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Women Writers:
Events, News &
Book Reviews - July 2018
I'm Bethany Strout, the Children's Book Buyer here at Tattered Cover, and I'm delighted to be reaching out to so many readers of women writers.

I've been in the publishing world for a long time--at the University of Chicago Press, at Writers House literary agency, and as an editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers--and I love thinking about, reading, and sharing books.

You  may  have come to this newsletter to hear about the newest literary fiction created by women, but today I'd like to draw your attention to an equally important section of our store: picture books. The most prestigious award in all of picture books (equivalent to the Pulitzer AND the National Book Award combined) is the Caldecott Medal, which was just awarded last week in New Orleans. Out of one medalist and four honorees this year, only ONE artist was a woman (Thi Bui, who illustrated the fabulous father-son story  A Different Pond , written by Bao Phi). 1/5. And sadly, that breakdown is par for the course. In the 80 years since the award's inception, only 26% of medalists have been women, and only 37% of the honorees have been women. (Thank you to author  Christine Taylor-Butler  for crunching these numbers.)

But of course, there are wonderful picture books illustrated by women out there, and I'd like to recommend just a few of my very favorites artists who have never (yet!) won the Caldecott:
The Book of Mistakes ,  written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken: The art in this book is so exquisite and clever that it can appeal to adults and kids. What happens when you make a mistake in life, in a creative project, or at work? Accept it, and turn it into something beautiful.

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 , written by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Dow Phumiruk: Do you want to introduce  Hidden Figures  to a younger reader? This book, illustrated by Colorado's own Phumiruk, is the perfect way to do so.

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Hadley Hooper: You may have seen Denverite Hooper's  installation  at the Denver Art Museum last year, but she also creates thought-provoking picture books. This one is a simple yet thorough introduction to Matisse, employing an art style that evokes Matisse's own while feeling wholly original. A gorgeous book for any collection.
This is Our Baby, Born Today written by Varsha Bajaj and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler: The only baby shower book you'll ever need! Customers and I tear up together regularly when reading this.


My Heart Fills with Happiness written by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by Julie Flett: Cree-Metis artist Flett is my favorite board book artist working today. This book, which ends "What fills  your  heart with happiness?" will make any child (or adult) clear room in their day for gratitude.

It was incredibly hard to narrow down my choices to just these five, so never hesitate to email me ( ) if you have any recommendation requests!
Photo of the Month: June...
Cookbook authors Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson stopped by to sign copies of their delicious book The Campout Cookbook: Inspired Recipes for Cooking Around the Fire and Under the Stars, our June Cookbook of the Month!
In this issue...

  • Poll of the month
  • Photo of the month
  • Books to look for
  • Read about books
  • Earlier this month
  • Upcoming events
  • Staff book reviews
Do you read picture books, middle grade, or young adult novels for fun?
Only with my kid(s)
We are halfway through the year! How many books have you read so far?





Books to Look For This Month...
on shelves now
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
on shelves now
The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen

on shelves now
Zen and Gone by Emily France

Read about books...
Earlier This Month...
Anne Waldman is a revered poet, performer, professor, editor, cultural activist, and author of more than forty-five books. Last night at Tattered Cover Historic LoDo, Waldman presented her latest poetry collection Trickster Feminism , an edgy, visionary collection that meditates on gender, existence, passion, and activism.

In this collection, Waldman looks to the imagination of mercurial possibility, to the spirits of the doorway and of crossroads, and to language that jolts the status quo of how one troubles gender and outwits patriarchy.
Upcoming Events...
Fiction Book Talk & Signing
TODAY: Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Debut author Amy Meyerson will discuss and sign  The Bookshop of Yesterdays   ($22.99 Park Row), about a woman who inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery. Meyerson will be joined by Cynthia Swanson, the local author of  The Bookseller   and  The Glass Forest .
Hiking Book Talk & Signing
Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

When animal writer and hiker Laura Moss couldn't find an online resource for hitting the trail with her cat, she created one: . Moss will discuss and sign  Adventure Cats: Living Nine Lives to the Fullest  ($14.95 Workman Publishing), a collection of jaw-dropping photographs, inspiring stories of real-life cats, and all the how-to a cat owner needs to take their cats well beyond the backyard. 
Fiction Book Talk & Signing
Monday, July 16, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Kate Christensen, the acclaimed PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of  The Great Man , will discuss and sign  The Last Cruise  ($26.95 Doubleday Books), a riveting high-seas adventure that combines Christensen's signature wit, irony, and humanity to create an unforgettable vision of our times.
Young Adult Book Talk & Signing
Monday, July 16, 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). Author Pintip Dunn will discuss and sign  Seize Today   ($17.99 Entangled Publishing). Author Brenda Drake will discuss and sign  Assassin Of Truths  ($17.99 Entangled Publishing). Author Darcy Woods will discuss and sign  Summer of Supernovas  ($9.99 Ember).
Romance Book Talks & Signings
Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Colleen Hoover, the #1  New York Times  bestselling author of It Ends with Us , will discuss and sign  All Your Perfects  ($28.00 Atria Books), a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old, forgotten promise that might be able to save it.  TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Fantasy Book Talk & Signing
Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

New York Times  bestselling author Gail Carriger will discuss and sign  Competence ($26.00 Orbit), her third  Custard Protocol  novel. All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.
Thriller Book Talks & Signings
Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Author Jenny Milchman will discuss and sign  Wicked River   ($15.99 Sourcebooks Landmark). Author Sandra Block will discuss and sign  What Happened That Night  ($15.99 Sourcebooks Landmark). This event also features author Carter Wilson, who will discuss and sign  Mister Tender's Girl   ($15.99 Sourcebooks Landmark), and author Randall Silvis, who will discuss and sign  Two Days Gone   ($15.99 Sourcebooks Landmark).
Romance Book Signings
Thursday, July 20, 6:30 pm, Colfax Avenue

Join Tattered Cover, Avon Books, and Swish Beverages for Romance and Rosé, an evening of romance book talks and signings! Featured authors include Meg Cabot, Kristen Proby, Jill Shalvis, Beverly Jenkins, Sarah MacLean, Jennifer Ryan, Maya Rodale, Joanna Shupe, Lorraine Heath, Cathy Maxwell, Lori Wilde, HelenKay Dimon, Alyssa Cole, Sophie Jordan, Eva Leigh, Laura Kaye/Laura Kamoie, Tara Wyatt, Charis Michaels, Mia Sosa, Tracey Livesay, Marie Tremayne, and Syrie James. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Memoir Book Talk & Signing
Monday, July 23, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Jennifer Pharr Davis is an American long-distance hiker, an author, a speaker, a  National Geographic  Adventurer of the Year, and an ambassador for the American Hiking Society. She is also a record holder of the FKT (fastest known time) on the Appalachian Trail. Jennifer will discuss and sign  The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience   ($27.00 Viking).
Science Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Medical journalist Randi Hutter Epstein will discuss and sign  Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just about Everything  ($26.95 WW Norton & Company), which takes us on a journey through the unusual history of these potent chemicals, from a basement filled with jarred nineteenth-century brains to a twenty-first-century hormone clinic in Los Angeles.
Mystery Book Talk & Signing
Thursday, July 26, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of twenty-three  Aunt Dimity Mysteries . Atherton will discuss and sign  Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom   ($26.00 Viking), in which a dark and stormy night kicks off a ghost chase in rural England.
Picture Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, July 28, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Michelle Finch will read from and sign  Phoenix Goes to School: A Story to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children   ($15.95 Jessica Kingsley Publishers). 
Romance Book Talk & Signing
Monday, July 30, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

New York Times USA Today , and  Wall Street Journal  bestseller Helen Hardt is the author of multiple romance novels, including select  Misadventures Series  titles. She will discuss and sign her latest standalone from the spicy series  Misadventures with a Rock Star  ($12.99 Waterhouse Press).
Thursday, August 2, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Friday, August 3, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Saturday, August 4, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Sunday, August 5, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Monday, August 6, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, August 7, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, August 7, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Thursday, August 9, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Saturday, August 11, 2:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Monday, August 13, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, August 14, 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue

Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Thursday, August 23, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Thursday, August 23, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Friday, August 24, 7:00 pm, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Sloans Lake

Monday, August 27, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Monday, August 27, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Tuesday, August 28, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Friday, September 7, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Friday, September 7, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Saturday, September 8, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Sunday, September 16, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Monday, September 17, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Thursday, September 27, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Thursday, September 27, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Sunday, September 30, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Monday, October 1, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Friday, October 5, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Monday, October 8, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Sunday, October 21, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Thursday, November 1, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Sunday, December 2, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
Staff Book Reviews...
On shelves now...
by Rebecca Solnit

"This is easily one of the most important books I have ever read. Solnit's writing is wry and witty, critical and confessional. I somehow felt more connected to my own experiences after sharing in hers. This is a book for every woman. We are all intimately familiar, to some degree or another, with the stories that Solnit has to tell. They are us, or our friends, our mother or colleagues. This book will rake coals down your back, bristle your feathers, and churn your stomach. It will also center you, remind you that you are not alone, and you never have been." -- Sam Foster, Gift Buyer
On shelves now...
by Julie Murphy

"I've had moments where all I wanted to do was sleep the day away, but I've never quite thought about sleeping away an entire year. I'm not sure how Ottessa Moshfegh comes up with these ideas, but I was hooked from the first few pages. The nameless narrator in  My Year of Rest and Relaxation  has a life that many people dream of having, but there is always more than meets the eye. You never know what someone is dealing with underneath all of the perceived glamour and privilege. Her disenchantment with life was at times relatable and at times so extreme that I wanted to put the book down and go outside. But I didn't do that because I didn't want to stop reading it." -- Ashley Lyons, Content and Communications Coordinator
On shelves now...
by Jessika Coker

"This book has SO many cute pictures of Juniper the Fox, snaggletooth and all! There's some extra mentions of Moose the Dog, Petunia the Sugar Glider, and Fig the other fox, but the main story is about life with a fox rescued from a fur farm. If you follow Juniper on Instagram, you already know what a sassy lady she is. You may also know that she's a painter! This book provides more backstory of what Jessika's life has become with a house full of wild, lovable creatures. Hear stories about how Juniper turned a couch into a den, buried a fish fillet under a carpet, is a loving mother and is somewhat potty trained. Proceeds from the purchase of this book go towards helping Jessika fulfill her dream of establishing an animal sanctuary to provide safe spaces for other wild animals in need." -- Katie Palazzolo, Conferences and Outside Sales Coordinator
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