Fort Collins Literary Events

As much garbage as mainstream presses churn out, they do get it right from time to time. It’s a great time to be a Fort Collins independent publisher (or independent reader), as there’s a pair of literary events you won’t want to miss if you’re in Northern Colorado.

Fort Collins Book Fest

The third installment of Fort Collins Book Fest is themed The Big Think. While it doesn’t hit our sweet spot like the previous two versions (last year’s focused on music and 2016’s theme was beer), it’s still better than, say, watching a college football team slide into the bottom half of the Mountain West standings, right?

The two-day event runs Oct. 19 and 20, and focuses on science fiction (cool!) and science books (that’s cool if it’s your thing). Featuring an appearance by Andy Weir, of The Martian fame, as well as a keynote address by former governor Bill Ritter, it’s spread all over Old Town Fort Collins it’s a free literary festival sponsored by the Poudre River Public Library, with support of one of our all-time favorite bookstores, Old Firehouse Books.

Fort Collins Reads

Closest to Headlong into Harm’s heart, is Fort Collins Reads. This year’s selection is Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Sure, this year’s selection is pretty notable – a story about a woman who becomes the first female underwater welder during World War II while trying to sort out the mob-related disappearance of her father. It’s also been picked as New York’s citywide read, if you’re the type still hung up on keeping up with Brooklynites.

Really, though, it’s Egan’s masterpiece, the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad, that’s got Headlong excited. It has just about everything we love: weird characters, multiple points of view, depressing themes and, of course, rock’n’roll. Whatever she ends up talking about at her Nov. 4 appearance, it’s going to be worth it.

Tickets start at $10, and are available through Fort Collins libraries and bookstores and through Fort Collins Reads’ website.