‘Divergent’ series author to visit Highlands Ranch

One of Roth’s four national stops is at Tattered Cover


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.


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