Manuel Ramos will read at the 8th Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash on February 10 at the Mercury Café in Denver, 2199 California St. The Neal Cassady Birthday Bash is held each February to celebrate the birth and life of Neal Cassady – who described himself as “Denver’s unnatural son.” Cassady was the archetype Beat writer, the protagonist of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” muse for Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, and driver of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ bus “Further.” Performers and readers at the 2017 Bash include Neal’s son Robert Hyatt (who just published his first book, Beat Bastard), Denver author of Chicano noir fiction Manuel Ramos, poets Ed Ward and Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Zack Kopp (author of The Denver Beat Scene), and singer/songwriter Marty Jones. Free, open to all ages. More info at http://www.nealcassadybirthdaybash.com/. Manuel also is scheduled to read at Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut St., Denver, on February 15 at 7:00 p.m. to help celebrate the launch of several new “dark, sour beers that are funky and tart.” Beers and books will be plentiful. Check out http://epicbrewing.com/.