Colorado Book & Arts Festival

A one-day literary arts festival celebrating books, art and music for the whole family! 


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 with Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M, who will be in convseration with New York Times bestselling author, Eleanor Brown. This is a public event and will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities from 12 Noon - 4pm, located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada, CO.

For more details and ticket info, please visit the main event website here:

Saturday, March 16, 2019

At the Arvada Center for Arts & Humanities

12 Noon - 4 pm

Tickets on sale NOW!

TWO WRITING WORKSHOPS! Space is limited, it's free, but you must register in advance. Register for the writing workshops NOW!

FOR: Adults/Teens

Your Storied Past: How to Write an Autobiographical Narrative, presented by author David Hicks

By tapping into an age-old formula—the one that begins “Once upon a time” and turns to “And then one day”—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. YOU MUST REGISTER. (See above link for writing workshop registration.)

ABOUT DAVID HICKS: David Hicks, PhD is the author of the novel, White Plains. 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.

FOR: Kids/Teens ages 8-18

11 Magical Tips for Writing Fiction, presented by middle grade author, Kim Tomsic

A Writing Workshop for Ages 8-18. 1pm - 2pm. You must register. (See above link for writing workshop registration.)

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.


Tattered Cover AUTHORS



ABOUT PENG: Peng Shepherd was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet. She earned her MFA in creative writing from New York University, and has lived in Beijing; London; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and New York City. The Book of M is her first novel.

Eleanor Brown, The Light of Paris (She's from Colorado! and will be IN CONVERSATION with our keynote, Peng Shepherd!)

ABOUT ELEANOR: Eleanor Brown is the author of The Weird Sisters. Her writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, and journals. She holds an M.A. in Literature and has worked in education in South Florida. She lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Roberta Gately, Footprints in the Dust: : Nursing, Survival, Compassion, and Hope with Refugees Around the World

ABOUT: A nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and writer, Roberta Gately has served in war zones around the world. She has written on the subject of refugees for the Journal of Emergency Nursing and the BBC World News Online.

Nicole Hampton, Sugar High: Sweet & Savory Baking in Your High-Altitude Kitchen (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT NICOLE: Nicole Hampton of the popular food blog Dough-Eyed, featured on Buzzfeed and, reveals her secrets to high-altitude baking in her very first cookbook. 

David Hicks, White Plains

ABOUT DAVID: David Hicks is an English professor and the codirector of the Mile-High MFA program at Regis University. His work has been published in the Colorado Review, Glimmer Train, Saranac Review, and South Dakota Review. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Elisabeth Hyde, Go Ask Fannie (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT ELISABETH: Elisabeth Hyde is the author of five critically-acclaimed novels, most recently In The Heart of The Canyon, a New York Times Editor's Choice and a People magazine Great Read. Her fourth novel, The Abortionist's Daughter, became a bestseller in Great Britain after being selected as a Summer Read by The Richard and Judy Show. Trained as a lawyer, she worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., before she started writing full-time. She lives in Boulder with her husband.

Kelly Lund, Wild Together: My Adventures with Loki the Wolfdog (He's from Colorado!)

ABOUT KELLY: Kelly Lund is a photographer and avid adventurer. Before Kelly became a full-time dog dad, he was the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for the City of Denver. There, his focus was to inspire the inner-city community to explore the nearby mountains. Kelly now pursues a career in social media. Kelly and Loki live in Denver.

Sarah Scoles, Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT SARAH: I'm a Denver-based freelance science writer, a contributing writer at WIRED Science, a contributing editor at Popular Science, and the author of the book ​Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. In previous lives, Sarah was an associate editor at Astronomy and a public education person at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. When she's not making sentences or recording our conversations, Sarah enjoys reading short story collections, running weirdly long distances in the wilderness, teaching her dog English, and trying to become a better navigator.

Cynthia Swanson, The Glass Forest (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT CYNTHIA: Cynthia Swanson is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Bookseller. An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller has been translated into a dozen languages. Cynthia has published short fiction in numerous journals and been a Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado. The Glass Forest is her second novel.



Julie Buxbaum, What to Say Next

ABOUT JULIE: 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.

Susan Cunningham, Crow Flight (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT SUSAN: Susan Cunningham lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys science nearly as much as writing: she’s traveled to the bottom of the ocean via submarine to observe life at hydrothermal vents, camped out on an island of birds to study tern behavior, and now spends time in an office analyzing data on wool apparel.

Emily France: Zen & Gone

ABOUT EMILY: Emily France is the critically-acclaimed young adult author of Signs of You. She graduated from Brown University and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a JD. She lives in sunny Colorado with her husband and son. Her Zen practice is the taproot of her inspiration.

Tehlor Kay Mejia, We Set the Dark on Fire

ABOUT TEHLOR: Tehlor Kay Mejia is an author and Oregon native in love with the alpine meadows and evergreen forests of her home state, where she lives with her daughter. We Set the Dark on Fire is her first novel.

Ingrid Palmer, All Out of Pretty (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT INGRID: Originally from Ohio, Ingrid Palmer has always had a touch of the pioneer spirit. She once crewed a sailboat through the Georgian Bay, drove sled dogs in Quebec, and went river rafting in Germany. These days, she writes young adult novels in the small Colorado mountain town where she lives with her husband, two sons, and a cat that likes to play fetch. When not writing books or enjoying the great outdoors, Ingrid works as a freelance editor. She has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute. All Out of Pretty, her debut novel.

Crystal Smith, Bloodleaf

ABOUT CRYSTAL: Crystal Smith is a writer, photographer, and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers. She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons. When she isn’t writing or creating, she can be found re-watching Jane Eyre or reading ghost stories with all the lights on. 

Lisa Brown Roberts, Spies, Lies and Allies (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT LISA: Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life's painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way. She lives in Colorado in a house full of books, boys, four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter. 

Jessie Hilb, The Calculus of Change (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT JESSIE: Jessie Hilb holds a Masters in Social Work and lives in Boulder, Colorado with her family and ever-loyal herding dog. She constantly reinvents herself. The Calculus of Change is her first novel. 



Kamilla Benko, Secret in the Stone (The Unicorn Quest series)

ABOUT KAMILLA: Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. Now, she visits other worlds as a children’s book editor. She currently lives in New York with her bookshelves, teapot, and hiking boots. In addition to the Unicorn Quest trilogy, she is the author of the original Frozen novel that bridges the events of Disney’s massively successful animated movie and its upcoming sequel.

Stephen Bramucci, The Danger Gang & The Isle of Feral Beasts

ABOUT STEPHEN: Steve Bramucci is a novelist, travel/food writer, adventurer, teacher, and storyteller. He’s rowed down the Mekong River in a traditional Vietnamese x’ampan, ventured into the Outback with Aboriginal elders, and spent four months driving a rickety Nissan Patrol through East Africa. His first novel was The Danger Gang & the Pirates of Borneo! Steve’s story of exploring a long-forgotten pirate graveyard in Madagascar won the $10K Trazzler Oasis prize and his trip across Australia in a car fueled with French fry oil was turned into a TV show. He’s written for National Geographic Books, Afar, Outside, the Orange County Register magazine, and dozens of other outlets. He’s the founding editor of the LIFE section at – a website that gets more than 20 million unique visitors each month – and has published stories in The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World.   

Todd Fahnestock, The Wishing World (He's from Colorado!)

ABOUT TODD: TODD FAHNESTOCK won the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age Award for one of his short stories, and is the author of the YA bestseller Fairmist as well as the middle grade series, The Wishing World. Stories are his passion, but Todd's greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family. The Wishing World began as a series of bedtime stories for his children.

Lija Fisher, The Cryptid Catcher (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT LIJA: Lija Fisher was born in Istanbul, Turkey and raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a BFA in Performance Studies and has performed in regional theatres across New York, Florida, Alaska and Colorado. In 2017 she was a Writer in Residence with Aspen Words. Lija has lived in London, LA and NYC but now calls Colorado home. The Cryptid Catcher is her first novel.

Jason Henderson, Young Captain Nemo (He's from Colorado!)

ABOUT JASON: Jason Henderson, author of Young Captain Nemo, is a regular speaker on media and entertainment. His popular podcasts “Castle Talk” and “Castle of Horror” feature interviews and discussion panels made up of bestselling writers and artists from all genres. His young adult series, Alex Van Helsing, was named by the Texas Library Association to the 2011 Lone Star Reading List. He also writes for games and comics. Henderson earned his BA from University of Dallas in 1993 and his JD from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1996. Henderson lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters.

Lynne Kelly, Song for a Whale

ABOUT LYNNE: Lynne Kelly has always loved reading, but while working as a special education teacher, she fell in love with children's literature all over again. She lives in Houston, Texas, and works as a sign language interpreter while writing books for kids. Her first book, Chained, was a South Asia Book Award Honor and Crystal Kite Award winner. Song for a Whale is her second novel.

Stel Pavlou, Daniel Coldstar#1: The Relic War (He's from Colorado!)

ABOUT STEL: Stel Pavlou is a British author and screenwriter. He is the author of the bestselling novel for adults Decipher, as well as Gene, and has also written short stories based in the world of the popular television series Doctor WhoDaniel Coldstar: The Relic War is his first book for young readers. Stel lives in Colorado.

Laura Resau, Tree of Dreams (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT LAURA: Laura Resau is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Star in the ForestThe Queen of the WaterRed Glass and What the Moon Saw. She is also the author of the acclaimed notebook series, which includes: The Indigo NotebookThe Ruby Notebook, and The Jade Notebook. Laura’s books have gathered many state and library awards, as well as multiple starred reviews. The Lightning Queen is drawn from Laura’s experience of living in rural Mexico. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Melissa Savage, The Truth About Martians

ABOUT MELISSA: Melissa Savage is the author of Lemons and a child and family therapist. Even though she's never actually seen a Bigfoot or a Martian in person, Melissa loves to learn and write about the mysteries of cryptozoology for children. She lives in Minneapolis. 

Kate Siber, National Parks of the USA (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT KATE: Kate Siber is a journalist and a correspondent for Outside magazine living in Durango, Colorado. She has visited about 30 national parks and covers the world’s wild and remote places as well as environmental and social issues. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic TravelerNational ParksPreservationMen’s JournalThe New York Times, and many other publications.

Kim Tomsic, The 11:11 Wish (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT KIM: 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.

Booki Vivat, Frazzled #3: Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties

ABOUT BOOKI: Booki Vivat has been doodling somewhat seriously since 2011 and not-so-seriously since childhood. She grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of the Frazzled books and lives in Brooklyn, New York.



Deborah Diesen, The Pout-Pout Fish: Far, Far from Home (A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure) 

ABOUT DEBORAH: Deborah Diesen is the New York Times bestselling author of The Pout-Pout Fish, named by Time Magazine as one of the Ten Best Children’s Books of 2008, and The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark. Diesen grew up in Midland, Michigan, and started writing poems at a young age. She has worked as a bookseller and a librarian, and now works for a small nonprofit organization, but her greatest joy comes from writing for children. She lives with her family in Grand Ledge, Michigan.

Martha Freeman, If You're Going to a March (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT MARTHA: Martha Freeman has been marching since she was in middle school. Her 30 children's books include Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow, Zap!, and Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question. She has three children and lives in Boulder, Colorado. 

Josh FunkMission Defrostable:  (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #3)

ABOUT JOSH: Josh Funk is the author of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, followed by its sequel The Case of the Stinky Stench, Albie Newton, How to Code a Sandcastle, Lost in the Library, and more. He lives in Concord, MA. 

Leah Gilbert, A Couch for Llama

ABOUT LEAH: Leah Gilbert is a greeting card designer from Denver, CO. This is her debut book.

Dow PhumirukCounting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT DOW: Dow Phumiruk is a general pediatrician with a passion for art. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three girls. When she is not teaching medical students or drawing, she can be found hiking on the trails near her home. Maya Lin is her picture book debut. Dow is the illustrator for Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 and is the author of Mela and the Elephant.

Jean Reidy, Pup 681: A Sea Otter Rescue Story (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT JEAN: Jean Reidy is the author of several picture books . . . with many more on the way! She is a two-time winner of the Colorado Book Award (for Light Up the Night and Time Out for Monsters) and lives right across the street from her local library, which she visits nearly every day.

Julia Sarcone-Roach, There Are No Bears in This Bakery

ABOUT JULIA: After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Julia Sarcone-Roach made her Knopf picture book debut with The Secret Plan, and followed it up with the highly-praised Subway Story. She is also the creator of animated videos, including Call of the Wild, which was featured in indie film festivals and won several prizes. Julia lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Ruth Spiro, Baby Loves Green Energy! (Baby Loves Science #7) (This is a Board Book.)

ABOUT RUTH: Ruth Spiro is the author of the Baby Loves Science series. These adorably-illustrated board books contain expert-reviewed science, yet are simple enough for the very youngest readers. She's also the author of the picture book series, Made by Maxine. Her debut picture book, Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist, won awards from Writer's Digest and Willamette Writers and was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year. Ruth is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences, and recent presentations include the Early Childhood STEM Conference at CalTech and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Jonathan Stutzman, Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug

ABOUT JONATHAN: Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. His short films have screened at film festivals all over the world and on television. He lives in Palmyra, Pennsylvania.

Andrea Wang, Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT ANDREA: Andrea Wang loves noodles, food, and noodling about food. A former environmental scientist, she appreciates Ando's scientific spirit, persistence in the face of failure, and passion for making the world a better place. Andrea lives in Colorado with her family and their dog, Mochi. Sometimes they have instant ramen for breakfast.

Lily Williams, If Polar Bears Disappeared (She's from Colorado!)

ABOUT LILY: Lily Williams grew up in Northern California, where she graduated with high distinction from California College of the Arts with a BFA in animation. Her books for children include If Sharks Disappeared and If Polar Bears Disappeared. Williams seeks to inspire change in the world, engage audiences, and educate all ages in her practice of visual development, illustration, and animation. Her work can be seen in film, print, and classrooms around the world, and has been used to get legislation passed in the United States Senate.

Mike Wohnoutka, Croc & Turtle

ABOUT MIKE: Mike Wohnoutka is the illustrator of Jack's HouseCowboy Sam and Those Confounded Secrets, and The Wizzy Foot. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Mike lives with his wife and two children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kenneth Wright & Sarah Jane Wright, Lola Dutch When I Grow Up

ABOUT KENETH & SARAH: Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright live in Utah with their four uniquely intense children. In 2008, Sarah Jane opened a simple online shop that has since grown into a worldwide business with art prints, fabrics, wallpaper, puppets, and illustrated children's books. Kenneth is a full-time educator and history teacher. Together Kenneth and Sarah Jane share a ridiculous number of hobbies. On any given day at the Wright house you'll see treehouse building, pastry making, spontaneous musicals, and kids tucked into cozy nooks, reading stacks of books on EVERYTHING. They are thrilled to be writing picture books about Lola Dutch together.

Stan YanThere's a Zombie in the Basement (He's from Colorado!)

ABOUT STAN: Stan Yan is a Denver-based writer/illustrator, caricature artist and instructor. Growing up in Denver, Yan, a self-taught artist, went to school at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he got his bachelor’s degree in accounting, where Yan’s life took the tragic turn into sales for the securities industry, where he wallowed in ethical poverty on-and-off for thirteen years. In 2005, Yan gave up on financial security and become a full-time freelance cartoonist, illustrating SUBCULTURE for Ape Entertaiment and Action Lab Danger Zone, creating comic strips for the financial and sales industry, drawing zombie caricatures, and picking up odd illustration and teaching jobs when folks are feeling agonizing pity for him. 

Toni Yuly, The Whole Wide World And Me

ABOUT TONI: Toni Yuly is the creator of the picture books Thank You, Bees; The Jelly Bean Tree; Cat Nap; Night Owl; and Early Bird. After many years as a librarian, she now dedicates herself to designing, painting, and writing all day. She lives in Bremerton, Washington.