Joyce Meskis: Her Tattered Cover Bookstore Became a Destination for Book Lovers

From a Washington Post obit by Michael S. Rosenwald headlined “Joyce Meskis, whose Tattered Cover became a destination for book lovers, dies at 80”:

Joyce Meskis, who as a single mother in 1974 bought the struggling Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver and transformed it into one of the nation’s most successful literary emporiums with a cozy living-room vibe later emulated by other independent bookstores, died at her home in Denver.

Almost like a short story that swells into a doorstopper-size novel, Ms. Meskis grew the 950-foot square shop in Denver that she bought for less than $30,000 into a behemoth with several hundred employees and annual revenue estimated at more than $20 million.