Start: 12:30 pm
Colfax Avenue: From “supply side” economics to the end of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan presided over some of the most significant changes of the 20th century. Frequently ranked in opinion polls among the most popular presidents, Reagan was both bold and controversial. Join Active Minds as we examine Reagan’s life before becoming president, his years as Commander-in-Chief, and his lasting impact on the country and the world. PDF of the Active Minds Lecture Series.
Start: 7:30 pm
Historic LoDo: Matt Taibbi, a roving national reporter for Rolling Stone and a columnist for rollingstone.com, will discuss and sign his new book Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America ($26.00 Spiegel & Grau). According to Taibbi, the stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class—made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding—has been growing in power for a generation, transferring wealth upward through increasingly complex financial mechanisms and political maneuvers. The crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they’ve hijacked America’s political and economic life. In his new book, Taibbi unravels the whole fiendish story, digging beyond the headlines to get into the deeper roots and wider implications of the rise of the grifters. Visit Matt Taibbi’s blog at the Rolling Stone. Request a signed copy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Start: 7:30 pm
Colfax Avenue: Bestselling novelist Jo-Ann Mapson will read from and sign her new book Solomon’s Oak ($25.00 Bloomsbury USA), the story of three people who have suffered losses that changed their lives forever. In Mapson’s deeply felt, wise, and gritty novel, these three broken souls will find in each other an unexpected comfort, the bond of friendship, and a second chance to see the miracles of everyday life. Visit Jo-Ann Mapson’s website. Request a signed copy: email@example.com