Tattered books
A “tattered book” display discovered at a cafe at the University of Southern California

If we had to select just one of the many excellent independent bookstores in Colorado, we would choose the legendary store, now a chain, The Tattered Cover.

The Tattered Cover played an important part in American literary history and remains a popular place to visit and shop today, now with many locations in Colorado.

With its special collections, restaurant, and cozy reading nooks, it is no surprise that, according to its website, approximately 400 of America’s most popular and critically acclaimed authors speak there every year.

A destination for travelers, readers, scholars, and students, The Tattered Cover has expanded through the years, even to the Denver International Airport. It offers a “Scary Stories Contest” for young Colorado writers in grades K-12, which is celebrated at a special event during the Halloween season every year.

This trail site is a great stop for all ages and interests.

The Tattered Cover is the first stop on our Colorado Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart