Quick links to what's on this page: Teen Newsletter -- Teen Advisory Board -- Colorado Teen Book Con -- Teen Writing Group -- Teen Open Mic Night -- Author Visits in Schools -- Upcoming Events for Teens -- Teen Book Reviews
Don't miss a thing... Sign up now! (Select Events & Reviews for Teens and YA Fans) Why did we create a Teen Newsletter? Because Tattered Cover loves teen readers, readers of teen fiction, and because we have so many amazing things going that we just need to share. Read past issues: March 2016 (our first issue!), April 2016 issue, May 2016, June 2016, July 2016, August 2016, September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, December 2016, January 2017, February 2017, March 2017, April 2017, May 2017, June 2017.
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. We currently meet at our Aspen Grove location; but are aiming to have groups meet at our Colfax and LoDo locations, too. This is open to teens 13+ who are in at least 8th grade. Please read our TAB Information & Application PDF. For more information or to sign up for the TAB, email Kristen Gilligan. (And tell your bookish friends!)
- Tuesday, July 11: Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove What is the TAB? APPLY NOW! ***TAB Book Club Meeting from 6pm - 7pm
- Wednesday, July 12: Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Colfax What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!
- Tuesday, August 22: Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove What is the TAB? APPLY NOW! (Note DATE CHANGE!)
- Wednesday, August 23: Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Colfax What is the TAB? APPLY NOW! ***TAB Book Club Meeting from 6pm - 7pm (Note DATE CHANGE!)
Tattered Cover presented the inaugural Colorado Teen Book Con! Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Littleton High School in Littleton, CO. It was a full day event with two keynote presentations, a bunch of author panels, and a big author signing party at the end of the day. And food trucks. Of course, food trucks. Books were for sale throughout the day. Check out some feedback and photos on our Colorado Teen Book Con webpage. Dates announced! Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Littleton High School in Littleton, CO
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.
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove: This group meets that last Sunday of each month. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Email Kristen to RSVP.
- Sunday, June 25: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
- Sunday, July 30: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
Tattered Cover Colfax: We meet in the Orchestra Pit of the Colfax store. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Please email Kristen to RSVP.
- Thursday, July 6: Teen Writing Group with special guest author and co-owner of Tattered Cover Len Vlahos; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. Email Kristen to RSVP.
- Wednesday, July 19: Mario Acevedo with Univeristy of Doom; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
- ABOUT Univeristy of Doom: Monsters, robots, a sinister villain...and a boy who’s about to discover that the only way to defeat evil is with genius. Thirteen-year-old Alfonso is top of his class at the University of Doom, the super-secret Center for Evil Genius Academia and Mad Science. He longs to be a mad scientist like his father, Dr. Eugenio Frankenstein. But when family nemesis Professor James Moriarty falsely accuses the Frankenstein family of going too far at playing God, they’re exiled to an ordinary suburban neighborhood, where they must hide their past to fit in. Despite his father’s wishes, Alfonso returns to the University of Doom with his new friend, Sarah Barker, to battle Professor Moriarty and his army of monsters and robots to become the greatest evil genius who ever lived.
- ABOUT MARIO ACEVEDO: Born in El Paso, Texas and grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but often visited family in Chihuahua. Joined the US Army and flew attack helicopters. Was artist-in-residence for Arte Americas in Fresno, California and served as a combat artist in Operation Desert Storm. Also teaches/taught art to prisoners at Avenal State Prison. Mario lives in Denver.
- Saturday, July 22: YA Author Panel! Donna Cooner with Worthy; Melanie Crowder with An Uninterrupted View of the Sky and Traci L. Jones; 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
- ABOUT Worthy: Download the app. Be the judge. Everyone at Linden's high school is obsessed with Worthy. It's this new app that posts pictures of couples, and asks: Is the girl worthy of the guy? Suddenly, relationships implode as the votes climb and the comments get real ugly real fast. At first, Linden is focused on other things. Like cute Alex Rivera. Prom committee. Her writing. But soon she's intrigued by Worthy. Who's posting the pictures? Who's voting? And what will happen when the spotlight turns... on Linden?
- ABOUT DONNA COONER: Donna Cooner is the acclaimed author of Skinny and Can't Look Away. A Texas native and graduate of Texas A&M University, Donna currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, a cat named Stu, and two chocolate Labradors, Roxanne and Murphy.
- ABOUT An Uninterrupted View of the Sky: Modern history unearthed as a boy becomes an innocent victim of corruption in Bolivia's crime world, where the power of family is both a prison and a means of survival.It's 1999 in Bolivia and Francisco's life consists of school, soccer, and trying to find space for himself in his family's cramped yet boisterous home. But when his father is arrested on false charges and sent to prison by a corrupt system that targets the uneducated, the poor, and the indigenous majority, Francisco and his sister are left with no choice: They must move into prison with their father. There, they find a world unlike anything they've ever known, where everything--a door, a mattress, protection from other inmates--has its price. Prison life is dirty, dire, and dehumanizing. With their lives upended, Francisco faces an impossible decision: Break up the family and take his sister to their grandparents in the Andean highlands, fleeing the city and the future within his grasp, or remain together in the increasingly dangerous prison. Pulled between two undesirable options, Francisco must confront everything he once believed about the world and his place within it. In this heart-wrenching novel, Melanie Crowder sheds light on a little-known era of modern South American history--where injustice still looms large--and proves that hope can be found, even in the most desperate places. Perfect for fans of Ruta Sepetys, Matt de la Pena, and Jacqueline Woodson.
- ABOUT MELANIE CROWDER: Melanie Crowder is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including her YA Audacity, and the brand new An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, as well as her middle grade novels, A Nearer Moon, Parched, and the brand new, Three Pennies. Melanie lives with her family on Colorado’s Front Range, where she has worked as an educator for more than a decade. Melanie’s books have been awarded the Jefferson Cup, the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award, the SCBWI Crystal Kite, and the Bulletin Blue Ribbon; they have been recognized as a National Jewish Book Awards Finalist, Colorado Book Awards Finalist, Junior Library Guild selection, YALSA Top Ten Books For Young Adults, ILA Notable Book for a Global Society, Parents’ Choice Silver Medal, BookBrowse Editor’s Choice, BookPage Top Pick, and The Washington Post Best Children’s Books for April. Her work has been listed as Best Books of the Year by Bank Street College, Kirkus Reviews, The Amelia Bloomer List, New York Public Library, Tablet magazine, A Mighty Girl, and The Children’s Book Review. Visit her online at www.melaniecrowder.com.
- ABOUT TRACI L. JONES: Born in Monmouth, Illinois, Traci was raised in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from East High School, Ms. Jones attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, receiving a Bachelor of Arts. in psychology. After living in California for a year, Ms. Jones returned to Colorado to attend the University of Denver where she earned a Masters of Science in Advertising. Ms. Jones then worked in marketing for two years in the Chicago area, before returning to Denver to work as an Account Executive at area advertising agencies. She met her husband, Tony Jones shortly after returning to Colorado and they married in 1995. They have four children, and together own and operate Pencol Compounding Pharmacy located in the Denver metropolitan area. Traci is an mentor/instructor with the Masters in Fine Arts - Creative Writing Program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Her books include Finding My Place and Silhouetted by the Blue.
- Friday, July 28: Alison Gervais with In 27 Days; 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
- ABOUT In 27 Days: From award-winning Wattpad author Alison Gervais (HonorInTheRain) comes In 27 Days, a story of redemption, first love, and the strength it takes to change the future. Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn't know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that doesn't stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him. Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer's funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back 27 days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death's terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known. Hadley soon discovers Archer's reasons for being alone, and Archer realizes that having someone to confide in isn't as bad as he'd always thought. But when a series of dangerous accidents starts pushing them apart, Hadley must decide whether she is ready to risk everything--including her life--to keep Archer safe.
- ABOUT ALISON GERVAIS: Alison is 21 years old and just graduated college with a BA in Creative Writing. She first began writing at age four, where her debut story was about a frog king and his loyal servants. She joined the writer’s site Wattpad in 2011. In 27 Days is her first novel. Alison's favorite place in the world is Ouray, CO.
- Sunday, July 30: HARRY POTTER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! 1pm - 3pm at Tattered Cover Colfax, Aspen Grove and LoDo. It's free, but we'd like to ge an idea of how may people to expect, so we'll be asking you to sign up. A link to do that will be available soon. Details to come!
- Tuesday, August 1: Graphic Novel Gala! 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
- ABOUT Stephen Graham Jones and Aaron Lovett (Illustrator):
- ABOUT My Hero: What do you do when your dreams come true? When you were twelve, camping out in the back yard, you told your best friend that if he could draw a superhero good enough, you’d give him the perfect words to say. And then it didn’t just happen, there’s even action figures now. Your comic book is on every shelf. And you live beside your best friend again. Your kids even play together, with those action figures. Watch them on the lawn, there. Take a snapshot, and then look over their heads, over the tops of the houses, past the city, past the world itself. Look at all the stars, at all the adventures waiting out there. What do you do when all your dreams come true? You close your eyes, so the dream can last. You close your eyes and you roll your hands into fists, and you try to hold on.
- ABOUT Joshua Viola and Angie Hodapp: JOSHUA VIOLA is an author, artist, and former video game developer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smurfs, TARGET: Terror). In addition to creating a transmedia franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen awards, he is the author of Blackstar, a tie-in novel based on the discography of Celldweller. His debut horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, was a Denver Post and Amazon bestseller and named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. His second anthology, Cyber World (co-edited by Jason Heller), was an Independent Publisher Book Awards winner and Colorado Book Award finalist and named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Barnes & Noble. His short fiction has appeared in The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Found anthology (RMFW Press), D.O.A. III – Extreme Horror Collection (Blood Bound Books), and The Literary Hatchet (PearTree Press). He lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is chief editor and owner of Hex Publishers. ANGIE HODAPP has worked in language-arts education, publishing, professional writing, and editing for the better part of the last two decades. After completing her master’s thesis, a work of creative nonfiction, and leaving academia, she gave herself permission to write what she really wanted to write: speculative fiction and romance. Angie is currently the contracts and royalties manager at Nelson Literary Agency in Denver. She and her husband live in a renovated 1930s carriage house near the heart of the city and love collecting stamps in their passports.
- ABOUT Tooth and Claw: A huntress in a hostile land—armed only with bow, arrow, and the Mothers’ guidance—learns she’s not the jungle's most dangerous predator. Attacked by a ferocious beast, she fights for her life... only to discover that true danger lies not in tooth and claw, but in failing to recognize herself in the heart of her enemy.
- Friday, August 25: Richard Johnson with The Princess and the Rogue: The Spell of the Sorceress; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
- ABOUTThe Princess and the Rogue: The Spell of the Sorceress: An exciting tale of an unlikely friendship between the royal princess to the Chinese empire and a penniless street thief. Together, they set out to solve the mystery of an ancient myth and find the magical Tears of Hathor. The Tears are the only thing that can lift the fearsome curse that plagues the Chinese people and their Emperor. Through a series of daring and action-filled adventures, the princess and the rogue must rely on their new friends to help them battle evil forces that seek to eliminate them. This two-book series is sure to keep you turning the pages for more.
- ABOUT Richard Johnson: Richard J. Johnson is an award-winning non-fiction writer as well as a novelist. He has lived the adventures and studied the stories, myths and folklore he brings to life in The Princess and the Rogue book series. He made his career as a medical doctor at the University of Colorado Health and is known for his groundbreaking research on the effects of sugar on the human body. Richard J. Johnson is a fabulous story-teller having travelled the world over seeking adventure and knowledge which created a great love and passion for his craft as a novelist.
- Monday, October 9: Sherman Alexie with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 10th Anniversary Edition; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
- ABOUT The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: The 10th anniversary edition of Sherman Alexie's National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling novel with bonus content: an introduction from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson, a new author's note, deleted scenes, and more. Sherman Alexie, in his first book for young adults, tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, beautifully written, semi-autobiographical, and coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will continue to make a lasting impression for many years to come.
- ABOUT SHERMAN ALEXIE: An award-winning author, poet, and filmmaker, Sherman Alexie was named one of GRANTA's Best Young American Novelists and has been lauded by The Boston Globe as an important voice in American literature. One of the most well known and beloved literary writers of his generation, his works of fiction, including Thunder Boy Jr., The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Reservation Blues and short story collections Ten Little Indians and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, have received numerous awards and citations. He lives in Seattle.
- Saturday, November 4: 2nd Annual Colorado Teen Book Con; Littleton High School in Littleton, CO Details coming soon!
We're giving YOU the mic.
Support your friends as they get their creative on.
Do something unique and fun: sing, play an instrument, recite poetry, read an original work of fiction, do stand-up comedy, or anything else that you have a burning desire to share with the world.
Plus, we have a café serving hot and cold beverages, and snacks! We'll be announcing the next date soon. Watch for it!
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 -- and there's even a fundraising component where your school can earn some money back! If this sounds interesting, just connect us with your school librarian or principal. (Send an email to Kristen Gilligan with your school librarian and/or principal's contact info.)
Have you ever walked through a bookstore and seen little cards sticking out of shelves under books 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 fellow readers looking for the perfect book -- can see your reviews on the shelves at Tattered Cover. How cool is that?
To write a review: Books can be old or new — they just need to be young adult. Reviews should be between 40-60 words. Write 1-2 sentences on what the book is about, then another 1-2 sentences on why you loved it/why you think others will love it. If it works, please also say something like, "If you liked xxx book, you'll love this one." or "If you love xxx author, you'll love this one." Please only write reviews for books you loved and are passionate about. Please send your review in an email to Kristen Gilligan with "Teen Book Review" in the subject line.