Saturday, September 4, 2010

Tattered Cover Owner Joyce Meskis Interiewed by Poets & Writers Magazine

"The store has since become as much a destination for the local community as it has for writers. From the moment you walk in, you feel a sense of ease and peacefulness. There are overstuffed chairs and couches throughout both floors, as well as spacious tables in the café area. The guiding aesthetic is a wonderful mix of the old (worn hardwood floors downstairs, exposed rafters and hand-hewn support beams) and the new (forest green carpet upstairs, a selection of organic and local options at the café). The place feels vital. It feels vigorous.

The same could be said of Meskis. Though soft spoken, she possesses an engaging and charming personality that immediately put me at ease. She radiates a type of calm that seems unflappable by the challenges of daily life. Yet in conversation she is the first to poke fun at herself and the many obstacles she has faced in her thirty-six years as a bookseller—not just in terms of running a business, but also advocating for First Amendment rights and helping to nurture the social and literary communities of Denver. In fact, Tattered Cover hosts more than five hundred readings a year among its three locations. So it was fitting that we sat down for our talk beside a fireplace at the back of Tattered Cover's expansive event space, surrounded by black-and-white photographs of many of the authors who've read at the store during its nearly four decades of existence."

Read the whole article here.

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