The Bookworm hosts Coloring and Cocktails, featuring coloring books for adults |

The Bookworm hosts Coloring and Cocktails, featuring coloring books for adults

Sarah Taylor
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Since being released in 2013, “The Secret Garden,” by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford, has sold more than 1.4 million copies in 22 different languages. The book is one of two featured at the Coloring and Cocktails event at The Bookworm of Edwards on Thursday, Sept. 3.
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What: Coloring and Cocktails, an evening featuring adult coloring books, handcrafted cocktails and fall book previews

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards, 295 Main St., Edwards

Cost: $35, includes one coloring book, materials, one drink and appetizers; seating is limited

More information: Visit, or call 970-926-7323

EDWARDS — Adult coloring books have been a welcomed trend recently. People around the world have been unleashing their inner child, breaking out their colored pencils and letting stress fade away as they work with the intricate and beautiful designs. Inspired by this creative phenomenon, The Bookworm of Edwards will be hosting an exclusive Coloring and Cocktails event today at 6 p.m.

The whirlwind of adult coloring books started when Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford released her first collection of elaborate illustrations, “The Secret Garden.” Since being released in 2013, “The Secret Garden” has sold more than 1.4 million copies in 22 different languages. Basford published a second collection titled “Enchanted Forest” and will be releasing a brand-new one called “Lost Ocean” in October.

In light of Basford’s rising success, countless other adult coloring books have appeared. Several, including Emma Farrarons’ “The Mindfulness Coloring Book,” have found themselves on The New York Times Best-Sellers list. From picturesque Paris cafes to complex mandalas to different images of Taylor Swift and Ryan Gosling, there truly is something for everyone.

“Coloring books for adults allow us to unplug from the digital and relax into intricate works of art created by hand,” said Lisa Ekelmen, a longtime bookseller at The Bookworm. “Clean, precise lines of gradient color pencils are used to visualize a mandala or a Paris street scene. They are all beautiful works of art.”

The Coloring and Cocktails event will offer a choice of Basford’s “The Secret Garden” or Steve McDonald’s “Fantastic Cities,” a beautiful compilation of cities around the world. Both of these books offer escapes to places real and imagined. While the coloring commences, The Bookworm will be offering another special treat.

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The fall season not only brings cooler weather and changing leaves, it is also a wonderful time for new books.

“Fall is an important time for authors, publishers and booksellers,” Ekelmen said. “Often extraordinary releases are slated for this season written by debut authors or established best-sellers. Providing a personal best list for this fall to our customers is a wonderful opportunity to exceed the ordinary.”

Ekelmen and Sarah Taylor, another longtime bookseller at The Bookworm, will be presenting their favorite fall pick books to everyone in attendance. From beautifully written modern-day classics to quirky and offbeat stories, The Bookworm is excited to present the top books this fall season.

Basford’s vision and dream for her art to touch the world has been reached. The world has put aside stress, picked up some markers and let creativity flow, whether inside or outside the lines. The Bookworm of Edwards invites you to do the same.

Sarah Taylor is the events planner for The Bookworm of Edwards. Send comments about this article to

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