Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Joyce Meskis, owner of our Denver treasure, the Tattered Cover Bookstore, spoke at the Denver Lions Club yesterday. Joyce started by sharing the titles of lots of unusual books. A sample: "Old tractors and the men who love them." "We've been through so much, and most of it's your fault." "How to understand your therapist."
Book stores and libraries are the heart of our communities, Joyce told us. Barbara Tuchman said, “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.”
Joyce said the Tattered Cover host 500 to 600 events per year. Get complaints from both the right and the left. She bought store in original location in 1974, moved it 3 times until now in the new Colfax location across from East High School. "There are worse places for kids to hang out," she said. Stores now in LoDo and Highlands Ranch, too.
My daughter had the great privilage of working at the Tattered Cover, and like all employees was given a personal orientation by Joyce. We are very grateful for that training, and grateful for this wonderful place that "brings books and people together."
I bought a book at the Tattered Cover recently that inspired me to write this last night as a storm blew into Denver from the mountains in the West:
Leaves blow as snow comes,
Memory and hope warm now.
Flowers past, future: present.