I was honored to be able to speak at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver last week. Here’s a really blurry mobile picture of the talk. Bottom line, the Tattered Cover is one of America’s most regal bookstores, with a spacious events hall that has hosted everyone from Buckminster Fuller to Barack Obama, and it was a real treat to be up there sharing my Colorado experiences with readers.
I can’t tell you how happy it made me when audience members approached me afterwards to share their enthusiasm for the state and all it has to offer. For the first time, I experienced the magic that catalyzes between an author, her material and a receptive audience. A writer’s work is, after all, a living creation. Our words exist to be heard. In the right conditions, the author not only delivers words, but transports her audience to a new place and time.
I think the Tattered Cover realizes the sacred nature of this transmission. From the well-worn signing desk in the events hall to the careful stewardship of each reading event, our grand dame of Colorado bookstores continually sets the foundation for writers and readers to bond.
I am humbled to have experienced the Tattered Cover in this way. I come out of it with a new appreciation and reverence for readers, and a deepened love affair with the bookstore.
Thank you for attending, and thank you for reading.