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March 2015

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Find an old favorite or discover someone new on this extensive, but my no means complete, list of Irish authors. 
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Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Colorado Public Radio joins us in presenting local author Cynthia Swanson, in conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner, to discuss her debut novel The Bookseller ($25.00 HarperCollins).

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Monday, March 30, 7:00 pm
Douglas County Library, James H. LaRue Branch
The Douglas County Library joins us in presenting critically acclaimed, bestselling author Thomas McGuane reading from and signing his new collection of stories Crow Fair ($25.95 Knopf).

This event is free but registration is required. Click here to find a library registration link. Books will be available for sale at the event for the booksiging.

Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm
Sturm Hall, University of Denver
The University of Denver's Enrichment Program joins us in presenting bestselling author and master storyteller Erik Larson discussing and signing his new book Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania.
Tickets are $35.00 per person and include a copy of Dead Wake. Click here for more information and a registration link.

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March 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, March 1, 2:00 pm, Sie FilmCenter

This month we'll screen the 1974 Louis Malle classic Lacombe, Lucien.

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

Dimity McDowell

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

A dedicated, if not natural runner, local author Dimity McDowell will discuss and sign her new book Tales from Another Mother Runner: Triumphs, Trials, Tips, and Tricks from the Road ($14.99 Andrews McMeel), which she co-authored with Sarah Bowen Shea.

Jamie Metzl

Monday, March 2, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Jamie Metzl will read from, discuss and sign his thrilling new novel Genesis Code ($24.95 Arcade Publishing), which deals with issues of human genetic enhancement in the context of a future US-China rivalry.

Colorado Matters at the Tattered with

Cynthia Swanson

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

Colorado Public Radio joins us in presenting local author Cynthia Swanson, in conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner, to discuss her debut novel The Bookseller ($25.00 HarperCollins).

Stacy Robinson

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

Local author Stacy Robinson will read from and sign her new novel Surface ($15.00 Kensington Publishing), which explores the consequences of flawed choices, the complex nature of betrayal and forgiveness-and the intriguing possibility of second acts.

Andrea Pakieser

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Writer and translator Andrea Pakieser will discuss and sign her new biography of Leda Rafanelli, I Belong Only to Myself: The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli ($16.95 AK Press).

Jennifer Chiaverini

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

Jennifer Chiaverini, the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln's Rival, will read from and sign her new historical novel Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule ($26.95 Dutton).

Dr. Allen Bowling

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

Allen Bowling, MD, PhD, will discuss and sign his new book Optimal Health with Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide to Integrating Lifestyle, Alternative, and Conventional Medicine ($24.95 Demos Health).

John Boyne

Saturday, March 7, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

John Boyne, the author whose acclaimed books include The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, will read from and sign his new novel A History of Loneliness ($26.00 FS&G).

Book Club Happy Hour

Monday, March 9, 6:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. Please call 303-322-1965 ext. 2739 to make a reservation.

Active Minds Lecture: The Panama Canal

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

Tim Johnston

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

Prize-winning, critically acclaimed author Tim Johnston will read from and sign his debut novel Descent ($25.95 Algonquin Books).

Cat Warren

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

Cat Warren will discuss and sign her fascinating new book What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs ($16.00 Touchstone Book).

Jonathan Waldman

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

Journalist Jonathan Waldman will join us to discuss and sign his eye-opening new book Rust: The Longest War ($26.95 Simon & Schuster).

Karyl McBride

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

Dr. Karyl McBride, author of the bestseller Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers, will discuss and sign Will I Ever Be Free of You: How to Navigate a High-Conflict Divorce from a Narcissist and Heal Your Family ($25.00 Atria Books).

Lauren Oliver

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

Lauren Oliver, the bestselling author whose books include Rooms (adult), Liesel & Po (young readers), and Before I Fall, Panic, Pandemonium, Delirium, and Requiem (teen), will read from and sign her new novel for teen readers Vanishing Girls ($18.99 HarperCollins).

Joshua Ferris

Saturday, March 14, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Joshua Ferris, whose previous books include The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and received the PEN/Hemingway Award, will read from and sign the new paperback edition of his critically acclaimed novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour ($16.00 Back Bay Books).

Mary Doria Russell

Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Mary Doria Russell, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Sparrow, will read from and sign her highly anticipated new novel Epitaph ($27.99 Ecco).

Lynne Truss

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

Lynne Truss, the author of the New York Times bestselling book Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, will read from and sign her new novel Cat Out of Hell ($24.95 Melville House).

Patrick Hicks

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

Patrick Hicks, whose first novel The Commandant of Lubizec was published to great critical acclaim in 2014, will read from and sign The Collector of Names ($15.00 Schaffner Press), his first collection of stories.

Gail Carriger

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

New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes comedic steampunk mixed with urbane fantasy. Carriger will read from and sign Prudence ($20.00 Orbit), the first book in her new Custard Protocol series, in which Rue and her crack (or possibly cracked) dirigible crew get into trouble around the Empire on behalf of queen, country, and tea.

Brandon Mull

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

Brandon Mull is the author of the bestselling Beyonders and Fablehaven series, as well as the beloved Five Kingdoms and Candy Shop Wars series. Mull will read from and sign his new book Crystal Keepers ($17.99 Aladdin ISBN 9781442497061), the third book in the Five Kingdoms series.


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

N.K. Traver will read from and sign her debut novel Duplicity ($18.99 Thomas Dunne), and debut author Susan Adrian will read from and sign Tunnel Vision ($18.99 Griffin).

Poetry Open Mic

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

Page to the Stage: DCPA Broadway

Tuesday, March 24, 12:00 noon, Colfax Avenue

Active Minds Lecture: Malcolm X

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

Gretchen Rubin

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

Gretchen Rubin, author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, will discuss and sign her new book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives ($26.00 Crown).

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

Colorado authors Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe will discuss and sign their new book Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of a Forgotten Volcano That Changed the World ($26.95 Pegasus).


Cory Doctorow

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

Award winning science fiction author, activist, blogger and journalist Cory Doctorow will join us to discuss and sign all of his books including the recent Homeland ($10.95 Tor Books), Information Doesn't Want to Be Free ($22.00 McSweeney's Books), and In Real Life ($17.99 First Second).

Musical Family Friday Night

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

Joseph Kanon

Monday, March 30, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Joseph Kanon, the bestselling author of Istanbul Passage, will read from and sign his new novel Leaving Berlin ($27.00 Atria), a sweeping, atmospheric novel of postwar East Berlin, a city caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupation.

Thomas McGuane

Monday, March 30, 7:00 pm, Douglas County Library, James H. LaRue Branch

The Douglas County Library joins us in presenting critically acclaimed, bestselling author Thomas McGuane reading from and signing his new collection of stories Crow Fair ($25.95 Knopf).

Important event registration information.

Warren Hammond

Tuesday, March 31, 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).

(R)evolve Records Presents
"Reading into the Music," featuring jazz guitarist Ben Parrish in an intimate performance of original music from his upcoming release Song of the Forest.

Sunday, March 15, 2:00 pm
Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue

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

Our new Adult VIB selection is The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber, and our new Kids' VIB selection selection is Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai.

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


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race  


Visit Dom's Blog for his review of the book.

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7News Book Club

with Lisa Hildago

Mention the 7News Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off  this month's selection: 



The Princess Bride

by William Goldman


Visit Lisa's FaceBook page for her review of the book!

Autographed Book

Collectors' Club 

March Pick


Crow Fair: Stories

by Thomas McGuane


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.

Entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 3!
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.


March 2014


The Fifth Gospel

by Ian Caldwell
(Simon & Schuster, $25.99)
"One of the great mysteries of the Catholic Church, The Shroud of Turin, has inspired one of the great writers of our time to create this masterful thriller. Two brothers - Alex, a Greek Catholic priest, and Simon, a Roman Catholic priest - are drawn into the intrigue surrounding the Shroud and the origins of the Church following the murder of their friend Ugo, an eccentric curator obsessed with the Shroud who was preparing a major exhibit in the Vatican Gallery. Alex and Simon are dedicated brothers and priests, yet as different in temperament and faith as they are similar in conviction and loyalty. Caldwell unveils much about the world behind the Vatican walls, even as the intricate plot builds to a climax. A spectacular achievement!" -Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

The Buried Giant

by Kazuo Ishiguro
(Knopf, $26.95)
"Ishiguro's new novel is a work of wonder, transport, and beauty. A recurrent theme in his earlier books, always shown with great originality, is the matter of what happens after we have lost our way. In The Buried Giant, Ishiguro explores losing direction, memory, and certainty, as the primary characters cling to remnants of codes of behavior and belief. Which is the way through the forest? Where might our son be? And where is the dragon, and who shall seek to slay her? Set in the time just after King Arthur's reign, Ishiguro's tale, with striking, fable-like rhythm and narrative, shows how losing and finding our way runs long, deep, and to the core of things." -Rick Simonson, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey

by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
(W.W. Norton, $26.95)
"Mockett's journey begins in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, near the site of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, and encompasses a nation's grieving as well as her own. Through her beautiful descriptions of traditions, rituals, conversations, and quiet moments, she shows the nuances of a people picking up and moving on. By seeking out the cultural context of her subject's very human reactions and emotions, Mockett walks a fine line that globalization has tried to erase entirely, and our understanding of the events and their aftermath is richer for it." -Rachel Cass, Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA


by Jamie Kornegay
(Simon & Schuster, $26)
"In his debut novel, Kornegay has confidently announced himself as a writer to watch. Centered around Jay Mize, an idealistic farmer whose luck just keeps breaking bad, the story kicks into high gear when Jay discovers a corpse on his failing farm. Fearing he is being framed by his less progressive neighbors, Jay hides the discovery rather than reporting it. Kornegay expertly heightens the tension, tightening the screws on the increasingly paranoid Jay in a way that makes it impossible for the reader to put the book down. With Soil, Kornegay joins Wiley Cash and Tom Franklin as a strong voice in the world of Southern gothic fiction." -Josh Christie, Sherman's Books and Stationery, Bar Harbor, ME

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

by Erik Larson
(Crown, $28)

An Evening with Erik Larson
"With the taut storytelling form that is Larson's trademark, Dead Wake recounts the tragedy of the sinking of the passenger ocean liner Lusitania. The torpedoing of a passenger liner by a German submarine shocked and horrified the world and served to mobilize American popular opinion in favor of entering World War I. Larson carefully sets the stage for the tragedy, and with dramatic effect recreates the tension of the chase, the horror of the attack, and the tragic aftermath. Dead Wake pulls the reader in and evokes a visceral response of outrage and sadness - the same response most Americans had upon first hearing the news in 1915." -Jon Grand, The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka, IL

Welcome to Braggsville

by T. Geronimo Johnson
(William Morrow, $25.99)
"In Welcome to Braggsville, Johnson explores cultural, social, and regional diversity in a world increasingly driven by social media. His satirical and ironic style portrays a UC Berkeley - 'Berzerkeley' - student from Georgia who, along with his friends, goes back to his hometown to challenge an annual Southern tradition and inadvertently sets off a chain of events resulting in tragic consequences. Johnson's creative language play envelops the reader in the Deep South with the impact of a razor-sharp Lynyrd Skynyrd riff." -Jann Griffiths, BookSmart, Morgan Hill, CA

Leaving Berlin

by Joseph Kanon
(Atria Books, $27)

Meet the Author!
"In 1949, WWII has been over for four years but the world continues to fume as suspicion wages a new kind of conflict in Joe McCarthy's America and the German people starve behind a barrier that has made them victims of the Cold War. When Alex Meier returns to Berlin to attempt to 'earn' his way back to the U.S. by spying for the fledgling CIA, life quickly begins to unravel and Meier is thrown into a turmoil that he could not have imagined. Can he betray the love of his youth by remaining loyal to his pledge to help his new country? Readers will be on the edge of their seats in expectation." -Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA

Barefoot Dogs: Stories

by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
(Scribner, $23)
"What people lose defines how they live their lives and this vibrant collection of stories illustrates this point with a literary verve that is electrifying! When the patriarch of a rich and thriving Mexican family is kidnapped, the family scatters across the world to save themselves. Ruiz-Camacho focuses on the lives of the rich and privileged in Mexican society, so used to servants and having things done for them that when the Arteaga family is left to its own devices, they have difficulty coping. This is a very entertaining and moving collection of interwoven stories highlighting the profound talent of a new author. Thought-provoking and memorable." -Raul Chapa, BookPeople, Austin, TX

A Little Life

by Hanya Yanagihara
(Doubleday, $30)
"With heartaching perfection, Yanagihara follows four college roommates through three decades of relationships, careers, struggles, and triumphs. She opens episodic windows into the worlds of JB, Malcolm, Willem, and Jude - the artist, the architect, the actor, and the lawyer. At the novel's heart is Jude, the group's emotional epicenter and its eternal mystery who is determined to keep his past hidden and to shoulder its terrible effects on the present. A Little Life is a deeply felt journey through friendship, love, trust, and hurt that immerses the reader so fully each character becomes a friend and the intricacies of their lives are sorely missed after the last page is turned." -Melinda Powers, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

An Exaggerated Murder

by Josh Cook
(Melville House, $14.95)
"If Sherlock Holmes and Ignatius J. Reilly had a baby, that child would be Trike Augustine, private investigator. Rude, slobby, irritatingly brilliant, quick-witted - that's Trike. With the help of his saner, more reasonable employees, Trike has been tasked with finding a missing billionaire, but will the stupid clues stump the smart man, or will Trike manage to keep himself and his associates out of harm's way and solve the case before it's too late? An Exaggerated Murder is a fantastic, funny, smart debut, and I eagerly await more from Cook." -Liberty Hardy, RiverRun Books, Portsmouth, NH

Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral

by Mary Doria Russell
(Ecco, $27.99)

Meet the Author!
"This continuation of the story begun in Doc is equally engaging. From a shroud of American West mythic bombast and misrepresentation, Russell creates compelling, realistic characters with Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday shown to be both heroic and heatbreakingly human. Epitaph focuses on Josie Marcus, the love of Wyatt's life. Theirs is a grand romantic tale told in hardscrabble detail, and Russell even makes what could have been cardboard villains into fully realized characters, both flawed and sympathetic. A rip-roaring good yarn!" -Kathi Kirby, Powell's Books, Portland, OR


by David Vann
(Atlantic Monthly Press, $24)

"The world of the aquarium becomes a microcosm of a young girl's longings - some she can name, some she cannot - as her splintered family makes jagged efforts to reform itself. How kinship is expressed, both in the fish world and within 12-year-old Caitlin's difficult family, is at the heart of Vann's piercing and ultimately redemptive novel - one that remains vivid long after the last page." -Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA

The Room

by Jonas Karlsson
(Hogarth, $14)
"An employee at a mundane office in Sweden, Bjorn knows that he is better than his contemporaries and does whatever it takes to get the recognition he feels he deserves. He finds that recognition in 'the room,' an otherwise unremarkable space between the elevators and the toilets, except for the fact that it seems to exist only for him. In 'the room,' Bjorn feels more powerful, more attractive, and able to take control of the work environment he finds upsettingly sloppy. Unfortunately for Bjorn, his coworkers only see him as a man staring at a wall for inordinate periods and try to keep him from this unsettling behavior. Brilliantly crafted and sharply funny." -Kelsey Myers, Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO

The Valley

by John Renehan
(Dutton, $26.95)
"Lt. Black, a desk officer at a forward operating base in Afghanistan, has been ordered by his commander to investigate a complaint about a platoon stationed in the Valley, the most remote and dreaded American-occupied outpost in the country. It has been said that war brings out both the best and the worst in men, but what Black, who struggles with his own demons, comes to realize is that the truth is much more complicated and frightening. The Valley is rich with detail, compelling and complex." -Lyn Roberts, Square Books, Oxford, MS

Young Skins: Stories

by Colin Barrett
(Black Cat, $15)
"The Ireland of Barrett's collection is not one of rolling emerald hills, Celtic crosses, and penny whistle jigs. This is hard-drinking, small-town Ireland with a population of young people who long for something bigger and who drink to forget that longing. Each story follows a different character and each one handles their own loneliness, claustrophobia, and nagging feeling of failure in a different way. The stories are tight, gritty, and agonizingly real. Barrett's writing is a pleasure - lyrical and rough at the same time, shining a light on lives that few take the time to look at - beauty in the despair of the everyday." -Llalan Fowler, Main Street Books, Mansfield, OH

Ongoingness: The End of a Diary

by Sarah Manguso
(Graywolf Press, $20)
"Ongoingness is at once a calm analysis and a feverishly whispered confession. Built around the 'dark matter' of Manguso's 800,000-word diary, each capsule-sized entry is a meditation on memory, mortality, and what we leave behind - both tangible and not. Highly recommended for fans of Joan Didion's The White Album and Leslie Jamison's The Empathy Exams." -Sarah Hollenbeck, Women & Children First, Chicago, IL

H Is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald
(Grove Press, $25)
"This is a superbly crafted memoir, incredibly original in its depth and visceral impact. The author swings back and forth between her own desire to train a goshawk and her research of that same need documented by T.H. White. Self-deprecating humor vies with wonder and grief as Macdonald manages to make the reader see, hear, and feel every aspect of this incredible journey. A marvelous read." -Karen Frank, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT

I Am Radar

by Reif Larsen
(Penguin Press, $29.95)
"I Am Radar revolves around questions of art, creation, love, heartbreak, performance, war, and regeneration. Sounds like heady stuff, and it is, but on an immensely readable level that culminates in a puzzling yet delightful climax. As Radar navigates his way through life as a black child, a white man, and a white/black man, he discovers that art can be perception and science can be art. The language used is delightfully beautiful, even in the war scenes. I Am Radar may also be the best book about personal definitions of art in our time, as well as how art can affect and change a person. I cannot recommend it highly enough!" -Bill Carl, The Booksellers on Fountain Square, Cincinnati, OH

Cat Out of Hell

by Lynne Truss
(Melville House, $24.95)

Meet the Author!
"Cat lover or hater, you'll be caught up in this quirky mystery from the author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves. Cat Out of Hell features Roger, a most unusual, talented, and enigmatic feline, and the humans he involves in a case worthy of Sherlock Holmes. Can Roger be trusted? Is Wiggy Winterton, the human aiding him, perhaps going 'wiggy'? You decide. It's a darkly funny hoot!" -Rosemary Pugliese, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NC

The Bookseller

by Cynthia Swanson
(Harper, $25.99)

Meet the Author!
"In 1962, 38-year-old Kitty Miller lives unconventionally. She's an unmarried working woman who is running a bookstore with her best friend. But at night, in her dreams, it's a different story. There, Kitty (now Kathryn) explores the path not taken. She's the married mother of three. It's the life that might have been, and the novel explores both Kitty's waking and dream lives in alternating chapters. Swanson's enjoyable debut really gets interesting when the lines between waking and dreaming, fantasy and reality, begin to blur." -Susan Tunis, Bookshop West Portal, San Francisco, CA


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