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 Fans of YA Fiction -- 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, July 2017, August 2017, September 2017, October 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!)
ASPEN GROVE Meetings:
- Tuesday, October 17: Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
- Tuesday, November 7: Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove ***TAB Book Club Meeting from 6pm - 7pm
- Tuesday, December 12 : Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove AND HOLIDAY PARTY!
- Wednesday, October 18: Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Colfax ***TAB Book Club Meeting from 6pm - 7pm
- Wednesday, November 8: Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
- Wednesday, December 13: Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Colfax ***TAB Book Club Meeting from 6pm - 7pm AND HOLIDAY PARTY!
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, October 29: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
- Sunday, November 26: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Kristen to RSVP.
- Sunday, December 31: 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.
- This group will meet again sometime in September. Please watch this space for dates!!
- Wednesday, October 18: Will Kostakis with The Sidekicks; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
- ABOUT The Sidekicks: Ryan, Harley and Miles are very different people--the swimmer, the rebel and the nerd. All they've ever had in common is Isaac, their shared best friend. When Isaac dies unexpectedly, the three boys must come to terms with their grief and the impact Isaac had on each of their lives. In his absence, Ryan, Harley and Miles discover things about one another they never saw before, and realize there may be more tying them together than just Isaac. In this intricately woven story told in three parts, award-winning Australian author Will Kostakis makes his American debut with a heartwarming, masterfully written novel about grief, self-discovery and the connections that tie us all together.
- ABOUT WILL KOSTAKIS: Will Kostakis writes books for young adults, and the other adults who like to read about them. He is currently putting the finishing touches on The Sidekicks, a novel about finding yourself, and the problems you find yourself in. He was a teenager when his first novel, Loathing Lola was published. His sophomore, The First Third is an intimate portrait of a broken Greek-Australian family and the boy tasked with repairing it. In 2014, Will won the Gold Inky Award, and was shortlisted for both the Prime Minister’s Literary and the Children’s Book Council: Book of the Year awards. In 2005, Will won Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories.
- Thursday, October 26: Julie Buxbaum & Jared Reck with What To Say Next (Buxbaum) and A Short History of the Girl Next Door (Reck); 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
- ABOUT What To Say Next: From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world. KIT: I don't know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I'm going through. How could they? I don't even understand. DAVID: In the 622 days I've attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I've never once sat with someone until now. "So your dad is dead," I say to Kit, because this is a fact I've recently learned about her. When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David's blunt honesty--in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit's attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad's tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they'll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?
- ABOUT JULIE BUXBAUM: Julie Buxbaum is the author of the New York Times bestseller Tell Me Three Things, her debut young adult novel. She also wrote the critically-acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You, and her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two young children.
- ABOUT A Short History of the Girl Next Door: Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this unrequited love story will appeal to fans of Jennifer Niven, John Green, and Jesse Andrews. "Seriously, how can you see a person nearly every day of your life and never think a thing of it, then all of a sudden, one day, it's different? You see that goofy grin a thousand times and just laugh. But goofy grin #1,001 nearly stops your heart? Right. That sounds like a bad movie already." Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can't tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis's English class, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about pissed-off candy-cane lumberjacks. If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt's madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and would fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain. But that's not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse. After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.
- ABOUT JARED RECK: Jared Reck is a debut author. He received a BA in English from Clemson University, a Master's in Educational Leadership, and recently completed graduate coursework in McDaniel College's Writing for Children & Young Adults program. He lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where he's an eighth-grade Language Arts teacher.
- Sunday, October 29: YA Author Panel featuring: E. K. Johnston, Katherine Locke, Ashley Poston and Melanie Crowder, moderated by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
- ABOUT E. K. JOHNSTON: E.K. Johnston is a Canadian author and a forensic archeologist and had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes. Her books range from contemporary fantasy (The Story of Owen, Prairie Fire), to fairy-tale reimaginings (A Thousand Nights, Spindle), and from small town Ontario (Exit, Pursued By A Bear), to a galaxy far, far away (Star Wars: Ahsoka). She has no plans to rein anything in.
- ABOUT That Inevitable Victorian Thing: Speculative fiction from the acclaimed bestselling author, E. K. Johnston. Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history. The imperial tradition of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage. But before she does her duty, she'll have one summer of freedom and privacy in a far corner of empire. Posing as a commoner in Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire's greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an extraordinary bond and maybe a one-in-a-million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process. Set in a near-future world where the British Empire was preserved not by the cost of blood and theft but by the effort of repatriation and promises kept, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a surprising, romantic, and thought-provoking story of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.
- ABOUT KATHERINE LOCKE: Katherine Locke lives in a very small town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her feline overlords. In addition to fiction, she writes about books and reading and has contributed to The Forward, The GayYA, Teen Librarian Toolbox, and other sites.
- ABOUT The Girl with the Red Balloon: Ellie Baum feels the weight of history on her when she arrives on a school trip to Berlin, Germany. After all, she’s the first member of her family to return since her grandfather’s miraculous escape from a death camp in 1942. One moment she’s contemplating the Berlin Wall Memorial amidst the crowd, and the next, she’s yanked back through time, to 1988 East Berlin when the Wall is still standing. Nobody knows how she got there, not even the members of the underground guild–the Runners and the Schopfers–who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall. Now as a stranger in an oppressive regime, Ellie must hide from the police with the help of Kai, a Runner struggling with his own uneasy relationship with the powerful Balloonmakers and his growing feelings for Ellie. Together they search for the truth behind Ellie’s mysterious travel, and when they uncover a plot to alter history with dark magic, she must risk everything–including her only way home–to stop the deadly plans.
- ABOUT ASHLEY POSTON: Ashley Poston's fangirl heart has taken her everywhere from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stages of music festivals to geeked-out conventions (in cosplay, of course). When she is not inventing new recipes with peanut butter, having passionate dance-offs with her cat, or geeking out all over the internet, she writes books. She lives in small-town South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well.
- ABOUT Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale: Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad's old costume), Elle's determined to win...unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons--before he was famous. Now they're nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he's ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake--until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
- ABOUT MELANIE CROWDER: Melanie Crowder is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Audacity, A Nearer Moon and Parched, as well as the forthcoming An Uninterrupted View of the Sky and Three Pennies. The author 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, TabletMagazine, A Mighty Girl, and The Children’s Book Review.
- 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.
- Saturday, November 4: 2nd Annual Colorado Teen Book Con; Littleton High School in Littleton, CO For more information, click here!
- Teens: REGISTER NOW! It's free!
- Tuesday, November 7: YA Author Laura Hopper with I Never; 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
- ABOUT I Never: Janey King's priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends, and family. But when seventeen-year-old Janey learns that her seemingly happy parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke Hallstrom, an adorable senior, pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex. Inspired by Judy Blume's classic Forever, I Never features a perfect, delicious, almost-to-good-to-be-true high school relationship . . . and it doesn't shy away from the details. Destined to be passed from teen to teen, this is a young adult debut that will get readers talking.
- Saturday, November 25: YA Author Jessica Brody's Book Launch Party in conjunction with Indies First Day for The Chaos of Standing Still; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
- ABOUT The Chaos of Standing Still: Set entirely in our very own Denver International Airport in a blizzard!! Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer. Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it's been there for almost a year. She hasn't tried to read it. She can't. She won't. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died. But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year's Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend's death, fate literally runs into her. And his name is Xander. When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year's Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can't get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head. Ryn can't move on. But tonight, for the first time ever, she's trying. And maybe that's a start. As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us--and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.
- ABOUT JESSICA BRODY: Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape. After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author. Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves. Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants! Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries.
- Tuesday, November 28: YA Author Mindy McGinnis with This Darkness Mine; 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
- ABOUT This Darkness Mine: Mindy McGinnis, award-winning author of The Female of the Species and A Madness So Discreet, returns with a new dark and twisted psychological thriller--perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Fight Club. Sasha Stone knows her place--first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her Oxford-wearing boyfriend. She's worked her entire life to ensure her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved. But suddenly there's a fork in the road in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, and her skin misses his touch even though she's never known it. Why does he act like he knows her so well--too well--when she doesn't know him at all? Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending the chapter of another: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn't explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule, or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she's willing to do--and who she's willing to hurt--to take it back.
- ABOUT MINDY MCGINNIS: Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion, and sees nothing wrong with owning nine cats. Two dogs balance things out nicely. Mindy runs a blog for aspiring writers at Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which features interviews with agents, established authors, and debut authors. Learn how they landed their agents, what the submission process is really like, and how it feels when you see your cover for the first time. Mindy does query critiques every Saturday on the Saturday Slash for those who are brave enough to volunteer.
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. We publish them on our website on the book's page, create shelf talkers in our stores and send the review to the publisher.