Hugely successful young author Veronica Roth, whose “Divergent” trilogy has sold more than 22 million copies and inspired a new popular film by the same name, will appear to meet fans at the Tattered Cover/Highlands Ranch at 7 p.m. July 15.
Appearing with her at the book signing will be Margaret Stohl, co-author of the “Beautiful Creatures” series, which led to a 2013 film with that title.
Both authors fit into a major pop culture movement that has readers of all ages collecting and enjoying titles in the young adult category — a trend that took off with J.K. Rowling's “Harry Potter” series and continues unabated, despite publication of some critical articles.
Roth's latest book is “Four: a Divergent Collection,” four short stories told from the perspective of Tobias “Four” Eaton, a major character in the previous books.
“Divergent,” her first title, was written during the winter break of Roth's final year as a creative writing major at Northwestern University, where she also earned an MFA.
Set in her home territory of Chicago, the books take a reader into a dystopian world, where Factions rule: Abnegation, Amnesty, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite. Sixteen-year-old Tris and others must choose and join a Faction, or become a Divergent, those with an aptitude for more than one — an uncomfortable path. Others in the trilogy, “Insurgent” and “Allegiant,” followed.
Roth is on a four-city national tour, which includes Denver. At each stop, her publisher, Harper-Collins, will pair her with another popular young-adult author. In this case, it's Stohl, whose new title is “Idols,” second in her new series that debuted with “Icons.”
When readers buy a copy of both new books, it will trigger the gift of a book through the national organization One Book to a child in need, according to Tattered Cover's Michael Cruikshank, special events manager. This program will follow Roth to other cities she visits: Boston, Atlanta and Lansing, Mich.
Roth is said to have been a voracious reader as a teen and is committed to encouraging young people to read. In addition to her four-city tour, Roth will be attending the enormously popular San Diego Comic Con International, which attracts fans of science fiction by the thousands.
If you go:
Veronica Roth and Margaret Stohl will appear at Tattered Cover/Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch, at 7 p.m. July 15.