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December 2015
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Love mysteries? Can't get enough science fiction? Need ideas for your next book club read? Want to know when your child's favorite author is coming to sign? Easy! Manage your e-mail preferences to stay informed about the books and author events that interest you most. 

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Celebrate Indies First on Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Meet some of your favorite Colorado authors, and support our locally owned bookstores.
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Ree Drummond
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime
Thursday, December 3, 7:00 pm
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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
Friday, December 4, 7:00 pm
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Autographed Book 
Collectors' Club

December Selection:
by Michael Cunningham

A club for the true collector, the ardent bibliophile, and all lovers of the printed word. Members of the  ABC Club receive one signed first edition chosen by our buyers and events staff each month. 
book drive 18 th Annual Children's Book Drive

During December, the Tattered Cover will once again collect new and gently used children's books to be distributed by  Reach Out and Read Colorado 's p ediatric literacy programs. Beginning December 1, collection boxes will be located in all metro-Denver Tattered Cover locations. The goal is to collect books for very young children, ages 6 months to 5 years. The Tattered Cover will offer a matching donation of one new book for every 10 gently used book donated by our patrons.
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17th Annual 
Holiday Reading

Monday, December 14,
7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Stories on Stage joins us in welcoming Jamie Horton, acclaimed actor, director, and writer-currently an Associate Professor at Dartmouth College-for our annual holiday reading. We are honored to have Jamie join us once again for this very special event. We'll celebrate the spirit of the holidays with warm drinks, and yummy treats provided by Whole Foods Market, as Jamie reads from several holiday classics. While this event is free, guests are encouraged to help us celebrate the spirit of giving this holiday season by bringing a new or gently used book as a donation to our annual Children's Book Drive which benefits Reach Out and Read Colorado.
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Our Tattered Cover V.I.B. selections are books that are staff favorites and true stand-outs in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
V.I.B. selections would make perfect gifts! Check out all of our recent selections  for adults , and  for kids .

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 20% off this month's selection: Descent 
by Tim Johnston
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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 on the 7News website.

Mention the 7News Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off this month's selection:  After Alice 
by Gregory Maguire
Writers Respond to Readers 2016

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Historic Oxford Hotel

Tickets are $75.00 per person, and include continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and an afternoon reception and booksigning. Ticket sales begin Monday, January 4, at 8:00 am, here on our website with a credit card. Click here for complete information.  
See you in January!

December 2015

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



Tuesday, December 1,
7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Graham Hancock, author of the multi-million bestseller  Fingerprints of the Gods, will discuss and sign  Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilization ($27.99 Thomas Dunne Books), his sequel to his seminal work.

Tuesday, December 1,
7:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Caryn and Peter Boddie, authors of  Lost Ski Areas of Colorado's Front Range and Northern Mountains, will discuss and sign their new book  Lost Ski Areas of Colorado's Central and Southern Mountains ($21.99 History Press).

Wednesday, December 2,
7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Toni Tipton-Martin, a culinary journalist, author, editor, and community activist, will discuss and sign her new book  The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks ($45.00 University of Texas Press).

Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove.
Boulder author and educator Alan Hafer will discuss and sign his book  Descendants of Wounded Knee: The Ultimate Sacrifice on the Pine Ridge Reservation ($18.95 Johnson Books).

Thursday, December 3,
7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Food blogger, photographer, cookbook author, and  Food Network star Ree Drummond, a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman, will sign her eagerly anticipated new book  The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: ($29.99 William Morrow).

Mitch Albom
Friday, December 4,
7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
New York Times bestselling author Mitch Albom, whose beloved books include Tuesdays with Morrie and  The First Phone Call from Heaven, will read from and sign his eagerly anticipated new novel  The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto ($25.99 HarperCollins).
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Meet the Grinch! Storytime
Saturday, December 5,
11:00 am, Aspen Grove

Live Broadcast & Booksigning
with Pat Miller, a.k.a. The Gabby Gourmet
Saturday, December 5,
1:00 to 3:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Sunday, December 6,
1:00 pm, Sie FilmCenter
This month we'll see the 1957 Ingmar Bergman classic Wild Strawberries.
Tickets are $1.00, and are available at the box office one  hour before showtime.

Active Minds Lecture: ISIS
Tuesday, December 8,
12:30 pm, Aspen Grove

Michel Roy
Tuesday, December 8,
7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Michel Roy, the father of hockey legend and Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy, will discuss and sign his new book  Patrick Roy: Winning. Nothing Else. ($18.95 Triumph Books).

Michael Carroll
Wednesday, December 9,
6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Award-winning space artist and science writer Michael Carroll, who has written 26 books, including  Drifting on Alien Winds: Exploring the Skies and Weather of Other Worlds and Alien Seas: Oceans in Space, will read from, discuss and sign his new novel    On the Shores of Titan's Farthest Sea: A Scientific Novel ($24.99 Springer).

Wednesday, December 9,
7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Adam Makos will discuss and sign his new book    Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice($28.00 Ballantine Books), an unforgettable tale of courage from America's forgotten war in Korea.

Malcolm Gay
Thursday, December 10,
7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Award-winning journalist Malcolm Gay will discuss and sign his fascinating new book  The Brain Electric: The Dramatic High-Tech Race to Merge Minds and Machines ($26.00 FS&G).

Krista Schlyer
Thursday, December 10,
7:00 pm, Historic LoDo
Krista Schlyer, an award-winning photographer and writer focusing on conservation, biodiversity and public lands, will discuss and sign  Almost Anywhere: Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National Parks, and Nonsense ($24.99 Skyhorse).

6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Local author Claudia Cangilla McAdam will join us for a special storytime to read from and sign her two new picture books  Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree ($16.99 Paraclete Press) and  The Mermaid's Gift ($16.99 Pelican Publishing).

Sunday, December 13,
2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

17th Annual Holiday Readingfeaturing Jamie Horton
Monday, December 14,
7:00 pm,Colfax Avenue

Poetry Open Mic
Tuesday, December 15,
7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Active Minds Lecture: The Year in Review
Tuesday, December 22,
5:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Whole Kids Storytime
Tuesday, December 29,
10:30 am, Colfax Avenue

by Donald Hall
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22)
"This is a gift of honesty, intimacy, and the pure genius that is Donald Hall, as he hand-picks what he considers to be the best of his poetry from more than 70 years of published works. From this former U.S. Poet Laureate comes one essential volume of his works, where 'Ox-Cart Man' sits alongside 'Kicking the Leaves' and 'Without.' As he is no longer writing poetry, this 'concise gathering of my life's work' is the perfect introduction to Hall's literary contributions, as well as closure for his many ardent followers." - Katharine Nevins, MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, Warner, NH

by Jackie Copleton
(Penguin Books, paper, $16)
"An intimate look at the devastating effect of the bombing of Nagasaki on one family, this is a story of love - parental and sexual, selfless and selfish, and, in the end, healing. Amaterasu Takahashi opens the door of her home in the U.S. to a badly scarred man claiming to be her grandson, who supposedly perished along with her daughter during the bombing nearly 40 years earlier. The man carries a cache of letters that forces Ama to confront her past and the love affair that tore her apart from her daughter." - Sandi Torkildson, A Room of One's Own, Madison, WI

by Michael Cunningham, Yuko Shimizu (Illus.)
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $23)
"The author of  The Hours gives us a modern take on classic fairy tales, from a sympathetic  Rumpelstiltskin to a jaded but content  Steadfast Tin Soldier.Cunningham is not shy with his characters: he strips away sentimentality like an old Band-Aid, tearing through the romanticism that these tales usually inspire. Each story is less a retelling and more an unflinching dissection of human nature-our base needs and urges, our raw fears and joys. Shimizu's haunting illustrations give the book a classic feel, and make it a perfect addition to any fairy tale lover's collection." - Jennifer Oleinik, University Book Store, Seattle, WA

by Carly Simon
(Flatiron Books, $28.99)
"Boys in the Trees is a surprising and delightful read and more than a guilty pleasure derived from a crass and exploitative celebrity culture. Carly Simon has always been an appealing and alluring personality, and her memoir presents an honest - yet crafty - look at her life, beautifully and elegantly voiced. At times captivating, touching, and occasionally embarrassing, it is unfailingly entertaining - a sexy and romantic book with a sweet heart and soul." - Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA

by Mitch Albom
(Harper, $25.99)
"According to the Spirit of Music, the narrator of Albom's latest novel, everyone joins a band in life - some of them play music, while others can be in a band of friendship, romance, or career. Frankie's music is so powerful that he can actually affect people's futures with the six magic strings on his guitar, but this gift becomes a burden for Frankie, impacting his loves and friendships, and, ultimately, his life. Albom offers a story destined to become a classic that will have readers looking at music differently than they ever have before." - Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books & Hobbies, Oscoda, MI

by Carly J. Hallman
(The Unnamed Press, paper, $16)
"Sometimes too much pineapple turns your tongue into a caterpillar, all that acid seeping through. Between detailing a government-sanctioned fat camp meant to 'rehabilitate' China's morbidly obese children and the brutal assassination of China's richest man - Papa Hui, CEO of Bashful Goose Snack Company, China's most profitable corporation - Hallman's  Year of the Goose contains that same tartness. Snarky and sinister, this debut novel will make you both cackle and cringe." - Annalia Linnan, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX

by Douglas Schofield  (Minotaur, $24.99)
"Claire Talbot has a lot to prove in the misogynistic legal world in which she has immersed herself, but she puts it all on the line when Marcus Hastings enters her life with an old case that stirs an ominous feeling in the pit of Claire's stomach. Though the string of missing girls occurred before she was born, Claire senses a familiarity with the case, and with Marcus, that she can't explain. What begins with an ambitious young female prosecutor, a mysterious cold case, and an intriguing ex-cop who knows too much about both ends in a series of twists that readers won't see coming." - Rachel Kelley, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR

by Gilly Macmillan
(William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99)
"This is the story of a mother's anguish and desperation when her eight-year-old son runs ahead on an ordinary Sunday afternoon walk in a park and vanishes. It is the story of the lead detective, told partly in sessions he has with a psychologist because of the toll the case is taking on his personal life. It is the story of family and friends and the secrets they have been keeping that are slowly revealed. And it is the story of how the media and the public are quick to point fingers and assign blame. But, most of all, it is the story of a mother's love and her strength and will to push everything aside and do anything to bring her son home." - Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

by Charlyne Yi
(Harper Perennial, paper, $16.99)
"Yi's debut book of illustrated stories snagged my heart from the start and left it shaken, squeezed, and full. Her deceptively simple narratives and sketched illustrations reminiscent of Shel Silverstein shift the mood smoothly from surreal to touching to utterly charming. Highly recommended for daydreamers, artists, and lovers of life!" - Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI

by Simon Mawer
(Other Press, paper, $15.95)
"Picking up where he left off in  Trapeze, Mawer reacquaints readers with Marian Sutro, whose role with the WWII Special Operations Executive resulted in interrogation, incarceration, and the brutalities of a concentration camp. Returning to London, Sutro attempts to put her life back together, but players from her past reemerge, leading her down the familiar paths of deceit and deception, this time within the shifting landscape of the Cold War. Mawer brilliantly blends fact and fiction, and what results is a gripping tale of suspense, intrigue, and espionage that will keep readers up late into the night." - Anderson McKean, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL

by Elizabeth Day
(Bloomsbury, $27)
"When I was young, one of my favorite toys was my dollhouse. It looked just like a regular house from the front, but the back was open with all the rooms exposed. That's what  Paradise Cityreminded me of, with each chapter narrated by a different character, all inscrutable to the people around them, but giving the reader glimpses into their inner lives. Every character is richly detailed and Day's clear, sharp prose had me relating to their every feeling from wild, unexpected happiness to deep, thudding sadness. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much!" - Lauren Peugh, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ

by Mette Ivie Harrison
(Soho Crime, $26.95)
"In this riveting and compassionate mystery, beloved counselor Carl Ashby is found dead at church, leaving the Mormon community devastated. But when Linda and Kurt Wallheim learn that Carl was originally a female the news turns their world inside out, directing their focus away from the bigger issues at hand. In a community that is so set with its gender roles, can the Wallheims look past that to discover who killed Carl and why?" - Rachael Drummond, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI

by Paolo Giordano
(Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, $22)
"This short, spare, beautifully evocative novel becomes a major meditation on the mystery of life, with all of its attendant joy and sorrow. The story of Anna - caretaker, nanny, and confidant - becomes the tale of all families with the extremes of happiness and sadness inherent in every situation.  Like Family is poignant, sure to stir emotions in any reader and, in the end, a paean to living the life that is given." - Bill Cusumano, Square Books, Oxford, MS

by John McManus
(Sarabande Books, paper, $15.95)
"These invigorating stories are populated with brilliantly conflicted characters who, no matter how hard they try, just can't seem to find - or face up to - what their lives are sorely missing. From the Everglades to the Ozarks, these men and women are adrift, crashing up against the rude, punishing confines of various hard-luck landscapes. While his characters might be lost, McManus is anything but, using language that is refreshingly precise. He doesn't have time to waste on preciousness - he's got stories to tell." - Sophie Stewart, BookCourt, Brooklyn, NY

by Toni Sala, Mara Faye Lethem (Trans.)
(Two Lines Press, paper, $14.95)
"Beautifully composed, with a voice that is uniquely his own, Sala with  The Boys, winner of Catalonia's highest literary award, heralds a stirring new voice in English translation. Sala's novel, set in an age of increasing detachment and anxiety, unflinchingly espies the tenuous connections and moral ambiguities of modern life. With vivid characters, confident prose, and a heady mix of style and substance, The Boys deserves major attention from devotees of international literature and especially fans of António Lobo Antunes, Javier Marías, Gonçalo Tavares, and Roberto Bolaño." - Jeremy Garber, Powell's Books, Portland, OR

by Gwen Roland
(LSU Press, $25.95)
"As if a near-dead dog towed by an empty skiff wasn't enough to rattle the village of Bayou Chene, a misdirected letter returns, dragging a host of secrets in its wake. In the ensuing fracas, three young friends find out that the perils of their swamp are tame compared to the vagaries of the human heart - territory more dangerous than a wad of cottonmouths in high water. Roland's ear for dialogue and eye for detail bring the vanished community of Bayou Chene and the realities of love and loss on the river back to life in a well-crafted, bittersweet tribute." - Christine Curry, A Novel Experience, Zebulon, GA

by Kliph Nesteroff
(Grove Press, $28)
"This is a sweeping, in-depth story of how American comedy evolved from its earliest days. From Vaudeville and radio to mob-controlled night clubs and television, Nesteroff is adept at showing how the seedy underbelly of show business shaped the stars of yesterday and today. Stuffed to the brim with amusing anecdotes and insider gossip, it is an eye-opening trip. A former comedian himself, Nesteroff has long been a chronicler of the history of comedy in America, and this book is the culmination of years of interviews and research. Fun, entertaining, and insightful." - Jay Aubrey-Herzog, Northtown Books, Arcata, CA

by Bee Wilson
(Basic Books, $27.99)
"Food scholar Wilson explores not only how our food habits are shaped and the origins of our tastes, but also the problems we have with our present diet and how we can change our palates to lead healthier lives. Entertaining, informative, and packed with food wisdom, First Bite belongs on the shelves of food lovers, history buffs, and all fans of good writing." - Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA

by Umberto Eco
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24)
"Eco's new book engages on many levels, from the intense literary verve to the cunning insertion of conspiracy theories. Colonna, an unemployed writer, is hired to write the history of a newspaper, which will never see print, while one of his colleagues discovers that Mussolini may have met a different end than the historically accepted one. When Colonna digs deeper, the life he has made, and the lives of his friends, unravel in unexpected ways. Eco has produced another genre-bending, erudite piece of fiction that will amuse and distress lovers of literature and history with equal measure." - Raul Chapa, BookPeople, Austin, TX

by Adam Christopher
(Tor Books, $24.99)
"Meet Raymond Electromatic, private detective turned assassin. Oh, and he's also the world's last robot. It's just another day in 1965 Hollywood and business as usual for Ray and his boss, Ada. That is, until a mysterious woman shows up with a duffel bag full of unmarked gold bars and a request. Unable to pass up all that money, Ray takes the case. Soon, Ray discovers that this is no regular 'find him and assassinate him' kind of job. Made to Kill brings back noir with a stylish new twist in this captivating tale for people of all makes and models!" - Jennifer Steele, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI



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