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January 2015 Author Events, News & Reviews

Saturday, January 31, 8:45 am
Historic Oxford Hotel

Chris Bohjalian
Dinaw Mengestu
Jennifer McMahon
Mary Helen Specht

Tickets are $75.00 per person, and include continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and an afternoon reception and booksigning.

Registration begins Monday, January 5, at 8:00 am, through our website with a credit card.

 Colorado Matters at the Tattered:

Ausma Zehanat Khan


Tuesday, January 13,
7:00 pm, Highlands Ranch

Colorado Public Radio joins us in presenting Colorado author and International Human Rights lawyer Ausma Zehanat Khan in conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner, to discuss and sign her critically-acclaimed debut thriller The Unquiet Dead ($25.99 Minotaur).

Autographed Book

Collectors' Club 

January Pick


The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

by Christopher Scotton


 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.

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Books that are staff favorites and true stand-outs in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.

Our new V.I.B. selection is:

by Tim Johnston

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

by Frann Preston-Gannon

Tattered Cover Happenings


January 2015



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, January 4, 2:00 pm, Sie FilmCenter

This month we'll screen the 1979 John Houston classic Wise Blood.

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

Kara Penn

Tuesday, January 6, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Kara Penn will discuss and sign her new book Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner ($30.00 Harvard Business School Press).

Kadam Lucy James

Thursday, January 8, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Kadam Lucy James, the main teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado, will lead a meditation and discuss Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's new book How to Understand the Mind: The Nature and Power of the Mind ($18.95 Tharpa Publications).

Katie Cross

Thursday, January 8, 7:00 pm, Highlands Ranch

Katie Cross will read from and sign her debut novel Miss Mabel's School for Girls ($13.99), and her second novel Antebellum Awakening ($13.99), the first two books in her thrilling new fantasy collection The Network Series.

Dr. James Rouse & Dr. Debra Rouse

Friday, January 9, 7:00 pm, Highlands Ranch

Naturopathic doctors James Rouse and Debra Rouse will discuss and sign their new book Think Eat Move Thrive: The Practice for an Awesome Life ($24.00 Beyond Words).

Lydia Gil

Saturday, January 10, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Local author, teacher, and Spanish language journalist Lydia Gil will read from and sign her bilingual flip book for middle-grade readers, Letters from Heaven / Cartas del cielo ($9.95 Arte Publico Press).

Melanie Crowder

Monday, January 12, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Colorado author and teacher Melanie Crowder will read from and sign her new novel for young readers Audacity ($17.99, Philomel Books), the inspiring story of Russian immigrant Clara Lemlich, whose fight for equal rights in New York at the turn of the twentieth century led to the largest strike by women in American history.

Active Minds Lecture: Sand Creek Massacre

Tuesday, January 13, 12:30 pm, Colfax Avenue

Jim Sharon, Ed.D. & Ruth Sharon, MS

Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Noted couples therapists Jim and Ruth Sharon will discuss and sign their new book The Secrets of a Soulful Marriage: Creating and Sustaining a Loving, Sacred Relationship ($16.99 Skylight Paths).

Colorado Matters at the Tattered with Ausma Zehanat Khan

Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 pm, Highlands Ranch

Colorado Public Radio joins us in presenting Colorado author and International Human Rights lawyer Ausma Zehanat Khan in conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner, to discuss and sign her critically-acclaimed debut thriller The Unquiet Dead ($25.99 Minotaur).

Charles Todd

Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd will read from and sign A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery ($26.99 William Morrow).

Sue Duff

Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 pm,

Highlands Ranch

Colorado author Sue Duff will read from and sign her debut urban fantasy/science fiction novel Fade to Black: Book One: The Weir Chronicles ($17.50 Cross Winds Publishing).

Jeff Miller

Thursday, January 15, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Denver-based freelance writer, magazine editor, and author Jeff Miller will discuss and sign his new history Behind the Lines: WWI's Little-Known Story of German Occupation, Belgian Resistance, and the Band of Yanks Who Saved Millions from Starvation ($16.95 Milbrown Press).

W. C. Bauers

Thursday, January 15, 7:00 pm, Highlands Ranch

Colorado author W. C. Bauers will sign his debut science fiction novel Unbreakable ($25.99 Tor).

Kent Nelson

Friday, January 16, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Colorado author Kent Nelson will read from and sign his award-winning collection The Spirit Bird: Stories ($24.95 University of Pittsburgh Press).

Craig Marshall Smith

Friday, January 16, 7:00 pm, Highlands Ranch

Self-described curmudgeon and retired Professor Emeritus of Art, Craig Marshall Smith will read from and sign his books This is not a dachshund I, II, and III ($12.00), each a collection of his weekly opinion columns written for eight Douglas County newspapers.

Anne Randolph

Monday, January 19, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Anne Randolph, founder of Kitchen Table Writing and Write Your Life Story Workshops in Denver, will be joined by and several contributors to discuss, read from, and sign the new book Stories Gathered at the Kitchen Table: A Collection of Women's Memoirs ($14.99).

Dennis Payton Knight

Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Retired Denver family lawyer Dennis Payton Knight will read from and sign his book Joyride for Sale: Laughing and Living in Short Little Pieces ($13.99 Archway).

Gail Strickland & Cheryl Carpinello

Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 pm. Highlands Ranch

Gail Strickland will read from and sign her debut novel Night of Pan ($14.99 Curiosity Quills Press), the first book in her new young adult trilogy about the Oracle of Delphi, and Cheryl Carpinello will read from and sign her new novel for young readers Sons of the Sphinx ($10.95).

Peter Griffiths

Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Local author Peter Griffiths will read from and sign his new novel The Mystical Milestone ($13.00 Y Lolfa), a tale of obsession, mysticism, loyalty and faith set against the haunting backdrop of the Gower Peninsula in Wales.

Bob Marette

Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 pm,

Highlands Ranch

Bob Marette will discuss and sign his new book From Millstone to Milestone: How to Get Out of Debt Using Three Simple Steps ($13.99 Bridge-Logos).

Leon Logothetis

Thursday, January 22, 7:00 pm,

Highlands Ranch

Leon Logothetis, a TV host, producer, author, traveler and all around good guy, will discuss and sign his book based on his journey The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World ($24.99 Reader's Digest).

Michael Shermer

Friday, January 23, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Michael Shermer, the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and eight other books on the evolution of human beliefs and behavior, will discuss and sign his new book The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom ($32.00 Henry Holt).

Stephanie Waters

Friday, January 23, 7:00 pm, Highlands Ranch

Local author Stephanie Waters will read from and sign her fascinating new book Colorado Legends and Lore: The Phantom Fiddler, Snow Snakes and Other Tales ($16.99 History Press).

From the Page to the Stage: Appoggiatura

Tuesday, January 27, 12:00 noon, Colfax Avenue

Active Minds Lecture: Turkey

Tuesday, January 27, 5:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Cara Swanson

Tuesday, January 27, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Colorado author Cara Swanson will read from and sign her new book The Long Journey: Tales of a World Yet to Come ($12.99). This unique collection of stories-within-stories looks at life after the end of civilization as we know it, and what it might mean for the world we've created.

Danica Favorite

Tuesday, January 27, 7:00 pm, Highlands Ranch

Denver author Danica Favorite will read from and sign her new historical inspirational romance novel Rocky Mountain Dreams ($5.99 Love Inspired).

James Nestor

Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Journalist James Nestor will discuss and sign his new book Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves ($27.00 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Don Liebich

Thursday, January 29, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Foreign policy and middle east expert Don Liebich will discuss and sign his new book Fault Lines: The Layman's Guide to Understanding America's Role in the Ever-Changing Middle East (16.95 Elevate).

Musical Family Friday Night

Friday, January 30, 6:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Family Friday Night

Friday, January 30, 6:00 pm, Highlands Ranch

Writers Respond to Readers

Chris Bohjalian, Dinaw Mengestu, Jennifer McMahon, & Mary Helen Specht

Saturday, January 31, 8:45 am, Oxford Hotel

The Tattered Cover is delighted to welcome four esteemed authors for our annual Writers Respond to Readers event.

Tickets are $75.00 per person, and include continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and an afternoon reception and booksigning. Reservations will be accepted on-line beginning Monday, January 5, at 8:00 am, with a credit card.


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Colorado Authors' League
Writing Awards

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 CAL Writing Awards in 13 categories -- including E-books -- with the deadline Jan. 31, 2015. To be eligible, writers must be CAL members and have published their work either traditionally or independently in 2014.

Non-CAL members should apply by Jan. 10 in order to allow for book review. Prizes of $100 will be awarded to winners in each category, and all finalists will be invited to participate in a CAL signing/reading event at the Tattered Cover soon after the Awards Banquet. The cost for each contest entry is $50. Full details and forms at coloradoauthors.org.

In This Issue
Writers Respond to Readers 2015
Colorado Matters at the Tattered
Autographed Book Collectors' Club
TC V.I.B. (Very Impressive Book)
January Events
Happy Birthday from the TC!
Colorado Authors' League Contest
Stories on Stage
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7News Book Club
Indie Recommended Reading

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg



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Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

by Sebastian Faulks


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January 2014


The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

 by Chris Scotton
(Grand Central Publishing, $26)

ABC Club Selection
"Struggling to recover from the trauma of his baby brother's tragic death, Kevin and his broken mother relocate to Medger, Kentucky, for the summer. Their return to the Appalachian coal town in which their family is deeply rooted is intended to heal them both. While Kevin's grandfather is just the person and the wild hollows surrounding their little town just the place to help him mend, Kevin finds that Medger and its citizens are in need of healing as well. Poverty, a mountaintop removal operation, and desperation are tearing their town and the land around it apart. Scotton's finely wrought characters, perfectly paced plot, and keen sense of place make The Secret Wisdom of the Earth resonate with the reader long after the book has been finished." -Catherine Weller, Weller Book Works, Salt Lake City, UT


by Tim Johnston
(Algonquin Books, $25.95)

January VIB Selection
"Descent is a gripping, utterly engrossing account of a girl's disappearance in the Rocky Mountains. The aftermath of this tragedy is told in alternating voices: the injured brother at the scene of the accident when she left with a stranger to get help; the mother who has been hospitalized and stunned into breathtaking grief; the father who has been unable to leave the small town where the family was vacationing when his daughter disappeared - and most stunning of all, through the words of the victim herself. A real page-turner with a brilliantly conceived climax!" -Kelly Estep, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY

The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins
(Riverhead, $26.95)
"This is one of the most compelling thrillers I have read in years! With alternating perspectives ranging from the fantasies of a young woman who watches a couple from the window of her train commute every day, to the true story of the couple themselves, and a missing person case, the reader is plunged into a twisting, turning mystery of deception and misdirection. Rarely have there been so many shocking revelations in a single novel! Just when you believe you have a grasp on the entire mystery, Hawkins pulls the rug out from under you with yet another breathtaking plot revelation. An exceptional read!" -William Carl, Books on the Square, Providence, RI

The Magician's Lie

by Greer Macallister
(Sourcebooks Landmark, $23.99)
"Macallister's debut novel is historical fiction that blends magic, mystery, and romance. In turn-of-the-century America at the height of stage magic's popularity, the renowned female illusionist Amazing Arden must convince a young police officer, Virgil Holt, of her innocence in a murder that looks suspiciously like one of her most famous illusions gone wrong. As Arden's story unfolds over the course of the night she spends in police custody, the reader, as well as Officer Holt, must decide if she is telling the truth or if this, too, is part of her act." -Meagan Albin, Breakwater Books, Guilford, CT

Vanessa and Her Sister

by Priya Parmar
(Ballantine Books, $26)
"This novel tells the story of sisters Vanessa and Virginia Stephens, later to become Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. Vanessa, an emerging painter, tells their stories in her journal accompanied by the letters and telegrams of their families, husbands, and the many brilliant artists and painters in their circle. It is a story of art, literature, betrayal, emotional upheaval, and, above all, the many complicated forms love takes. Set against the backdrop of Edwardian England, a time of sweeping social transformations, Vanessa and Her Sister is a moving portrait of a brilliant family." -Staci Rice, Bluebird Books, Hutchinson, KS

The Rosie Effect

by Graeme Simsion
(Simon & Schuster, $25.99)
"If you loved The Rosie Project, you'll love knowing what happens next to Don and his new wife, Rosie, as they settle into their lives in New York City and find out that Rosie is pregnant! Rosie may love Don, but neither of them is sure if he's ready to be a father. This book is as warm as the original and as full of Don's humorous - and cringe-worthy - misunderstandings of social behavior." -Kate Madison, Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, PA

The Bishop's Wife

by Mette Ivie Harrison
(Soho Crime, $26.95)
"Linda Wallheim is the local bishop's wife and the mother of five sons, all but one out of the house and on their own. As a Mormon, Linda has been increasingly frustrated with some of the Church's doctrine. While her life is busy fulfilling her duties with many community services and being the hostess for the ward at all hours, she chafes under the patriarchal beliefs and practices. When she is called to care for a five-year-old girl whose mother has mysteriously disappeared, Linda begins to question the circumstances of the young wife's absence. This is a beautifully written story about a woman who supports her husband as the bishop while recognizing that her inner convictions might go against his will. A compelling read!" -Patricia Worth, River Reader, Lexington, MO

Almost Famous Women: Stories

by Megan Mayhew Bergman
(Scribner, $25)
"Bergman's latest collection of short stories is simply spectacular. In the tradition of her award-winning first collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, Bergman has given readers tales filled with achingly real, exquisitely crafted characters who seem to leap off the page. Beautifully told, the stories provide intimate snapshots of unique, lesser-known women in history, each facing life's challenges head on - poverty and prejudice, hardship and sacrifice - bravely charging forward without looking back." -Anderson McKean, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL


The Shock of the Fall

by Nathan Filer
(St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99)
"This wholly original novel was previously published in hardcover under the title Where the Moon Isn't and languished undiscovered, but now it has a Costa Book Award and the attention of many booksellers, and rightly so. Matthew is a young man with mental health issues and this story documents his struggle to come to terms with the death of his brother. The honesty in the telling is what is so compelling about this book, and I came away with a better understanding of how these issues impact a family's path, sometimes in heartbreaking ways." -Jenny Lyons, The Vermont Bookshop, Middlebury, VT

The First Bad Man

by Miranda July
(Scribner, $25)
"Miranda July does not coddle readers; rather, she unapologetically throws them into the world of gritty irony that she has masterfully created. July spins a complex web that reflects the absurdity, horror, and glory of life. Her protagonist, Cheryl Glickman, allows us to understand the flawed characters of her world - herself included - and to see past the grotesque. Cheryl's quirkiness and July's mastery of inner dialogue keep readers entranced and perhaps make them a bit more human as a result of the experience." -Letizia Acosta, University Book Store, Seattle, WA

Everlasting Lane

by Andrew Lovett
(Melville House, $25.95)
"Peter Lambert is a nine-year-old boy whose life changes when his father dies and his mother moves them to a village called Amberley. As soon as they arrive Peter feels like he's been there before, and his mother confirms that they used to live in that same house. As the new kid at a small village school, Peter eventually makes friends with two other outcasts, Anna-Marie and Tommie, and together they explore the countryside. They also discover what appears to be a hidden room in Peter's house, with a window visible from the outside but no entrance from the inside, and Peter realizes that there is a secret that his mother is keeping from him. Is she an outcast too? And who is really telling the truth?" -Lysbeth Abrams, Eight Cousins, Falmouth, MA

After the War Is Over

by Jennifer Robson
(William Morrow, $14.99)
"In 1919, Britain is licking its wounds after years of a horrid and merciless war. Charlotte Brown and other women have determined to do what they can to change things by providing financial assistance and offering help where possible to those in need. A newspaper editor gives Charlotte the opportunity to express her views by hiring her to write a weekly commentary, which enables her to speak for the disenfranchised. Soon after, she encounters her former employer, the Earl of Cumberland, who still causes her heart to flutter. In the meantime, Charlotte's articles are getting a lot of attention, and awareness from the upper classes, those who have the power to help, is increasing. Which direction will Charlotte's life take?" -Nancy Nelson, Sunriver Books & Music, Sunriver, OR

West of Sunset

by Stewart O'Nan
(Viking, $27.95)
"This novel begins after F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda have streaked across the Jazz Age sky like bright, shiny shooting stars. Scott is in Hollywood working as a script doctor and shakily holding on to sobriety; Zelda is in a mental hospital clinging to sanity just as tenuously. Unaccustomed to the workaday world, Scott struggles to prove his worth in Hollywood by showing up to work on time, paying his bills, and living a life of quiet desperation. Gone are the days of wine and roses; Scott must now learn to live as if there is a tomorrow. O'Nan offers a subtle portrait of an American icon as an ordinary man attempting to redefine himself after nearly losing it all." -Kerry Spaulding, University Book Store, Mill Creek, WA


by Krassi Zourkova
(Morrow, $25.99)
"Thea, a piano prodigy determined to leave Bulgaria for America, has just discovered she is a 'ghost child,' someone raised in the shadow of a dead sibling. Her sister, Elza, attended Princeton, also as a piano prodigy, but was found dead with no known cause. Eighteen years later, as Thea learns of this tragedy for the first time, she is determined to solve the mystery of her sister's death, but two brothers, as handsome as they are mysterious, are determined to keep the bizarre circumstances of her sister's death secret. Enter the world of samodivi, or 'wildalones,' forest witches who entrap men and 'daemons' who ensnare young girls. Ancient Greek mythology meets Bulgarian legend in this shadowy, sensuous world of magic, mystery, and romance." -Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books & Hobbies, Oscoda, MI

The Unquiet Dead

by Ausma Zehanat Khan
(Minotaur, $25.99)

Meet the Author!
"This is part page-turning murder mystery with complex characters and part heartbreaking story of the Bosnian war that explores the themes of loss and the cost of justice. Rachel Getty and Esa Kahattak work in a special division of the Canadian police that handles minority-sensitive cases. They get called in on a case that looks like someone fell off the bluffs in an unfortunate accident, but rumors are that the victim isn't an 'average Joe' at all, but a Bosnian war criminal using an assumed identity. As Esa and Rachel begin to investigate, they find that nothing is really as clear-cut as it seems. This is a brilliant debut, and I can't wait to see more from this talented author." -Amanda Skelton, Union Avenue Books, Knoxville, TN

Before I Go

by Colleen Oakley
(Gallery Books, $24.99)
"After just a few years in remission, Daisy's breast cancer returns with a vengeance and she is given mere months to live. The love shared by Daisy and Jack, her husband, is unbounded and immense. While undergoing experimental cancer treatments, Daisy decides to look for her replacement, a new wife for Jack. She visits dog parks, bookstores, and finally lands upon the ideal woman through an online match service. No spoilers here, but suffice it to say that things do not go as planned. This book about cancer and death is filled with love and a grand sense of humor, is never maudlin or sappy, and serves as a necessary reality check for all of us." -Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA

Doing the Devil's Work

by Bill Loehfelm
(Sarah Crichton Books, $26)
"In this third book in a series, Maureen Coughlin, a gritty, strong-willed redhead, is finally a full-fledged New Orleans cop. After a mysterious corpse is found and a late-night traffic stop goes awry, all hell breaks loose. Is Maureen a target yet again? This book grabs readers from the first paragraph and only releases them wanting more a few hundred pages later. Venture in and become a part of Maureen Coughlin's New Orleans, and you'll be holding your breath for the entire ride!" -Amy Loewy, Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA


Viking Bay: A Kay Hamilton Novel

by M.A. Lawson
(Blue Rider Press, $26.95)
"As recounted in the first book in this series, Rosarito Beach, Kay Hamilton went rogue when working for the DEA and was fired. She now has the perfect job working for the Callahan Group, a top secret agency that does the government's dirty work. Lawson has found the perfect vehicle for Kay's daredevil personality and her no-holds-barred action when she is trying to right a wrong or bring someone to justice. A rogue agent in a rogue agency suits Kay to a T and makes for nonstop action and a great, entertaining read." -Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

The Internet Is Not the Answer

by Andrew Keen
(Atlantic Monthly Press, $25)
"In the midst of celebrating all that the Internet has done for us comes this thoughtful invitation to consider the negative impacts of its presence in our lives. Keen, himself a veteran of the tech industry, reveals the behind-the-scenes workings of the Internet with input from others involved. His best message, however, is that with consideration and the application of care we can still shape a future society that utilizes the strengths of the internet while not allowing it to overwhelm us and turn us into robotic servants of the very technology that was designed to help us gain freedom and growth as human beings." -Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA

The Soul of Discretion: A Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler Mystery

by Susan Hill
(Overlook Press, $26.95)
"Fans of character-driven suspense who aren't afraid of gritty plot lines are sure to enjoy Hill's Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler series. Hill doesn't shy away from taking her characters into difficult territory, and The Soul of Discretion is definitely her most nerve-racking novel yet. Serrailler goes deep undercover to try to stop a ring of child pornographers while his sister, Cat, is left to deal with family drama, financial problems, a rift in their father's second marriage, and an attentive police officer. Guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!" -Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI