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Women Writers:
Events, News & Book Reviews - October 2018
It’s the most wonderful time of year! Fall is here and Halloween is upon us. 

My name is Ashley and if you have been subscribed to this newsletter for a while, you might remember me from the first few intro letters. I am the content and communications coordinator at Tattered Cover. I manage our social media accounts, e-newsletters (I create this and I hope you are enjoying it!), website event calendar, and other various forms of digital and written marketing. 

Anyway, It’s my favorite time of year and, as a horror fan, I want to talk about something I am very passionate about — women writers in the horror genre. I have been a huge fan of horror ever since I was a weird little kid, but most of the horror I was exposed to was either created by men or depicted women as the damsel in distress. And that’s if women even had a presence at all.

Then I discovered women like Anne Rice and Shirley Jackson and that lead me to discovering even more women CREATING in the horror genre. Where had they been all my life? Below, I am going to recommend some of my favorite horror novels by women. (I am not going to mention Mary Shelley because her legacy speaks for itself.)

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I can’t recommend this book enough. Two reclusive sisters are ostracized in their small town after their family dies in mysterious circumstances. You don’t know “unreliable narrator” until you have read this book.
  • The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. When people recommend Anne Rice, they usually start with Interview with the Vampire, but that is not the book that drew me in. This is an intoxicating read that takes you from mid 1700s France through 1980s America. This book, in my opinion, sets the groundwork for the rest of the series. Also, vampire rockstar.
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang. I’m not sure if many people would consider this horror, but it’s definitely dark and psychological. Yeong-hye has brutal nightmares that lead her to giving up meat—something that is shunned in her society. This small act of rebellion, in desperate attempt to get rid of these nightmares, changes her life forever. This was my top read of 2017.
  • My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due. This is the first book in Due’s African Immortals series and a must-read for anyone who loves paranormal fiction. Jessica discovers her husband is part of an Ethiopian sect that traded humanity for immortality. It’s truly unforgettable.

Honorable mention: Carmilla by Joseph LeFanu. Okay, so this one is obviously not written by a woman, but I feel the need to mention it because it actually predates Dracula by 26 years and it’s about a FEMALE vampire. Carmilla is the story of a young woman lured by the charms of a female vampire. If you’re a vampire fan, you need to read this.

Let us know who you favorite women horror writers are! 

~ Ashley, content and communications coordinator
Photo of the Month: September...
On Tuesday, September 25, Laurie Halse Anderson presented Speak: The Graphic Novel at Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue. The graphic novel is based on the classic Speak , a powerful novel about an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice who delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.
In this issue...

  • Poll of the Month
  • Photo of the Month
  • Book Radar
  • Women this Week
  • Upcoming Events
  • Staff Book Reviews
Who is your favorite female horror or suspense writer?
Agatha Christie
Anne Rice
Shirley Jackson
Mary Shelley
Other (email us and tell us who!)
Last month's poll...

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

Earning gift cards

The silver bookmark gift

Attending the private sale/private party


Advanced access to select ticket sales
Book Radar...
on shelves now
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

on shelves now
Blood Communion by Anne Rice
on shelves now
The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

Women this week...
Tattered Cover has had quite the incredible first week of October with events featuring women writers. So far we've hosted Erin Gibson , Rose Levy Beranbaum , Susan Schulten , Jessica Honegger , Liz Fox , and Deborah Harkness . These authors brought in a wide range of genres such as cookbook, memoir, fantasy fiction, and U.S. history.

Pictured above, left to right : Jessica Honegger, founder of Noonday Collection, a fair-trade jewelry company that partners with artisans across the globe, presented Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared on October 3. Erin Gibson, Emmy nominated comedian and host of the Throwing Shade podcast, presented Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death on October 1. Deborah Harkness, bestselling author of the All Souls trilogy, presented Time's Convert on October 4.
Upcoming Events...
Picture Book Talk & Signing
TODAY: Friday, October 5, 6:00 pm

Christy Mihaly's juvenile nonfiction books have been published by  Focus Rosen , and  National Geographic Kids . She will discuss and sign  Hey, Hey, Hay!   ($17.99 Holiday House), a joyful rhyming story about a girl and her mother and the machines they use on their family farm to make hay.
Sci-Fi Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, October 6, 2:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Sara L. Daigle is the author of the award-winning  Azellian Affairs,  including  Alawahea: The Azellian Affairs, Book One . She will discuss and sign  Triangle: The Azellian Affairs, Book Two ($16.00 Merry Dissonance Press). Woven throughout this multifaceted story are the questions posed when two different cultures with diverse perspectives are brought together.
Poetry Readings & Signings
Saturday, October 6, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Poet Madelyn Garner will discuss and sign  Hum of Our Blood   ($24.00 3: A Taos Press). Poet Katherine Seluja will discuss and sign  Gather the Night  ($18.95 University of New Mexico Press). Poet Elizabeth Robinson will discuss and sign  Blue Heron   ($16.95 University Press of Colorado).
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Monday, October 8, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Ally Condie is the author of the #1  New York Times  bestselling  Matched  Trilogy and of the middle-grade novel  Summerlost . Brendan Reichs is the author of the instant  New York Times  bestseller  Nemesis  and its sequel  Genesis . They will discuss and sign  The Darkdeep   ($16.99 Bloomsbury Publishing), about a group of friends who discover a hidden island and an abandoned houseboat with an array of curiosities inside.
Book Talk & Signing
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 including  The Geography of Lost Things The Chaos of Standing Still , and  A Week of Mondays . 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.
Mystery Book Talks & Signings
Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Join us for an evening with five mystery writers for A Mysterious Conversation: Writers Talk Crime! Cynthia Kuhn, author of the  Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries , will discuss and sign  The Spirit in Question  ($15.95 Henery Press), the third book in the award-winning series. Author Nora Page will discuss and sign  Better Off Read: A Bookmobile Mystery   ($26.99 Crooked Lane Books), her first  Bookmobile Mystery .

Margaret Mizushima, author of the critically acclaimed  Timber Creek K-9  mysteries, will discuss and sign  Burning Ridge   ($26.99 Crooked Lane Books), her fourth  Timber Creek K-9  mystery. Barbara Nickless, author of the award-winning  Sydney Parnell  series, will discuss and sign  Dead Stop   ($15.95 Thomas & Mercer), the second book in the series. Scott Graham, the author of eight books, will discuss and sign  Yosemite Fall  ($15.95 Torrey House Press), a  National Park Mystery .
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
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).
Young Adult Fiction Book Talk & Signing
Friday, October 12, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Becky Albertalli is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda . Adam Silvera is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of  They Both Die At the End . They will discuss and sign  What If It's Us   ($18.99 Harper Teen), a funny and heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can't decide if the universe is pushing them together--or pulling them apart.  Tickets on sale now!
Spirituality Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church

Anne Lamott is the author of the bestsellers  Hallelujah Anyway ,   Stitches , and many more She will discuss and sign  Almost Everything: Notes on Hope   ($20.00 Riverhead Books). In this profound and funny book, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined.  Tickets on sale now!
History Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Liza Mundy is the  New York Times  bestselling author of  The Richer Sex  and  Michelle: A Biography . She has worked as a reporter at the  The Washington Post  and contributor to  The Atlantic TIME  magazine, and many more. She will discuss and sign  Code Girls: the Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II  ($16.99 Hachette Books).
True Crime Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Author and playwright Dorothy Marcic will discuss and sign  With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice   ($16.00 Citadel Press). A widow confessed to the cold blooded murder of her husband, but Marcic suspected a more sinister tale at the heart of her beloved uncle's violent death. In 2014, Marcic embarked on a two-year mission to uncover the truth.
Poetry Reading & Signing
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Dominique Christina is the award-winning poet and author of  This Is Woman's Work . She was the National Poetry Champion in 2011 and Women of the World Slam Champion in 2012 and 2014. She will discuss and sign  Anarcha Speaks: A History in Poems   ($16.00 Beacon Press), the reimagined story of Anarcha, an enslaved Black woman, who was subjected to medical experiments by Dr. Marion Sims, more commonly known as "the father of modern gynecology ."
History Book Talk & Signing
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 acclaimed studies in presidential history, Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.  Tickets on sale now!
Biography Book Talk & Signing
Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Jane Leavy is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the  Washington Post . She is the author of the comic novel  Squeeze Play , which was called "the best novel ever written about baseball" by  Entertainment Weekly . Leavy will discuss and sign  The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created   ($32.50 Harper).
Middle Grade Book Talk & Signing
Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Beth Vrabel is the award-winning author of  Caleb and Kit ,   A Blind Guide to Normal , and the  Pack of Dorks  series. She will discuss and sign  The Reckless Club   ($16.99 Running Press Kids), a new middle-grade  Breakfast Club  drama set in a old folks' home.
Memoir Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Author Angie Cavallari will discuss and sign  Trailer Trash: An '80s Memoir   ($14.95 Retro Publishing LLC), about her childhood in the '80s growing up in trailer parks. In this book, Cavallari describes the negative connotations of the world "trailer park" and what it represents in the minds of most Americans.
Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, October 27, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Author Adrienne Rinaldi will discuss and sign  Brew & Asana: A BeerSnobChick's Guide to Beer and Yoga   ($19.95 Brew Asanas), which takes your favorite yoga poses and beers and kicks it up a notch with fun and flavorful pairings.
Cookbook Talk & Signing
Saturday, October 27, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Nicole Hampton, of the popular food blog  Dough-Eyed , will discuss and sign her first cookbook  Sugar High: Sweet & Savory Baking in Your High-Altitude Kitchen   ($24.99 Westwinds Press).
Friday, October 19, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

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

Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Thursday, October 25, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove
Thursday, November 1, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Sunday, November 4, 2:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Monday, November 5, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Thursday, November 8, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Thursday, November 15, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Sunday, December 2, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

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

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

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue
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Staff Book Reviews...
On shelves now...
by Lisa Locascio

" Think of this book as a sort of prequel to Erica Jong's  Fear of Flying  -- before our heroine got all jaded, right as she's coming (pun intended) into her own -- updated for the 21st century.  Open Me  is incredibly sexy and cringe-inducing all at once. I couldn't put it down! " -- Lainie Formby, Adult Book Buyer
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 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
The Clock- maker's Daughter - Kate Morton

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