Tattered Cover Book Store
November 2017 News & Reviews
Greetings Friends of Tattered Cover, 

A couple of months ago, we used this space to talk about the value and importance of shopping locally. We discussed how keeping money in the community benefits the community, and the danger of having every shopping district in the US look the same. (Do we really want Denver to look like Orlando? No offense Florida, but we like Colorado just the way it is.) 

We are not alone in this view, as evidenced by the growing support for Small Business Saturday (SBS). The Saturday after Thanksgiving --  this year November 25 -- major corporations, led by American Express, encourage consumers to flock to their Main Street businesses. While we think this should be the case every day, we're delighted there's such strong support for this effort.

To help us celebrate SBS -- which Indie Bookstores have rebranded as  Indie's First Day -- a wide diversity of local authors will be in our stores throughout the day. You can meet and mingle with the likes of [AUTHOR NAME], [AUTHOR NAME], [AUTHOR NAME], and many, many more. They will be here to show their support and love for Tattered Cover and other indie stores around the country, and to show their support and love for you.

Jason Reynolds, this year's Indie's First Ambassador, and one of our favorite YA authors and friends, talks about the importance of this day better than we can. Watch his video here or below:
And to show how much we appreciate you,  if you spend more than $100 in our stores on November 25, we're going to give you a Tattered Cover License Plate T-shirt (see photo above), a $17.99 value, for free.
Finally, you can also attend the book launch for  The Chaos of Standing Still, the new novel by acclaimed YA writer, Jessica Brody. The event is at 2:00 pm on Indie's First Day, in our Aspen Grove store. We both read  Chaos and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. It's one of our top picks for the holiday season. Jessica, who already has more than a dozen novels to her credit, calls this her "heart book." Meaning, this is the book she's always wanted to write. And check this out... the entire book is set in DIA during a blizzard when the airport closes. Complete with all the dramatic conspiracies surrounding the Denver International Airport, too. It's super local!

Finally, finally... when all the hoopla of Indie's First Day is over, and we're into the the throes of the holiday selling season in earnest, join us on  November 27 for Cider Monday. Years ago, some member of the digerati (people obsessed with all things digital,) labeled the Monday after Thanksgiving as  Cyber Monday, the day everyone was supposed shop online. We would we love to see you out the the real world that day, so we're sweetening the pot again this year by offering free cider and cookies to everyone who comes in (while supplies last!) in our Colfax, LoDo, and Aspen Grove stores. Based on last year, it's a really fun day to be at Tattered Cover. 

So... we hope to see you on Indie's First Day (November 25) and Cider Monday (November 27), but then we hope to see you everyday. 

Thanks, as always, for being a friend of the TC.
Len and Kristen 

PS -- We didn't forget about the many of you who answered our Olive Test challenge last month. We're still reviewing the excellent cost-saving/sales growing ideas you submitted, and will award a couple of gift cards next month. 
We are delighted to present numerous author signings and other special events throughout the month of November.

Book Clubs!
Everyone is welcome to join us for the following book club meetings. Click here for more details

Book Club

Aspen Grove 
Non- Fiction 
Book Club

Aspen Grove 
Fiction Book Club
Travel Lovers'
Book Club
11/13: Red Notice

Third Thursday Book Club

Book Club
Event Photo of the Month: October
The view from the back of Trinity United Methodist Church as Commander Scott Kelly discusses his book Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery with Dr. Steve Lee, a Space Scientist in the Adult & Children’s Programs Department at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), and a Senior Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder.

Submit your own event photos to for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter!
Upcoming featured events!
Thursday, November 9, 6:30 pm, Aspen Grove

Janet Fitch, the mega-bestselling author of  White Oleander , will discuss and sign her latest novel  The Revolution of Marina M.  ($30.00 Little Brown and Company), an epic, story of one woman's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.

We're excited to host Janet Fitch on her birthday! We'll mix and mingle with wine and cake beginning at 6:30 pm, where guests can meet fellow book lovers and pick up book club reading lists. Then at 7:00 pm, Fitch will present  The Revolution of Marina M. Free registration available NOW!
Saturday, November 11, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Connie Willis, bestselling author of  CrossTalk  and a Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, will discuss and sign  A Lot Like Christmas: Stories  ($17.00 Del Rey Books), which features twelve brilliantly reimagined holiday tales, five of which are collected here for the first time. Brimming with Willis's trademark insights and imagination, these heartwarming tales are full of humor, absurdity, human foibles, tragedy, joy, and hope.
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 pm,Denver Marriott Tech Center

Dan Brown, author of numerous bestselling novels including  The Da Vinci Code Inferno   and  Angels & Demons , will present his stunningly inventive new novel  Origin   ( $29.95 Doubleday Books), which has been called Brown's most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.   This event is in partnership with Douglas County Libraries. Book + Presentation tickets available now!
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Award-winning writer Helen Thorpe will discuss and sign  The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom  ($28.00 Scribner Book Company), a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school learn English and become Americans.  The Newcomers  follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado.
Monday, November 20, 7:00 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church

We are honored to present a very special evening with acclaimed journalist Dan Rather to celebrate the publication of his new book  What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism   ($22.95 Algonquin Books). This book will be a must-read for everyone you know who is engaged in the urgent national conversation right now--and interested in our place in history going forward.  Waitlist available HERE!
Saturday, February 3, 8:45 am - 5:30 pm, The Hangar at The Stanley Marketplace

Please join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this signature literary event! Guests will spend the day with an extraordinary roster of award-winning, bestselling, and break-out authors, in the company of fellow readers and fans. We'll start the day with a breakfast buffet, followed by several author presentations. Each ticket includes a buffet breakfast with coffee and tea, a full day of author presentations, a discount on books at our on-site bookstore, and an afternoon reception & signing with sweet treats and a complimentary drink.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 13, at 10:00 am. Our amazing line-up of author guests will be announced soon so stay tuned!
You can also meet authors like Mark Z. Danielewski , Jason Segel , and Alan Doyle ! Never miss an announcement by signing up for one of our many mailing lists here.
Save the Date

Tuesday, December 5,
7:00 pm,Colfax Avenue

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

Saturday, February 3,
all day, The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace
Mark your

National Novel Writing Month

11/5: Sunday
Daylight Savings Time ends.

11/10: Saturday
Veteran's Day.

11/23: Thursday
Thanksgiving! All TC locations will be closed on this day.

11/25: Saturday
Indie's First Day! More info below.

11/27: Monday
Cider Monday! More info below.

11/27 - 12/2:
Local First Colorado Week! More info below.
This month in
literary history
Jane Austen's father writes to bookseller Thomas Cadell asking if he would read a manuscript of her first novel First Impressions (later titled Pride and Prejudice ). Cadell declines.

An eighty-ton Sperm Whale rams and sinks The Essex and inspires Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick

Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species
November 25, all day, all locations
(excluding the airport stores)

Indies First is a national campaign of activities and events in support of indie bookstores, first envisioned by Sherman Alexie in 2013. Every year indie bookstores host local authors as honorary booksellers during the day to help sell and recommend books, and sign stock. Stay tuned for more info and our wonderful lineup on Colorado authors!
fall harvest
November 27, all day, all locations
(excluding the airport stores)

Come in from the digital cold of Cyber Monday! Visit the Tattered Cover on Cider Monday and enjoy complimentary hot apple cider while browsing in our cozy welcoming stores, checking out shelves of wonderful holiday recommendations, and getting reading and gift suggestions from real people.
November 25 - December 2,
More info below
From the pages of TC history
Tattered Cover has hosted 3 presidents: Bill Clinton in 2004, Barack Obama in 2006, and Jimmy Carter most recently in 2015.

Join Tattered Cover as we present 20+ of your fave teen authors. You meet them. You hear them speak. You talk to them. You get lots of books signed. Snap some selfies with the authors. And food trucks. Of course, food trucks. Registration and event details are available NOW!

YA Author Happy Hour: We would never forget about our 21+ YA lovers! Colorado Teen Book Con may be exclusively for teens, but don't fret -- we have something very special for you!  Tickets and event details are available NOW!
November 25 - December 2

Local First Week is one week dedicated to asking you to rethink your daily habits and shift your everyday actions to shop at your local businesses. Do you need a book? Try a local bookstore first! Do you need a hammer? Try the local hardware store first! A haircut? A gym membership? A pair of shoes? Try local first! Why should you shop local first? You've heard it before and it's all true:

  • Choosing local strengthens the local economy.
  • Local businesses build a unique community.
  • Buying local ensures more consumer choices in the long term.
  • Shopping local reduces environmental impacts.
  • You'll enjoy better customer service from businesses who get to know your needs and preferences.
  • Supporting local businesses creates a stronger sense of community for all of us.

The Literary Tour to Spain has been postponed. S tay tuned for information on a rescheduled trip, and other Literary Tour 
Do you have a Tattered Cover Colorado READ t-shirt yet? Buy one in-store or order them online here!
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 : Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835. He would be 182-years-old.
Results from last month's poll:

Who's your favorite horror author?

Stephen King 60.4%

Dean Koontz 16.7%

Anne Rice

H.P. Lovecraft 10.4%
How many books have you read so far this year?
0 - 10
11 - 20
21 - 30
NEW! We're introducing a new mailing list for Women Writers, including Tattered Cover events and book news. If you are interested in signing up, please send us your email address or visit this link and select the Women Writers list at the bottom.
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  Killing Floor   by Lee Child.   Mention Dom's Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off the current selection.
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 Sourdough   by Robin Sloan.   Mention the 7News 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 
vib green
adults' pick...
by Nate Blakeslee

"American Wolf uncovers the true legacy of the american wolf’s survival after reintroducing them into the Rockies in the wake of becoming nearly extinct in the 1920’s. The book focuses on renowned wolf, Six-O, who’s unlike any female wolf Yellowstone park ranger, Rick McIntyre, has ever seen. Many of Six-O’s challenges for survival are directly linked to the larger issue between those who are against the reintroduction of wolves and those who see wolves as an integral part of our ecosystem. Whether you are for or against reintroducing wolves into our world, Nate Blakeslee’s American Wolf is an essential read for anyone interested in a fascinating part of American history and an important issue that continues to plague the west." - Stephanie Coleman, book buyer

kids' pick...
by Jason Reynolds

"Jason Reynolds ( When I Was the Greatest , All American Boys ) is already one of the best writers in any genre, so I had high expectations for  Long Way Down , Jason's first novel written in verse. Those expectations were shattered...and a half. This gritty, surreal story is really a polemic on the corrosive nature of revenge, and it is BRILLIANT! The last line is as good a closing to a book as I've read in a long time. This will be taught in schools for years to come... Read it." -- Len Vlahos, owner
What else are we reading?
On shelves now
by Ken Follett

"With his trademark skill for writing compelling fiction and a keen eye for historical detail, Follett has given us a work fully worthy of the promise of the first two in the series. Compelling is, in my opinion, an apt description for the effect of the author’s efforts on the reader. The nine-hundred- and-ninth page comes sooner than one might expect. There’s little pause and no dawdling anywhere in this narrative, and the characters are all satisfying noble, imperfect, vile and pathetic by turns as the tale unfolds. It is a rich and full reading experience and is recommended highly." -- Eric Boss, special to Tattered Cover
On shelves now
by Edgar Cantero

"Edgar Cantero takes the fun, teenage mysteries of Scooby Doo and gives them a dark twist! This book has the whole package: captivating characters, a page-turning plot, and a haunting creepy setting perfect for ghostly investigations!" -- Eileen, LoDo bookseller
New YA edition on shelves now
by Dodie Smith

"I was thrilled to see a new edition issued for one of my all-time favorite reads,  I Capture the Castle . I first stumbled across this quirky "coming of age" book years ago, and I've reread it more times than I can remember! It's a delightful book that's hard to define or categorize -- young women in England growing up in a heart-breakingly eccentric family. At once funny, thoughtful, simple, and wide-ranging, this is a book for the ages!" -- Evelyn, LoDo retail manager
On shelves now
by Glenn Frankel

"High Noon is one of my favorite western-themed movies. What I didn't know about High Noon was that many of its principle developers -- producer, actors, screenwriter -- were involved either directly or indirectly in the Hollywood blacklist scare of the 1950s. Many concerned citizens and lawmakers alike had great fear of communist influence in American industry and culture, and came down brutally hard on Hollywood in particular. Many of the great Hollywood legends appear in this book, from Gary Cooper to John Wayne to Bogie and Bacall to the powerful studio heads and two future Presidents of the United States. Some individuals distinguished themselves with great courage while others caved under intense pressure and named their friends and associates to government investigators. Under all of that suspicion, however, High Noon was made and became a Hollywood classic, mirrored the times in many ways. It's been nearly seventy years later and yet the film still resonates. It's timeless. It's High Noon." -- Pete Schulte, Union Station retail manager
November Cookbook of the Month!

On shelves 10/31
by Joe Yonan

“An incredible book featuring gorgeous dishes from some of America’s highly acclaimed culinary figures, including Andrew Zimmern, Rick Bayless, Ruth Reichl, Marcus Samuelsson and David Chang. Local foodies like Chef Hugo Matheson, co-founder of The Kitchen restaurants in Boulder and Denver, make an appearance in the book as well. A must-have for your kitchen library!” -- Stephanie Coleman  Director of Buying
Indie Next List Picks
This month's #1...
by  Megan Hunter

“As the floodwaters rise on London, a first-time mother takes her newborn son and flees for higher ground, seeking a safe haven from the environmental collapse and the chaos that will follow it. Luminous and sparse, heartbreaking yet hopeful,  The End We Start From  is a lyrical rumination on environment, normalcy in the midst of crisis, new motherhood, unavoidable endings, and tentative beginnings. A slim and stunning debut whose echoes will be thunderous.” — Rebecca Speas, One More Page Books, Arlington, VA
New in paperback...
by Roxane Gay

“A ‘difficult woman’ has become shorthand for one who speaks her mind, who questions patriarchal power, and who refuses to be defined by a standard of femininity. The women who populate Gay’s story collection are all difficult in their own ways — mothers, sisters, lovers, some married and some single, most of flesh and one of glass — yet they are all searching for understanding, for identity, and for ways to make sense of a sometimes nonsensical, cruel world. Some of Gay’s stories are graphic, some are allegorical, and all are important commentaries on what being female looks and feels like in modern America.” — Becky Gilmer, Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, OR
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