“Writing the Real West: Diverse, Urban, and Contemporary” Jenny Shank on April 7 at 5:30 In-Person at the Clubhouse

“For most of my career as a book reviewer, I noticed very few of the books about the American West focused on the urban West—where the majority of the people in this region live. Instead, literary fiction overwhelmingly told rural stories, stories of cowboys and cowboy-type people. Most of the characters were white, and many of the stories were historical. A few years ago major publishers began to publish books set in the contemporary urban west, including Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s “Sabrina and Corina” (set mainly in Denver), Tommy Orange’s “There There,” and Kirstin Valdez Quade’s “The Five Wounds.” I wrote urban stories in my own collection, “Mixed Company,” in an effort to portray the diverse Denver I grew up in, during the city’s era of court-ordered busing for racial integration. Join me to discuss the changing publishing landscape for Western stories, and read from my collection.”

Members, please RSVP to Debra Faulkner at the email address in the Yearbook.

Nonmembers need not RSVP, but a $5 donation is requested to offset food and drink costs.