Jenny Shank's novel-in-progress,Tag, was inspired by the history of street artists in Denver in the 1980s and 1990s. When Avery Adair, an architect in booming contemporary Denver, encounters an old friend she betrayed during her years as a teenage graffiti artist, she seeks to make amends, but in doing so jeopardizes her career. Avery struggles to reconcile the artist she was with the professional she has become and must weigh her loyalty to her family and job against her allegiance to her artistic past and old graffiti pals, who begin reappearing in her life. In telling Avery's story, Tag examines race, white privilege, gentrification, and what it means to be a woman working and making art today. Jenny Shank will discuss the research and inspiration behind her forthcoming novel, and the state of street art in Denver today. See some of Jenny's other titles at the library here. Her 2021 title, Mixed Company, earned the top honor in General Fiction, 2022 Colorado Book Awards.
This program is in celebration of Denver Days.