March 2019
We've been hard at work coming up with creative experiences for our readers of YA books. In addition to some powerhouse YA authors coming to visit us (like Veronica Roth and Ally Condie), including our upcoming Colorado Book & Arts Festival on Saturday, March 16 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm at the Arvada Center . We've partnered with the Arvada Center for Arts & Humanities to bring you this incredible event based on books, authors, art, and music. There will be a special keynote, over 75 authors in all genres (YA included, of course), each picture book and middle grade author will be leading an activity related to their book throughout the day (one will be chocolate tasting!), book characters will be costumed and walking around the festival, there's Book Battles Book Trivia, a mini Tattered Cover Book Store, a variety of fun vendors, and so much more! Check out the details below and get your ticket now!
Our local YA and middle grade author friend, LAURA RESAU , will be having her Denver Book Launch Party for her forthcoming Tree of Dreams on  Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 pm at Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue . She'll be in conversation with fellow local YA and middle grade author Melanie Crowder . Although Tree of Dreams is marketed as a middle grade book, please don't let this deter you! This is one of the best books I've ever read--for all ages. No spoilers, but there's chocolate, environmental politics, friendship and hope; taking place partly in Colorado and partly the Amazon rainforest. It's adventurous, suspenseful, smart, timely and sure to be one of your favorites, too. Please help us celebrate with Laura at the book launch party!

Our Teen Advisory Board has been working on a fun in-store display/activity for National Poetry Month in April. Watch for that next month!

See you at the bookstore--and at the Colorado Book & Arts Festival!

Kristen Gilligan, Co-Owner
On February 12 at Aspen Grove, Colleen Oakes author of the  Queen of Hearts  trilogy, presented  The Black Coats, a powerful, thrilling, and deeply resonant novel about a secret society of girls who plot revenge on the men who hurt them. She was joined by Emily France, author of Zen and Gone .
Saturday, March 16, 12:00 - 4:00 pm, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

The Arvada Center and Regis University are partnering with the Tattered Cover Book Store to present the Colorado Book and Arts Festival, a one-day literary arts festival celebrating books, art, and music for the whole family.

The Arvada Center will be filled with award-winning authors, panel discussions, an onsite pop-up Tattered Cover Book Store, children’s area with author-led activities, artist booths, musical performances, Book Battles book trivia event, writing workshops, and more fun for the whole family.  Don't miss a SPECIAL Keynote Conversation with Peng Shepherd, author of   The Book of M .
11 Magical Tips for Writing Fiction, presented by middle grade author, Kim Tomsic

A Writing Workshop for Ages 8-18. 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. REGISTER HERE!

ABOUT KIM TOMSIC : Kim Tomsic has been the new girl at eight different schools, where she earned a variety of conflicting labels: the dork, the cool kid; the pretty girl, the ugly girl; the smart kid, the normal kid; the worst at sports, decent at sports; and the shy girl, the talker. She kept one label: the talker. Kim now lives in Colorado with her husband, two children, and two dogs; all five keep her laughing.  The 11:11 Wish  is her first middle grade novel.
Your Storied Past: How to Write an Autobiographical Narrative, presented by author David Hicks

A Writing Workshop for teens and adults. REGISTER HERE!

By tapping into an age-old formula anyone can compose a riveting story about a major or minor incident that changed their lives either obviously or subtly. In this workshop, you will brainstorm the subjects of several such stories, either as nonfiction or fiction, and structure one of them from beginning to end. You will leave the workshop with the beginning of a new essay, memoir chapter, story, or novel, along with the ideas for two more, and a much better understanding of how stories (and character development) work. Suitable for teens and adults.

ABOUT DAVID HICKS : David Hicks, PhD, is the author of White Plains , a novel published by Conundrum Press (now Bower House Books). He is also a professor of English at Regis University in Denver and co-founder/co-director of the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing.
Upcoming Events for YA Fiction Fans
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.
Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Ally Condie is the author of the #1  New York Times  bestselling Matched trilogy and co-author of the  Darkdeep  middle grade series. She is also the author of the novel  Summerlost , an Edgar Award Finalist. Condie will discuss and sign The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe  ($18.99 Dutton Books for Young Readers).
Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Jessica Brody is the author of several popular novels for teens and tweens, including  The Geography of Lost Things A Week of Mondays ,   and many more. Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels and holds a PhD in English literature. They will discuss and sign  Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1)  ($19.99 Simon Pulse). Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables that tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet of Laterre.

Mark Your Calendars...
Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Kelsey Sutton is the author of multiple novels for middle grade and young adult. She will discuss and sign  Smoke and Key  ($9.99 Entangled Teen), a paranormal mystery about a girl who wakes up with no idea who or where she is. Or why she's dead.
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.
Sunday, April 7, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Tahereh Mafi is the  New York Times  and  USA Today  bestselling author of  A Very Large Expanse of Sea , the  Shatter Me  series,  Furthermore , and  Whichwood . She will discuss and sign  Defy Me (Shatter Me #5)  ($18.99 HarperCollins).
Tuesday, April 8, 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.
Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Veronica Roth is the #1  New York Times  bestselling author of  Divergent and  Carve the Mark . She will discuss and sign  The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2)  ($12.99 Katherine Tegen Books).  STAY TUNED FOR TICKET INFO!
Friday, April 12, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Bill Konigsberg is the author of five books for young adults that have won many awards. He will discuss and sign  The Music of What Happens  ($17.99 Arthur A. Levine Books). Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk--to get the thing they want the most.
Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Kathleen Glasgow is the  New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces. She will discuss and sign  How to Make Friends with the Dark  ($18.99 Delacorte Press),   a novel about love and loss and learning how to continue when it feels like you're surrounded by darkness.
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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!)

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Book Reviews
by Brigid Kemmerer

" A Curse So Dark and Lonely ​, Brigid Kemmerer’s hotly anticipated ​ Beauty and the Beast  retelling, is a breathless fantasy that constantly defies expectations. The novel follows a young man and woman on opposite sides of an impossible curse: Rhen, a haunted prince who becomes a beast at the end of every season, and Harper, a girl trapped by a broken family until fate pulls her into Rhen’s realm. As Rhen and Harper develop a friendship, they evolve into braver, freer people. There were moments of light that were so surprisingly redemptive--nothing like I was expecting. Fans of Marissa Meyer will devour this story." -- Dylan M., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member
by Katy Loutzenhiser

" If You’re Out There  is a fast-moving novel about a girl, Zan, whose best friend, Priya, stops talking to her after she moves to California. Whenever Zan texts or emails Priya, she gets noncommittal replies that sound nothing like her enthusiastic best friend. Then, an Instagram post makes Zan think that Priya might be in danger. Together with a new friend, Zan begins to investigate what happened to her best friend, and how to get her back. I liked the plot, which moved quickly and kept me engaged, as well as the depiction of friendships and family relations. Readers who liked Princess X by Cherie Priest and other similar mysteries will enjoy  If You’re Out There ." -- Andie W., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board member
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