix. For more information or to connect, visit www.kbjensenauthor.com.

Painting With Fire: Murder in the Windy City. Love without trust. Reckless justice. These are the themes in “Painting With Fire,” the story of Claudia Wilson, a woman down on her luck living with a stranger, an artist named Tom. After the two of them discover a body on their street corner, buried in a snow bank, Claudia becomes obsessed with the murder and the fact that her roommate is not telling her everything about his past. While police search for the killer in her building, she wonders if she should be searching for a new roommate. Claudia learns everything she can about the neighbors, as well as Tom. In the end, she makes a startling discovery. When art and violence collide, the results can be explosive.

A Storm of Stories takes readers on a surreal journey with themes of love, craziness and impossibility. Swerving to avoid a hitchhiker out in a whiteout storm, Julie’s car ends up wedged in a snow bank on a rural Wisconsin highway. With the inches piling higher on the dark road, she can’t escape a man who makes little sense. Stranded in the freezing cold, the two tell stories to pass the time and as a way to stay alive. From the Midwest to India, Denmark and Canada, they offer visions of lives and loves from young to old, far and wide. But as the hours blur together, and the snow and ice set in, it becomes less clear how their own story will end.

 

Alan Good, who received his B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and M.A. in English (Literature) from The City College of New York. His writing has appeared in Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Bookslut, Atticus Review,Perversion Magazine, Red Fez, and Word Riot. He lives in Denver.

Barn Again: Jonathan Barnard Jr., a midlist author who achieves bestsellerdom through a habit of getting arrested on slow news days, will do anything for his daughter, even betray his artistic code by writing a Pepsi-sponsored zombie novel so he can send her to Harvard one day. Ordered by his agent to produce a memoir, Barn records the adventures and experiences he is comfortable sharing with the public: his experience in London as a banjo-plunking busker, his days as a bumbling eco-saboteur, his non-tenure-track tenure as a Dumpster-diving adjunct instructor. There’s an accidental standoff with police that leads to the burning of his ex-wife’s McMansion, a stint as a judge on Publish or Perish (a canceled reality show about undiscovered writers), and an aborted suicide-by-bear attempt.

There is also a low-speed bicycle chase.

Event date: 
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 5:00pm