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The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission has chosen Jenny Shank’s “The Ringer” for this year’s Wheat Ridge Reads community reading program.

Set over the course of a baseball season, “The Ringer” weaves a fictional story of the aftermath of an inadvertent police shooting. The sons of the triggerman and the victim all play youth league baseball, bringing the families together in a stunning climax that doesn’t resolve the situation, but releases the tension of the story.

Shank will discuss her book and share some writing insights during three free Wheat Ridge Reads events: Thursday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. during Wheat Ridge Library’s Thursday Morning Book Club at Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 Depew St.; that afternoon at Wheat Ridge High School with students and faculty; and Saturday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m., at El Aguascalientes, 4105 Wadsworth Boulevard, for a community discussion.

Now in its sixth year, Wheat Ridge Reads promotes literacy through a common reading experience among community members and culminates with three author presentations in September. Teenagers and adults are encouraged to read the book and join the discussion at one of these events.

Copies of “The Ringer” are available at Jefferson County Public Libraries, BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St., and electronically.

For more information, contact Wheat Ridge Cultural Commissioner At Large Gay Porter DeNileon at