Ask any Denverite what his or her favorite bookstore in town is and without fail, the answer will be Tattered Cover.
Tattered Cover boasts three spectacular Denver locations: LoDo (1628 16th St.), Colfax (2526 E. Colfax Ave. at Elizabeth St.) and Union Station (1701 Wynkoop St.). These are perfect places to browse away an afternoon or two.
The Tattered Cover staff put together a list of some essential books about, or featuring, the city. History, mystery, nightlife, dining and more – all with a Denver twist!
SHOWTIME: DENVER'S PERFORMING ARTS, CONVENTION CENTERS & THEATRE DISTRICT
By Thomas Noel
This fabulous book--a glossy, full color coffee table book with 137 pages and 400 illustrations-offers the history of Denver's performing arts, from saloon hall "leg art" to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with fond stops at the Tabor Grand, the Lowenstein, the Bonfils and other theatrical landmarks. The authors also present the stories of Denver's 1908 Democratic Convention, and of Mayor R.W. Speer's efforts to give Denver its own Broadway along Curtis Street, which Thomas Edison (promoting urban rivalry in the use of light bulbs) praised as "the brightest lit street in America."
IT HAPPENED IN DENVER
By Stephen Grace
From the infamous Sand Creek Massacre to the building of Coors Field, It Happened in Denvergives readers a unique look at some of the most intriguing people and episodes from the history of The Mile High City. Discover why Denver nearly burned down in 1863 and why it was flooded a year later. Learn how wine barrels helped lay a foundation for the ski industry. And meet David Moffat, the man most responsible for building a rail line across the Rocky Mountains. In an easy-to-read style that's entertaining as well as informative, author Stephen Grace recounts some of the most famous (and infamous!) moments in the history of Colorado's largest city.
DENVER FROM THE BOTTOM UP
By Phil Goodstein
Mile High Native Phil Goodstein holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Colorado. Far from accepting given truths, he has sought to question the folklore of the city while examining what makes it tick. This four volume set offers a comprehensive look at Denver from the time of the Pikes Peak gold rush through World War II.
BOOKED TO DIE
By John Dunning
Denver cop and rare book collector Cliff Janeway is introduced in this engrossing whodunit from two-time Edgar nominee Dunning. After a local bookscout is killed on his turf, Janeway would like nothing better than to rearrange the suspect's spine. But the suspect, local lowlife Jackie Newton, is a master at eluding the law, and Janeway's wrathful brand of off-duty justice costs him his badge. Turning to his lifelong passion, Janeway opens a small bookshop -- all the while searching for evidence to put Newton away. But when prized volumes in a highly sought-after collection begin to appear, so do dead bodies. Now, Janeway's life is about to start a precarious new chapter as he attempts to find out who's dealing death along with vintage Chandlers and Twains. "Crisp, direct prose and nearly pitch-perfect dialogue enhance this meticulously detailed page-turner."-Publishers Weekly
TAKE 30: THE FIRST THREE DECADES OF THE DENVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
By Larry Laszlo, Ron Henderson, Joey Porcelli, and Judy Anderson
This beautiful collection of photographs covers the memorable faces of Hollywood legends and acclaimed international film artists; the colorful festival parties; the dedicated staff and volunteers; the supportive politicians; and the various festival venues, to tell the remarkable story of the Denver International Film Festival-in glorious black-and-white.
MURDER AT THE BROWN PALACE: A TRUE STORY OF SEDUCTION & BETRAYAL
By Dick Kreck
On May 24, 1911, one of the most notorious murders in Denver's history occurred. The riveting tale involves high society, adultery, drugs, multiple murder, and more, all set in Denver's grand old hotel, the Brown Palace. The characters in this real-life melodrama could not have been better cast. This tragic story of a spectacular crime of passion and how it ruined the lives of those involved is one readers won't be able to put down. "Kreck's research is excellent and his story-telling skills even better. This is a thoroughly engrossing tale." -The Denver Post