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Tattered Cover Presents...
Women Writers:
Events, News &
Book Reviews - June 2018
Hello, readers of women!

My name is Lainie, and I've been called upon to be your guest writer for the month. I'm also one of two adult frontlist buyers for the Tattered Cover, which means I get to pick out a good portion of the new titles you see on shelf at our stores. I focus mainly on forthcoming books from small and university presses--which are, incidentally, usually my favorites!--and I get almost sole say in what's at our Union Station mini-shop. (It's my baby.) In my spare time, which is somewhat rare, as I'm also working on my Master's in Library and Information Science, I like to read essays, poetry, and postmodern-leaning literary fiction. My mother calls me a "book snob," which I'm trying to remedy this summer by taking a class called Adult Popular Literature. Genre fiction, here I come!

Another confession-that's-not-really-a-confession: I tend to read a lot of books written by women. So much so that I often have to consciously decide to read a book by a man.

Here's a sampling of some lady literature I'm looking forward to reading in what remains of this year:

  • Kudos by Rachel Cusk. The last installment in Cusk's philosophical, meandering trilogy that involves more than one instance of a character striking up a mid-flight conversation with her neighbor on an airplane. For fans of the recent auto-fiction trend.

  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. This book is so bleak I'm not sure I can even recommend it to anyone. But I'm recommending it here, to you?

  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Vol. 2 by Emil Ferris. The long-awaited conclusion to the two-part graphic novel whodunnit, set in Chicago, my soul city. Ferris' visual storytelling is bold, intimate, atmospheric, and scratches all of my latent Harriet the Spy itches -- plus she responded directly to my Favorite Book Friday of Vol. 1 on Instagram, so what's not to love?

  • I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerablilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson. Broad City is high on the list of things I live for (pun intended), and I have endless admiration for the creativity and overall chutzpah of co-creators/co-stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. So I will CERTAINLY be reading this ASAP, and I may have just emailed our Hachette rep so I could get a copy even ASAP-ier.

  • Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals by Patricia Lockwood. Okay, so this one came out a while ago, but Lockwood has been a revelation to me. I recently read her memoir Priestdaddy (which just came out in paperback, btw) and this lovely little piece of hers in Tin House, and I've fallen in absolute love. She's a true riot, and as someone who grew up Catholic, I am fascinated by her upbringing -- a priest for a father? Crazy! Plus, underneath all the wisecracking Lockwood has an awful lot of relatable stuff to say about faith and family and poetry. So now I'm going to read some of her poetry. According to Goodreads, "This book is serious and funny at the same time, like a big grave with a clown lying in it." Sounds promising.

Anyway. Thanks for tolerating my ramblings, and if you're ever on the lookout for something dark, witchy, or cynically silly to read, stop by the Colfax Avenue store on a Tuesday. I'll be on the floor, and I'll hook you up.

Happy reading!

-- Lainie Formby, Associate Book Buyer
Photo of the Month: May...
On Saturday, May 19, Tattered Cover and OMG BookFest! teamed up and hosted an Author Circus event with 19 middle grade authors. Erin Entrada Kelly (right), author of the Newbery Medal-winning novel Hello, Universe, held a book discussion with fellow middle grade author Sarah Mlynowski (left).

Mlynowski is the author of several books for children, including the Upside-Down Magic series, which she co-authors with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins.
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
We are halfway through the year! How many books have you read so far?
Results from last poll...

What is the best reading weather?

Cuddled up inside listening to the rain 55.6%

Snowed in with no other choice but to read all day 44.4%

Outside in the sun on a warm day 0%

Other 0%
Books to Look For This Month...
paperback on
shelves now

on shelves now
Florida by Lauren Groff

on shelves 6/12
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Read about books and authors...
Earlier this Month...
Jennifer Egan, the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad , presented the paperback edition of her critically-acclaimed novel Manhattan Beach at the Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday, June 5. Photo courtesy of Lisa Casper with Douglas County Libraries.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author  Karen Kingsbury (middle)  presented the new book in her Baxter Family Collection series, To the Moon and Back, at CU South Denver on Wednesday, June 6, with Douglas County Libraries. Photo courtesy of Lisa Casper with Douglas County Libraries.
Bestselling author Marisha Pessl presented her first young adult novel, Neverworld Wake , at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove on Wednesday, June 6. Pessl is the author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics .
Heather Abel discussed her debut novel  The Optimistic Decade, about a utopian summer camp and its charismatic leader, on Thursday, June 7, at Historic LoDo. Abel was joined by Lisa Jones, author of  Broken, A Love Story .
Upcoming Events...
Mystery Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, June 9, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Ruth Ware, the #1  New York Times  bestselling author of  The Woman in Cabin 10 , and  The Lying Game , will discuss and sign her highly anticipated fourth novel  The Death of Mrs. Westaway   ($26.99 Gallery/Scout Press). Hal receives a mysterious letter about an inheritance that might not have been intended for her. Soon, she finds herself in a strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.
Memoir Book Talk & Signing
Sunday, June 10, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Author Karen Auvinen will discuss and sign  Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living   ($27.00 Scribner)--a stunning, inspirational memoir from an award-winning poet who ventures into the wilderness to seek answers to life's big questions and finds her way back after losing everything she thought she needed.
Memoir Book Talk & Signing
Monday, June 11, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Pilot Kitty Banner will discuss and sign  Wings of Her Dreams: Alaska Bush & Glacier Pilot, Kitty Banner  ($27.95 Finney Company), a reflection and look at the adventures during her time in Alaska.
Fiction Book Talk & Signing
Tuesday, June 12, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Sandra Dallas is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including  A Quilt for Christmas Fallen Women True Sister s , and many more. Dallas will discuss and sign her new novel  The Patchwork Bride   ($26.99 St. Martin's Press), a irrepressible story of a runaway bride.
Young Adult Book Talks & Signings
Tuesday, June 12, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Zoraida Cordova is the award-winning author of  The Vicious Deep  trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. She will discuss and sign  Bruja Born   ($17.99 Sourcebooks Fire). Dhonielle is an author, COO of  We Need Diverse Books , and co-founder of  Cake Literary.  She will discuss and sign  The Belles   ($17.99 Freeform). They will be joined by Amalie Howard, the award-winning author of  Dark Goddess and multiple other YA novels. They will be in conversation with Mark Oshiro, the Hugo-nominated writer of the online  Mark Does Stuff  universe and author of the debut YA contemporary fiction novel  Anger Is a Gift .
LGBT+ Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, June 13, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Beth Buckley has conceptualized, designed, and curated dozens of titles in myriad subjects including: architecture, celebrity event design, hospitality, interior design, travel, and wineries. She will discuss and sign  Love Is Love: Ideas and Inspiration: The LGBTQ+ Wedding Book   ($35.00 Benton Buckley Books) with Wanda Bonner, wedding planner and owner of  Blue Linden Weddings & Events
Fiction Book Talk & Signing
Thursday, June 14, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

When Georgia Hunter was fifteen years old, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. She will discuss and sign  We Were the Lucky Ones  ($16.00 Penguin Books), which is inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive and to reunite. This book is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.
Mystery Book Talk & Signing
Thursday, June 14, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Christine Carbo, the acclaimed author of mystery novels such as  The Wild Inside , will discuss and sign  A Sharp Solitude   ($16.00 Atria Books), a gripping new mystery set in the magnificent and brutal terrain of Glacier National Park.
Picture Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, June 16, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Author Kathleen Pelley will read from and sign her upcoming picture book  Happy Papas  ($14.95). This book is the perfect follow-up to  Happy Mamas  and just in time for Father's Day.
Film & Culture Book Talk & Signing
Monday, June 18, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

When  The Graduate  premiered in 1967, its filmmakers had only modest expectations. There was little indication that this offbeat story would turn out to be a monster hit with seven Academy Award nominations. Now, in time for this iconic film's fiftieth birthday, author Beverly Gray will discuss and sign  Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How "The Graduate" Became the Touchstone of a Generation   ($24.95 Algonquin Books)
Memoir Book Talk & Signing
Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Michelle Kuo, author and teacher at the American University in Paris, will discuss and sign her memoir  Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship   ($16.00 Random House Trade), about the life-changing friendship between an idealistic young teacher and her gifted student, jailed for murder in the Mississippi Delta
Fiction Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Author Carola Lovering will discuss and sign  Tell Me Lies   ($26.00 Atria). A thrilling, sexy coming-of-age story exploring toxic love, ruthless ambition, and shocking betrayal,  Tell Me Lies  is about that one person who still haunts you--the other one. The wrong one. The one you couldn't let go of. The one you'll never forget.
Fiction Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Critically-acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai will discuss and sign  The Great Believers  ($27.00 Viking), a dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris. Makkai will be in conversation with Eleanor Brown, the local author of  The Light of Paris  and  The Weird Sisters .
Cookbook Talk & Signing
Thursday, June 21, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Michelle Smith, founder of the popular blog  The Whole Smiths , will discuss and sign  The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook: Whole30 Endorsed, Delicious Real Food Recipes to Cook All Year Long   ($30.00 Houghton Mifflin). This cookbook, the first ever fully endorsed and supported by Whole30, offers a collection of 150 recipes to keep Whole30 devotees going strong.
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, June 23, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Colorado artist and author Donna L. Cook will discuss and sign  The Tara Tree  ($10.00), a timely tale of adventure, imagination, and friendship that puts the plight of our planet at the top of the list. It is the first in the Earth-friendly series called  Tales of the West Wind .
LGBT+ Fiction Book Talk & Signing
Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Local author Nicole Disney will discuss and sign her novel  Hers to Protect   ($16.95 Bold Strokes Books), a story about the love between two women and their lives on the gang-dominated streets of Chicago.
Fiction Book Talk & Signing
Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Debut novelist Joanna Luloff will discuss and sign  Remind Me Again What Happened   ($26.95 Algonquin Books), a moving and beautifully nuanced story of transience, the ebb and flow of time, and how relationships shift and are reconfigured by each day, hour, and minute.
Fiction Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, authors of the  New York Times  bestselling  My Lady Jane , will discuss  My Plain Jane   ($17.99 Harper Teen), an irreverent spin on Jane Eyre--a tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem.
Memoir Book Talk & Signing
Friday, June 29, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Lawyer and writer Elizabeth Katkin will discuss and sign  Conceivability: What I Learned Exploring the Frontiers of Fertility   ($26.00 Simon & Schuster). Part memoir, part guide, this is the personal and deeply informative account of one woman's journey through the global fertility industry in search of the solution to her own "unexplained infertility."
Picture Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, June 30, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Author and illustrated Suzanne Kaufman will read from and sign  100 Bugs!: A Counting Book   ($17.99 Farrar Straus Giroux). In this picture book, little explorers will learn 10 different ways to count to 10, using 10 different kinds of bugs, and get all the way to 100 by the end of their adventure.
Friday, July 6, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Monday, July 9, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Monday, July 16, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue, TICKETS

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Monday, July 23, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Monday, July 30, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Thursday, August 2, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 23, 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
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Staff Book Reviews...
On shelves now...
by Michelle McNamara

"The Golden State Killer. The East Area Rapist. The Original Nightstalker. For decades he eluded authorities. Michelle McNamara's book, her self-proclaimed obsession, came out in February and on April 24, 2018, a suspect was arrested. There is no doubt in my mind that Michelle's book assisted in the capture of a man who has hurt so many people. Although the subject of this book is difficult, Michelle's writing is spectacular. Her passion flows through the book like a pulse." -- Barrie, bookseller
On shelves now...
by Julie Murphy

"In this sequel to   Dumplin' , Julie Murphy dives back into the world of a small Texas town and explores the relationship between two unlikely friends. This book has two perspectives from two very different girls. They are well-developed and give a unique look on the same situations and town drama from different sides of the track, so to speak. Not only did I appreciate the relationship with the two main characters, but the relationships with their parents and their families was emphasized and that's not something you see every day in YA novels. One of the girls has to learn to to stick up for herself, against her family's wishes and sticking up to people you love is one of the most courageous things to do. It was fun and rewarding book and I hope Julie Murphy explores some other side characters in this town again soon." --  Mikaley Osley, Marketing and Events Manager
On shelves now...
by Emil Ferris

"I was completely floored by Ferris's drawings, which run the gamut from renderings of vintage pulp comic book covers to some of the Art Institute of Chicago's masterpieces -- believe me when I say you'll never look at a ballpoint pen the same way again. And I fell completely in love with Karen, Ferris's gutsy wolfgirl protagonist, who scratched all of my latent  Harriet the Spy  itches. I'm eagerly awaiting Vol. 2 of the story, hitting shelves this fall, for a resolution to Vol. 1's cliffhanger. This coming-of-age, Midwest-noir whodunnit is destined to become a graphic novel classic on par with  Maus  and  Persepolis ." -- Lainie Formby, Associate Book Buyer
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