Hickenlooper and Recht: Tattered Cover’s Joyce Meskis remembered

The Denver Post: Joyce Meskis, who made the Tattered Cover Book Store a national icon, passed away last December at the age of 80. She grew the Tattered Cover into an internationally recognized bookstore with multiple locations when she retired in 2017. She was one of the great entrepreneurs in modern Denver, and her entrepreneurial instincts were matched by her ideals.

Joyce was a bookseller, but that label does not begin to do her justice.

In 1974, she purchased a small 950-square-foot struggling bookstore in Cherry Creek called The Tattered Cover. She was ambivalent about whether “Tattered” was the best name for selling glossy new books, but over more than four decades she transformed that humble store into what the New York Times ultimately called “the best bookstore in America.”

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