Events are simply falling into our store this month! As we head into cooler weather, come inside and spend an evening or two (or three, or seven!) with us and some fantastic authors both local and from far away (like…Australia-far away)! Here’s who’s coming to a Firehouse near you this month!
- Tuesday, October 1st at 10:30am, here in the store
Young readers will enjoy stories read by our storyteller, Ms. Julie, as well as a themed craft. October is not only the release of two new Nocturnals early reader books, it is also National Bullying Prevention Month. Reading and storytelling are both important tools in teaching Social Emotional Learning, and each Nocturnals Grow & Read story is filled with messages of empathy and kindness.
Donna Cooner’s Release Party!
- Friday, October 4th from 5:00 to 7:00pm on the rooftop of Illegal Pete’s
We’re celebrating the release of Donna’s fifth young adult novel, Fake. Donna Cooner is the acclaimed author of Skinny and several other novels for young adults. A Texas native, she now calls Fort Collins home. Her newest book centers on Maisie Fernandez, who, fed up with being bullied, creates a fake online profile to take her harassers down. But as her web of deception grows, she is in danger of being exposed. Fake is a timely story about identity, revenge, and both the truths and lies we tell online.
Book Signing with Leslie Verner
- Saturday, October 5th between 1:00 and 2:00pm, here at the store
Leslie Verner will be signing books to celebrate the release of Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness. Leslie Verner writers about faith, family, and cross-cultural issues for SheLoves, Relevant, and many other publications.
Invited presents the idea that real hospitality is not a Pinterest-perfect table or clean and comfortable space, rather it is an invitation to enter a sacred space together with friends and strangers. She draws on her travels around the world to explore what hospitality might look like if we took inspiration from many different places.
Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day!
- Monday, October 7th at 6:00pm, here at the store
We invite readers young and old to learn about the amazing life of the first ever computer programmer at our celebration of Ada Lovelace Day with author Nancy Castaldo and her book DK Life Stores: Ada Lovelace. Attendees will also hear from Kristen Draper, the Digital Literacy Librarian at Poudre River Public Library, about the various kids coding clubs they host.
The DK Life Stories series aims to go beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history’s most interesting people. Ada Lovelace tells the inspiring story of the world’s first computer programmer and her fascinating life. Her famous father (celebrated poet Lord Byron), her talent for languages and mathematics, and her predictions for how computers could change our lives are just a few of the topics touched upon in the book. Full-color photos and hand-drawn illustrations appear throughout to create an engaging book children will enjoy reading.
Take Root with Stephie Morton!
- Saturday, October 12th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, here at the store
Local author Stephie Morton will be signing copies of her new book Three Lost Seeds: Stories of Becoming. Stephie Morton is the founder of the Children’s Art Workshop and host of the Saturday Open Studio. Three Lost Seeds is a STEM story of nature’s resilience. Three different seeds in three very different places must survive a difficult journey through flood, fire or drought before they can sprout and flourish.
Adopting the Unadoptable with Steve Greig
- Tuesday, October 15th at 6:00pm, here at the store
We’re so excited to welcome Instagram sensation Steve Greig and his furry friends to our store! We will be celebrating the release of his new book The One and Only Wolfgang: From Pet Rescue to One Big Happy Family. Join us and learn about this oddly wonderful family of misfits. He’ll be joined by a representative from the Fort Collins Cat Rescue/Animal House, who will speak about the merger between their two organizations and the work they are doing to make sure every furry critter has a home.
Steve Greig is an accountant whose passion for animals had led him to become an advocate for pet adoption. After the passing of his beloved dog, Wolfgang, Steve felt the best way to honor his memory was to adopt the oldest, least-likely-to-be-adopted dog at the shelter. Since then, he has continued to adopt the most “unadoptable” animals he can find. The One and Only Wolfgang showcases the importance of family and reminds readers that no matter how old or how odd, everyone has a place where they belong.
Dots, Plots, and Daring Escapes with Andy Griffiths!
- Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:00pm at Old Town Library
We’re so thrilled to welcome the wonderful Andy Griffiths to Fort Collins! We’re be celebrating the release of the latest Treehouse book, The 117-Story Treehouse: Dots, Plots, & Daring Escapes! For as long as Andy and Terry have been writing books together, Andy has always been the narrator and Terry has always been the illustrator. But when Terry tries to prove that he can narrate as well as draw, the story goes completely out of control and the Story Police arrive to arrest the whole treehouse team for crimes against storytelling! Andy, Terry and Jill go on the run, but how long can they evade the Story Police and stay out of Story Jail?
Attendees will enjoy a lively presentation from Andy, as well as round of Treehouse-themed bingo. A Q&A and signing will follow the event. We hope to see you there!
The Happiness Playlist with Mark Mallman
- Thursday, October 24th at 6:00pm, here at the store
We invite music and book lovers to hear musician Mark Mallman speak about his new book The Happiness Playlist: The True Story of Healing My Heart with Feel-Good Music. Mark Mallman is a Minneapolis rock legend and has released 8 full-length studio albums. The Happiness Playlist came about after Mallman woke at 3 a.m. in the midst of a crushing panic attack that wouldn’t end. His response was to pour songs into a happiness playlist and to lean on the wisdom of friends. This book tells the story of how Mallman used music to help heal his grief and how he learned to laugh through it all.
Book Signing with Erin Morris
- Saturday, October 26th from 1:00 to 2:00pm, here at the store
We’re thrilled to welcome U.S Army veteran Erin Morris to the store! She will be here signing copies of her new children’s book Who is Sam the Soldier? Erin Morris is a former officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Who is Sam the Soldier? follows Private First Class Sam Smith, a soldier in the U.S. Army. This book helps answer young readers questions, like “What does a soldier do?”, “Why do they dress that way?”, and “Could I be a soldier one day?” while also portraying the diversity of the American military.
Tap, Taste, Heal with Marcella Friel
- Tuesday, October 29th at 6:00pm, here at the store
We’re excited to welcome Colorado author Marcella Friel to the store! We invite readers to join us to hear Marcella speak about her new book: Tap, Taste, Heal: Use Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to Eat Joyfully and Love Your Body. Marcella Friel is a natural foods chef and mindful eating mentor. Tap, Taste, Heal is a step-by-step guide to using the simple yet powerful technique of Tapping to help you get off the diet rollercoaster, forgive yourself and your body, and truly heal your relationship with food.
And of course, there’s always DimeStories (on Wednesday the 9th this month), and the monthly book clubs. And BookFest! The theme this year is Food For Thought, and we’ll have more detailed information closer to the big event, which will take place on October 18-19 this year!
You can purchase any of the books at their events, by clicking the titles above, or by calling the store to reserve a copy!
We hope to see you at any or all of these great events!