*Special Events*

Barbecue and Poetry: A Tribute to Jake Adam YorkBarbecue and Poetry: A Tribute to Jake Adam York
Saturday, April 11, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library
Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Required

In honor of a great local poet, Jake Adam York, whose untimely death in December of 2012, left an entire community of family, friends and students reeling. York was a professor at University of Colorado, Denver and published three books of poetry. He was a great proponent of Southern cooking and especially BBQ; one of his finest poems is about the ways in which food brings us together. And we come together for Jake Adam York – to hear some of his poems read out loud, have a little lemonade and sample some southern cooking. All are welcome! Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity with author David M. FriedmanWilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity with author David M. Friedman
Thursday, April 16, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library
Level B2 Conference Center

You might think the Kardashians thought up the idea of being famous for being famous, but before them there was Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith. And before Paris and Anna Nicole, there was Dianne Brill, the club girl who was always out on the town, doing nothing, being seen. But as David M. Friedman shows in his new book, Wilde in America, the true inventor of modern celebrity lived and died long before any of those fame seekers. It was Oscar Wilde, who arrived in America in 1882 as an unknown—it was years before he’d write The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, or An Ideal Husband—and left twelve months later as the second-most-famous Briton in our country, behind only Queen Victoria. Not bad for a writer who hadn’t really written anything. Wilde achieved that improbable feat by giving 150 lectures, including four in Colorado, on interior decorating, singing the praises of sconces and embroidered pillows while wearing satin breeches, silver-buckled pumps, and a snug velvet coat, his face dusted with powder and a hint of rouge. Other European literary men—Dickens and Tocqueville, to name but two—had toured America before Wilde. But they came to learn about America. Wilde came so America could learn about him. Wilde in America has received excellent reviews in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and was recently chosen “Book of the Week” by The Times of London. Friedman will discuss his book and all things Oscar here in Denver on April 16. Book signing to follow.