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Special Event: Foster-Adopt Organizations bring “The Language of Flowers” Author to Denver

Special Event: Foster-Adopt Organizations bring “The Language of Flowers” Author to Denver

Denver’s Human Services Department, along with The Adoption Exchange and other organizations, are pleased to bring author Vanessa Diffenbaugh for a FREE book signing in Denver next week the evening of September 10.

Denver event for "The Language of Flowers" book signingVanessa Diffenbaugh is the author of the acclaimed novel The Language of Flowers, which has been optioned as a motion picture. From Amazon:

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

I enjoyed reading this book so much that as soon as I finished, I read it again — this time aloud with my daughter. It’s that good. It spoke to both of us.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh's Language of FlowersWhat you need to know about Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s visit to Denver:


  • Wednesday evening, September 10, 6-9 pm.
  • Doors open 6 pm | Presentation 6:50 pm | Book signing 8 pm.


  • Cable Center at 2000 Buchtel Blvd (map)
  • Parking easily available.

What else?

  • FREE copies of The Language of Flowers available while supplies last. Tattered Cover Bookstore will be onsite providing additional copies and other titles.
  • Local counties and community partners will provide information about how to mentor, foster or adopt Colorado’s kids throughout the event.
  • This event is free but you must RSVP for a ticket via
  • Other sponsors include Colorado Department of Human Services and Stand Up for Me.

Colorado Department of Human Services partners with local counties, child placement agencies and nonprofit organizations to raise awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families in Colorado. At any given time there are 3,500 Colorado children in foster homes – there is always a need for additional families to help care for a child in crisis. Approximately 285 Colorado children are waiting to join an adoptive family; some of these children are featured on the Colorado Heart Gallery. There is no cost to adopt a child from foster care in Colorado. You can foster or adopt if you are over 21, single, married, gay, straight, homeowner, renter, already a parent- never been a parent. Learn more at

This event is free but you must RSVP for a ticket via

Will I see you at Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s book signing?


Lori Holden's book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open AdoptionLori Holden, who has read The Language of Flowers twice,  blogs from metro-Denver at and can also be found on Twitter @LavLuz. Her book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, written with her daughter’s birth mom, is available through your favorite online bookseller and makes a thoughtful gift for the adoptive families in your life.

Lori is available to deliver her open adoption workshop to adoption agencies and support groups.

Lori Holden
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  1. I love valuable FREE resources for the community like this!

  2. This sounds like a great community resource event.

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