Lit fans!  TNB fans!  Bookish folk!  AWPers!  Hold onto your hats, it’s time for some TNB served up in a Rocky Mountain oyster stew.  That’s right, TNB’s Literary Experience (TNBLE) is coming to downtown Denver, Colorado!

WHEN: Thursday, April 8th.  Doors at 6pm; program begins at 7pm

WHERE: Meadowlark 2701 Larimer St. / Denver, CO 80205, (303) 293-0251.

Readers will include award-winning author Alexander Chee (The Queen of the Night / Edinburgh), Ben Loory (his story “The TV” is in this week’s New Yorker magazine!), Tom Hansen (American Junkie), Gina Frangello (Slut Lullabies / My Sister’s Continent), Aaron Dietz, Megan DiLullo, Erika Rae, and poet Erica Dawson. Denver’s own Col. Hector Bravado from DenverSixShooter.com will emcee.

Live music from Hideous Men, Iuengliss and Ryat will follow at 9pm.

Happy Hour goes from 4-7, $1 PBR, $2 wells and domestics.

No cover; $5 suggested donation.

For more information please contact Erika Rae – [email protected].

Don’t forget yer spurs.

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ERIKA RAE is the author of Devangelical, a humor memoir about growing up Evangelical (Emergency Press, December, 2012). She is editor-in-chief at Scree Magazine and nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. Erika earned her MA in Lit­er­a­ture and Lin­guis­tics from the Uni­ver­sity of Hong Kong and to this day can ask where the bath­room is in Can­tonese, although it is likely that she will not under­stand the answer. In her dream world, she fan­cies her­self a kung fu mas­ter clev­erly dis­guised as a gen­tle moun­tain dweller, eagerly antic­i­pat­ing dan­ger at the bot­tom of every latte. When she is not whipping one of her 3 children and denying them bread with their broth, she runs an ISP with her husband from their home in the Colorado Rockies.

101 responses to “TNB Denver – Coming April 8th!”

  1. Aaron Dietz says:

    I wasn’t able to squeeze into the line-up, but there was this time when Ben Loory said I could hold his paper while he read. Don’t tell me you gave away my job to someone else, Ben! I still want it!

  2. Greg Olear says:

    What a star-studded lineup. Please take good video!

    • Erika Rae says:

      The crazy thing, Greg, is that there are going to be A LOT of TNBers there. I know of at least 17 TNB writers who plan to attend (many will be there in conjunction with the AWP). I wish we had time for everyone to read!

  3. I’m hoping to participate in a TNBLE this summer or fall. I need to get out of town for a bit and this would be the perfect opportunity to do so.

  4. Zara Potts says:


    • Erika Rae says:

      Who would have thought we Coloradans had it in us? hahaha When Megan, Uche and I first got together, we were laughing that we could get away with faking a TNB event at one of our houses. And now (thanks to the AWP) we have TNBers coming out of the woodwork. 17 writers to be there!

  5. Judy Prince says:

    Break a leg, you TNBLErs!

  6. Anon says:

    You know, if you keep posting these, I may have to become a groupie. I do get to travel (domestically) quite a bit – I could just hop from “LE” to “LE”, lurking in person instead of virtually. Start noting your wait staff. See if the same face shows up from town to town. For any “Blackadder” fans, this is a great “Prince Ludwig the Indestructible” moment.

    “Yes! I was Big Sally”

    • Simon Smithson says:

      ‘But didn’t we…?!”

      • Anon says:

        “Yes, Lord Melchett!! Baaaaa!!!! Baaaaaa!!!!”

        • Simon Smithson says:

          ‘Such a disappointment for a girl…’

        • Anon says:

          “When I am King of England, no one will ever dare call me Shorty-Greasy-Spot-Spot again!”

        • Erika Rae says:

          I have no idea what you two are going on about. However, I will be on the lookout for a fedora clad person at the reading.

        • Anon says:

          Ha. Well, either disregard entirely or see if you can rent/download Season 2 of Rowan Atkinson’s “Blackadder II”. For the specifically-referenced nonsense above, it would be the episode entitled “Chains”.

          And, before you go accosting fedoraed strangers, I’m quite certain my initial comment can be filed under “whimsy” (which appears just before “wishful thinking” in our catalog). Besides, that would be a bit obvious, wouldn’t it?

        • Judy Prince says:

          Yeah, Anon, Season 2 of Rowan Atkinson’s “Blackadder II” is also Rodent’s fave. I just searched netflix for it, but they only list Blackadder III and IV, dunno Y. You’d said you liked IV the least. It’s about WWII or post-WWII, I think. And I think Season 3 is set in the Restoration Period. Did you like Season 3?

        • Anon says:

          Season 4 was set in the trenches of WWI. It wasn’t bad, mind you, but it seemed a bit more bleak. If “bleak” wasn’t already rampant in the Anon household (we lost our older dog, my gentle giant, this past Tuesday morning – hasn’t been a dry eye in the house since), I’d watch it again and see if it struck me differently.

          I enjoyed Season 3 immensely – “Blackadder II” was my overall favorite but the final episode of 3 (see if Rodent chuckles at “a pair of Wellingtons”) was tops in my book. Finally – justice for Blackadder!

    • Judy Prince says:

      Anon, Rodent sez you know your Blackadder way better than he does—-and he and his family are total Blackadder fans. I’ve never seen the series but recall descrips of Baldrick telling Blackadder about his novel which consisted of this sentence only: “There was once a sausage called Baldrick.”

      • Anon says:

        Yes, I am a huge fan. Didn’t care as much for the final installment but I thought the whole thing was brilliant. I’ve stopped dropping bits of dialog in public, though, as most people 1. haven’t seen Blackadder, 2. have no sense of history, 3. don’t get context and 4. already think I’m a bit “off”, so back away slowly due to the combined effect of points 1-3.

        • Judy Prince says:

          Well, no-name fedora-face, folks who think you’re a bit “off” may be right. [JUST KIDDING, Anon!]

          What’s funny to some is stoopid to others. I never did go a bundle on Curly, Moe and Larry or even the Marx Brothers, but their humour didn’t require much historical context. You’ve got an important point about *context* and humour. Without some fair knowledge of English history, Blackadder’s meaningless. Even some chunks of Monty Python can be meaningless unless you grasp the culture from which it grew.

          I love discussions about humour; prob is that they’re usually humourless.

        • Anon says:

          Ha. No, no – they’re quite right in their assessment of me. The problem is, they don’t have much experience with folks of my ilk so they laugh when I’m deadly serious (because they aren’t capable of that level of seriousness) and get nervous when I joke about seemingly serious things (because they aren’t philosophical enough to laugh about what they’ve been programmed to fear). In short, we’re back to “cultural context”.

          I never cared much for the Marx Brother or Stooges, either, although I loved Abbott and Costello (once saw some outtakes from their films and Costello was an hysterically foul-mouth little bugger). And I love watching the original Warner Bros Bugs Bunny cartoons now because of all the adult humor embedded in them that went right over my head as a child.

  7. Tom Hansen says:

    Dietz I want you to beat up some random audience member during my reading

  8. jonathan evison says:

    . . .holy crap, this is gonna’ be a great show! . . . all that talent, and nate at the reins . . . looks like i’m gonna’ have to surrender my status as loory’s paper-holder, though . . .

  9. Irene Zion says:

    Oh Ben,
    That is just the sweetest thing!

  10. Uche Ogbuji says:

    Looking forward to seeing everyone. I’ll be in the audience actin’ a straight up fool.

  11. Knock ’em dead, all! Superb line-up! Hope Denver realizes how fortunate it is.

    Now when are we going to throw a similar fest in Seattle? Besides Tom and me, which other TNB-ers are Pacific Northwest denizens? The newly minted arts venue, the Canoe Club, would be the perfect venue: http://canoesocialclub.com/about

    I read there recently for an upcoming KUOW piece and everything from its acoustics to full bar and comfy sofas (in addition to standard tables and chairs) make it an ideal lit setting.

  12. Irene Zion says:

    But Erika Rae,

    It’s REALLY cold there!

    • Erika Rae says:

      Aw, come on, ya wuss. April won’t be bad. Um, unless we get a snowstorm. Which could happen, being an El Nino year. Actually, we’re sort of expecting a huge dump in the next few weeks or so. Had 8 ft up here the last El Nino at the end of March. OK, now I’M sort of wussing out. I really, really need a beach.

  13. Tom Hansen says:

    I’d be down for something at the Canoe

  14. […] Thanks to Kimberly for organizing the event, to my fellow readers, and to the audience.  I’m refreshed, inspired, and ready to welcome the AWP refugees seeking asylum in my own patch to the next installment in this wandering adventure, TNB LE Denver. […]

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  16. Becky says:

    Well, shit.

    If I had known about this, I wouldn’t have *delete deLETE DELETE*ed all of those emails from AWP reminding me to show up.

    “Fuck off already, AWP,” I said.

    Now I pay the price.

  17. I wish I was there! If anything, just to pick on Erika Rae’s kids.

  18. Simon Smithson says:

    This is some goddamn line-up. If everyone would like to have a drink for me, please?

  19. Erika Rae says:

    Wow. Crack a Woody. That is the sign of a superior civilization right thar, I tell you what. But what are these “bogans” of which you speak. I am but a cavegirl. Your world frightens and amazes me.

  20. Can’t wait to see you all there!

  21. Uche Ogbuji says:

    Jesus! I didn’t know it was going to be a piss-up. No fair! I haven’t been practicing!

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