Teen Readers

Interested in joining a 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. Please email Anna to RSVP.

  • Sunday, October 27, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
  • Sunday, November 24, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
  • Sunday, December 29, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.

Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue: We meet in the Orchestra Pit. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Please email Len Vlahos to RSVP. 

  • This group meets randomly. Check this space for updates or email Len Vlahos!

Upcoming Events for Fans of YA Literature...


-- MARISSA MEYER with Supernova (Renegades #3) THURSDAY, November 7; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT. Please click here for tickets.

Can’t make it to the event? To request an autographed copy, please click on the "Add to Cart" button on this page to buy the book and be sure to include you'd "like an autographed copy" in COMMENTS section of your order. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: All's fair in love and anarchy... Supernova, the epic conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer's thrilling Renegades trilogy finds Nova and Adrian struggling to keep their secret identities concealed while the battle rages on between their alter egos, their allies, and their greatest fears come to life. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as anarchy once again threatens to reclaim Gatlon City. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar ChroniclesCinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.

For more info about this event, please click here.


-- LISA BROWN ROBERTS with The Bookworm Crush SUNDAY, December 1; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

Can’t make it to the event? To request an autographed copy, please click on the "Add to Cart" button on this page to buy the book and be sure to include you'd "like an autographed copy" in COMMENTS section of your order. 

ABOUT THE EVENT: Lisa Brown Roberts will discuss and sign The Bookworm Crush, a spinoff of The Replacement Crush featuring Amy and Toff that is sure to melt your heart. Shy bookworm Amy McIntyre is about to compete for a dream scholarship, and the only way to win is to transform from sidekick to the heroine of her own life. But that level of confidence has never come easy. The solution? A competition coach. The problem? The best person for the job is the guy she's secretly crushing on…local surfer celebrity Toff Nichols. He’s a player. He’s a heartthrob. He makes her forget basic things, like how to breathe. How can she feel any confidence around him? To her surprise, Toff agrees to help. And he’s an excellent teacher. Amy feels braver—maybe even brave enough to admit her feelings for him. When their late night practices become less about coaching and more about making out, Amy’s newfound confidence wavers. But does Toff really like her or is this just another lesson?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Brown Roberts has held a variety of day jobs to support her writing habit, many of them involving writing, but not the fun kind. She currently works in higher education during the day and writes feverishly at 3:00 in the morning, on weekends, and any other time she can convince her family to go play outside and leave her alone. Except for the cats. They can stay, because every writer needs a cat (or two) on her lap. She is the author of Spies, Lies, and Allies: A Love StoryThe Replacement Crush, and many other books for teen readers.

For more info about this event, please click here.


-- AMY SPALDING with We Used to Be Friends WEDNESDAY, January 8; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax

Can’t make it to the event? To request an autographed copy, please click on the "Add to Cart" button on this page to buy the book and be sure to include you'd "like an autographed copy" in COMMENTS section of your order. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Two best friends grow up—and grow apart—in this innovative contemporary YA novel. Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amy Spalding is the author of several novels for teens, including Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) and The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), which earned a starred review from Kirkus. She lives in Los Angeles.

For more info about this event, please click here.


-- GENE LUEN YANG with Dragon Hoops; Sunday, March 15; 4pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. The Story of a High School Basketball Team, a Young Adult Book Talk & Signing. This is a graphic novel.

Can’t make it to the event? To request an autographed copy, please click on the "Add to Cart" button on this page to buy the book and be sure to include you'd "like an autographed copy" in COMMENTS section of your order.

ABOUT THE BOOK: In his latest graphic novel, Dragon HoopsNew York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches. Gene understands stories—comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins. But Gene doesn’t get sports. As a kid, his friends called him “Stick” and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it's all anyone can talk about. The men’s varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that’s been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships. Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he’s seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn’t know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons’s lives, but his own life as well.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. As the Library of Congress’ fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, he advocates for the importance of reading, especially reading diversely. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second Books, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints won the L.A. Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award Finalist. His other works include Secret Coders (with Mike Holmes), The Shadow Hero (with Sonny Liew), New Super-Man from DC Comics (with various artists), and the Avatar: The Last Airbender series from Dark Horse Comics (with Gurihiru). In 2016, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

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-- CORI McCARTHY & AMY ROSE CAPETTA with Sword in the Stars: A Once & Future novel SATURDAY, April 18; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax

Can’t make it to the event? To request an autographed copy, please click on the "Add to Cart" button on this page to buy the book and be sure to include you'd "like an autographed copy" in COMMENTS section of your order.

ABOUT THE BOOK: In this epic sequel to Once & Future, to save the future, Ari and her Rainbow knights pull off a heist...thousands of years in the past. Ari Helix may have won her battle against the tyrannical Mercer corporation, but the larger war has just begun. Ari and her cursed wizard Merlin must travel back in time to the unenlightened Middle Ages and steal the King Arthur's Grail---the very definition of impossible. It's imperative that the time travelers not skew the timeline and alter the course of history. Coming face-to-face with the original Arthurian legend could produce a ripple effect that changes everything. Somehow Merlin forgot that the past can be even more dangerous than the future...

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Cori McCarthy is the author of four young adult books, including BREAKING SKY, which received multiple starred reviews and is in development to become a film by Sony Pictures, as well as a forthcoming nonfiction picture book about Kahlil Gibran. Cori is an Irish-Lebanese American who spends most of their time playing guitar, reading poetry, and teaching writing. Like many of their characters, they are a member of the LGBTQ+ community. After earning a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University, focusing in memoir writing and poetry, they completed UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting and earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cori lives in the mountains of Vermont with their partner, fellow YA author Amy Rose Capetta, where together they raise their young son, Maverick, and hopefully one day soon, a puppy!

Amy Rose Capetta is the YA author of a punk rock space opera (Entangled and Unmade,) a queer love story slash murder mystery (Echo After Echo), and an Italian-inspired fantasy series starting with The Brilliant Death, which releases October 2018. Amy Rose holds a BA in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. With Cori, she is the co-founder of the Rainbow Boxes initiative which sent LGBTQIAP fiction to readers in all 50 states, and the Rainbow Writers Workshop, which helps find and develop exciting new voices. She loves lady heroes, badass queens, nonbinary knights, enchantresses and magicians in equal measure. She lives in Vermont with her Once & Future co-author and the champion of her heart, Cori McCarthy.