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May 2018
News & Reviews
Greetings Friends of Tattered Cover, 

It's official... Tattered Cover has a new website!!! 

We quietly launched our new site a few weeks ago and have been working out the kinks. It's now ready for primetime, meaning we encourage you, our loyal customers, to check it out. 

Here's what's new:

1. The design. We redesigned top to bottom, and have organized the content in what we hope is a smarter, more intuitive way. Take a few minutes to explore and let us know what you think. 

2. Lower shipping costs! Until now, we charged $8 per book, plus $1 for each additional book to ship in the 48 contiguous U.S. states. That shipping was via SurePost, which usually took 3-4 days to deliver, We have changed our default carrier to USPS Media Mail (3-7 days to either coast from Denver), and the cost is now $3.99 for all orders under $50 shipped in the 48 contiguous states, and $.99 for all orders over $50! And you'll get a tracking number. (Additional charges will be incurred for shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories, and international destinations.)

3. Availability statuses. We know a lot of your use our website to see what inventory we currently have an our shelves. With this in mind, we've added new language on availability statuses to help distinguish between what is actually in stock in our stores, and what is available to order. (Please note that inventory changes quickly, so if you see an item where we have one or two copies on the shelf, better to call the store and ask us to hold it for you before just heading over. Or better yet, place an order and pick the book up in the store.) 

4. More fun stuff! We're trying to put more fun content on the website. One of my current favorites is our Love Letters to Authors section. This is where our staff writes love letters to their favorite authors. 

5. Scalable. Less obvious to the outside world, but we've done some programming on the back-end to allow us to absorb additional web traffic and process a higher volume of orders. The site will just work better. 

So why did we do all this? 

We know many of customers buy books wherever books are sold, even through (Don't worry, we still love you.) While our brick and mortar shopping experience is, we believe, unrivaled, we know our ability to provide a website that meets the expectations set by big corporate retailers -- Amazon has a market capitalization of more than half a trillion dollars -- is limited,. Knowing that, we felt it was time to get serious about our website and provide you with the best online shopping experience that was within our reach. 

We've made these upgrades because we want you to think of every time you're ready to buy a book or book-related item online. 

Plus, without meaning to sound immodest, we have some advantages the big guys don't:

We're local. Tattered Cover is owned and operated by people (us), who live in Colorado (Littleton), who send their kids to school here (JeffCo public school system), who pay taxes here (sales tax collected by TC and income tax paid personally), who donate to local causes (e.g., Colorado Public Radio), who are rabid Avalanche and Rockies fans, who...we could go on and on, but you get the point. The local community supports us and we support the local community. We are -- as a business and as people -- your neighbors. We think that has value, to us, and to you. 

You can order online and pick up in store. If we have a book in stock, you can often get it the same day. And guess what? When you do that, there is NO shipping or handling charge. And guess what? When you choose the "pay in store" option in our shopping cart, you can decline to purchase the book after you've had a chance to look at it. We're here to serve you in any way we can. 

We host more than 500 events/year. You'll find our event calendar front and center at In the last twelve months we've welcomed the following authors to our stores: Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, Commander Scott Kelly, David Levithan, Min Jin Lee, Christopher Moore, Dan Rather, Jason Segel, Maggie Stiefvater, and so many more. Coming soon, Michael Pollan, David Sedaris, and Simon Winchester And watch for what we believe will be a potent event schedule this fall. 

We are not an algorithm. Don't get us wrong; algorithms have their place. But maybe not in literature. Behind every book we purchase for our curated collection, behind every recommendation, behind every event we plan, is a living, breathing human being. For real. Living AND breathing!

Digital audiobooks. Okay, so, yeah, the big guys sell digital audio, too. But our partner Libro.FM is way cooler. They have a comparable selection, comparable pricing, and a very easy to use app. And when you go to Libro.FM through (just click the "Get the Digital Audiobook" link under the jacket cover on a product page), we share in the sale. 

One of my favorite audiobooks is Born to Run , the Bruce Springsteen biography, read by Bruce. It is, as of this writing, actually $.50 less expensive on Libro.FM compared to Audible. If you're an Audible or iTunes customer, try Libro... you will not be disappointed, and you'll be supporting your favorite bookstore. 

You'll hear more about the website from us throughout the year, especially as we approach the holiday season this fall. In the meantime, if you have thoughts or questions, or if you find something that doesn't seem quite right with, please let us know. 

And now, finally, from last month's newsletter. the winner of our poetry month contest is Katherine, who correctly identified the poem in question as Dreams by Langston Hughes. 

As always, thanks for supporting TC, and we hope to see you in the stores!
Len & Kristen 
We are delighted to present numerous author signings and other special events.

Book Clubs!
Everyone is welcome to join us for the following book club meetings. Click here for more details

TC LoDo Book Club

Travel Lovers'
Book Club

Third Thursday Book Club

Aspen Grove 
Fiction Book Club

Aspen Grove Non-Fiction Book Club

Mystery Book Club
6/21: Death of a Fool  
Thursday, May 31, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
The 2018 Edgar Award Winners - Mystery Writers Celebrate ...

Last night, the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2018 Edgar Awards, honoring the very best of the crime and mystery world. This year's celebration was the 72nd Annual Gala Banquet hosted...

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Andrew Sean Greer Shares How He...

With his tremendous fifth novel, Andrew Sean Greer has landed the big fish. Last week, Greer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction...

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Event Photo of the Month: April
Christopher Moore discusses his new novel Noir at Colfax Avenue on Saturday, April 21.

Submit your own event photos to for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter!
Featured Events!
Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Craig Childs, the author of  Apocalyptic Planet  and commentator for  NPR's Morning Edition , will discuss and sign  Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America   ($27.95 Pantheon Books). This book is a vivid travelogue through prehistory, tracing the arrival of the First People in North America at least twenty thousand years ago and the artifacts that tell of their lives and fates.
Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Award-winning historian Brian A. Catlos will discuss and sign  Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain   ($35.00 Basic Books), a magisterial, myth-dispelling history of Islamic Spain spanning the millennium between the founding of Islam in the seventh century and the final expulsion of Spain's Muslims in the seventeenth.
Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Elisabeth Hyde, the author of five critically acclaimed novels including  In The Heart of the Canyon , will discuss and sign  Go Ask Fannie  ($27.00 Putnam). As the Blaire siblings attempt to piece together their mother's story, they come to realize not just what they've lost, but how they can find their way back to each other.
Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Jason Mott, the  New York Times  bestselling author of  The Returned , will discuss and sign  The Crossing   ($26.99 Park Row). In this thrilling dystopian novel, the world is at war and two siblings are forced on the run, challenged to do whatever it takes to save themselves--and each other.
Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Simon Winchester, the revered  New York Times  bestselling author, will discuss and sign  The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World   ($29.99 Harper), in which he takes us back to the origins of the Industrial Age, to England where he introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production.  Tickets available NOW!
Saturday, May 19, 1:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Join Tattered Cover Book Store and OMG BookFest! as we proudly present the Author Circus! This experience-based event for middle grade readers will feature interactive activities, opportunities to meet authors, games, prizes, and lots of silly fun, all while encouraging a love of reading.

Attendees can meet authors such as David Bowles, Michael Buckley, Julia DeVillers, Stuart Gibbs, Adele Griffin, Dean Hale, Shannon Hale, Varian Johnson, Erin Entrada Kelly, Sarah Mlynowski, Brandon Mull, Lauren Myracle, Courtney Sheinmel, Ronald Smith, and Christina Soontornvat. Free registration available NOW!
Saturday, May 19, 2:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Sonja and Alex Overhiser, popular husband-and-wife bloggers and podcasters, will discuss and sign  A Couple Cooks - Pretty Simple Cooking: 100 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes to Make You Fall in Love with Real Food   ($27.00 Da Capo Lifelong Books).
Thursday, May 31, 7:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church

Michael Pollan, the  New York Times  bestselling author of several books including the acclaimed  Cooked and  In Defense of Food , will discuss and sign  How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence   ($28.00 Penguin Press).  Tickets on sale NOW!
Friday, May 4, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Saturday, May 5, 10:30 am, Historic LoDo

Friday, May 11, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Friday, May 11, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove, TICKETS

Monday, May 14, 10:30 am, Aspen Grove

Tuesday, May 15, 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue

Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Saturday, May 19, 10:30 am, Aspen Grove

Thursday, May 31, 7:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, TICKETS

Tuesday, June 5, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Saturday, June 9, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Thursday, June 21, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS
Mark your calendars

4/30 - 5/6
Children's Book Week!

5/4: Friday
Star Wars Day

5/5: Saturday
Cinco de Mayo

Kentucky Derby

5/12: Saturday
National Limerick Day

5/13: Sunday
Mother's Day

5/22: Tuesday
Man Booker International Winner Announced

Great American Read Airs on RMPBS

5/28: Monday
Memorial Day
This month in
literary history

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell wins the Pulitzer

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck wins the Pulitzer

William Faulkner arrives in Hollywood to begin work as a screenwriter

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien meet for the first time

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf is published

Emily Dickinson dies at the age of 55

Tortilla Flats , John Steinbeck's first successful novel, is published
10 Crime Books You Should Read in May - CrimeReads' Most ...

Including new releases from Jessica Knoll, Alex Segura, and Ruth Ware...

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This summer we're turning Trinity United Methodist Church into Hogwarts and you're invited.

Want to stay up-to-date on the magic? Email us at to join our Harry Potter Party mailing list! Stay tuned for ticket info.
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 : Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819. He would be 199 years old.
Do you have a Tattered Cover Colorado READ t-shirt yet? Buy one in-store or order them online here .
May Gift Item of the Month!

MiO - Manhattan Toy
on shelves in the children's section

"What's up campers? Do you like camping? And tents? And blocks? And blue bears? Do you want to show your kiddos how much fun camping, and tents, and blocks, and blue bears are? Boom. Check out this adorable Mio wooden block play set, fully equipped with its own blue bear! We may or may not have an "airplane with aviator" and a "tree house" for you to peek at too. Now dust off those sleeping bags and pack the instant coffee. We're going outside." -- Sam Foster, Gift Buyer
Results from last month's poll:

What type of book do you prefer?



Audio book

Mass Market
What do you like to sip on while you read?
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 Circe   by Madeline Miller .   Mention the 7News Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off the current selection.
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  American Gods   by Neil Gaiman.   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 !
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adults' pick...
by Madeline Miller

"Circe  is such a unique and good book; it takes you on a journey from the first chapter and doesn't let you go. It had a fascinating examination of time because Circe is immortal and time has a rather different meaning for those who cannot die. It is beautifully structured, allowing the reader to follow Circe as she experienced the world. One of the most precious examinations was on Circe's experience of loss, because as an immortal, she lived on while others she loved, hated, befriended and mothered passed on. The writing is captivating, following the same strength and depth as Miller's other book,  The Song of Achilles . There is a philosophical tone to the whole book that worked for a story told with modern language. Miller dives right into the world of the gods and doesn't look back. She thrusts the reader into the world--warts and all--guiding one through the deception, lust and art of the Greek myths. The myths wave around Circe and while she is not a main hero, she participates and the alternative telling of those classic tales is refreshing." -- Mikaley Osley, Marketing and Events Manager
kids' pick...
by Vera Brosgol

Ah, summer camp. A time loved by some, hated by others, and experienced to the fullest in this new graphic novel by award-winning artist Vera Brosgol. Vera dreamed of going to camp just like the girls she knew from school, but when she ends up at a camp filled with other Russian-Americans, it's not  exactly  what she had in mind. Sure, there's capture the flag and swimming, but there's also Russian history class and going to church in the rain---and don't get her started on the outhouses. I laughed, cringed, and cheered while reading Vera's adventures. If you liked  Smile Drama , or  Real Friends,  and are looking for something new, pick up this book next! It's perfect for summer reading. -- Bethany Strout, Children's Book Buyer
What else are we reading?
On shelves now
by Christine Mangan

Set under Tangier’s red, hot desert sun, shining on glistening mosaic tiles, TANGERINE is an extraordinary debut novel and a must read for summer! The novel begins with three men dragging a corpse out of the sea, leaving the reader to wonder who it is and how it ended up in there. The answer to the mystery lies within the alternating chapters between two unreliable women characters, Alice and Lucy. It doesn’t take long to settle in and become hooked on this juicy thriller, as author Christine Mangan writes a satisfying original! -- Stephanie Coleman, Director of Buying
On shelves now
by David Sedaris

"I’m usually left feeling dissatisfied and wanting a little more when reading a collection of essays, but David Sedaris managed to captivate me until the very end. Sedaris’s essays are brutally honest and relatable. We all have those stories about our parents, schooling, sexuality, and growing up that we may try to forget, but Sedaris reminds us of all these transformative stories in our own lives, as he describes his own cynical and humorous anecdotes in  Me Talk Pretty One Day ." -- Allie Bravo, Author Event Coordinator

On shelves now
by Melanie Benjamin

"Melanie Benjamin's novel is not only a thoroughly researched history of Hollywood, but also the deeply personal tale of two of its founding mothers. Tracing the lifelong friendship of Mary Pickford and Frances Marion via their partnership in "the flickers", the book is both a fascinating look at the nascent film industry, and the (mostly forgotten) role that these two women had in building it." -- Michelle Bakken, internet store
May Cookbook of the Month!

by Kate Young and Lean Timms

“A book nerd's dream cookbook. The Little Library Cookbook is filled with recipes inspired by some of the greatest books of our time! A great Mother’s Day or Graduation gift!” -- Stephanie Coleman, Director of Buying
Indie Next List Picks
This month's #1 on shelves now...
by Jamel Brinkley

A Lucky Man  marks the arrival of a brilliant new voice in contemporary fiction. In quiet, elegant prose, debut author Jamel Brinkley renders characters who are universally relatable yet entirely unique, with all the complexities and subtleties of living, breathing people. As I read their stories, I was swept up into the lives of these characters, so much so that at times I forgot I was reading fiction and felt instead that I was reading letters from old friends. This is an important and powerful collection. Its slice-of-life stories glow with a soft light, revealing rich detail and vibrant beauty in the dark corners of human experience. Every moment held me in silent awe.” -- Jason Foose, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
New in paperback on 5/22...
by Gabrielle Zevin

“I've been waiting for a quirky, funny, thoughtful novel to follow in the footsteps of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, and behold: I have found it. I loved the vibrant female characters at the heart of this book. Told in four different voices, Young Jane Young is the story of Aviva Grossman, a young Congressional intern in South Florida who does the unthinkable: she sleeps with her boss. The book details the repercussions of that decision and examines the abuse of power that occurs in politics and in the day-to-day interactions between members of the opposite sex. Gabrielle Zevin has written something really smart and heartwarming, yet also incredibly timely.” -- Annie Jones, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA
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