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December 2018
News & Reviews
Seasons Greetings Tattered Cover Customer!

You know what we love about December? 

Snowy weather?  
Hmmm...While it's nice to look at, it's not so good for the retail book business, so maybe we'll root for scenic winter landscapes in January. 

The annual televised airing of  The Grinch , or any number of holiday specials and movies? Sure, we have kids and it's fun to watch classic holiday stories as a family, but really, we'd rather  read   The Grinch  aloud to our kids. (Speaking of, Tattered Cover is once again hosting our Grinch read aloud. This year at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 22 in our  Colfax Avenue Lower Downtown , and  Aspen Grove  locations. Charlie, our ten year old son, and Len, will be on hand to read  The Grinch  in Aspen Grove.) 

The never ending stream of promotional emails  stuffing our inboxes (Len already has four emails in his inbox date-stamped TODAY, from a big box retailer who shall remain nameless, and it's only 2 p.m.!!), and enough catalogs stuffing our real mailboxes to make a papier-mâché house? no. Definitely, no. 

So what  do  we love about December? 

You. Our customers. 

❄️ We love that you choose Tattered Cover (and for your holiday shopping.
❄️ We love how kind you are to our booksellers (who are the best in the business), and how you always have a smile and a nice bit of conversation for them as they help you find the perfect gift. 
❄️ We love that thousands of you -- far exceeding our expectations -- have made a commitment to our stores by joining our  Friends of Tattered Cover  program. 
❄️ And we love that you come out for our events in droves. (This December we very excited about  Cassandra Clare  and about the  20th Annual Holiday Readings with Jamie Horton .) 

From our family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in our stores. (We will both be working on the sales floor during December, so if you see us, please say hello!!!)

Len and Kristen
TC Book Clubs

Travel Lovers' Book Club
12/10: We will share travel stories and holiday cookies

AG Nonfiction Book Club

AG Fiction Book Club

Mystery Book Club
12/20:  Death in Holy Orders  

LoDo Book Club
1/7:  Housekeeping

Third Thursday Book Club
1/17:   The One Man
Tattered Tales Storytimes

Aspen Grove:
Mondays, 10:30 am
Colfax Avenue:
Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Historic LoDo:
Saturdays, 10:30 am

Special Storytime!
How the Grinch
Stole Christmas
Saturday, December 22, 10:30 am, all locations
Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 PM, Historic LoDo
Event Photo of the Month: November
On Monday, November 5, John Kerry, former Secretary of State and five-term US Senator , presented his new memoir Every Day is Extra with former Colorado senator Tim Wirth at Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue.

Submit your own event photos to for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter!
Featured Events!
Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Editors Jason Heller and Selena Chambers will discuss and sign  Mechanical Animals: Tales at the Crux of Creatures and Tech  ($19.99 Hex Publishers LLC), a speculative fiction safari that riffs on the traditional ideals of automata to explore our strange and competitive relationship with the natural world. This book features 15 original stories by today's top science fiction and fantasy authors and contextual mecha-fauna essays
Thursday, December 6, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Chris McGreal is a reporter for the  Guardian  and former journalist at the  BBC . He will discuss and sign  American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts   ($27.00 PublicAffairs), a comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic--devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusions. Journeying through lives and communities wrecked by the epidemic, McGreal reveals not only how Big Pharma hooked Americans on powerfully addictive drugs, but the corrupting of medicine and public institutions that let the opioid makers get away with it.
Saturday, December 8, 7:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church

Join Tattered Cover for a special evening with Cassandra Clare in honor of her newest novel  Queen of Air and Darkness  ($24.99 Margaret K. McElderry Books), Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s  Queen of Air and Darkness , the final novel in the #1  New York Times  and  USA TODAY  bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.  Queen of Air and Darkness  is a Shadowhunters novel.  Tickets available NOW!
Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Verne Lundquist's remarkable broadcasting career has placed him at the center of major sporting events in America for more than 50 years. He will discuss and sign his first memoir  Play by Play: Calling The Wildest Games In Sports: From SEC Football to College Basketball, The Masters, and More   ($28.99 William Morrow). In this book, he replays highlights from his career, taking sports fans behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic moments in modern sports history.
Monday, December 17, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Jamie Horton, acclaimed actor, director, and writer, will once again join us for a very special holiday event. We'll celebrate the spirit of the holidays with cider, hot chocolate and cookies 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 .
Sold Out:
Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Friday, December 7, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue,
Holiday store hours


12/23: Sunday
Open from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

12/24: Christmas Eve
Closing early at 6pm 

12/25: Christmas Day

12/31: New Year's Eve –Closing early at 6:00 pm 

1/1: New Year's Day
Open from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

ASPEN GROVE (in addition to above) :

12/10 - 12/23:
Open early at 9:00 am, Monday through Friday

UNION STATION (in addition to above) :

12/2: Sunday
Open early at 9:00 am

12/7: Friday
Closing late at 9:00 pm

12/9: Sunday
Open early at 9:00 am

12/14: Friday
Closing late at 9:00 pm

12/16: Sunday
Open early at 9:00 am
Mark your calendars

12/2: Sunday
Hanukkah begins at sundown

12/11: Tuesday
International Mountain Day

12/21: Friday
First day of Winter

12/24: Monday
Christmas Eve

12/25: Tuesday

12/26: Wednesday
Kwanzaa begins

12/31: Monday
New Year's Eve
This month in literary history

Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States in Boston

Vladimir Nabokov finishes   Lolita

Beatrix Potter self-publishes  The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Happy Birthday to You!
Send us an  e-mail  with your birthday month, and we'll send you a special discount certificate for your birthday!

Author Birthday : Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830.
Tattered Cover gear makes great gifts! Buy one in-store or order them
Give the Tattered Cover experience as a gift..

It's back! We're offering the chance for you to give the experience of Tattered Cover as a gift. We've paired a $35 gift card with a Tattered Cover "campfire" mug, along with a special bookmark.

This is a $50 value we're making available --  only in our stores and in limited quantities  -- for $40. It's the perfect way to give your friends and loved ones the experience of Tattered Cover with a beautiful hardcover novel, a cup of coffee and the opportunity to revel in the experience that only an indie bookstore can offer.
Each year during the winter holidays Tattered Cover collects new and gently used children’s books to be distributed by  Reach Out and Read Colorado ’s pediatric literacy programs.

Throughout December, collection boxes are displayed in all three Tattered Cover locations. The goal of the drive is to collect books for very young children, ages 6 months to 5 years.
Results from last month's poll:

What is your favorite holiday?




New Year's

What is your favorite item from Tattered Cover to give?
Gift cards
Journals or greeting cards
Cafe items
Gift items like bookmarks, mugs, jewelry, etc.
7 news book club logo
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   Transcription   by Kate Atkinson.   Mention the 7News Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off the current selection.
Join Tattered Cover Book Store and Denver7 Meteorologist, Lisa Hidalgo, for light refreshments and lively discussion! The Denver7 Book Club is reserved for guests 21+.  Registration available NOW!
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  his blog  and happy reading!

This month's selection is  In Harm's Way   by   Doug Stanton.   Mention Dom's Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off the current selection.
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created the Tattered Cover V.I.B. That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books. Check out all our recent picks for 
Adults  and  Young Readers !
vib green
Adult V.I.B...
by Diane Setterfield

" Somewhere along the Thames, tail end of the 1800s: A battered stranger dumps a mysterious young girl at the doorstep of the Swan Inn, and myriad parties in town lay claim to her. Local folklore and family trauma collide in the unraveling of her identity. Not since 2006's  The Thirteenth Tale   have we had such a deliciously gothic yarn from Setterfield. You'll want to discuss (and debate!) with friends. " --  Lainie Formby, Adult Book Buyer
Kids' V.I.B. pick...
by Good Wives and Warriors

"You've heard of a dragon. A unicorn. A griffin. But have you heard of a dra-corn? Or a uni-fin? The stunningly illustrated  Myth Match  showcases creatures you know, creatures you don't--and its gorgeous flipbook format allows you to create creatures of your own. For booklovers of all ages." -- Bethany Strout, Director of Buying
What else are we reading?
On shelves now...
by Matt Merritt

" Why should the kids get all the fun on Christmas morning? Perfect for the birder, the flower gardener or the butterfly fan, Paperscapes will bring back childhood memories of the joy of something to play with once the gift giving is over.  After the removable portion is pressed away, the pages with information about each bird, flower and butterfly remain bound in the book for future enjoyment. I admit I was going to leave my copies intact, but once I started pressing out birds I couldn't stop!  Paperscapes: The Aviary , Paperscapes: The Flower Garden and Paperscapes: The Butterfly Garden are available in hardcover volumes for $22.99 and coming in March 2019-- Paperscapes: The Tree !" -- Margaret Noteman, Aspen Grove Book Buyer
On shelves now...
by John Boyne

"This book was so good! It orbits around the 'main character' Maurice Swift and his life working his way through the literary ranks. How far will he go to get to the top? Is there nothing that will stand in his way? Maurice wants nothing more than to be a famous writer, the problem is he’s no good - with no ideas of his own to get his start. What comes to pass are the terrible truths of the key to his success, outing Maurice’s dark secrets and many more. This book is dark and cynical and unputdownable. I devoured it in a day. Told in three parts, with two interludes, each told from a different perspective I couldn’t stop reading. Boyne has developed a character you love to hate. I read with gritted teeth at all times. I enjoyed the style of the book and the incredible storytelling--I was often disgusted, repulsed, annoyed, and saddened. It is full of developed characters and an overarching plot line similar to The Hearts Invisible Furies ." -- Katie Palazzolo, Outside Sales
December Cookbook of the Month...
by Ina Garten

"There is no one I'd rather have in my kitchen than Ina Garten. I imagine she'd look over my shoulder, gently suggesting simple tricks that would change my cooking life forever, and our wine glasses would always be full. Until she stops by, it's lucky that we have her cookbooks. Her new one is filled with gems that help you cook like a pro at home--wine not included." -- Bethany Strout, Director of Buying
Indie Next List Picks
This month's #1...
by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial Killer  is one of the best books to come along in quite a while--fast, funny, and completely engrossing. Oyinkan Braithwaite offers up a tale of Nigerian sisters Ayoola, a beautiful and sociopathic serial killer who destroys boyfriends, aware that all they ever want her for is her appearance, and Korede, a nurse whose average looks leave her continually passed up in preference for Ayoola. Still, taciturn and devoted Korede works hard to cover up her charming sister’s crimes. What will happen when they both fall for the same guy? At once a page-turner and a perversely righteous tale about the emptiness of physical beauty and the superficiality of being charmed by it,  My Sister, the Serial Killer  is entertaining, provoking, and utterly fascinating!” -- Sarah Sorensen, Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI
New in paperback...
by Louise Erdrich

“Powerful, prophetic, and absolutely pertinent to our times, Louise Erdrich's new novel, Future Home of the Living God, is a horrifying, haunting story about the lengths the government will go to control women's reproductive rights and ensure the success of mankind as we know it. Riveting, repulsive, and revealing at the same time, Erdrich captures the essence of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and spins a new twist sure to tantalize and terrorize readers' thoughts and play on their fears. Once again, Erdrich challenges societal constraints and conceives a novel guaranteed to leave you guessing. I highly recommend it!” -- Kristin Bates, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI
Young adult crossover favorites...
by Maureen Johnson

“Johnson delivers on everything a great YA book needs: a bit of romance, some quirky teen characters at a quirky boarding school, and a delicious murder mystery that leaves the reader guessing at every turn. I couldn’t put it down!” -- Melissa Fox, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
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