Upcoming Author Visits

Helen Thorpe

Koelbel Library | Monday, September 10 | 7-9 pm

View the world through the eyes of teen immigrants with local author Helen Thorpe. The award-winning journalist and former First Lady of Colorado will introduce you to her powerful book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom. Her narrative non-fiction follows the lives of 22 teen immigrants – many arriving directly from refugee camps – and their first year in America at Denver's South High School. They land in a beginner-level English language acquisition class and collectively, the students represent the microcosm of the global refugee crisis. Join Thorpe as she shares about her book and the teens' remarkable journeys. The evening features a book signing and light refreshments. Tattered Cover Book Store will sell Thorpe's books onsite.

Born in London to Irish parents, Thorpe's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly and 5280. Her first book, Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts adapted the non-fiction book for the stage as a play.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Smoky Hill Library | Saturday, September 29 | 2-4 pm

Spend an afternoon with award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson, who will share about her popular young adult fictionincluding her groundbreaking debut novel SpeakRecently re-released as a graphic novel, Speak authentically captures the emotional journey of an isolated teen as she navigates high school life. Anderson will share about her writing process andwhat drives her, as she often tackles tough topics with humor and sensitivity. The afternoon features a book signing and light refreshments. Tattered Cover Book Store will sell Anderson's books onsite.

The New York Times best-selling author's readership spans young people to adultsand combined, her books have sold more than eight million copiesAnderson has won several international, national and state awards and has been recognized for her efforts in championing intellectualfreedom and diversity in publishing.

Previous Author Visits

Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Andreas M. Antonopoulos, best-selling author and expert, discusses the future of programmable money. Check out some of his best-selling books.


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A.J. Finn

Author A. J. Finn’s debut thriller, The Woman in the Window, is predicted to be one of 2018’s most buzzworthy books, with a major motion picture already in the works. 


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Jamie Ford 

Jamie Ford, author of the New York Times best-selling Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost, returned to Arapahoe Libraries to discuss his latest novel, Love and Other Consolation Prizes.


Dhonielle Clayton 

Young adult author Dhonielle Clayton is leaving her mark in the literary world through her advocacy of diversity in children’s books. Clayton, who leads the non-profit organization We Need Diverse Books, draws writing inspiration from “things that bother her.” The Belles was motivated by her thoughts on the media’s influence over women’s body images.
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Cynthia Swanson

Local Denver author Cynthia Swanson can’t wait to share her latest novel, The Glass Forest, with readers. Set in 1960s Wisconsin, this suspense read tells the story of a once-idyllic family whose life is changed forever with a single phone call. The self-described writer and interior designer’s first book, The Bookseller, has been slated for a movie featuring actress Julia Roberts. 
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