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President Jimmy Carter with Tattered Cover staff following his booksigning event Sunday, July 26, 2015.
Meet Christopher Moore
Friday, August 28, 7:00 pm,
Christopher Moore, the much-loved author of fifteen novels, including the international bestsellers
Lamb, A Dirty Job and You Suck, will discuss and sign his new novel
($26.99 William Morrow), the eagerly anticipated sequel to A Dirty Job.
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.
by Louisa Hall
Autographed Book Collectors' Club
A club for the true collector, the ardent bibliophile, and all lovers of the printed word. Members of the
receive one signed first edition chosen by our buyers and events staff each month.
Our ABC Club Selection for August is:
by Alice Hoffman
($27.99 Simon & Schuster)
Dom's Book Club
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
this month's selection:
Life After Life,
by Kate Atkinson
7News Book Club
Meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo not only knows the weather, she knows great books, and is an avid reader!. Each month she shares her picks and reviews on the
Mention the 7News Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive
this month's selection:
by Louisa Hall
Read. Review. Receive Prizes!
June 1st through August 31st
Kids, grab a free bookmark and a Booked for Summer Shelf Talker at any Tattered Cover location (excluding the airport stores), then start reading!
For every Shelf Talker you return to the bookstore, you'll receive a $1.00 Book Token to use on a future purchase. At the end of the summer, everyone who participates by turning in at least one Shelf Talker will be entered in a drawing for some great prizes, including books, Book Tokens, and more!
Visit our Children's Sections over the summer to see the Shelf Talkers on our shelves and display tables, and see what everyone else is reading!
Young Children's Storytimes
Tuesdays at 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue
Tuesdays at 10:30 am & Saturdays at 10:30 am, Aspen Grove
Thursday, July 30, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Harry MacLean, one of America's premier writers of true crime, will read from and sign his new novel The Joy of Killing ($25.00 Counterpoint), a page-turning literary thriller that is an exciting combination of love story, mystery, psychological suspense, and meditation on human nature and the origins of violence.
Musical Family Friday Night
Friday, July 31, 6:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Family Friday Night
Friday, July 31, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Tattered Cover Film Series
Sunday, August 2, 1:00 pm (Please note new, earlier start time.), Sie FilmCenter
This month we'll screen the 1984 Jim Jarmusch classic Stranger than Paradise.
Tickets are $1.00, and are available one hour before the screening from the box office.
Monday, August 3, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Local author Danica Favorite will read from and sign her historical romance The Lawman's Redemption ($5.99 Harlequin/Inspired).
Tuesday, August 4, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Beloved New York Times bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks will read from and sign The Darkling Child ($28.00 Del Rey), a thrilling stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series.
Jaime Alonso Yrastorza
Tuesday, August 4, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Dr. Jaime Alonso Yrastorza will read from and sign his memoir From Fire to Freedom: Childhood in Colonial Philippines to a Post-WWII Adulthood in America ($22.99 Tate).
Wednesday, August 5, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Boulder writer Carrie Vaughn will read from and sign Kitty Saves the World ($7.99 Tor), the fourteenth and final novel in the series featuring everybody's favorite werewolf DJ and out-of-the-closet supernatural creature, Kitty Norville.
Thursday, August 6, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Journalist and mountaineer Stephen Sieberson will read from and sign The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler ($19.95 University of Nebraska Press), his collection of mountain-themed travel stories offering a wide-eyed view of the world, while presenting irreverent commentary on climbers and their peculiar sport.
Thursday, August 6, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo
Denver author Phillip Tompkins will discuss and sign his new book Managing Risk and Complexity Through Open Communication and Teamwork ($29.95 Purdue University Press).
Jayme H. Mansfield
Thursday, August 6, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Local elementary school teacher, artist and author Jayme H. Mansfield will read from and sign her debut novel Chasing the Butterfly ($13.95 Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas).
Friday, August 7, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Mary Kubica, author of the bestselling The Good Girl, will read from and sign her stunning new psychological thriller Pretty Baby ($24.95 Mira Books).
Saturday, August 8, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Critically acclaimed writer Helen Phillips will read from and sign her chilling, imaginative, and poignant debut novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat ($25.00 Henry Holt).
Saturday, August 8, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Connie Spittler will read from and sign her new novel The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies ($15.95 River Junction Press).
Monday, August 10, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Historian Richard Sommers will discuss and sign his new book Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg - The Battles of Chaffin's Bluff and Poplar Spring Church, September 29 - October 2, 1864 ($37.95 Savas Beatie).
Monday, August 10, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo
Robert Yehling, an award-winning surfing journalist and author of nine books, will discuss and sign the new book Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant's Journey with Asperger's ($26.00 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the memoir of surfer Clay Marzo.
Active Minds Lecture: Water in Colorado
Tuesday, August 11, 12:30 pm, Aspen Grove
J. Brian Lihani
Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo
J. Brian Lihani will discuss and sign NORAD and Cheyenne Mountain AFS ($22.99 Arcadia Publishing), his history of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.
Sandra Jane Whelchel
Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Blogger and life long Parker-area resident Sandra Jane Whelchel will discuss and sign her new history, Images of America: Parker ($21.99 Arcadia).
Megan Feldman Bettencourt
Wednesday, August 12, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Veteran journalist Megan Feldman Bettencourt will discuss and sign her new book Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World ($25.95 Hudson Street Press).
Wednesday, August 12, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Val Brelinski will read from and sign her debut novel The Girl Who Slept With God ($27.95 Viking), a critically acclaimed literary achievement about a family's desperate need for truth, love, purity, and redemption.
Thursday, August 13, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo
Harold Schechter, a professor of American literature and culture and true-crime writer, will discuss and sign his new book Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal ($24.95 Little a).
Friday, August 14, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
James Stull will discuss and sign his new book A Brief History of Erie, Colorado: Out of the Coal Dust ($21.99 Arcadia Publishing).
Michelle Levy with Jessica Brody
Saturday, August 15, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Michelle Levy, will be joined in conversation by author Jessica Brody to discuss her critically acclaimed debut young adult novel Not After Everything ($17.99 Dial Books), a gritty but hopeful love story about two struggling teens.
Monday, August 17, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo
James Sie will read from and sign his debut novel Still Life Las Vegas ($26.99 St. Martin's), in which the magical collides with the mundane, and memory, sexual awakening and familial ties all lead to a place where everything is illuminated, and nothing is real.
Monday, August 17, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Marie-Rose Phan-Lê will discuss and sign her book Talking Story: One Woman's Quest to Preserve Ancient Spiritual and Healing Traditions ($18.95 North Atlantic).
Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Denver author and food blogger Juli Bauer, creator of paleomg.com, will discuss and sign her eagerly anticipated new cookbook Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook: Over 100 Gluten-Free Recipes to Help You Shine from Within ($34.95 Victory Belt).
Wednesday, August 19, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Jennifer McMahon, the author of six novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell, will read from and sign The Night Sister ($25.95 Doubleday).
Poetry Open Mic
Thursday, August 20, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Thursday, August 20, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Paul Levitt, professor emeritus of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will read from and sign his new novel Dreams Bigger Than the Night ($26.95 Taylor Trade).
Friday, August 21, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Performer, choreographer, director, Broadway collaborator, writer, and producer Matthew Shaffer will discuss and sign his new book So You Want to Be a Dancer: Practical Advice and True Stories from a Working Professional ($19.95 Taylor Trade).
Brad & Melissa McQueen
Monday, August 24, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Colorado authors and avid hikers and climbers Melissa and Brad McQueen will discuss and sign their book Exposed: Tragedy & Triumph in Mountain Climbing ($18.95 Johnson Books).
Whole Kids Storytime
Tuesday, August 25, 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue
Active Minds Lecture: Yemen
Tuesday, August 25, 5:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Panel Discussion & Booksigning
Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Our guest panelists will be this year's Writer of the Year finalists - Joan Johnston, Cindi Myers, and Susan Spann - joined by moderator Shannon Baker (last year's Writer of the Year winner).
Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Gayle Lynds, the bestselling, award-winning author of several international espionage thrillers, will read from and sign The Assassins ($27.99 St. Martin's Press), her newest adventure featuring former military spy Judd Ryder.
Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Award-winning photographer Glenn Randall will discuss and sign his new book Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorado's Fourteeners ($26.95 Farcountry Press).
Thursday, August 27, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Scott Ian, co-founder, guitarist, and chief lyricist of the acclaimed metal bands Anthrax and Stormtroopers of Death, will discuss and sign his memoir I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax ($28.99 Da Capo Press).
Thursday, August 27, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo
Zachary Moon, a commissioned military chaplain, will read from and sign his new book Coming Home: Ministry That Matters with Veterans and Military Families ($14.99 Chalice Press).
Family Friday Night
Friday, August 28, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Friday, August 28, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Christopher Moore, the much-loved author of fifteen novels, including the international bestsellers Lamb, A Dirty Job and You Suck, will discuss and sign his new novel Secondhand Souls ($26.99 William Morrow), the eagerly anticipated sequel to A Dirty Job.
Important event and ticket information.
Saturday, August 29, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Colorado author Kristen Ashley will read from and sign Ride Steady ($8.00 Forever), the newest installment in her bestselling Chaos contemporary romance series.
Saturday, August 29, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Award-winning photographer Barbara Sparks will discuss and sign her new collection Taos: People, Land, Spirit ($45.00 Rose Fredrick Fine Art).
by Paula McLain
(Ballantine Books, $28)
Circling the Sun reminded me of the deep pleasure of solid storytelling: the vast landscape of colonial Kenya, complicated and compelling historical characters, love, suffering, and adventure combine to create a captivating narrative. McLain imagines the African childhood and early adulthood of real-life horse trainer and pioneering female aviator Beryl Markham, as well as her social milieu, which included Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who, as Isak Dinesen, wrote
Out of Africa. Markham lived a fascinating and uncompromising life filled with danger, ill-fated romance, and stunning bravery, and McLain does justice to her memory with this sensitive and beautifully written portrayal."
-Rhianna Walton, Powell's Books, Portland, OR
by J. Ryan Stradal
(Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, $27.95)
Meet the Author in November!
"In the story of Midwestern chef savant Eva Thorvald and the people - and foods - that touch her life, Stradal has created a picture of the American foodie revolution of the past 25 years and of its intersections with class, economics, family, and culture. Along with irresistible characters and stories, this is a novel about the potential that food and cooking offer for joy and empowerment, for snobbery and shame, and for identity and reinvention. Beautifully structured and affectionately and hilariously written, this is a novel that - like Thorvald's exclusive pop-up supper club - everyone is going to be talking about!"
-Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
by Bradley Somer
(St. Martin's Press, $24.99)
"Somer uses the unusual device of a goldfish plunging off of a high-rise balcony to tie together the disparate stories of the building's inhabitants. As our hero, Ian, plummets past floor after floor, he glimpses the lives of the residents - witnessing birth, heartbreak, new love, and all of the pathos and wonder that comprise human existence. Although Ian has only a goldfish's seconds-long capacity for memory, readers will find themselves returning to the essential truths of Somer's characters again and again." -
Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI
by Ernest Cline
"This new work from Cline definitely will not disappoint the myriad fans of
Ready Player One. On the contrary, it is another magical, nerdy romp through science fiction and fantasy pop culture where the thing that happens to the hero is exactly the thing every sci-fi lover secretly - or not so secretly - dreams will happen to them! A successful screenwriter, Cline fills this tale with super-cool action, relatable characters, and inventive plots. I loved it!" -
Heather Duncan, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO
by Val Brelinski
Meet the Author!
"A cautionary tale, a coming-of-age story, a family drama, a religious and social commentary, and an examination of the bond between two sisters, Brelinski's debut is remarkably multilayered and complex. At times audacious and even disturbing, it is above all an honest novel, tackling the definitions of love and morality and challenging the things we seem to never want to think or talk about. This demands to be read!"
-Belinda Roddie, Copperfield's Books, San Rafael, CA
by Felicia Day
"Day has penned what is sure to be an instant cult classic. By turns funny, insightful, inspiring, and all-too-familiar, she maps her rise from lonely homeschooled girl to internet darling, along the way revealing her struggles, her insecurities, her stubbornness, and, most transparently, her utterly relatable story of finding her way while not fitting in. For anyone who has woken up to realize they are not where they wanted to be, Day's honest book is for you!"
-Anna Eklund, University Book Store, Seattle, WA
by David Payne
(Grove Press, $26)
"This memoir is the most courageous book I have ever read. The author takes readers with him as he endeavors to make sense of his relationships with his parents and siblings, mental illness, personal shortcomings, and the journey to becoming a writer. The book leaves readers amazed at how much pain the heart can hold and still emerge peaceful, whole, and full of hope. Payne holds nothing back, and his depictions of events are real and full of all that makes us human, both the good and the bad."
-Sharon Wheeler, Purple Crow Books, Hillsborough, NC
by Vu Tran
(W.W. Norton, $26.95)
"Tran has written a highly original noir mystery involving Suzy, a Vietnamese immigrant, and her police officer ex-husband, Robert. Suzy goes missing in Las Vegas and her current husband, Sonny, enlists Robert's help to track her down. During his search for Suzy, Robert discovers a packet of letters written by her to Mai, Suzy's long-lost daughter, who is now a professional gambler living in Las Vegas. Suspenseful, cinematic, and haunting, Tran's storytelling is superb, and
Dragonfish is an excellent debut."
-Sherri Gallentine, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
by Kim van Aldemade
(William Morrow, $14.99)
"In 1919, tragedy strikes in New York City and four-year-old Rachel is separated from her brother Sam and sent to a Jewish orphanage, where Dr. Mildred Solomon, in the name of research, subjects her to experiments with X-rays, leaving Rachel disfigured, bald, and the brunt of cruelty by other orphans. To Dr. Solomon, Rachel is just a number, Orphan Number Eight. Years later the tables are turned when Dr. Solomon ends up with cancer and reliant on morphine in Manhattan's Old Hebrews Home, where Rachel is the attending nurse. Will Rachel take her revenge or treat her patient with mercy? This powerful and stunning debut, based on a little-known true story, will remain with readers long after the last page is turned."
-Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books & Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
by Louise Walters
"Working in a used bookstore, Roberta has a habit of keeping letters or notes she may discover in the used books she receives. One day, her father brings her an old suitcase filled with books that belonged to her grandmother. In one of the books, Roberta finds a letter written by her grandfather to her grandmother, months after he supposedly died in the war, referencing a dark secret from over 70 years ago. A story of love lost, secret love, and love found, set in the English countryside during WWII and in a bookstore in modern England,
Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase had me hooked with the simple line, 'In wartime, people become desperate.'"
-Sylvia Smith, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA
by Juliana Barbassa
"Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's most exotic cities and much in the news over the past few years, hosting both the World Cup in 2014 and the upcoming 2016 Olympics. Journalist and Brazilian native Barbassa presents a complex portrait of a city, country, and society attempting to present the best possible face to the world while having to confront numerous problems, particularly a level of crime that is almost beyond belief. Barbassa's description of this massive change being attempted from on high and the resulting disruption to an entrenched society is informative, instructive, and mesmerizing as she strips bare the glitter and glitz of the famous beaches and gives us a revealing portrait of the true Rio."
-Bill Cusumano, Square Books, Oxford, MS
by Alice Hoffman
(Simon & Schuster, $27.95)
Autographed Book Collectors' Club Selection
"Hoffman's newest novel is based on the life of Rachel Pomie Petit Pissarro and her favorite son, Camille, who would become the famed "Father of impressionism." Growing up in a Jewish refugee community on tropical St. Thomas in the 1800s, strong-willed Rachel dreams of the cool, rainy streets of Paris. Raised by a stern mother and a kind-hearted father, Rachel is forced to marry a widower to save her family's business and later follows forbidden passions, creating a scandal that turns her community against her. Hoffman fills the pages with the island's magic and color in this unforgettable tale of what it means to walk the tightrope between tradition and independence, love and logic."
-Julia Sinn, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
by Lauren Holmes
"Holmes' stories are powerful, sweet, tenderhearted, and honest depictions of contemporary experience. She navigates the thresholds of relationships, sex, and life-changing choices with poignancy and authenticity, bringing lovably imperfect characters to life through their struggles to negotiate the demands of culture as they strive to balance personal decisions and desires. A bold and beautiful debut." -
Sarah Nemire, Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI
by Annie Liontas
Let Me Explain You opens with an e-mail message written by Stavros Stavros Mavrakis, Greek immigrant and restauranteur, to his three grown daughters and his ex-wife. He is dying, with just over a week left to live, he believes, and his e-mail message outlines how he wants these women's lives to be better - if only they will follow his sage advice. From this concise and brilliant setup, the novel takes off with vivid, endearing characters and captures the tender complexity of relationships between parents, children, and siblings. With the quirkiness and humor of a light read combined with true depth of insight into relationships, this is a wonderful debut from a promising new writer." -
Jamaica Ritcher, BookPeople of Moscow, Moscow, ID
by Natasha Pulley
"It takes a special talent to have a reader truly suspend disbelief, but Pulley succeeds spectacularly well in this debut. In 1880s London, Thaniel Steepleton is a telegraphist whose life is saved by a very timely pocket watch. When he meets its maker, Keita Mori, his entire life is upended and made more beautiful - and dangerous. The clock is ticking on this new friendship, and Thaniel must use his ingenuity and previously untapped bravery to save Keita's life and his own future. Fans of David Mitchell and Erin Morgenstern will be intrigued, and I think it's safe to say that we can expect great things from Pulley."
-Amanda Hurley, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
by Wendy S. Walters
(Sarabande Books, $15.95)
Multiply/Divide, Walters sifts through the weird, quietly horrifying wreckage that structural racism has left behind in everyday American life and presents something like a mythology, but stranger because, of course, it is real, and we have never known life without it. Her prose is as clear as day, her stories are candid, and only a poet could have written a book of essays like this. City by city, over radio waves and under the street, Walters beautifully maps for us what should have been obvious: that nearly all of our heartbreak - and even our joy - is rooted in this mythology." -
Daniel Poppick, BookCourt, Brooklyn, NY
by Gabriel Urza
(Henry Holt, $25)
All That Followed sheds some much-needed light on a region with an incredibly rich cultural history and a painful, tormented political past. The story is told in short chapters from three different perspectives: Joni, an American who fell in love with a Basque woman and has lived in Muriga, a small Basque town, since the 1940s; Mariana, a young woman from Muriga whose husband belonged to the wrong political party and was kidnapped and murdered; and Iker, the young man who is in jail for that crime. Each voice has its own weight, an almost sultry flirtation between acknowledging history as it was while needing to create its own version of the story. An impressively nuanced debut." -
Elayna Trucker, Napa Bookmine, Napa, CA
by Alex Kershaw
"Dr. Summer Jackson was the chief surgeon at the American Hospital in Paris during the Nazi occupation. After observing the ever-escalating levels of Nazi brutality, Dr. Jackson, at great danger to himself and his family, became directly involved in an underground network that smuggled imperiled people to safety in Spain and Great Britain. A gripping true story of courage, this is a moving testimony to the power of the human spirit."
-Alden Graves, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
by Dario Fo
(Europa Editions, $16)
"This is a delicious narrative that refutes the traditional belief that Lucrezia Borgia was an absolute villain. As Fo declares, 'there are two sides to every story,' and this retelling offers the positive side of Borgia's accomplishments, revealing both her humanity and her compassion. In his first novel, Nobel laureate and Italian Playwright Fo weaves an engaging tale both informative and humorous, while also portraying the violence of the Borgia family and the times in which Lucrezia lived, holding a mirror to the abuses of power in our own time." -
Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
by Christopher J. Yates
Black Chalk, Yates has taken the traditional novel and tweaked it to create something very special. In Thatcher-era England, six first-year Oxford University students have come together as friends. As they get to know each other, an idea forms and quickly gains traction: they should play a 'game,' with the loser facing a consequence. All six agree, and the dares begin as innocuous fun. As time goes on, however, something shifts within the group and the stakes become much higher - even deadly. Fourteen years later, the remaining players meet in New York City to finish the 'game,' but what has transpired for them in the interim? And is winning worth the price? A gripping, sinister, and suspenseful read."
-Peggy Elefteriades, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT
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New World Cheese, our newest neighbor at the Lowenstein CulturePlex on Colfax Avenue is open at last! This wonderful indie cheese shop and cafe joins the Tattered Cover, the Sie FilmCenter, Twist & Shout, The Good Son restaurant, Velowood Cyclery, and Chipotle.
"1964" Beatles Tribute
Thursday, August 27, 8:00 pm
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Get The Led Out :The American Led Zeppelin
Thursday, September 24, 7:30 pm
Red Rocks Amphitheatre