Teen Readers

 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

Teen Newsletter

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. To view the Teen Newsletter Archive, please click here.

 

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. We currently meet at our Aspen Grove and Colfax locations. This is open to teens 13+ who are in at least 7th 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!) (If applying, PLEASE send your application electronically, either as a PDF or put the answers in the body of the email. Things mailed to me take a VERY long time to reach me, and I don't want to keep you waiting!!)

 

What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!

Colorado Teen Book Con

Tattered Cover presented the inaugural Colorado Teen Book Con in 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. Watch here for 2018 event details!

Teen Writing Group

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. 

A former Teen Advisory Board member said, "All of us read some writing, and then the conversation naturally went towards unique ways they develop characters and what platforms they use to help get inspired and to publish their work. They had really unique approaches - like using mood boards, matching songs to characters, and creating virtual versions of their characters. We did a short setting exercise, too, that looked at how settings change over time."

Tattered Cover Aspen Grove: This group meets the last Sunday of each month from 2pm - 3pm. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Email Anna to RSVP.

  • Sunday, October 28
  • Sunday, November 25
  • Sunday, December 30

Tattered Cover Colfax: We meet in the Orchestra Pit of the Colfax store. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Please email Anna to RSVP. 

  • Wednesday, November 28 from 7pm - 8pm

Upcoming Events for Fans of YA Fiction


Brandon Sanderson: Skyward, young adult, but good for older middle grade readers; presentation and booksigning. THURSDAY, November 15; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This event is ticketed and open to the public. This event is sold out.

ABOUT THE EVENT: From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally bestselling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com


Fanny Starr: Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage THURSDAY, December 6; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax

ABOUT THE EVENT: Author and Holocaust survivor, Fanny Starr, will present and sign Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage. This is a powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gender, or sexual identity, but persisted. Holocaust survivor Fanny Starr tells of her harrowing time in Auschwitz, where she watched her family disappear, one by one. What made them rise up through the hate? What made them overcome the obstacles of their childhood to achieve extraordinary success? How did they break out of society's limited view of who they are and find their way to the beautiful and hard-won lives they live today? With a foreword by Minnesota senator and up-and-coming Democratic party leader Amy Klobuchar, these essays share deeply personal stories of resilience, faith, love, and, yes, persistence. 

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com


- Cassandra Clare with Paolo Bacigalupi SATURDAY, December 8; 7pm at Trinity Church. This is a ticketed event. Get tickets here!

ABOUT THE EVENT: Join Tattered Cover for a special evening with Cassandra Clare in honor of her newest novel Queen of Air and Darkness. The event will be moderated by Paolo Bacigalupi, the local bestselling author of multiple sci-fi novels including The Windup Girl. Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare's Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy. Queen of Air and Darkness is a Shadowhunters novel.

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com


- Leigh Bardugo: King of Scars SUNDAY, February 3; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. This is a ticketed event. Get tickets here! 

ABOUT THE EVENT: Leigh Bardugo is hitting the road in support of her next adventure in the Grishaverse, King of Scars, and Tattered Cover is lucky enough to be one of the hosts!

Exciting news: we’re partnering with Macmillan to host a Grishaverse fan meet-up an hour before Leigh arrives! Come at 1:00 pm for the fan meet-up that will include trivia/games, a themed King of Scars photo backdrop (so come in costume!), exclusive fan-meet-up-only moments, and more! Once Leigh arrives, she’ll host a 15-20 minute Q&A followed by a book signing where you’re able to get King of Scars personalized and two additional Leigh Bardugo titles signed. You’ll also be able to grab a quick photo with her, so have your cameras ready to go! A limited number of tickets are available now through Eventbrite.

Can't make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com


Teen Open Mic Night

We're giving YOU the mic.
Express yourself.
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!

Author Visits in Schools

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.)

Teen Book Reviews

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 lo
ve it. (What was different about this book? What made it special? How did you connect with 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.