by John Lamb
Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 3, 2004
I prefer the LoDo Tattered Cover. It is in a beautiful old, brick building. The reading room is quite large and can hold up to two hundred people. The walls are covered with past authors, anyone from Kurt Vonnegut to James Carter. There have been some famous authors that have come through town. I have seen Pat Conroy, Margaret Atwood, David Sedaris, Joyce Carol Oates, Bill Bryson and many more. Dave Eggers is someone great to see read. He usually has some sort of multimedia presentation going and is absolutely hilarious in his readings.
For major authors, plan on getting an hour before they hand out tickets (usually at 6:00 or 6:30). The tickets guarantee a spot in line for the signing. At the LoDo location, people line up near the bathrooms on the second floor, right before the entrance of the reading room. The reading room at the Cherry Creek location is the basement. Plan on lining up at the bottom of the stairs.
Readings are great entertainment for free. The authors usually read and answer questions for thirty minutes. They are often insightful and funny. It is a great way to spend the evening and come in contact with literary Colorado.
To see a list of upcoming authors at either location, visit www.tatteredcover.com. Click on TC Events to see a list of authors coming for the month.
From journal Literary Colorado