In the Denver area, we are fortunate to enjoy the services of the Tattered Cover. It is not only a remarkable independent bookstore, but is easily one of the finest bookstores in the United States. Speaking at the Tattered Cover when a book is published is an honored passage relished by authors near and far from all levels of experience. When you present at the Tattered Cover, you are treated like literary royalty as you are asked to sign one of their volumes of ledgers, a treasured collection of author signatures over the years, and then sign your own books for those purchasing them and awaiting the magical personalized touch of your signature.
Last weekend, I attended my friend Linda Wommack’s presentation regarding her latest book, Colorado’s Landmark Hotels, published by Filter Press. It is a wonderful collection about majestic Colorado hotels which have endured over the years, allowing visitors enjoyment of the past and the nostalgic atmosphere they maintain. Accompanying the book is a music CD by Jon Chandler, a talented country singer of ballads with historic themes, which is icing on the cake of this beautiful book. I’ve visited many of the listed hotels during my years living in Colorado, and I have already made a reservation to check into another one during my presentation schedule this summer.
When asked how the project came about, Linda said this:
Who doesn’t love a Victorian hotel?
That was sort of the starting point of point as I began my research for “Colorado’s Landmark Hotels.” So much of my early reading included hotels that had been destroyed or demolished for one reason or another. I wanted this book to include hotels that were open to the public so that I could tell their story, hopefully in a way that the reader would like to visit these historic treasures. In further research, I learned there are only 30 hotels in the state that have either State or National Historic Preservation status.
From the tiny four room Creede Hotel to the five-star Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, each hotel has it’s own character, charm, and yes, history. I hope people will enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed the research and writing. And maybe they will have a hotel road trip in their future!
Thank you, Linda, for providing this wonderful and fun resource!
Joyce Lohse, www.LohseWorks.com