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November 2015
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Saturday, November 28, All Stores (excluding the airport stores)

Chelsea Clinton, Lisa Randall, Jenny Lawson, 
Marissa Meyer, Ree Drummond and Mitch Albom

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The V.I.B. selections are books for adults and kids that our staff members love, and feel are true stand-outs (very impressive books!) in a season of many excellent and compelling new titles.

Our  new Adult V.I.B. selection  is:

by Garth Risk Hallberg 
($30.00, Knopf)

Our new   Children's V.I.B. selection is:

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
(ages 12 to 17, $18.99, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Autographed Book 
Collectors' Club

November Selection:
Avenue of Mysteries
by John Irving
($28.00, Farrar Straus Giroux)

A club for the true collector, the ardent bibliophile, and all lovers of the printed word. Members of the  ABC Club receive one signed first edition chosen by our buyers and events staff each month. 

Dom's Book Club
November Selection: 
by Erik Larson

Dom Testa is an author, advocate for children's education, and the host of Dom in the Morning on Mix 100.3. He loves reading, and we love sharing his favorites with you. Check out his reviews on his blog, and happy reading!

Mention Dom's Book Club when making your purchase  in-store to receive 20% off this month's selection  

Young Children's Storytimes 
Tuesdays at 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue 
Tuesdays at 10:30 am & Saturdays at 10:30 am, Aspen Grove


Sunday, November 1, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Mystery author Craig Johnson will read from and sign the new paperback edition of Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories ($14.00 Penguin), a collection of his beloved short stories, featuring an introduction by Lou Diamond Phillips, who stars in Longmire, now on Netflix.

Monday, November 2, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

J. Ryan Stradal will read from and sign his bestselling debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest ($25.00 Pamela Dorman), the story of a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country's most coveted dinner reservation.

Monday, November 2, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Bower Yousse, a close childhood friend to college football hero Freddie Steinmark, and co-author Thomas J. Cryan will discuss and sign their new book Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football ($24.95 University of Texas Press).

Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Elizabeth George, the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning Inspector Lynley series, will read from and sign A Banquet of Consequences ($28.95 Viking), another stunning crime drama featuring Scotland Yard members Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers.

Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Ellen Hopkins, the bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, including Tricks and Crank, as well as the adult novels The Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath, will read from and sign her new novel for young readers Traffick ($18.99 Margaret K. McElderry Books), the riveting follow-up novel to Tricks.

Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 pm, Colfax Avenue

Chelsea Clinton will sign copies of her new book for young readers It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going ($18.99 Philomel Books), which combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them - and how anyone can make a difference.  Important event and ticketing information here .

Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm ,Colfax Avenue

Lisa Randall, the bestselling author of Warped Passages and Knocking on Heaven's Door, and one of today's most influential and highly cited theoretical physicists, will discuss and sign her new book  Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe ($29.99 Ecco). Important event and ticketing information here.

Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Carey Candrian, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will discuss and sign her book Communicating Care at the End of Life  ($78.95).

Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Gus Lee, an ethicist, character-based leadership authority, and author of bestselling books, including China Boy and Courage: The Backbone of Leadership , will discuss and sign his new book With Schwarzkopf: Life Lessons  of the Bear  ($27.95 Smithsonian Books).

Friday, November 6, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Mike Rosen, one of Denver's most consistently popular local talk show hosts for over 28 years, who can be heard daily on 850 KOA, will discuss and sign his new book Reality: A Plain-Talk Guide to Economics, Politics, Government and Culture ($19.95 Deer Track Publishing).

Sunday, November 8, 12:00 noon, Colfax Avenue

Sunday, November 8, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue Esplanade

Photographer and dog lover Elias Weiss Friedman, creator of the wildly successful blog and Instagram feed @TheDogist, will discuss and sign his new book The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs ($24.95 Artisan Publishers). Weather permitting, we'll hold this event outside on the plaza between the Tattered Cover and the Sie FilmCenter and Twist & Shout. 

Monday, November 9, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Scientist, explorer, and conservationist Tim Flannery, author of the international bestseller The Weather Makers , will present and sign his new book Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis ($27.00 Atlantic Monthly).

Tuesday, November 10, 12:30 pm, Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Colorado author Jennifer Kincheloe, a research scientist turned writer of historical mysteries, will read from and sign her first book The Secret Life of Anna Blanc ($15.95 Seventh Street Books).

Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, better known as The Bloggess, will present and sign her hilarious, ridiculous, new book Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things ($26.99 Flatiron Books).

Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Jeffrey Siger, who writes "thoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales" (New York Times) , will read from and sign Devil of Delphi ($26.95 Poisoned Pen), his newest Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mystery, following up on the bestsellers Murder in Mykonos , Assassins of Athens , Prey on Patmos , and others.

Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Boulder author Edward Hamlin will read from and sign his debut collection Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories ($17.00 University of Iowa), winner of the 2015 Iowa Short Fiction Award.

Friday, November 13, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

World renowned leadership speaker and former CEO of Up with People Tommy Spaulding, author of the New York Times bestseller It's Not Just Who You Know , will discuss and sign his new book The Heart-Led Leader: How Living and Leading from the Heart Will Change Your Organization and Your Life ($26.00 Crown).

Friday, November 13, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Local romance writer Sara Richardson will read from and sign Something Like Love ($5.99  Forever), the eagerly anticipated second book in her Heart of the Rockies series.

Monday, November 16, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Noted Denver historian, author and tour guide Phil Goodstein will discuss and sign his newest book on Denver, How the West Side Won: The History of West Denver ($24.95 New Social Publications).

Tuesday, November 17, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Aspen Grove

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Marissa Meyer, author of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, which includes Cinder , Scarlet , and Cress , will read from and sign the eagerly anticipated, epic conclusion to the series, Winter ($22.99 hardcover, $12.99 paperback, Feiwel & Friends). Important event and ticketing information here .

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Thirty-year-old climbing phenomenon, Alex Honnold will discuss and sign his memoir Alone on the Wall ($26.95 W. W. Norton), in which he recounts the seven most astonishing climbing achievements so far in his meteoric and still-evolving career, including free-soloing Sendero Luminoso in Mexico and climbing the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia.

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Registered nurse Nina Angela McKissock will discuss and sign her important new book From Sun to Sun: A Hospice Nurse Reflects on the Art of Dying ($16.95 She Writes Press).

Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Robyn Griggs Lawrence, previously editor-in-chief of Natural Home magazine and author of The Wabi-Sabi House , and local photographer Povy Kendal Atchison, will discuss and sign The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook: Feel-Good Food for Home Cooks ($24.99 Skyhorse Publishing), a collection of advice and recipes from America's top cannabis chefs.

Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Stephanie Arnold, who flatlined and died on the operating table for 37 seconds after giving birth to her son, and coauthor Sari Padorr will discuss and sign Stephanie's remarkable memoir 37 Seconds: Dying Revealed Heaven's Help - A Mother's Journey ($24.99 HarperOne).

Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner T. J. Stiles will discuss and sign Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America ($30.00 Knopf). In this magisterial biography, Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored.

Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Margot Leitman is a comedian, storytelling teacher and champion, and author of the comedic memoir Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase . Leitman will discuss and sign her new book Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need ($19.95 Sasquatch Books).

Friday, November 20, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Award-winning writer Erika Armstrong, owner of Leading Edge Aviation Consulting, has worked in every aspect of aviation, including as an international corporate airline captain. Armstrong will discuss and sign her irreverent new memoir A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up In the Air ($16.95 Behler).

Monday, November 23, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, November 24, 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, November 24, 5:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, November 24, 7:00 pm,  Colfax Avenue

Noy Holland, the author of three story collections, Swim for the Little One First , What Begins with Bird , and The Spectacle of the Body , and a recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, will read from and sign her critically acclaimed debut novel Bird ($24.00 Counterpoint).

Friday, November 27, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Saturday, November 28, All Stores (excluding the airport stores)

by B.A. Shapiro  (Algonquin Books, $26.95)
"With the same level of intrigue and attention to detail that drew readers to The Art Forger, The Muralist focuses on the early days of WWII and the dawn of Abstract Expressionism. Shapiro brings to life New York City artists Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, who are both inspired by the novel's brave and talented protagonist, Alizee Benoit. As these struggling artists find traction within their trade, Benoit attempts to bring awareness to the plight of European refugees and to defuse anti-Semitic politics in the U.S. through her art. Moving from past to present, readers will cheer for Benoit's grandniece, Danielle, who is researching her family history to find the truth about Alizee's mysterious disappearance and shed light on the sacrifices and contributions she made through art. Shapiro delivers another fascinating and compelling story." -Anderson McKean, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor  (Harper Perennial, $19.99)
"Welcome to Night Vale meshes the uncanny with the mundane in a way that doesn't so much elevate the mundane as it illuminates life's strangeness. For all its weirdness, Fink and Cranor's work rings true. Like the best metaphors, the novel makes its reader think 'Wait, what?' and 'Oh. Yes!' in quick succession. New visitors to Night Vale will be as entertained and absorbed by the story and characters as longtime listeners of the duo's popular podcast. Simply delightful!" -Amber Reed, Copperfield's Books, Petaluma, CA
by David Mitchell  (Random House, $26)
"Every nine years, on the last Saturday in October, an iron gate appears in Slade Alley. It is small and easy to miss, but every nine years someone is looking for it and for the promises and mysteries it offers. Like all ghost stories, the end to this tale is inevitable, but anticipation is an opiate. Who will be trapped next? What form will the deception take? With Slade House, Mitchell adds another layer to a tightly wound fictional universe cast with the characters of his previous works. With each new novel, past, present, and future seep into one another, but the center holds." -Adie Smith, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS
by Ellen Stimson (Countryman Press, $24.95)
"If you are one who celebrates Christmas or are even just a 'winter person' who loves hearty seasonal food, this is your book. Interlaced between delicious family recipes for mouth-watering comfort food are funny and familiar-feeling holiday memories from Stimson's family. This is a handbook for the holidays, a great invitation to recall your own family memories and start some new family traditions, and a perfect holiday gift." -Kris Kleindienst, Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO
by Mary-Louise Parker (Scribner, $25)
"Parker's debut memoir is a poetic revelation about being human. The casual wordplay is barefoot and silly at times, but equally substantial and pervasive. Her one-way correspondences about loved ones, ancestors, and strangers are kind, doting, and frank, and the chapters roll out like sentinels from Parker's life of artistry and her examination of womanhood. She woos the reader with concise language that both charms and offends, but will not back down. I am smitten!" - Jilleen Moore, Square Books, Oxford, MS

by Mary Gaitskill (Pantheon, 9780307379740, $26.95)
"The Mare is the heart-wrenching story of a young inner-city girl in the Fresh Air Fund program who travels to a host family in upstate New York, where she befriends a frightened and abused racehorse at a nearby stable. Gaitskill navigates the ugly realities of both human and equine abuse, but, ultimately, this is a triumphant novel shaped by authentic characters and in which trust and determination win. Readers will be reminded of how our real-life connections with animals can both guide and heal." -Nancy Scheemaker, Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs, NY
by Hannah Rothschild (Knopf, $27.95)
"A girl, a painting, and a cast of delightfully quirky characters are at the heart of Rothschild's debut. At the intersection of London's art auction houses and the pursuit of a dream, Annie navigates her way through the city's wealthy and aspiring elite as she juggles her mother's eccentricities with her own quest to become a chef. Funny, smart, and satisfyingly clever, The Improbability of Love will warm your heart and give you pause the next time you admire that old painting hanging, so innocently, on the wall." -Lisa Baudoin, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI
by Homer Hickam (William Morrow, $25.99)
"This thoroughly delightful story chronicles Hickam's parents' road trip from their coal-mining town in West Virginia to Orlando, Florida, to return Elsie Hickam's pet alligator, Albert, to a home in a more suitable climate. Along the way, the travelers - Homer Sr., Elsie, Albert, and an elusive rooster - encounter famous American authors, movie stars, and minor league baseball teams and become embroiled in union strikes and bank robberies. It's hard to say what is true and what isn't, but either way, Carrying Albert Home is a very enjoyable journey!" -Lori-Jo Scott, Island Bookstore, Kitty Hawk, NC
by Dan Marshall (Flatiron Books, $27.99)
"Emotionally devastating and also somehow incredibly funny, this memoir left me feeling grateful for the bonds of family. Marshall's mother has been fighting cancer - and winning! - since he was a kid, but when his father is diagnosed with ALS, Marshall moves home to help battle this new medical challenge. It might have gone better if Marshall was at all the responsible, mature, and resourceful person the situation called for. Instead he flails and fails and acts wildly inappropriately - because what else can you do as your dad wastes away? Sometimes there's nothing more important than looking mortality in the face, admitting we're scared, and making a fart joke." -Nichole McCown, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
by Gregory Maguire (William Morrow, $26.99)
"Maguire, the fairy tale spin doctor, here takes on Wonderland. The heroine is not Alice, but rather her playmate Ada, a sheltered and lonely girl with a twisted spine. Ada inadvertently follows Alice into Wonderland, and her perceptions and experiences are marvelous and fresh, with her dry wit, pragmatism, and imagination enlivening and dominating the scene. Back at home, Alice's sister Lydia offers readers a glimpse into Victorian times as Maguire's prose gives a mystical glow to landscapes, personalities, and everyday life." -Coleen Colwell, BookSmart, Morgan Hill, CA
by Isabel Allende (Atria Books, $28)
"Past and present collide in Allende's new novel. Alma Belasco flees the Nazi incursion in Poland and is raised in her aunt and uncle's home in San Francisco. Alma and Ichimei Fukuda, the gardener's son, have an instant connection but are separated when he is sent to a Japanese internment camp. Years later, while fleeing her own past, Irina Bazili begins work at Alma's retirement home and finds herself caught up in the intrigue and delicate mystery that is Alma's great love. Once again, Allende's unique ability to bring forth light from the darkest recesses of humanity highlights the strength and courage it takes to live - and love." -Anna Eklund, University Bookstore, Seattle, WA
by Beatriz Williams (Putnam, $26.95)
"Heroines in different decades, Annabelle and Pepper both know the peril of loving a man seemingly always just beyond their reach as well as the need to escape in order to survive. Williams' novel follows Annabelle through the hurdles life throws her way in the years preceding World War II in Europe as well as the parallel trials and tribulations of Pepper during the 1960s. These complicated women meet when Pepper sells her restored Mercedes to Annabelle as a way to raise money for her own escape plan. Together, Annabelle and Pepper come to rescue each other and learn that sometimes love can survive life's trials." -Dell Marie Swearer, Bluebird Books, Hutchinson, KS
by John Irving (Simon & Schuster, $28)
"With Avenue of Mysteries, Irving introduces readers to brother and sister Diego and Lupe, denizens of the massive garbage dump in Oaxaca, Mexico. Each sibling is remarkable - Lupe can intuit people's thoughts and Diego, though uneducated, reads everything he can lay his hands on. Their childhood is recalled by the adult Diego as he travels in the Philippines, trying to accomplish a dying request from an acquaintance of his youth. Avenue of Mysteries contains all of the things we love about Irving's novels: masterful storytelling, unforgettable characters, and a renewed sense of magic in everyday events." -Mark LaFramboise, Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Washington, DC This Month's Autographed Book Club selection
by Kate Morton (Atria Books, $28)
"The Lake House explores an unsolved kidnapping that occurred between the World Wars at an isolated country house in England. Morton here continues to do all the things she does so well: weaving together a multi-generational family story from numerous perspectives; showcasing different facets of the same events; and bringing a wonderfully complex plot together in a kaleidoscopic web of uncovered secrets, past and present. With delightful characters, fascinating settings, and a captivating mystery, Morton draws us into a world we're sorry to leave. Highly recommended!" - Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
by Carrie Brownstein (Riverhead, $27.95)
"Before Portlandia, before Sleater-Kinney, there was a girl living in the Pacific Northwest with big ambitions, desperately yearning for an identity all her own. In Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Brownstein strays from the normal parameters of memoir to give readers an insightful, raw look into the moments that shaped her into the person who would later co-found one of the world's most influential rock bands. Navigating a past fraught with family turmoil, rejection from the music industry, and an unwavering determination to succeed, Brownstein shares the power of rock and roll, both as her catalyst to success and as a cultural barometer of our times." -Zack Ruskin, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin's Press, $27.99)
"At 12, Jason is chubby, buck-toothed, and bullied every day by Ritchie. Philadelphia trial attorney Bennie Rosato tries to help Jason when he gets in trouble for fighting back. Thirteen years later, that same bully is dead, Jason appears to be the killer, and once again Bennie is called to help. As always, Scottoline's dialogue is excellent, legal terms are made easy to understand, characters are richly drawn, trial scenes are vivid, and there are huge, well-hidden surprises. I enjoyed it immensely!" --Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
by Andy Bull (Avery, $26.95)
"What a ride! And what unforgettable characters - a Rhodes scholar who boxed and won gold medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics; a high-society playboy; a Hollywood has-been; and the star of them all, who was born with a silver spoon and turned it into gold medals racing anything that went fast. Bull covers the lives of his speed kings from London, Hollywood, St. Moritz, and the Pacific with great depth and breadth, including the development of bobsled racing with all of its real dangers. An excellent read for anyone who loves sports, is interested in history, or simply appreciates well-crafted books." -Ann Carlson, Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC
by Ron Childress (Algonquin Books, $26.95)
"Ethan is a young Wall Street quant who writes an algorithm that allows his company to profit from the financial upheaval caused by antiterrorist strikes. Jessica is a young Air Force drone pilot who is discharged because she has discussed a questionable UAV strike in a letter to her father. This book is a powerful wake-up call to understand how fear, greed, and war inform our technological advances. Childress has truly earned his PEN/Bellweather Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction." -Karen Tallant, Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, TN
by Lauret Savoy (Counterpoint, $25)
"Savoy's Trace may be the most relevant book published this fall. This lyrical and sweeping essay on race, memory, and the American landscape covers ground sadly neglected in nature writing. Its ethical argument - that the way we treat the environment is inextricable from how we treat our fellow human beings - is one we should all pay close attention to, now more than ever." -Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA
by Shann Ray (Unbridled Books, $16)
"Every once in a while a book falls into your hands that is so beautifully written, deeply affecting, and powerful that it burrows into your heart and stakes a lasting claim. American Copper is such a book. Ray's novel is a triumph - an ode to the majesty of the early 20th century Montana landscape, a tender evocation of the passions and sorrows of its people, and a piercing look at the ravages of racism, greed, and violence. This is a stunning portrayal of the scope of the human spirit and of the many paths to grace." - Laurie Paus, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA



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 Writers are invited to come to the library for snacks, coffee, and networking, 
and of course, to work on their novels!

Alamo Drafthouse Theater at Aspen Grove presents a screening  of  GHOST WORLD,  the story of classmates  Enid (Thora Birch)  and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), and their art teacher  Roberta (Illeana Douglas)

Douglas will also sign copies of her new memoir I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER
Tattered Cover will provide books for this event