8:30 AM

8:30 - 10:30 AM
The Forge Publick House
255 Old Firehouse Alley

Author Meetup

An opportunity to visit with authors, presenters, and fellow book lovers. Light fare catered by Me Oh My Pie and sponsored by Downtown Fort Collins Creative District.

9:15 AM

9:15 - 10:30 AM
Old Town Library
201 Peterson St.

How to Self-Publish Successfully

by Teresa Funke 

Are you interested in being a published author? In this session, author and entrepreneur Teresa Funke shares insight into the complex process and varying options for publishing your works. Come learn more about the world of publishing! No registration necessary.

10:00 AM

10:00 - 11:15 AM
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut St.

How Music Got Free

by Stephen Witt 

With the success of streaming, the 20-year era of music piracy draws to an end. But what actually happened during this reign of terror? What lessons can be learned? And, most importantly, who controls the future? Stephen Witt, author of How Music Got Free, the definitive history of digital music piracy, tells the story of the scientists, suits, and smugglers who made the contemporary era possible... and what things may come.

10:00 AM

10:00 - 11:45 AM
Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
316 Willow St.

Collective Groove: Colorado’s Musical Identity

by Carson Block  , Chris Daniels  , Greta Cornett  , Stacy Nick  , Kip Lornell  ,

Colorado’s identity is centered on skiing, hiking, brews, bikes and (we wish) books. Join an impressive group of music specialists as they discuss a sixth spoke in our identity wheel: Colorado Music. Featuring multicultural musicologist, Kip Lornell; Colorado musician and scholar, Chris Daniels;  journalist, Stacy Nick; and Colorado music blogger, Greta Cornett. Moderated by Scotty Van Tatenhove

10:30 AM

10:30 - 11:45 AM
Downtown Artery
254 Linden St.

The Genius of Michael Jackson

by Steve Knopper 

For all of Michael Jackson’s accolades as the King of Pop, he really is an underrated singer and songwriter and even dancer. We think of him as a great song-and-dance man from the '80s but his catalog is at least as rich as contemporaries such as Prince, Madonna, and Bruce Springsteen. Steve Knopper, author of MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson, discusses Jackson’s evolution as a performer and artist going back to his days in the Jackson 5 all the way through his final years.

10:45 AM

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Old Town Library
201 Peterson St.

Finding the Story You Need to Write: Nonfiction Essay Writing Workshop

by John Calderazzo 

Register to reserve your place in this free writing workshop by calling 970-221-6740 or sign up online. Space limited. Like bombs, stories can lie deep inside us, waiting. Other, quieter stories may need just some surface prying to emerge. But how do you find them and get started? This hands-on workshop will show you how.

11:00 AM

11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
30-minute sessions
Old Town Library
201 Peterson St.

Publishing One-on-One Consulting

by Teresa Funke 

Space limited. Please sign up in advance by calling 970-221-6740. Are you interested in getting your writings published? Sit down with author and consultant Teresa Funke to find out the next steps for you in your publishing adventure. Consultations are 30 minutes long and spaces are available from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Old Town Library.

11:30 AM

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut St.

Driving the King: Nat King Cole

by Ravi Howard 

Author Ravi Howard discusses ways that writers use narration and character development to create a sense of depth in characters, even when they are silent or guarded. For his recent novel, Driving the King, Howard was challenged to create an off-stage persona of a well-known musician, Nat King Cole, and to find ways to create a sense of interior with characters who were in this exterior world of performance. Novels that feature musicians show this element of all novels, how does the interior voice compliment or contrast the feelings and thoughts of characters who may or may not share themselves fully with the world. The narrative can give the reader an inside view of all that our characters choose to withhold.

12:00 PM

12:00 - 1:45 PM
Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
316 Willow St.

Social Vibes: A Sign of the Times

by Paulo Sartori  , Kyle Eustice  , Rick Beyer  , Khadijah Queen  , Steve Knopper  ,

Do we know how music relates to its society and culture? Is it a reflection of what people want and need or something different? Join Steve Knopper, Rick Beyer, Stephen Witt, Khadijah Queen, Kyle Eustice, and Paulo Sartori from OneBeat in what promises to be a lively discussion on how music influences, is influenced by, and/or simply is a sign of its time. The discussion will be led by Matt Stilwell.

12:15 PM

12:15 - 1:30 PM
Downtown Atery
254 Linden St.

For What it’s Worth: A New History of the Sixties

by Craig Werner 

Cultural historian Craig Werner uses music as a touchstone for reconsidering the history of the 1960s, a decade that has been obscured by nostalgia, controversy and a nearly impenetrable veil of politically-motivated mythologies. Drawing on his experience as a member of a rock band and editor of a Colorado Springs-based underground newspaper, Werner organizes his reflections around five "mantras," each serving to correct a blind spot in the existing histories of the era. This talk weaves together the music of Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Lesley Gore, the Beatles and others to form a tapestry designed to challenge the preconceptions of those who were there and those who have encountered the vibrant chaos in movies, music and the memories of their parents and grandparents.

12:45 PM

12:45 - 2:15 PM
Old Town Library
201 Peterson St.

From Flat to Round to Lumpy: How to ‘Weird Up’ Your Short Story Characters

by Sue Ring deRosset 

Register to reserve your place in this free writing workshop by calling 970-221-6740 or sign up online. Space limited. Why is it that some short story characters seem to materialize in front of you, as if they're real, and even years later are impossible to forget? And how can you bring your own characters to life? In this fiction craft seminar, we'll read and dissect excerpts from several stories with extraordinary characters, discuss ways to conjure and animate your own creations, then put theory into practice with in-class writing exercises. Prepare to get weird and have fun with instructor Sue Ring deRosset.

1:00 PM

1:00 - 2:15 PM
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut St.

Music of Multicultural America

by Anne Rasmussen  , Kip Lornell  ,

Kip Lornell and Anne Rasmussen address how and why questions persist about what it means to be American in the 21st century and how these questions affect the nation’s cultural, educational, and commercial institutions and the music, musicians, students, and audiences they serve. Co-editors Kip Lornell and Anne Rasmussen originally conceived of the book in the mid-1990s, when curiosity and a demand for knowledge about America’s multicultural, multiracial, and multi-ethnic heritage was at an all time high.

1:30 PM

1:30 - 3:00 PM
Block One Events
428 Linden Street

Liner Notes

by Loudon Wainwright III 

There is probably no singer-songwriter who has so blatantly inserted himself into his songs as Loudon Wainwright III. The songs can be laugh-out-loud funny, but they also can cut to the bone. In this presentation, Wainwright discusses his memoir, Liner Notes, and offers details on the family history his lyrics have referenced and the fractured relationships among generations and also reflects on the experiences that have influenced his work, including boarding school, the music business, and something he calls Sir Walter Raleigh Syndrome. Introduction by Margot Chobanian of The Colorado Sound. Book sales and signing to follow.

1:45 PM

1:45 - 3:00 PM
Downtown Artery
254 Linden St.

History of Colorado Music

by Chris Daniels  , G. Brown  ,

And the Colorado Music Hall of Fame! Colorado's musical history runs deep, from the legacy of Red Rocks, to recording studios like Caribou Ranch, and of course there are the musical legends who reside in the Colorado Hall of Fame. Whether you love Firefall, John Denver, Telluride Bluegrass, or Big Head Todd, this is the session for you. Colorado music author G. Brown  and musician Chris Daniels will take us on a journey of celebration as we explore the rich musical history of our state.  

2:00 PM

2:00 - 2:45 PM
Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
316 Willow St.

Understanding Lyrics: Musical Storytelling

by Justin Roth 

Bring your guitars! Singer-songwriter, Justin Roth can help you unlock the secrets of songwriting. Bring your guitars and your creativity to learn about the art of writing lyrics.

2:30 PM

2:30 - 3:45 PM
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut St.

History vs. Hamilton!

by Rick Beyer 

Lin Manuel Miranda’s mega-hit musical Hamilton! has wowed audiences with its stunning musical score and intricate portrayal of early America’s complex politics. But exactly how accurate is the history that Hamilton! presents? Rick Beyer, author of Rivals Unto Death: Hamilton and Burr, explores what’s fact, what’s fiction, and what juicy plot points never made it to the Broadway show. He is joined by his son, Denver-based musician Andy Beyer, founder of the music project Sonic Geometry, for an entertaining song-by-song look at History vs. Hamilton!

2:30 PM

2:30 - 4:00 PM
The Music District
639 S. College Ave.
RSVP if you can

Rhymin’ – Hip Hop Poetry

by Sacramento Knoxx  , Haile Supreme  , DeAndre Carroll  , Stephen “Brer Rabbit” Brackett  , Kyle Eustice  ,

Rap music tells us a unique story through its masterful use of poetry set to beats. The emcee is spinning webs of quick, hard hitting thoughtful commentary, freestyling and all while making entertaining music. Come listen to this discussion with The Flobots' Stephen "Brer Rabbit" Brackett, hip hop/music journalist Kyle Eustice, and a Haile Supreme and Sacramento Knoxx from OneBeat about the art of Rhymin', being a woman in hip hop business, the musical artistry and how it provides important social perspective in the United States and around the world. Moderated by DeAndre Carroll, hip hop instructor and culture aficionado. Let them know you're coming with a quick RSVP!

2:45 PM

2:45 - 4:15 PM
Old Town Library
201 Peterson St.

Opening the Poem: A Workshop for Readers and Writers

by Sasha Steensen 

Register to reserve your place in this free writing workshop by calling 970-221-6740 or sign up online. Space limited. Improve your craft and network with other poets during this hands-on poetry writing workshop led by Sasha Steensen.

3:00 PM

3:00 - 4:15 PM
Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
316 Willow St.

Poetry Lounge

by Sue Ring deRosset  , Chloe Leisure  , Bill Tremblay  , Khadijah Queen  , Matthew Cooperman  ,

Words melodically float through the air at this moving and impactful poetry reading. Featured poets include celebrated poet Khadijah Queen, Fort Collins Poet Laureate Chloe Leisure as well as the talented Bill Tremblay, Matthew Cooperman, and Sue Ring deRosset. Poetry from varying cultural and social worlds including hip hop, Black America and more. Words to move you, touch you, and rock you!

3:30 PM

3:30 - 5:15 PM
Downtown Artery
254 Linden St.

The Pulse: Musicology, Society, & Nature

by John Calderazzo  , Mark Pedelty  , Kip Lornell  , Stephen Witt  ,

In music theory, pulse consists of beats in a repetitive pattern; what draws us along to we tap our feet. Join musicologists, Mark Pedelty, Kip Lornell and Stephen Witt, and environmental writer and professor John Calderazzo as they talk about music and its repetitive pattern in society and nature. The panel discussion is led by Bryce Merrill.

3:30 PM

3:30 - 4:30 PM
Block One Events
428 Linden St.

Girl in a Band

by Kim Gordon 

“I sometimes think of myself as a lowercase rock star," Kim Gordon writes in her 2015 best-selling memoir, Girl in a Band. You may know Kim Gordon's name from her time in Sonic Youth, the band she co-founded with Thurston Moore, but how much do you actually know about her? Her guarded persona on-stage and off meant that for many years she let her music and lyrics do the talking. With the release of her internationally-acclaimed memoir, fans and readers finally got a chance to hear from Kim herself on topics ranging from family and relationships to music and art and, of course, the frequently-asked question: what does it feel like to be a girl in a band. In addition to her influential work as a musician and music producer (she debuted as a producer on Hole's first album, Pretty on the Inside), Kim is a successful visual artist, creating and exhibiting work since the 1970s. In an 2016 interview, she stated, "I think of myself as a visual artist first and have since I was a child. I actually don’t think of myself as a musician since I have no formal training. It’s all different means of expression. I’ve never been a conventional artist or musician." (from Amuse) NOTE: Kim will do book signings following "The Remix: Books That Made Me" panel discussion.

4:00 PM

4:00 - 5:15 PM
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut St.

Long Strange Trip: Tales from Music History

by Rick Beyer 

A fun-filled roller coaster ride through music history led by Rick Beyer, author of The Greatest Music Stories Never Told. Learn about the composer whose career was saved by a button, how the Watergate scandal inspired "A Chorus Line,” and the hit song dashed off in a fit of anger at actor Robert DeNiro. Along the way you’ll meet the orchestra leader killed by his own conducting, America’s #1 recording star of the 1890s, and the most important person in rock ‘n’ roll history—chances are you’ve never heard of him! All brought to life with an array of music and video clips spanning multiple genres and eras.

4:30 PM

4:30 - 5:45 PM
Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
316 Willow St.

The Listening Room: Fiction & Nonfiction Readings

by Leslee Becker  , Junior Burke  , Chris Rosales  , Blair Oliver  ,

Talented novelists, essayists, and short story writers from throughout Colorado come together to share tales of inspiration, humor and action. Junior Burke, Leslee Becker, Blair Oliver, and Chris Rosales will captivate you with their words, wisdom, and wit.

5:00 PM

5:00 - 7:00 PM
Block One Events
428 Linden St.

The Remix: Books that Made Me

by Ravi Howard  , Khadijah Queen  , Craig Werner  , Steve Knopper  , Kim Gordon  ,

We're never done being influenced and molded by books and stories, songs and music. Over the course of our life, different novels and poems and lyrics all combine to create the individuals we are today. But, those same pieces may remix themselves to create a new you in the future. Join Kim Gordon, Ravi Howard, Steve Knopper, Khadijah Queen, and Craig Werner in a discussion with G. Brown on the books that influenced who they are today.

5:30 PM

5:30 - 6:45 PM
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut St.

Ecomusicology: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism

by Mark Pedelty 

Not only can music help make our communities more sustainable, argues Mark Pedelty, it is essential for doing so. He makes the case empirically, showing how several artists have made tangible contributions to sustainability and environmental justice through performance. In addition to a reading and discussion, a few songs will be performed as illustration. Mark's latest book is A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism.

6:00 PM

6:00 - 7:15 PM
Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
316 Willow St.

Deep Tracks: Poetry Readings

by Kate Northrop  , Aby Kaupang  , Lisa Zimmerman  , Sasha Steensen  ,

A collection of diverse poets including Sasha Steensen, Aby Kaupang, Lisa Zimmerman, and Kate Northrop will come together to surprise, delight and entertain with their prize-winning poetry. From love to humor to grace to tragedy, they will share and celebrate the spoken-word.

7:00 PM

7:00 - 8:15 PM
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut St.

Music, Gender, and Politics in Islamic Indonesia

by Anne Rasmussen 

Ethnomusicologist Anne K. Rasmussen describes her teaching, research, and community-engaged activism. Using examples from her book Women, the Recited Qur’an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia, alongside fresh research on Islamic musical arts, supported by a 2017 Fulbright Scholar Grant to Indonesia, Rasmussen shares her perspective on the intersection of cultural production, gender, tradition, modernity, as it plays out on the stage of Islamic music in Indonesia. Illustrated by field recordings and live performance, her presentation sheds light on creative reactions to extremist ideologies in Indonesia and the kinds of cross-cultural understanding and mutual respect that are facilitated by artistic and cultural exchange across national, cultural, and religious borders.

7:30 PM

7:30 - 8:30 PM
Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
316 Willow St.

Closing Concert: Justin Roth Live

by Justin Roth 

Singer/songwriter Justin Roth performs live music to close out the Fort Collins Book Festival at Wolverine Farm Publick House! Intersect Brewing's special American Blonde Ale, Liner Notes, will be on tap and available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the book fest. Plus: pick up your event photos from our hashtag printer. If you posted to Twitter or Instagram from anywhere during the festival -- and used the hashtag, #FoCoBookFest -- our printer picked it up and has a photo for you!