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February 2015 Author Events, News & Reviews

Black History Month 2015

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is a celebration of achievements by black Americans, and an opportunity to recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Visit our stores during February to find these and other featured books by and about African Americans, or attend one of our Black History Month events.

by Lynda Blackmon Lowery with Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley

by Wes Moore

by Joel Christian Gill

by Maya Angelou

by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell

by James Baldwin and Quincy Troupe

by LaShonda Barnett

by Lalita Tademy 

Get ready for the 27th Annual Children's Bookmark Contest! The contest asks children to create a colorful bookmark on the theme of reading. The winning entries are printed and distributed to customers throughout the year. Download a 2015 Entry Form now.

 Colorado Matters at the Tattered:

Amy Purdy


Monday, February 9, 7:00 pm

Colfax Avenue 


Colorado Public Radio joins us in presenting local author Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, in conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner discussing her memoir On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life ($25.99 William Morrow).

Autographed Book

Collectors' Club 

February Pick


The Sacrifice

by Joyce Carol Oates


Membership in the club is free and members receive many valuable signed first editions! You can even sign someone up as a gift! Check it out here.

vib green


The V.I.B. -- books that our staff members love, and feel are true stand-outs in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.

Our new V.I.B. selection:

by Emma Hooper

Our new Kids' V.I.B. selection:

by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Jonathan Bean

Tattered Cover Happenings


February 2015



We're excited to announce our new on-line Event Calendar. With this new calendar you'll be able to follow our event program or specific events -- so you'll always be in the know! Our current calendar will remain active through February as everyone gets used to the new one.



Young Children's Storytimes

Tuesdays at 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue

Tuesdays at 10:30 am & Saturdays at 10:30 am, Highlands Ranch

Tattered Cover Film Series

Sunday, February 1, 2:00 pm, Sie FilmCenter

This month we'll screen the 1959 Yasujiro Ozu classic Floating Weeds.

Tickets are $1.00, and are available one hour before the screening from the box office.

Black History Month Presentation with Kristl Tyler

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

As part of our celebration of Black History Month, Kristl Tyler will discuss and sign her new book The Wheat Money: 1865 - 2015 ($16.955), the true story of two families; one white, the other black.


Black History Month Storytime

Tuesday, February 3, 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue

Warren Hammond

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

Denver writer Warren Hammond will read from and sign the first book in his new science fiction series Tides of Maritinia ($6.99 HarperVoyage). Maritinia is at the far edge of the Empire, a planet with little economic value in the Sire's sphere of influence - and it has just rebelled.

Deborah Frazier

Wednesday, February 4, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Deborah Frazier has worked as a staff reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, and is currently the communications manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Frazier will discuss and sign her book Colorado's Hot Springs ($19.99 Westwinds Press).

Norman Doidge, M.D.

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

Dr. Norman Doidge, the New York Times bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself, will discuss and sign his new book The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity ($29.95 Viking).

Alexandra Fuller

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

Alexandra Fuller, author of the critically-acclaimed bestseller Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, will read from and sign her new book Leaving Before the Rains Come ($26.95 Penguin Press).

Handmade Valentine's Fundraiser

Saturday, February 7, 10:00 to 3:00, Colfax Avenue


Black History Month Storytime

Saturday, February 7, 10:30 am, Highlands Ranch

Colorado Matters at the Tattered with Amy Purdy

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

Colorado Public Radio joins us in presenting local author Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, in conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner discussing her memoir On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life ($25.99 William Morrow).

From the Page to the Stage: Benediction

Tuesday, February 10, 12:00 noon, Colfax Avenue

Active Minds Lecture: Germany

Tuesday, February 10, 12:30 pm, Highlands Ranch

Ronna Wineberg

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

Award-winning writer Ronna Wineberg, the founding fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, will read from and sign her debut novel On Bittersweet Place ($13.95 Relegation Books).

William Ury

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

Colorado author William Ury, cofounder of Harvard's Program on Negotiation,and coauthor of Getting to Yes, the best selling negotiation book in the world, will discuss and sign his new book Getting to Yes with Yourself (And Other Worthy Opponents) ($26.95 HarperOne).

Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson

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

Journalist and blogger Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson will read from and sign her new memoir Peanut Butter and Naan: Stories of an American Mom in the Far East ($16.95 She Writes Press).


Nancy W. Sindelar

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

Local author Nancy Sindelar, Ph.D. will join us to offer a presentation entitled "The People and Places That Influenced Ernest Hemingway," and sign her book Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places that Shaped His Life and Work ($35.00 Rowman & Littlefield).

Jeffrey Lowdermilk

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

Jeffrey Lowdermilk, a Santa Fe-based writer, photographer, and lecturer of America's involvement in World War I and II, will discuss and sign his beautiful book Honoring the Doughboys: Following My Grandfather's World War I Diary  ($45.00 George F. Thompson).

Robert & Kristen Autobee

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

Robert and Kristen Autobee will discuss and sign their new book Lost Restaurants of Denver ($19.99 History Press).

Black History Month Presentation with Joel Christian Gill

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

As part of our Black History Month Celebration, artist and author Joel Gill will read from and sign his new book Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History ($23.95 Fulcrum). Gill will also present Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth, Volume 1, which tells the story of Bass Reeves, an escaped slave who became one of the most successful lawman of the old west and the rumored inspiration for The Lone Ranger.

Tama Kieves

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

Career coach and Harvard-trained lawyer Tama Kieves will discuss and sign her new book A Year Without Fear: 365 Days of Magnificence ($15.95 Tarcher).

Rebecca Tinkle

Saturday, February 21, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Meditation enthusiast and Dahn Yoga instructor Rebecca Tinkle will read from and sign her debut novel The Secret of Mago Castle ($14.95 Best Life Media), a fantasy that addresses the real issues humanity currently faces.

Joyce Carol Oates

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

Autographed Book Collectors' Club Selection

Critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates will discuss, read from and sign The Sacrifice ($26.99 Ecco).

Free numbered tickets for the signing line are available now with the purchase of The Sacrifice at any Tattered Cover location (excluding the airport stores). Seating at the event is "open seating" and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Signing restriction may apply. Please check our website closer to the event for complete information.

Active Minds Lecture: Global Pandemics

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

Kyle Boetle

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

Kyle Boetle will read from and sign his unique memoir The Beautiful Unseen: Variations on Fog and Forgetting ($15.95 Soft Skull Press).

Gary L. Wenk

Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Gary Wenk, a Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University and Medical Center, will discuss and sign his new book Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings ($24.95 Oxford University Press).

Jennifer Senior

Thursday, February 26, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Jennifer Senior, a contributing editor at New York magazine, will discuss and sign her new book All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood ($15.99 Ecco).

Phil Connors

Thursday, February 26, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Phil Connors, the prize-winning author of Fire Season, will discuss and sign his new memoir All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found ($25.95 W.W. Norton), the heartrending story of his troubled years before finding solace in the wilderness.

Musical Family Friday Night

Friday, February 27, 6:00 pm, Colfax Avenue


Family Friday Night: Paper Airplane Races!

Friday, February 27, 6:00 pm, Highlands Ranch

Richard Giordano

Friday, February 27, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Richard Giordano will discuss and sign his new book Super-Charged Learning: How Wacky Thinking and Sports Psychology Make it Happen ($20.00 Rowman & Littlefield).


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The program will include scene selections from the productions of Plainsong and Eventide, as well as an excerpt from Haruf's final book
Our Souls At Night, which will be published posthumously later this year.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Matt Zoller Seitz, nationally-renowned cultural critic and author of The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Friday, February 13, 

Following a presentation of the film The Grand Budapest Hotel, Seitz will take questions and sign his new book. The Tattered Cover will be selling books at this event.

Tickets on sale Friday, January 30 at 

Stand-up comedienne Paula Poundstone is coming to Denver to put her own unique spin on life in a special benefit for Colorado Public Television.

Saturday, April 25, 8:00 pm
The Paramount Theatre

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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

by Helen Fielding

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February 2014


The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

(St. Martin's Press, $27.99)

"Filled with sacrifice, betrayal, suspense, courage, and ultimately, forgiveness, The Nightingale offers a haunting glimpse of what it was like for women to survive during WWII. Set in a small town in France, The Nightingale tells the alternating stories of two sisters, their father, and the friends and enemies that occupy their lives during this tragic period of history. Based on a true story, The Nightingale weaves a riveting tale around the heroism of Isabelle, a young woman who serves as a key player in the underground Resistance, and her sister, Viann, who is back home under German occupation, near starvation and struggling to save Jewish children. In the end, however, perhaps this novel is more about the sisterly bonds of love that, although stretched to the limit, still endure. You will not forget the song of The Nightingale." -Marnie Mamminga, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


by Emma Hooper
(Simon & Schuster, $26)

"Eighty-three-year-old Etta Vogel quietly sets out one day to walk 3,200 kilometers to the coast of Canada for her first view of the ocean. As Etta travels, author Hooper gently and poignantly reveals a lifetime of morally charged events that shaped Etta as well as her husband, Otto, and her lifelong friend, Russell. This is a beautiful and sometimes hauntingly stark portrait of three WWII-generation lives, sprinkled with the wise counsel of a loyal coyote named James. I loved it!" -Susan Tyler, The Book Bin, Onley, VA


by Anne Tyler
(Knopf, $25.95)

"Tyler's story of three generations of the Whitshank family has all the hallmarks for which she is so well known. There is drama, dysfunction, and sorrow aplenty here, but Tyler has an amazing way of exposing family life in both its ugly and beautiful glory. These characters love each other, except when they don't, and every interaction is crackling with Tyler's quirky and unassuming wit. A Spool of Blue Thread shows how lives intersect - very rarely neatly - and how that messiness gives meaning to every human connection. Tyler is a master of her craft - this being her 20th novel - and she is a treasure to read." -Dinah Hughley, Powell's Books, Portland, OR


by Janina Matthewson
(The Friday Project, $19.99)

"In London, a group of people have lost that which they hold most dear. A girl stands in the airport waiting for her lover while her feet turn to roots and her skin to bark. A recluse loses the front wall of her home, while a workaholic cannot find his office building. Piano keys, a sense of direction, and a boy's relationship with his father all have gone astray. Slowly, each victim adapts, unwittingly helping one another during the briefest encounters. Each loss is heartbreaking and each character's struggle to survive is inspiring. With stunning prose and insight, Matthewson uses magic to illuminate truth in this hauntingly beautiful debut novel." -Amelia Stymacks, Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs, NY


by Kelly Link
(Random House, $25)

"I'm not sure what just happened to me, but Link is obviously a genius and possibly an evil one at that. My brain feels infected by these stories, unable to let go of their twists and turns and unwilling to let their memory fade. The grace of the subtle shifts that Link uses to move her worlds from familiar to fantastic is matched only by the deftness with which she brings it back around to the human condition. One minute you're reading about the spectral projections of haunted, life-size, animated boyfriend dolls, and the next you're thinking, 'OMG, that was me in high school.' Plan on reading these slowly, as you will need time to recuperate!" -Nichole McCown, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA


by Michael Crummey
(Liveright, $24.95)

"Crummey takes readers into the heart of the insular fishing community of Chance Cove, Sweetland Island, Newfoundland. Sixty-eight-year-old Moses Sweetland's family founded the town, and he is the only holdout when the government offers the residents a generous cash settlement to relocate to the mainland that is effective only if everyone signs on. Told in sparse, beautiful prose with generous helpings of the local dialect, Sweetland is a requiem for the intimate knowledge of place that a transient society can just barely remember." -Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NC


by Alexandra Fuller
(Penguin Press, $26.95)

"Fans of Fuller's African adventures will be thrilled to find she is back with another engaging memoir, and new readers will want to read her previous works. In Leaving Before the Rains Come, Fuller tells of her unraveling marriage and her realization that she is a person truly between countries, living in the U.S. with her husband and children while her heart and soul remain in Africa. Her experiences in the States change her, and when she returns to Africa she discovers that she no longer fits in as she previously had. Fuller must face some tough questions about who she is and where she belongs, and she does so with her usual intelligence and wit." -Liz Heywood, The Babbling Book, Haines, AK


by S.M. Hulse
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24)

"This debut set in the American West follows Wes Carver, a former corrections officer whose passion in life was playing the fiddle until his hands were ruined during a prison riot. Years later, following the loss of his wife to cancer, Wes returns to the small prison town in Montana to scatter his wife's ashes and speak at the parole hearing of the inmate who ruined his life. He struggles to accept the possibility that the inmate has found God, especially as his own faith is hanging on by a thread. Hulse's writing is like the river at the center of her novel, a quiet surface covering raging emotions underneath, and her descriptions of music are breathtakingly beautiful. Discover a wonderful new talent!" -Nancy Solberg, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA


by John Vaillant
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26)

"Vaillant has established his reputation as an accomplished writer of nonfiction, and he now brings his considerable talent to this debut novel. There are no easy moments in this story told by Hector, a young man engaged in an illegal border crossing inside a sealed tanker truck. Vaillant uses Hector's narration to bring the frequent brutality of the illegal immigration experience to light in visceral detail, engaging both the reader's sympathy and revulsion, which linger long after the last page is turned." -Fran Keilty, The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT


by Sarah Addison Allen
(St. Martin's Press, $25.99)

"Ten years after they first met the Waverley sisters in Allen's Garden Spells, readers catch up with Claire and Sydney, who have grown closer together and shared both life's highs and lows. They are both in love with their husbands and each is raising a spirited daughter. Old stories circle back around and information is disclosed that shakes Claire's world. Allen offers a heartwarming, funny, and welcome trip back to a family readers have come to love." -Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX


by Cecilia Ekb�ck
(Weinstein Books, $26)

"Maija, her husband, Paavo, and their daughters, Frederika and Dorotea, leave Finland to settle in Lapland in the beautiful area near Blackasen Mountain. One day, Frederika discovers the body of one of the villagers. Was he killed by wolves or was he murdered? What powers does the mountain have? The harsh 'wolf winter' brings the settlers together to survive, but what tragedies, secrets, customs, and vengeance are they hiding? When Maija and her family arrived at the mountain, readers were told, 'This was the kind of land that didn't know how to let go.' Ekb�ck's intriguing tale of Swedish Lapland in 1717 gives insight into the land and people of the far north and is also hard to let go." -Barbara Theroux, Fact & Fiction, Missoula, MT


by Joakim Zander
(Harper, $27.99)

"This Swedish thriller with its roots in the Middle East features a burnt-out CIA agent, a couple of incredible young women, and a rogue company of villains that contracted with the CIA to do 'enhanced' interrogation in Iraq and Afghanistan. With untrustworthy colleagues, a greedy, self-interested lobbyist, and shifting alliances, Klara Waldeen, a lawyer working in an EU office in Brussels, finds herself enmeshed in a cover-up with deadly elements. Her tribulations, after a terrifying chase around Europe, culminate on Christmas Eve on an island off the coast of Sweden in the arms of her grandparents. Thrilling post-holiday reading!" -Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT


by Robert Repino
(Soho Press, $26.95)

"Ants conquer the world and pets overthrow their masters in this smart, gripping novel. House cat Sebastian becomes Mort(e), a fearsome warrior for the animal cause. Battling across a dystopian landscape, flushing out the few human survivors, Mort(e) can never quite forget his domesticated past and lost friend, the dog Sheba. A crisis of conscience ensues. What is good? Who is evil? Are the dictatorial ants truly better than the humans with their germ warfare? Laced with humor, this action-packed thriller is thought-provoking." -Mariga Temple-West, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA


by Mary Helen Specht
(Harper Perennial, $14.99)

"Specht's novel weaves together stories of science and art, friends faraway and family returned. Migratory Animals is a coming-of-age tale for grown-ups, a reminder that growing pains don't stop as we age and change and become who we're supposed to be - or who we hope to be. Flannery and her friends will grab hold of you and not let go until the last page has been turned." -Annie B. Jones, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA


by Sandra Newman
(Ecco, $26.99)

"Newman drops the reader into a small tribe of scavengers, hunting and thieving out a meager survival in the woods of Massachusetts, approximately 80 years after an unnamed plague has wiped out most of the U.S. population. The world Newman creates is original, richly detailed, and compellingly realized, including the patois in which the story is told. At turns violent, romantic, funny, and touching, The Country of Ice Cream Star wraps an exploration of power, American institutions, race, and human nature into a ripping, twisting, and turning post-apocalyptic tale that is epic in scope and achievement." -Matt Nixon, The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, TN


by Rebecca Scherm
(Viking, $27.95)

"Julie rents a room in a dilapidated house outside of Paris. She repairs antiques, mostly things no one else wants, and is a loner with no friends or social life. In her room at night, she reads the news from Garland, Tennessee, her hometown, where two men are about to be let out on parole for a crime for which she was the mastermind. Julie is terrified of being found and is just trying to survive. This is an exhilarating page-turner with multi-layered characters and several good twists. Once you hit the halfway point, it's a race to the finish to find out what's going to happen." -Amanda Skelton, Union Avenue Books, Knoxville, TN


by M.O. Walsh
(Putnam, $26.95)

"This debut author offers a wonderfully written story about a boy coming of age in the late '80s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is narrated by a 14-year-old boy who, along with all of the other young males in the neighborhood, is infatuated by 15-year-old Lindy Simpson. Everything changes that summer, when Lindy is brutally raped and no one is ever charged with the crime. Told with a sense of humor, some sadness, and, at times, a wisdom beyond the narrator's 14 years, the story focuses on all of the suspects and shows how suspicion and violence can change lives forever." -Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC


by Daniel Handler
(Bloomsbury, $26)

"From the mind behind Lemony Snicket comes this weird and wondrous novel, featuring a troubled teenage girl, her befuddled parents, an Alzheimer's-addled old man, and, of course, pirates. Handler plays it straight, until he doesn't, and demonstrates why he is one of the most playful, macabre, and beloved writers working today." -Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, MS


by Rafia Zakaria
(Beacon Press, $26.95)

"This is a masterfully executed, gripping, and intimate account of both the situation of Pakistani women and the troubling politics of the Pakistani state. Zakaria chronicles the humiliation of her aunt, a barren wife, as she is relegated to second-class status and moved upstairs to make room for her uncle's second wife. Into this remembrance, the author skillfully weaves the story of Benazir Bhutto, the charismatic and powerful Pakistani leader plagued by the dark history and politics of her country which eventually led to her assassination. A dark tale, The Upstairs Wife offers the reader much insight into the history and culture of Pakistan." -Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO


by Katherine Heiny
(Knopf, $23.95)

"Single, Carefree, Mellow is a very special debut collection from an author with a voice that is both interesting and unique. Heiny often takes the perspective of women that, in real life, one would be cheering against and yet for whom readers will end up having much sympathy. Her characters are like nice mean girls with wicked senses of humor, lost, in many ways, like the rest of us." -Pam Cady, University Book Store, Seattle, WA