Friday, May 17, 2019
Visiting the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver...
As you guys know, visiting libraries and bookstores on vacations is a big fun event for me. On our recent trip to Colorado, I got the chance to stop by the Colfax location of Denver's famous Tattered Cover Bookstore. My first time at this independent bookstore - hopefully not my last. The original Tattered Cover opened in 1971 and this particular location on Colfax opened in 2006. It was an old theater that had been renovated. There's a cafe and many events are scheduled at this and other locations as well.
This a nice seating area in the center of the store. My husband sat there for a while with a cup of coffee and had fun with the 5G that was available. Not sure if those theater seats are from the original here, but perhaps. In any case, I took my time looking around.
As one might expect, I started my shelf-looking in this section. I know. You're shocked. Ha! The Tattered Cover reminded me a bit in some ways of Powell's in Portland, Oregon. They sell both new and used books and shelve them together. That's a nice feature which I always liked about Powell's. I was so engrossed in the shelves that it took me a bit to realize that I spilled part of my latte down the front of my shirt. Sigh. Off to find the restrooms downstairs to clean myself off as much as possible.
I'm not buying very many books in print these days, but I make exceptions for independent bookstores. These were my two purchases. Girl In Snow by Danya Kukafka was on a shelf section with 'Local Authors' at the top. Not sure if the author lives in the Denver area, but the book is set in Colorado and it's a debut novel. One Small Sacrifice is by Hilary Davidson, an author that I met at Left Coast Crime in Phoenix a few years ago. She was appearing at an event at the bookstore the night after we were there. I wish I could have attended that event, but I convinced the staff to sell me a paperback copy of the book. Then I just had to figure out how to get the books into my suitcase for the flight home.
If you ever get a chance to visit The Tattered Cover, it's worth it. I hope to go back one day.