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October 2018
News & Reviews
Greetings Fellow Readers!

We want to take a moment to talk about an in-store promotion that just ended. Though, really, it was less of a promotion and more of a statement of principle. We're speaking of Banned Books Week. 

Every September, bookstores and libraries come together to remind customers, patrons, and communities about the importance of Free Speech. Because every year there are instances of school districts, PTAs, and governments--as has been happening for as long as there have been school districts, PTAs, and governments--trying to impose their values on others, telling them what they can and cannot read, which books they can and cannot display, and which authors should or should not be given a platform. 

If you were in our stores over the last few weeks, you saw displays with police tape and "wanted" signs, with bestselling books and timeless classics, and in one spectacular display (thanks to Portia Graf, our retail manager in Aspen Grove), a book on fire.
These displays are meant to remind us that ideas, stories, and language are not dangerous. things to be feared. They are the lifeblood of a democracy. Tattered Cover carries nearly 150,000 volumes across our stores, and we can absolutely guarantee some of those volumes will offend you. It doesn't matter who  you  are. Conservative, liberal, Christian, atheist, gay, straight, tall, or short, we have books that will reflect your values, and books that will not. 

That's the point. 

We believe it is our responsibility -- our mission, really -- to present the widest diversity of viewpoints possible, so that all members of our community can be edified and entertained in the way and manner they choose. We also believe that by presenting a broad spectrum of views, we foster an environment where people can communicate with one another, and learn from one another. 

 It is our job to recommend books; it is not our job to pass editorial judgment on them. 

So why post this now, after Banned Books Week has ended? Because protecting Free Speech is not a once-a-year endeavor, limited to some clever displays of books. It is an going and never-ending struggle to remind one another that the free and unhindered flow of ideas is the bedrock on which our society is built. George Washington knew that when, in 1783, he wrote: “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” 

Well said, Mr. President, well said. 

Feel free to drop us a note to let us know what you think, and please say hello if you see us in the stores. And as always, thank you for supporting Tattered Cover. 

Len and Kristen 

Travel Lovers'
Book Club

Mystery Book Club
10/18:  Epitaph for a Spy  

AG Nonfiction
Book Club
10/20: The Long Haul

AG Fiction
Book Club

LoDo Book Club

Third Thursday
Book Club
11/15:   Red Notice
Thursday, October 25, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 PM, Colfax Avenue
Tattered Tales Storytimes

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

Friday, October 19, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Event Photo of the Month: September
On Thursday, September 27, Neil Patrick Harris presented his new middle grade novel, The Magic Misfits: The Second Story , at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Sloans Lake with Tattered Cover owner and fellow author, Len Vlahos.

Submit your own event photos to for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter!
Featured Events!
SOLD OUT: Hank Green
Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 pm, Littleton High School

Join Tattered Cover for a special evening with Hank Green in honor of his newest novel  An Absolutely Remarkable Thing  ($26.00 Dutton Books), a cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined.
Thursday, October 4, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Deborah Harkness is the #1  New York Times  bestselling author of the  All Souls  trilogy including A Discovery of Witches Shadow of Night , and  The Book of Life . Harkness will discuss and sign  Time's Convert   ($29.00 Viking).
Saturday, October 6, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Gene Luen Yang is the author of the bestselling middle grade  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. He will discuss and sign  Secret Coders: Monsters & Modules   ($10.99 First Second).
Sunday, October 7, 2:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Ketch Secor, Old Crow Medicine Show founder and Grammy award-winning musician, will present and sign his first children's book  Lorraine  ($17.99 Sourcebooks Jabberwocky). There will be a musical instrument petting zoo available for young children to play with and learn about various instruments.
Monday, October 8, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Charlaine Harris is the beloved #1  New York Times  bestselling author of the  Sookie Stackhouse  series, the inspiration for HBO's  True Blood.  She will discuss and sign  An Easy Death  ($26.99 Saga Press), the first in the  Gunnie Rose  series centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose. 
Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Jessica Brody is the internationally bestselling author of more than 15 novels for teens, tweens, and adults. She will discuss and sign  Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever Need   ($15.99 Ten Speed Press), the first novel-writing guide from the best-selling  Save the Cat!  story-structure series.
Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Leif Enger, the award-winning and bestselling author of  Peace Like A River , will discuss and sign  Virgil Wander   ($27.99 Grove Press), an enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart.
Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Andrea Beaty is the author of the popular children's books  Iggy Peck, Architect Rosie Revere, Engineer , and  Ada Twist, Scientist , and other titles. She will discuss and sign  Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers Book #1   ($12.99 Amulet Books).
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!
Friday, October 12, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Terry Brooks is the author of more than 30 including the bestselling  Shannara Chronicles . He will discuss and sign  Street Freaks   ($28.00 Grim Oak Press), a science fiction novel full of complex characters, extraordinary settings, exciting action, and a page-turning story.  Free registration available 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 .
Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church

Anne Lamott is the author of the  New York Times  bestsellers  Hallelujah Anyway,   Stitches , and many more. She will discuss and sign  Almost Everything: Notes on Hope   ($20.00 Riverhead Books).  Tickets on sale now!
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!
Sunday, October 21, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss and sign  Leadership: In Turbulent Times   ($30.00 Simon & Schuster). In this culmination of five decades of studies in presidential history, Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into leadership.  Tickets on sale now!
Monday, October 29, 7:00 pm, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Sloans Lake

Charlamagne Tha God,  New York Times  bestselling author of  Black Privilege  and co-host of Power 105.1's  The Breakfast Club , will present his memoir  Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me   ($26.00 Touchstone Books).  Tickets on sale now!
Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove, TICKETS

Friday, October 5, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Saturday, October 20, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, REGISTRATION

Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Monday, November 5, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, REGISTRATION

Thursday, November 15, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Saturday, December 8, 7:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, TICKETS

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

Friday, November 2, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Saturday, November 3, 8:30 am, Littleton High School

Saturday, November 3, 8:30 am, Littleton High School
Mark your calendars

10/11: Thursday
International Day of the Girl

10/16: Tuesday
The 2018 Man Booker Prize winner is announced

10/23: Tuesday
The Great American Read Finale! America's favorite novel is revealed.

10/31: Wednesday
This month in
literary history

Peanuts debuts

Hilary Mantel is awarded her first Man Booker Prize for Wolf Hall

The New York Times publishes its first book review section

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne is published

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne is published

Hilary Mantel wins the Man Booker Prize for the second time for Bring Up the Bodies

Orson Welles reads H.G. Well's The War of the Worlds on the radio, which causes panic

The first collection of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is published

Young Colorado writers from kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to write an original mystery, suspenseful thriller, or humorous Halloween tale.

And, young Colorado artists from kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to design an original cover for the book of winners of the 35th Annual Tattered Cover Scary Story Contest. All entries must be received by Friday, October 5, 2018.

21 Books You Should Read This October

Sarah Perry, Melmoth (Custom House) I hate horror movies (yes, I'm a scaredy cat) but I love books that fall into the surreal/eerie/uncanny category, which I think is what I'll find in Melmoth. Sarah Perry's new novel follows a translator with a...

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The 50 Best Horror Novels of All Time

Horror is a peculiar genre. If it's meant purely to scare, then some of the heftier books on this list would have wracked up a body count, terrifying readers to death over 700 pages or more. And what is scary?

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The Man Booker Prize announces 2018 shortlist

The shortlist for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize is announced today! Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Richard Powers and Robin Robertson are today, Thursday 20 September, announced as the six authors shortlisted for the 2018...

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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 : Anne Rice was born on October 4, 1941.
NEW! Tattered tank tops and T-shirts. Buy one in-store or order them online here .
October Gift Item of the Month: The Shadow World Storytelling Card Game

"Reviving the Victorian craze for ‘myrioramas’, the 20 picture cards can be placed in any order to create seamless scenes. Almost infinite combinations of cards provide endless storyscaping possibilities, with four different gameplay scenarios. Collect all three sets of storytelling cards!" -- Katie Brewer, Gift Buyer
Results from last month's poll:

What are you looking forward to the most about the FoTC membership program?

Advanced access to select ticket sales

Earning gift cards

Attending the private party/sale


The silver bookmark gift
Who is your favorite horror author?
H.P. Lovecraft
Stephen King
Anne Rice
Shirley Jackson
Other (email us and tell us who!)
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   Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore   by Matthew Sullivan.   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 as Lisa’s monthly book pick becomes an exciting new book club! 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  Ghost Story   by   Peter Straub.   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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Adult V.I.B...
by Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is at it again in this National Book Award-nominated collection.In a sequence of sonnets that all share a title, Hayes grapples with the folding and unfolding of time and consequence that's gotten us to this fraught political, and undeniably personal, moment. His words feel OH SO GOOD knocking around in the brain, all the while slyly underlining so much of what's crazy-making in our world today. Beautiful, formidable, and, ultimately, full of love -- "If you think a hammer is the only way to hammer / A nail, you ain't thought of the nail correctly." Let Hayes explain. -- Lainie Formby, Adult Book Buyer
Kids' V.I.B. pick...
by Gabe Pyle

"NONE of the animals in this book are octopi. Nope, don't think so. DEFINITELY not. Nuh-uh.
Or are they?  Now  we know what octopi do all day!
This totally unique board book is part seek-and-find, part counting lesson, part animal book, and 100% FUN."  -- Barrie, Becca, and Bethany
What else are we reading?
On shelves now...
by Sylvia Acevedo

"What an inspirational book. This was an incredible journey to go on. What an impressive and inspirational woman. I loved what she accomplished but I think I loved her determination and resilience the most. Also, while this was clearly a middle grade read, she didn't hold back about her family's hardships and tough times. Some of those stories, especially when it came to the domestic abuse and machismo attitudes, were rough and difficult to read because of their harsh nature. I loved how honest she was and how she had a 20/20 hindsight and way about explaining the cultural differences and historical differences of the time. It made the story more understandable and all the more relatable. Again, this book is written at a middle grade level with some basic sentence structure and language but I would recommend this to all young women. It's an honest journey, full of cultural relevance, and with a can-do attitude that I loved." -- Mikaley Osley, Marketing and Event Manager
On shelves now...
by Gina Wohlsdorf

"Rainy Cain is 17. Her mother does not speak to her or even look at her, though they live in the same house, and her father is dead. Her mother can't hold a job and they are all but broke, in the deep cold of a Minneapolis winter. When Rainy comes home to find her mother has killed herself, she begins to find out that the entire past she thought was hers was a lie. An oddly empathetic cop responds to the scene and is determined to help her.Her “dead” father and another man have broken out of prison in search of the money from the armored car heist her mother and father were a part of years earlier. Rainy is kidnapped by her father to help him find the money. Wohlsdorf makes a vibrant, live wire of a character, not soon forgotten. The tale is told in cinematic clarity. Definitely worth a read and should provide fruitful discussion matter." -- Mark Lehnertz, Aspen Grove Retail Manager
On shelves 10/9...
by Kate Morton

"I don’t watch scary films and I don’t read ghost stories but The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a different kind of ghost story. Interweaving characters pass through time and space in an enchanting, and enchanted, house in the English countryside, Birchwood Manor. Is it the people or the house that is haunted? As always, Kate Morton has created memorable characters and crafted engrossing paths for them to trace. The Clockmaker’s Daughter begins in 1862 with the love story of an artist, Edward Radcliffe, and his muse Birdie Bell, the daughter of a clockmaker, and culminates in unexpected ways in the present. Make a cup of tea, curl up in a comfortable chair and travel with archivist Elodie Winslow as her interest in a leather satchel, and the sepia photograph and sketchbook with a drawing of a distinctive house it contains, lead her to secrets 150 years in the making. I hope you enjoy the journey. I did." -- Margaret Noteman, Aspen Grove Book Buyer
October Cookbook of the Month...
by Jonathan Bennett (a.k.a Aaron Samuels)

"Guys. It's October 3rd.  Mean Girls  is verging on its 15th birthday. And Aaron Samuels wrote a really fetch cookbook to help mitigate how old this makes us all feel. So stop, drop that Kalteen bar, and savor such delicacies as "It's Like, All in Swedish Meatballs," "Your (Angel) Hair Looks Sexy Pushed Back," "I Want My Pink Soup Back! Watermelon Gazpacho," "Cake Made of Rainbows and Smiles," and "You Go, Glenn (Hot) Coco." Really want to lose 3 pounds? Break out the sweatpants-- The Burn Cookbook   is just too grool to resist!" -- Lainie Formby, Adult Book Buyer
Indie Next List Picks
This month's #1...
by Leif Enger

“From the fated flight of Virgil Wander’s Pontiac into the frigid waters of Lake Superior to an encounter with Rune, an enigmatic kite enthusiast searching for word of a long-lost son, and other interactions with the citizens of Greenstone, Minnesota, Leif Enger’s new novel is a most welcome, albeit quirky, story of words and people lost and found. Lovers of Peace Like a River, rejoice! Enger is back with another enchanting and enriching tale of community and revival, with his ever-deft touch of magic and grace. A perfect remedy for those whose hearts ache from our present reality, Virgil Wander is a treasure to be shared with all readers.” -- Mark Nichols, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

New in paperback...
by James McBride

“Sometimes after I've read a great book by an author, I judge. When I picked up a copy of James McBride's new collection of stories, Five-Carat Soul , I was prepared to be disappointed; how could he top The Good Lord Bird? Was I ever surprised, in the best way possible! These stories have all the magnificent qualities of his National Book Award-winning novel: quirky, poignant, and hilarious characters amid myriad situations in life, and humanity at its most human presented in beautiful writing. A couple of multi-story combinations read like novellas, and satisfied my craving to know more about the most interesting of the characters. McBride has set the bar high once again.” -- Mamie Potter, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
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