Roller Kids

“In roller derby, you always see women just starting out who come in all shy and tentative, and then within a couple of weeks, they’re out there totally rocking it,” says Meghan Dougherty, co-author of Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles, a new series of young-adult novels about a diverse group of teen girls discovering derby’s allure. “It’s a sport where you can have any size of body and be very successful at it, and I’ve seen it give so many women so much strength and confidence that I just thought, ‘If it can do this for adults, what a great concept to be passing on to our girls.’”

Dougherty — aka “Undertaker’s Daughter” — is a skater for both the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls’ Project Mayhem and Sugar Kill Gang teams, and the mother of one of the Rocky Mountain Rollerpunks junior league’s rising stars. She says she’s proud to have derby in her daughter’s life as a diversion from the prevailing princess culture.

Bring your own kids — and your roller skates, scooters or skateboards — to get things rolling at the launch party for the series, on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot at TAXI, 3544 Ringsby Court. Dougherty and co-writers Karen Windness and Alece Birnbach (who also contributed the illustrations) will be signing copies of Rise of the Undead Redhead, the first book in the series, while the Rollergirls and Rollerpunks help introduce young readers to the sport. Visit the Facebook event page for information.
Sat., July 19, 10:30 a.m., 2014