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Book Collectors' Club
October 2016 Selection
by Martin Cruz Smith
The Tattered Cover Autographed Book Collectors' Club is 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. Selections represent both fiction and nonfiction.
Welcome to our October newsletter! As the incoming owners, we thought we should try to add a personal note to each of our monthly newsletters going forward; to tell you a bit about what's going on at Tattered Cover, and to highlight some books we're super excited about. In fact, let's start there:
Seventeen year-old Hendrix (lonely, kind of awkward boy) and Corrina (lonely, bad-ass guitar playing girl), and Hendrix's grandfather (Gpa), suffering from Alzheimer's, have ditched everything and are driving from California to New York. This is a book about finding yourself, about romantic love, and familial love. As you would expect from Brendan Kiely, the writing is exquisite and the characters are perfectly drawn. Great for not only teen readers but adults, too, especially anyone caring for an aging parent or grandparent.
Is there one moment that set the rest of your life in motion? One decision, that if made differently, would have you led down an alternate path? Dark Matter explores, through ingenious plot twists and wonderful prose, what would happen if you could troll the multitude of universes - aka, the multiverse - that are created with each forking decision you make. It's Schrodinger's Cat come to life to the power of infinity. It's also about the power of love over infinity. This clever and very readable book is really a work of science fiction, but then again it's not. The themes and characters are familiar and comfortable. Great for book clubs.
In addition to what we're reading, our Director of Buying and Associate Frontlist Buyer, Cathy Langer and Stephanie Coleman respectively (known heretofore as Cathanie), are so stoked about
News of the World
by Paulette Giles, we've made it our Very Impressive Book (V.I.B.) for the month. When Cathanie likes a book, take notice. Seriously. More on the V.I.B. below.
October is also unofficially turning out to be young adult fiction
month at Tattered Cover. Not only are we hosting the inaugural Colorado Teen Book Con and it's related YA Author Happy Hour (see below for info on both), but we're very excited to welcome a true master of YA Lit, Laurie Halse Anderson (best known for
, later in the month. (Our
of both adult and kid events is pretty spectacular in October.)
Aside from the books, we're in the midst of two really big changes, both of which are designed to serve you better.
First, we're reimagining our coffee shop business. Our new manager, Jeremy Patlen (who comes to us from a wonderful bookstore cafe in NYC) is creating a new menu (with fresh, local ingredients) and other new innovations. (Be on the look for very new Nitro Brew Cold Coffee in our downtown store!).
And second, we're implementing a shiny, new, and modern computer system. Everything from our cash registers to our inventory control system to our financial system is getting a digital facelift. It's a huge undertaking that will improve every facet of our business. Look for that to be in place some time after the holidays.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or thoughts about Tattered Cover, we'd love to hear from you.
Monday, October 17, 7:00PM
The Alamo Drafthouse
Tattered Cover is proud to present Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor Bryan Cranston in conversation for the release of his book
A Life in Parts
. This event will take place at the Alamo Drafthouse. General Admission tickets are still available, so get yours before they sell out completely!
Friday, October 14, 7:00PM
Join us for this special event specifically for adult readers of YA literature. The night before Teen Book Con, the authors going to that event will be at the Aspen Grove store for a private signing. This special event is for readers 21 and up who love YA! Party snacks and wine will be provided by our friends at the
, and beer will be provided by
Fiction Beer Company
. We are closing the store for this event, and space is limited, so registration is required.
Check out our full author line-up, including our keynotes
- 20+ of your fave teen authors.
- You meet them.
- You hear them speak.
- You talk to them.
- You get lots of books signed.
- There'll be a mini bookstore.
- Snap some selfies with the authors.
- And food trucks. Of course, food trucks.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Littleton High School
It's free (FREE!) and open to teens 13-20, but you must register. Read more about the event here.
LIBRARIANS & EDUCATORS:
While teens are already registering individually, we wanted to give you an opportunity to bring teens from your school or public library in groups. Whether a book club, writing club, or some other gathering of literary students -- you can be their chaperone. With that in mind, we've created this special registration form of you to use.
Thursday, October 13, 7:00PM
We are excited to present Olympic gold-medalist alpine skier Lindsey Vonn as she signs her book Strong is the New Beautiful. Von wants women to stop thinking about "losing weight fast" and instead focus on loving their bodies for what they are and what they can do. In
Strong is the New Beautiful
she lays out the never-before-seen training routines and her overall philosophy that has helped her become the best female skier in the world. This book will inspire and motivate you whether you're an aspiring athlete, want to get back into shape, or are eager to up your game to make your body stronger than ever before, inside and out.
This event is a book signing only. Free numbered tickets for the signing line will be available beginning Tuesday, October 4, at 9:00AM, with the purchase of
Strong is the New Beautiful
at any metro-Denver Tattered Cover location. Event and signing restrictions may apply, visit www.tatteredcover.com for up-to-date information.
Presented by Tattered Cover and University of Denver's Enrichment Program
Wednesday, November 16, 7:00PM
University of Denver
Pulitzer Prize nominated author Nicholas Carr is back with another intellectually engaging and witty book about technology in the modern world. Carr's previous works include the acclaimed book
The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us
New York Times
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Utopia is Creepy
, Carr turns his eye to the people behind the technology. This look at Silicon Valley questions whether technology is the panacea that many of its strongest proponents believe it is.
Utopia is Creepy
"reminds us that critical thinking is the best way to view the mixed blessings of rampant technology."
and include a copy of
Utopia is Creepy
Presented by Tattered Cover and Douglas County Libraries
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00PM
Tattered Cover joins forces with Douglas County Libraries to present Nicholas Sparks, the beloved author of The Notebook, as he celebrates the release of his latest novel Two by Two. Enjoy an evening of conversation and hear the stories behind the books that make us laugh, cry, and never take a day for granted.
Ticket includes reserved seat, hardcover copy of Two by Two, dessert tastes, entertainment, and a place in the book signing line. Nicholas Sparks will only be signing copies of Two by Two.
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 book reviews with you. Check out
and happy reading!
Mention Dom's Book Club when making your purchase
to receive 20% off the current selection.
7News Book Club
Meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo not only knows the weather, she knows great books, and is an avid reader! Check out her picks each month and read along with Lisa!
This month's selection is
by Elena Ferrante
Mention the 7News Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off the current selection.
Back Alley Book Club
Read the book. Join the Party. Drink the Wine.
Three Denver originals, the Tattered Cover Book Store, Illegal Pete's, and The Infinite Monkey Theorem have come together to create the Back Alley Book Club! We meet monthly to discuss a great read, eat awesome tacos, and drink ridiculously good wine in a can.
This month, we're reading
West of Here
by Jonathan Evison and we are meeting on
Tuesday, October 25, at
newest location on Colfax. Show any receipt from the Tattered Cover and join us for a free wine tasting with
The Infinite Monkey Theorem
from 6:00-7:00PM, a lively book discussion, and specials all evening!
|Tattered Cover Staff Recommendations
by Paulette Jiles
News of the World is the perfect choice for just about any reader and will be my favorite handsell for the Fall season. Traveling news reader Captain Kidd and his young charge Johanna make an odd but captivating and colorful duo as they make their way through lawless post-Civil War Texas, heading to San Antonio on a journey that everyone they encounter understands to be so dangerous as to be foolhardy. Practically a death-wish. Onward they go, in an affectionate battle of wills, with the Captain hell-bent on delivering Johanna, a recently and reluctantly freed Indian captive, to her relatives in South Texas and Johanna equally determined to remain with Kidd. Paulette Jiles' prose is lyrical and
News of the World
is a splendidly entertaining and very moving novel. -
Cathy Langer, Director of Buying
by Brit Bennett
The Mothers is a truly stunning, coming-of-age debut that begins with a secret - a secret so big that its ripples affect the fate of a driving seventeen year-old, Nadia, her friend Aubrey, and her boyfriend Luke. Their story is set in a tight-knit, modern African-American community in Southern California, narrated by a chorus of gossiping "mothers" or church ladies who cause trouble with their persistent meddling in attempts to untangle the webs of their suspicions. Brit Bennett's emotional awareness shines through her writing and the characters she developed. I was left asking - what if these characters were dealt a different hand, or what if they made different choices? This is an insightful, well-crafted debut by a talented and special new storyteller. - S
tephanie Coleman, Associate Frontlist Buyer
by Neil Gaiman
There are a handful of writers who ply their craft with a deep understanding of that craft and its history, and Neil Gaiman might just be their king. This collection of Gaiman's speeches, introductions to published works, essays, and articles, is a love letter to the written word, to genre fiction, and to comics/graphic novels. This is NOT only for fans of Gaiman, but for any writer, aspiring writer, or student of writing. It ranks up there with Stephen King's
SIDENOTE: I listened to the audiobook of
, read by the author. It is possible that there is not a more pleasing voice on the planet than that of Neil Gaiman. You can buy the CDs or download a digital audiobook by
. - Len Vlahos, Incoming Owner
by Beth Macy
The hook for
is incredible on its own. Two African American Albino brothers are kidnapped from tobacco fields and forced to work as circus freaks in the early 20th-century until their mother starts an unprecedented legal battle for fair treatment. The reality of this book is so much more.
captures a time and place that so many seem to want to shove into the corner of our history books, hoping it won't see the light of day. The racism of the Jim Crow South and the popularity of circus sideshows that made a spectacle of that which was different converge in a powerful way on the lives of George and Willie Muse, but this story is one that extends beyond them. Macy captures that spirit of the people and places that created this tragedy, leaving no stone unturned and no story untold as she traces the brothers' path through an entire century. -
Becca Chavez, Communication and Content Associate
by Zora Neale Hurston
What a shock to discover that this novel, first published in 1937 and now considered an American classic, was out of print for 30 years. Zora Neale Hurston's gift with language and storytelling sings from every page as Janie Crawford journeys to self-discovery through three marriages, a devastating hurricane, and heartbreaking loss. Forced into a loveless marriage at 16 by her grandmother, Janie is used as cheap labor by her first husband, and a career asset by her second. Only with the much younger Tea Cake does she find real love and her true self. With its straightforward portrayal of African American culture in 1930s Florida, this fine novel is devoid of an agenda beyond the portrayal of a strong woman coming into her own. -
Cathy Langer, Director of Buying
by Meg Medina
I was born and raised in Yonkers, NY, the big, ugly city on the Northern border of the Bronx. Queens, NY - the big, ugly borough of NYC to the east (where my beloved Mets play) - has a lot in common with my home town. Maybe that's why I was so captivated by this book, which takes place almost entirely in Queens. The setting was really familiar. But I don't think so. The truth,
and its irreverent title is simply a beautiful coming of age novel. Like the books of Jason Reynolds, the story of Piddy Sanchez and her effort to steer clear of a very tough school bully, is a reminder that books with characters living in non-white, non-suburban communities have the same universal appeal as the books we're probably more used to seeing.
is great for all teenagers, especially those who have dealt with bullying. -
Len Vlahos, Incoming Owner
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