One of the peculiar aspects of American slavery is how much we know and how much we willfully forget. Despite the vast body of historical research, works of fiction still inform most of what we understand (and misunderstand) about the grisly institution. Alex Haley’s “Roots” — revived this season for another TV generation — gave millions of Americans their most visceral, sympathetic experience of slavery.
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-447-2074; boulderbookstore.net
June 28: Benjamin Hale speaks about and signs his new book, “The Fat Artist and Other Stories.” 7:30 p.m. $5.
June 29: Wenonah Hauter speaks about and signs her new book, “Frackopoly.” 7:30 p.m. $5.
June 30: Bari Tessler speaks about and signs her new book, “The Art of Money.” 7:30 p.m.
The Denver area’s best-selling books, according to information from The Tattered Cover:
1. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
2. The Annotated Sword of Shannara: 35th Anniversary Edition (The Sword of Shannara), by Terry Brooks
3. The Sorcerer’s Daughter, by Terry Brooks
4. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Publishers Weekly, week ending June 19. By Nielsen BookScan.
1. End of Watch, by Stephen King
2. Tom Clancy Duty and Honor, by Grant Blackwood
3. Foreign Agent, by Brad Thor
4. Here’s to Us, by Elin Hilderbrand
5. The Girls, by Emma Cline
6. After You, by Jojo Moyes
7. The Emperor’s Revenge, by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
In 1895, a messiah-like figure with an uncanny resemblance to paintings of Jesus showed up in the yard of a North Denver bungalow and began healing people. He was Francis Schlatter, an Alsatian immigrant and one-time Denver cobbler, and his healing powers, he claimed, were a gift from “Father.”
News of the miraculous cures and the charismatic healer spread quickly, and within days as many as 5,000 people crowded the streets and sidewalks to see the healer or as one man called him “Mr.