By Teague Bohlen
Diversity is the word of the week in Denver’s literary scene, with everything from readings of award-winning middle-grade novels to Lighthouse mixers to poetry rodeos, charitably minded novel launches, and At the Inkwell gatherings. It’s an Easter basket full of bookish blessings — just the thing to tuck in behind that chocolate bunny, if you’re into that sort of thing. Get out into the Colorado springtime and embrace the many and varied ways in which literature blooms in Denver during mid-April.
Mark Graham, Song of Songs
Local award-winning author Mark Graham (Of Ashes and Dust) brings his new novel to BookBar. Song of Songs revives the untold story of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and Bathsheba, wife and mother of Israel’s first kings. It’s a story of two powerful women and the choices they make, illuminating a history that’s too often left dark. Graham has pledged half of the book’s proceeds to Yemen humanitarian relief and is partnering with the Zakat Foundation of America, which will be matching his funds. It’s the rare occasion to read a good book and do some good in the world.