October 2018
Once again, October is not only filled with cooler weather, but first class authors and events. Don't say, "If I had only known!" Check them out below now.

A pretty special moment for the Vlahos family was our event with NEIL PATRICK HARRIS this past week. He can write, too! We're reading aloud to the boys from his Magic Misfits series... he writes with heart, adventure, skill and blows up the structure of how a book is written. It's magic!

Don't forget:

1. You can now become a FRIEND OF THE TATTERED COVER -- our new membership program! $20 a year and you get waaaay more than $20 worth. And of course, you're supporting your local, independent business. :) Join now!

2. Registration for the 2018 Colorado Teen Book Con is open ! Spots go fast, so be sure to register early! It's free and open exclusively to teens. Please see below for details! For 21+ readers of YA, tickets are now available for our legendary YA Author Happy Hour the evening before the teen book con with all of the authors. And, if you're a current Denver Metro area educator, you can volunteer! Sign up here . Watch our social media for super fun updates and facts about our 2018 authors!

More info, including locations can be found on our Stuff for Kids webpage and our Teen Readers webpage. Here are some of our upcoming visiting authors:

  • GENE LUEN YANG!!! Bestselling middle grade author of the Secret Coders series and his first graphic novel, American Born Chinese, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. Saturday, 10/6.
  • KWAME ALEXANDER!!! Newbery Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling children's book author, poet, playwright, producer, public speaker and performer. Wednesday, 10/10.
  • ALAN GRATZ!!! New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including RefugeeProject 1065, and Ban This Book. Saturday, 10/13.
  • DAVID LEVITHAN!!! Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah. David was our 2017 Colorado Teen Book Con keynote. He's also head editor at Scholastic and even has his own imprint there. Thursday, 10/16.
  • MARKUS ZUSAK!!! The Book Thief. Enough said. Friday, 10/19.
  • DEMI-GOD GOALS!!! Myths, magic and mayhem! Celebrating the worlds of Rick Riordan. Activity stations around the store, costumes encouraged! Saturday, 10/20.
  • BRANDON SANDERSON!!! A new series is publishing! Thursday, 11/15.
  • CASSANDRA CLARE!!! She's never been to Denver on tour before. Let's show her how much we love her. Friday, 12/8.

See you at the bookstore!

REGISTER HERE: YA Author Happy Hour
Friday, November 2, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
(Adults only; 21+ there's alcohol)

REGISTER HERE: Colorado Teen Book Con
Saturday, November 3, 8:30 am, Littleton High School
(Open to readers aged 13-20)

Saturday, November 3, 8:30 am, Littleton High School
(Open to current school educators in Denver Metro area )

Laini Taylor is joining 2018 Colorado Teen Book Con as a keynote speaker! She will be presenting Muse of Nightmares , the thrilling sequel to Strange the Dreamer .
2018 Colorado Teen Book Con
We're excited to announce THREE very special and exclusive lunchtime panels. These panels require separate registration from the Colorado Teen Book Con and are limited to small audiences. In order to register, you MUST already be registered for the Colorado Teen Book Con .

Reservations will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. It's fine to eat your lunch during the panel; you'll have fifteen minutes to buy it from the food trucks before the panel starts, or bring your own lunch.

These panels are concurrent,  SO PLEASE REGISTER FOR ONLY ONE . Attendees registering for more than one panel will have their registrations invalidated.

THE PANELS (please register for only one):

SPECIAL PANEL #1 : Behind the Scenes: How Your Favorite Authors Went From Laptop to Bookstore
SPECIAL PANEL #2 : Jason Reynolds
SPECIAL PANEL #3 : Laini Taylor
Get to Know Some of our 2018 Colorado Teen Book Con Authors!
We asked each of them a series of questions.
Here are a few of their responses...
Why do you write?

Cynthia Leitich Smith: To entertain, to celebrate, to talk back, to work through life’s big questions, and most of all, to connect with young readers.

Colleen Oakes: I write because I know that I have stories inside of me that I want - NEED - to share. Writing has always been an escape for me, but even more than that is the pull to help be an escape for someone else. Books can change the world, but even more importantly, they can change a single heart. I write to change a single heart.

Emily France: I don't have the option to quit. I've tried! It never works. Characters come to me constantly, like guests I never invited and for whom there are never enough groceries.
What is your favorite word?

Cynthia Leitich Smith: Idiosyncratic.

Colleen Oakes: A toss up between whimsical and macabre.

Emily France: Zafu.
What is your favorite line or phrase from one of your own books?

Cynthia Leitich Smith: “I may be heaven-sent, but I’m not perfect.”

Colleen Oakes: "Dinah was learning quickly that what was right and what must happen weren't always the same thing."

Emily France:
" Fears are like clouds drifting by a mountain.
Watch them.
Tend to them.
But know
You're the mountain."
Stay tuned for more!
Hank Green at Littleton High School!
On Tuesday, October 2, Hank Green presented his debut novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing at Littleton High School. He answered audience questions, played the guitar, and a trivia game. See more photos on Tattered Cover's Facebook page.
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I love my job! As a bookseller I get to bring readers and books together which is so rewarding. And working author events is a great chance to connect with authors, it makes the book feel so much more real. I’m big on reading SciFi & Fantasy! Hobbies? Of course I like to read, but I also love cross-stitching, and am a cycle enthusiast!
Tattered Cover's
YA Bestseller List
September 2018

2. People Kill People  by Ellen Hopkins

4. The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak

5. Speak: The Graphic Novel  by Laurie Halse Anderson

6. Impostors  by Scott Westerfeld

7. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

8. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

10. Six of Crows  by Leigh Bardugo
What is your favorite spooky activity?
Reading scary stories
Watching scary movies
Going to Halloween parties
What is your dream book job?



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Book Review!

Have you ever walked through a bookstore and seen little cards sticking out of shelves with book reviews? Have those reviews ever made you want to buy a book? 

Those cards are called shelf talkers, and we're looking for teens to write shelf talkers for their favorite books. Your friends and family -- and a lot of total strangers -- can see your reviews on the shelves at Tattered Cover. How cool is that? 

To write reviews, send an email to  Kristen Gilligan with "Teen Book Review" in the subject line. 
Teen Writing

Teens come together to share and critique writing, often with a nationally published young adult author as a mentor and participant. An incredible opportunity for aspiring teen writers! Free and open exclusively to teens. 

Meets that last Sunday of each month. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Email  Kristen to RSVP.
Teen Advisory Board

This is a group of book-loving teens who meet every month or so to plan and produce programming for anyone excited about YA literature.

Board members have the opportunity to use their creativity, social media skills, and enthusiasm for books to help with all aspects of event promotion, planning, and execution; introduce (and hang out with) authors at events; write book blurbs; give book talks; get FREE advanced reading copies; and even help select authors who come to the store for events or visit schools.

It's fun, rewarding, and a great resumé builder. Currently, we meet at our Aspen Grove and now our Colfax locations. For more info, read our  TAB Info & Application . To sign up for the TAB, email  Kristen Gilligan . (And tell your bookish friends!)

Host an Author for Free at Your School!

I mean, who doesn't love a school assembly? Seriously though, Tattered Cover can bring an author into your school to speak to smaller groups of English or writing classes, or a full school-wide assembly.

The best part is that's there no cost to the school. If this sounds interesting, just connect us with your school librarian or principal.

Upcoming Events for YA Fiction Fans
Sunday, October 7, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Taran Matharu, author of the  New York Times  bestselling  Summoner  series, will discuss and sign   The Summoner's Handbook   ($18.99 Feiwel & Friends). This event will be moderated by Stel Pavlou, local author of  Daniel Coldstar #1: The Relic War .
Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Kwame Alexander is Newbery Medal-winning and  New York Times  bestselling children's book author, poet, playwright, producer, public speaker and performer. He will discuss and sign  Swing   ($18.99 Blink), a free-verse poetic story that will speak to anyone who's struggled to find their voice and take a swing at life.
Friday, October 12, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Becky Albertalli is the bestselling author of  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda . Adam Silvera is the bestselling author of   They Both Die At the End . They will discuss and sign  What If It's Us   ($18.99 Harper Teen).  Tickets on sale now!
Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

David Levithan's many acclaimed novels include  Every Day Another Day Two Boys Kissing , and  Boy Meets Boy . He will discuss and sign  Someday   ($18.99 Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young), the sequel to the  New York Times  bestseller  Every Day .
Friday, October 19, 7:00 pm, Cherry Creek High School

Markus Zusak, author of the extraordinary international bestseller  The Book Thief , will discuss and sign  Bridge of Clay   ($26.00 Knopf Books for Young Readers).  Tickets are on sale now!
Saturday, October 20, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Join Tattered Cover Book Store as we kick off the first annual #Demigodgoals event and celebrate mythology and demigods! Guests will enjoy self-paced activities such as The Wheel of Destiny, It's All Greek to Me, Mark of a Demigod, Let Fate Decide Prize Board, and Myths and Legends Trivia. Free registration available now!
Thursday, November 15, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue,  TICKETS

Saturday, December 8, 7:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church,  TICKETS
The New Shadow- hunters Book: What We Know So Far

The final book in Cassandra Clare's Dark Artifices trilogy is headed your way this December. We know you probably have a lot of questions about the newest Shadowhunters book-we certainly do!-so we scoured the Internet for all the information...

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6 Witchy YA Reads to Get You Ready for Halloween

There's a chill in the air and that means it's time for all things spooky! At this time of year, I love to dive into books about the occult, and specifically witches. As the nights grow longer, there's just something that makes it feel as though...

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YA Books We Love
by Erin Jade Lange

" The Chaos of Now  is an intriguing story about a boy named Eli who, while in high school, gets a mysterious invitation to join a team for a hacking competition because the team's other member had committed suicide the year before. Eli, while in trying to get out of it, realizes that he’s in too deep when he discovers a conspiracy about Jordan -- the team's deceased member. I enjoyed this book a lot, it had plot twists, family drama, and the added element of romance. The book was unlike anything I had read before and had a satisfying ending that closes the story nicely." -- Andrew H., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member
by Emily X.R. Pan

"After losing her mother to depression-induced suicide, Leigh visits her grandparents in Taiwan and tries to unravel the mystery of her mother, the bird. Pan writes with eloquent, lyrical style that creates a poignant book. You will feel every emotion Leigh feels and be able to picture everything she thinks and does with clarity.  Overall a beautiful and highly recommended read." -- Emily U., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member
by Amy Spalding

" The Summer of Jordi Perez  is a lighthearted book about Abby, a queer girl who falls in love for the first time. Meanwhile, she navigates friend drama and finds the best burger in Los Angeles. If you love books about romance and accepting who you are, you'll enjoy this book." -- Annie P., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member
ARC Giveaway: October 2018

Email   Kristen  with "ARC Giveaway" in the subject line expressing your interest in being entered into the random drawing to win the Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC).

You agree not to sell the ARC. You agree to not quote from the ARC. You must be able to pick up the book at one of our  Denver Metro locations  (Colfax, LoDo, Aspen Grove) .

This Cruel Design  by Emily Suvada (on 10/30/18).

The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.

Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing--Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.

When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for. But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.
Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to earn a degree in mathematics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take her minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband.
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