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. To view the Teen Newsletter Archive, please click here.
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!!)
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!
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, January 27, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, February 24, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, March 31, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, April 28, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, May 26, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, June 30, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, July 28, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, August 25, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, September 29, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, October 27, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, November 24, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, December 29, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna 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 Len Vlahos to RSVP.
- This group is on hiatus right now. Check here for updates!
ABOUT THE EVENT: Leigh Bardugi is hitting the road in support of her next adventure in the Grishaverse, King of Scars, and Tatetred Cover is lucky enough to be on e 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.
-- ROBIN LeFEVERS with Courting Darkness FRIDAY, February 8; 7:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
ABOUT THE BOOK: First in a duology, this darkly thrilling page-turner set in the world of the best-selling His Fair Assassin series is perfect for fans of THRONE OF GLASS, RED QUEEN, and GAME OF THRONES. Told in alternating perspectives, when Sybella discovers there is another trained assassin from St. Mortain’s convent deep undercover in the French court, she must use every skill in her arsenal to navigate the deadly royal politics and find her sister in arms before her time—and that of the newly crowned queen—runs out. When Sybella accompanies the Duchess to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from the convent of St. Mortain who were placed in the French court years ago. Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands. As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robin LaFevers, author of the New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassin books, was raised on fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and nineteenth-century poetry. It is not surprising that she grew up to be a hopeless romantic. She was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in California.
ABOUT BOOK: ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE. IF YOU HURT US, WE’RE COMING FOR YOU. Moxie meets Female of the Species in this powerful, thrilling, and deeply resonant novel about a secret society of girls who plot revenge on the men who hurt them. The enigmatic Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who have hurt girls and women for years. The killer of Thea's cousin went free, and Thea has just received an invitation to join the Black Coats' balancings—acts of revenge meant to teach a lesson. Justice for Natalie has never felt so close. But as the balancings escalate in brutality, Thea’s clear-cut mission begins to unravel and she must decide just how far she is willing to go for justice. Because when the line between justice and revenge is paper thin, it’s hard not to get cut.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
COLLEEN OAKES Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including the Queen of Hearts trilogy, the Elly in Bloom series, and the Wendy Darling saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not penning new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling, reading, or advocating for adoption and literacy.
EMILY FRANCE is the critically-acclaimed young adult author of Signs of You and Zen and Gone. 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.
-- SUSAN DENNARD with Bloodwitch. FRIDAY, February 22; 7:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
ABOUT THE EVENT: Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of the Witchlands series, will discuss and sign Bloodwitch: A Witchlands Novel ($18.99 Tor Teen), a young adult epic fantasy novel that continues the story of the Bloodwitch Aeduan. Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop a bloodthirsty horde of raiders preparing to destroy a monastery that holds more than just faith. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.
-- JENNIFER E. SMITH with Field Notes on Love THURSDAY, March 7; 7:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
ABOUT THE BOOK: The bestselling author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight returns with a meet-cute romance about Hugo and Mae, two teens who are thrown together on a cross-country train trip that will teach them about love, each other, and the futures they can build for themselves. It's the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train. But then Hugo's girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip. Only, it's been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions. Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC's film school. When she stumbles across Hugo's ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she's certain it's exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film. A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer E. Smith is the author of eight novels for young adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She lives in New York City.
-- ASHLEY POSTON with The Princess and the Fangirl: A Geekerella Fairytale (Once Upon A Con #2) SATURDAY, April 6; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
ABOUT THE BOOK: The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston. Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year's ExcelsiCon isn't her last, she'll consider her career derailed. When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That's easier said than done when the girls step into each other's shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these "princesses" race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ashley Poston is the author of Geekerella and Heart of Iron. Her 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.
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. (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.