*Special Events*

Oscar Wilde’s Lemonade Stand and Queer Button MakingOscar Wilde’s Lemonade Stand and Queer Button Making
Sunday, June 21, noon-4 p.m.
Central Library
Acoma Plaza, near the west entrance

Fresh City Life celebrates our GLBT community at this year’s Pridefest. When you need a break from all the pageantry in the park, come by to cool down and have some fun. We’ll be serving up festival realness at our lemonade stand in the Acoma Plaza. Sample some cooling beverages from our friends at Whole Foods Market and make a free button or fridge magnet commemorating an important figure or quotable quote from GLBT history.

Funereal: Meet Caitlin Doughty, Author of the bestseller, Smoke Gets in Your EyesFunereal: Meet Caitlin Doughty, Author of the bestseller, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Friday, June 26, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library
Level B2 Conference Center
Registration Encouraged

Caitlin Doughty writes about the rituals and customs surrounding death. Her recently published book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, has charted on the New York Times bestseller list and has garnered enthusiastic notices from reviewers and readers. Doughty is currently working on her second book and on a mortuary project that is close to her heart. Mixing humor with storytelling and cultural asides, she is an engaging speaker who makes talking and thinking about death more accessible and even joyful. Caitlin Doughty puts the fun in funereal. Book signing to follow. Seating is limited and registration is encouraged. Please register online or call 720-865-1206.

Carnality: Dancing On Red Lake with Author Josiah HesseCarnality: Dancing On Red Lake with Author Josiah Hesse
Friday, July 31, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library
Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Josiah M. Hesse is an Iowa-born journalist and refugee of the 1990s Christian youth revival movement. His work has appeared in VICE, Splitsider, The Denver Post, The Cannabist, LaughSpin, Out Front Colorado, The Spit Take, Substance, Westword, Noisey, Colorado Public Radio, Birdy, The Fix, and Suspect Press. He currently lives and writes in Denver. Book description of Carnality: ‘Over the last four years Jacob Sloan has lived naked and alone within an abandoned island hotel, smoking cannabis, eating squirrels and swimming in a lake that contains a dark secret. As memory slowly begins to flower in his brain, Jacob recalls the traumatic events that lead him to the island, describing a childhood spent in fear of barcodes, the Antichrist, and being abandoned in the ever-nearing Rapture. In addition to his tales of madness and murder on an Iowa farm, Jacob also recounts the true story of how California’s acid-fueled hippies of the 1960s became the religious-right of the 1980s.’ Come and meet one of Denver’s newest and exciting voices in fiction writing as he reads selections from his debut novel.