January 2019
Thank you for making the 2018 holiday season at Tattered Cover a success. This was the busiest holiday season we've had in our stores in a few years, and we cannot tell you how much we appreciate your support. 

We both worked on the floor last month, and were delighted to meet so many of you in person. With the responsibilities that come with an organization the size of Tattered Cover, we don't often have the opportunity to greet customers and talk about books; the few weeks we get to spend on the sales floor each December make it our very favorite time of year.  

With the holidays behind us, we now turn the page on the calendar (or rather, hang our new wall calendar) and reflect on the year ahead. With that in mind, we thought we would share with you a few of our New Year's resolutions for Tattered Cover:

Kristen and Len New Year's Resolutions:

  • Remember that each and every time someone walks into our store it's a gift, and we must strive to provide the best experience we possibly can to all of our customers
  • Listen to our customers, always
  • Treat our staff like the rock stars they are (seriously, we love our staff and think of them as family) 
  • Listen to our staff
  • Continue to grow our Friends of Tattered Cover program (thank you to everyone who joined in 2018!)
  • Unveil a few TC surprises throughout the year 
  • We're not sure this is possible, but have an even better schedule of events than in 2018
  • Make every day count
  • And personally, READ/LISTEN TO MORE BOOKS!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and we wish you a very happy, healthy New Year. 
Cassandra Clare presents The Queen of Air and Darkness at Trinity United Methodist Church
by Emily U., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board Member

Cassandra Clare, author of the bestselling Shadowhunters series, visited Denver for the first time on December 6 to discuss her newest book The Queen of Air and Darkness . It was a wonderful event that was packed with excited fans, and truly an experience that I will never forget.

I’ve been reading Clare’s books for years, and it was an honor to finally be able to speak with her in person. Her colorful personality and love for writing are evident every time she speaks, and I was so excited to learn about her past--including the first story she ever wrote, about a beautiful girl who dated many handsome men, all of whom died--and to hear about her
upcoming work.
Clare will publish three new books in 2019, including the first in a trilogy centering around Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood, another collection of Shadowhunter novellas, and the “trilogy sequel” (a phrase she coined!) to the Infernal Devices series. I sincerely hope that she revisits the Tattered Cover following the release of these soon-to-be bestsellers!

I’ve found that books become so much richer after you have met the author and can literally hear their voice in each of the words. That’s why it was such a special event for me--I could finally give a face to the creator of a world that I have loved for years.

Both in her writing and in real life Clare opens her arms to every person who wishes to venture into the Shadowhunter universe. As she says, “Anyone can be a Shadowhunter,” so thank you, Cassandra Clare, for sharing your magic with us.
Upcoming Events for YA Fiction Fans
Sunday, February 3, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Leigh Bardugo is a #1  New York Times  bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over two million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the  Shadow and Bone  Trilogy, the  Six of Crows  Duology, and  The Language of Thorns . She will discuss and sign  King of Scars  ($19.99 Macmillan), the first novel in a new duology in the Grishaverse. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!
Friday, February 8, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Author Mary Robertson will discuss and sign  Growing Up Queer: Kids and the Remaking of Lgbtq Identity (Critical Perspectives on Youth)  ($26.00 New York University Press), in which LGBTQ kids reveal what it's like to be young and queer today.
Friday, February 8, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Robin LaFevers, author of the  New York Times  best-selling  His Fair Assassin  books, will discuss and sign  Courting Darkness  ($17.99 Houghton Mifflin). This is thrilling page-turner set in the world of the  His Fair Assassin  series.
Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of the  Queen of Hearts  trilogy. She will discuss and sign  The Black Coats  ($17.99 HarperTeen), a powerful, thrilling, and deeply resonant novel about a secret society of girls who plot revenge on the men who hurt them. Oakes will be in conversation with Emily France, author of the critically acclaimed young adult novel  Signs of You  and  Zen and Gone .
Thursday, March 7, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Jennifer E. Smith is the bestselling author of eight novels including  Windfall   and   The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight . She will discuss and sign  Field Notes on Love  ($18.99 Delacorte Press), a meet-cute romance about Hugo and Mae, two teens who are thrown together on a cross-country train trip that will teach them about love, each other, and the futures they can build for themselves.
Saturday, April 6, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Ashley Poston   is the nationally bestselling author of  Geekerella  and  Heart of Iron She will discuss and sign  The Princess and the Fangirl: A Geekerella Fairytale (Once Upon A Con #2)  ($18.99 Quirk Books).  The Prince and the Pauper  gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the  Geekerella  universe.
Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Danielle Paige is the  New York Times  bestselling author of the  Dorothy Must Die  series and the  Stealing Snow  series. She will discuss and sign  Mera: Tidebreaker  ($16.99 DC Ink). This is an astonishing graphic novel that explores duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers' favorite undersea royalty.
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Book Review!

Have you ever walked through a bookstore and seen little cards sticking out of shelves with book reviews? Have those reviews ever made you want to buy a book? 

Those cards are called shelf talkers, and we're looking for teens to write shelf talkers for their favorite books. Your friends and family -- and a lot of total strangers -- can see your reviews on the shelves at Tattered Cover. How cool is that? 

To write reviews, send an email to  Kristen Gilligan with "Teen Book Review" in the subject line. 
Teen Writing

Teens come together to share and critique writing, often with a nationally published young adult author as a mentor and participant. An incredible opportunity for aspiring teen writers! Free and open exclusively to teens. 

Meets that last Sunday of each month. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Email  Kristen to RSVP.
Teen Advisory Board

This is a group of book-loving teens who meet every month or so to plan and produce programming for anyone excited about YA literature.

Board members have the opportunity to use their creativity, social media skills, and enthusiasm for books to help with all aspects of event promotion, planning, and execution; introduce (and hang out with) authors at events; write book blurbs; give book talks; get FREE advanced reading copies; and even help select authors who come to the store for events or visit schools.

It's fun, rewarding, and a great resumé builder. Currently, we meet at our Aspen Grove and now our Colfax locations. For more info, read our  TAB Info & Application . To sign up for the TAB, email  Kristen Gilligan . (And tell your bookish friends!)

Host an Author for Free at Your School!

I mean, who doesn't love a school assembly? Seriously though, Tattered Cover can bring an author into your school to speak to smaller groups of English or writing classes, or a full school-wide assembly.

The best part is that's there no cost to the school. If this sounds interesting, just connect us with your school librarian or principal.

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5 Young Adult Books with Totally Unique Legends We Love

We fantasy and paranormal lovers like to think that we've seen it all: monsters, demi-gods, witches, and ghosts. It can sometimes feel like there's no lore left untouched, so when we stumble upon a book with a fresh take on an old legend - or a...

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Book Reviews
by Rachel Lynn Solomon

"This book is a must-read, although it might hit kids differently depending on their life circumstances (which to me adds something to the book anyway). This is a book about family. It is a book about how life can change in a minute, with a blood test and then it is a testament and a study of human nature. How does someone respond to scary medical news? Who do you lean on when things get frightening? As a reader, I found myself being empathetic to the characters in a variety of manners, and then I found that empathy changing as the story progressed. This is a book about life, it is a book about changes, it is a book about strength. I highly recommend putting it on your shelf for any student who is looking for a new book to dive into - I have no doubt they will enjoy it (and then want to talk to you about it so make sure you read it also!!)" -- Natalie, English teacher at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, CO
by Brittany Cavallaro

"In Brittany Cavallaro’s  A Study in Charlotte , the Holmes and Watson families have regarded each other with hostility for generations, so when Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson both end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, it is no surprise that they are not fast friends. However, when a murder throws them together, they must learn from the stories of their ancestors, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, and trust one another. In a witty, suspenseful and lighthearted tale, readers will be enthralled by the mystery and constantly cheering for Watson and Holmes to resurrect the dynamic between a historically loved duo." -- Sienna, Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member
by Tahereh Mafi

"Containing 5 books of brilliance, and genius a writing style, the  Shatter Me  series by Tahereh Mafi is by far my favorite series in the world. Juliette can kill anyone with a single touch which lands her in an insane asylum for the murder of a child in a grocery store. Little does she know, that there are other people like her, and throughout the series, Juliette continues to develop as a character. Caught in everyone’s favorite love triangle, Juliette tries not to kill everyone by keeping her hands to herself and destroying slabs of metal with her bare hands in anger. Tahereh Mafi’s series is masterful; her characters and theme are simply enthralling. It is extremely hard to put one of these books down." -- Bailey, Student at Excel Academy in Arvada, CO
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