May 2018

Can you believe the school year is almost over? Everything went by so quickly! I’m sure after all the tests, essays, and homework, everyone is due for a good book to unwind with. Did you know there are a whole bunch of holidays this month? Besides Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, May 28 marks the very special National Hamburger Day. Yum!

This month, there are many cool books coming out, such as  War Storm  by Victoria Aveyard, the next installment in the  Red Queen  series. 

Also, don’t miss some of our awesome events, such as the  Fierce Reads Tour  on  Saturday, May 12  at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove with  Mary E. Pearson Taran Matharu Maurene Goo , and  Tricia Levenseller , and Tuesday, May 22:  Lisa Brown Roberts  with  Spies, Lies, and Allies , presentation and booksigning; 7:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove.

-- Kate E., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member
Don't forget to check out May's ARC giveaway below!
Local Author Spotlight!
Meet Lisa Brown Roberts
Author of  All Out of Pretty  (on shelves now)

1. Are there any real life moments that inspired your books?
One of my real-life inspirations was for the character Trish, who starts out as Laurel's nemesis. In many ways, Trish is an homage to one of my dearest high school friends. My friend Amy was the troublemaker and I was the good girl, but fortunately we got into trouble together and I've never regretted it. Sadly, Amy passed away unexpectedly last summer as I was finishing edits on this book. I wrote a blog about the value of being friends with troublemakers and the time Amy and I met the awesome '80s band INXS for Teen Librarian Toolbox .

2. What is your favorite novel you have written and why?
This is so hard to answer. When I'm in the middle of writing the first draft of a novel and falling in love with the story and characters, that book is my favorite. By the time I'm on the last round of edits, I don't like the book so much, and am convinced it's terrible. My first book (How not to Fall in Love) will always have a special place in my heart because it was such a thrill to hold that first copy of a "real book" in my hands.

3. You credited an embarrassing moment with your first car for inspiring you to write YA novels. What advice would you give teens to help them navigate their way through life's embarrassing moments?
I wish I had a magic wand to wave away the embarrassment for all the teens I know and love, and for all of my readers, too. Not to dump a bunch of cliches on you, but it helps if you can remember that EVERYONE has these "cringer" moments and survives them. If you can laugh at yourself, even better. And if you've got a friend who can talk you off the ledge, go freak out with them, then take a breath and move on. Also, ice cream helps. 

Best of all, if you're a writer, someday you will use those intense emotions in a story, even if you don't use the specific event details...though one of these days I"m putting that "hitting a tree with my car while showing off for a guy" incident in a book. 
4. What advice would you give to young writers?
Write what excites  you , not what people tell you you "should" write. Ignore the teachers and college professors who are condescending about your fiction choices - send them to me and I'll have a word. Take your craft seriously and know you can do this. And to throw yet another cliche at you, perseverance is ninety percent of success in publishing. Never give up. 

One more thing- find at least one writer friend. You'll need someone who understands your obsession with imaginary people and who you can "talk shop" with and who will book squee with you. 

5. What are you reading now?
I always read several books at once, including listening to audio books. Current reads:
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand- I scored an ARC of this one and just cracked it open! 
  • Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian - It was a treat to meet Siobhan at her Tattered Cover launch party and I immediately dove into her latest book.
  • Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins, one of my favorite authors of women's fiction and romance.

6. What is your favorite word?
I love this question but can't pick just one. Cogitate. Metanoia. Padawan. Transmorgification. Okay, I'll stop now.
Photo of the Month: April
Siobhan Vivian presented and signed her new novel Stay Sweet on Tuesday, April 24, at Colfax Avenue. The event space was turned into a small version of the Meade Creamery, which is featured in the book, with ice cream!
Ingrid Palmer Promotes Her YA Novel, 
All Out of Pretty
By Kiana M., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member
On Tuesday, April 10, Tattered Cover Bookstore hosted YA author Ingrid Palmer in promotion of her new book, All Out of Pretty .
The novel follows the journey of 16-year-old Andrea as she struggles to find her footing and leave an abusive, drug-infested environment. As a result of the poor decisions made by her mother, an irresponsible addict, Andrea finds herself tangled in a drug cartel that puts both her own life and the lives of those she cares about at risk.
“The writing is so gorgeous—[Ingrid] brings in all of the senses in and combines it with fast-moving action,” said moderator Scott Bergstrom, YA author of The Cruelty and The Greed . “ It deals with gut-wrenching themes of how women are too often seen as belonging to men.”
An idea whose inspiration germinated at the ripe age of 13, Palmer reflected fondly on the creative process.
“It was an experience unlike any other book I’d written, where the story was whispering in my ear,” she said.
While the story flowed easily, there is a certain sense of responsibility that accompanies conveying mature themes, and Palmer noted having to acknowledge this while writing.
“While writing certain scenes, my hands were shaking,” she said. “I wanted to write this realistically without sugarcoating it, since these things do happen to people.”
At the event, Palmer discussed her lifelong passion for writing, the importance of picking truth over beauty, and the books that inspired her at a young age—among other topics.
When asked what advice she had for young writers, Palmer left the audience with this: “Read both inside and outside your genre, and don’t give up. The difference between a published writer and a non-published writer is persistence.”
Upcoming Events for
Fans of YA Fiction
Saturday, May 12, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

The Fierce Reads Spring Tour is bringing a panel of some of your favorite YA authors to Aspen Grove!  Mary Pearson will discuss  Dance of Thieves  ($18.99 Henry Holt & Company), about a young emperor and legendary former street thief. Attendees can pre-order the book at the event, which publishes in August. Taran Matharu will discuss and sign  The Outcast  ($18.99 Feiwel & Friends), a prequel to the  Summoner Trilogy .

Maurene Goo will discuss and sign   The Way You Make Me Feel  ($17.99 Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck. Tricia Levenseller will discuss and sign  Daughter of the Siren Queen   ($17.99 Feiwel & Friends), the second book of the  Daughter of the Pirate King  series.
Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Internationally bestselling author Devri Walls will discuss and sign  Venators: Magic Unleashed  ($16.99 Brown Books Publishing Group), book one of the  Venators  series. Rune Jenkins has a long-standing infatuation for anything from the supernatural world, and she's trying to hide it. If she doesn't, her reckless twin brother Ryker storms in fits of rage, and she starts feeling like her own sanity is slipping. 
Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Colorado author Lisa Brown Roberts will discuss and sign  Spies, Lies, and Allies: A Love Story   ($9.99 Entangled Publishing). Laurel's father's company is sponsoring a scholarship competition for interns, and she's supposed to vote for the winner. Then she starts to fall for one of the competing interns while someone on social media is trying to sabotage her father's company. And it might be working.
YA Books We Love
by April Henry

"Mass shooting in a mall, exit doors locked with chains, shooters with suicide vests, there is non-stop action in this YA thriller. Miranda, a seventeen-year-old, finds herself as a leader of a small group of teens hiding behind a store security gate but Miranda has a secret of her own. I liked this action-packed book. People had to decide, as the title indicates whether to Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry." -- Toni, High School Librarian in Littleton, CO
by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

"Blade is the son of a famous rockstar who has washed up his career with booze and drugs. His only escape from the craziness of his life is his music and his girl, Chapel. But when the summer after graduation comes, things begin to change for Blade. He uncovers family secrets that lead him on a journey for forgiveness and redemption he didn't know he needed." -- Mikaley Osley, Marketing and Events Manager
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Tattered Cover's
YA Bestseller List
April 2018
1. All Out of Pretty  by Ingrid Palmer

by Becky Albertalli

3. Stay Sweet  by Siobhan Vivian

4. 52 Reasons to Hate My Father  by Jessica Brody

5. The Chaos of Standing Still  by Jessica Brody

6. Salt to the Sea  by Ruta Sepetys

7. Scythe  by Neal Shusterman

8. The Book Thief  by 
Markus Zusak

9. Turtles All the Way Down  by John Green

10. Obsidio (Illuminae Files #3)  by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Who gives you the best book recommendations?
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Results from last month's poll: What is your favorite time of day to read?


Late at night/before bed



Write a 
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.

Coming Soon
Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

And more! Stay up-to-date by visiting our web calendar
Best Thing/Worst Thing: Summer Jobs with Siobhan Vivian

Since summer jobs are so important in Siobhan Vivian's new novel, Stay Sweet, we knew Siobhan would have feelings on the subject. Watch this video to discover what Siobhan Vivian thinks are the best and worst things about summer jobs!

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ARC Giveaway: May 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) .

Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt (on shelves now).

Boys are so much better in books. At least according to Merrilee Campbell, fifteen, who thinks real-life chivalry is dead and there'd be nothing more romantic than having a guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. Then she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer to Reginald R. Hero Prep--where all the boys look like they've stepped off the pages of a romance novel. Merri can hardly walk across the quad without running into someone who reminds her of Romeo.

When the brooding and complicated Monroe Stratford scales Merri's trellis in an effort to make her his, she thinks she might be Juliet incarnate. But as she works her way through her literature curriculum under the guidance of an enigmatic teacher, Merri's tale begins to unfold in ways she couldn't have imagined. Merri soon realizes that only she is in charge of her story. And it is a truth universally acknowledged that first impressions can be deceiving...

"It's swoon-worthy YA at it's best. It's intelligent, smart, and fun." -- Kristen Gilligan, Owner, Tattered Cover Book Store
Tiffany Schmidt is a former teacher who lives and writes in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She is the author of several young adult novels including Send Me a Sign , Bright Before Sunrise, and the contemporary thriller series Once Upon a Crime Family .
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