If you love books, writing, literature in general, or exploring the backgrounds of famous novels, you'll find many places of interest in Colorado. From writing workshops to world-class book shops, our state has much to interest the fan of good writing.
The Tattered Cover
The Tattered Cover bookstore has several locations in the Denver area, but the first and best store is on 16th Street in LoDo. A great destination for writers and readers alike, the bookstore has a coffee shop on the first level and two levels filled with books and magazines. Take a seat in a comfy chair to check out your latest purchase, or find a hidden nook to compose your latest epic. The Tattered Cover hosts book clubs and story times as well as events featuring well-known and local authors. For the full calendar of events as well as directions, see http://www.tatteredcover.com.
Stephen King connections
If you're a Stephen King fan, two Colorado locations are must-visits. The first is the Stanley Hotel, located near Rocky Mountain National Park. This hotel, considered one of the most haunted locations in America, inspired King's book “The Shining.” Drop by to take in the spooky atmosphere, or book a Ghost Adventure Package at http://www.stanleyhotel.com.
To continue your Stephen King tour, visit the Boulderado hotel in Boulder. Built in 1909, the Boulderado is featured in King's book “Misery” as Paul Sheldon's favored writing location. Boulder itself is also heavily featured in “The Stand.” Find out more about the Boulderado at http://boulderado.com.
In the footsteps of Hunter S. Thompson
Though born in Kentucky, Hunter S. Thompson lived in Colorado for nearly 40 years. Woody Creek Tavern in Woody Creek near Aspen served as one of his favorite local hangouts. The tavern hosts a letter Thompson wrote to them, and can boast that it was the location where Johnny Depp met the creator of the character he played in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Find information and directions at http://www.woodycreektavern.com.
Denver Public Library
The Denver Public Library features one of the largest collections of Western history and genealogy in the U.S. Accessible both on-site and online, the collection features biographies, photographs, art, maps, building plans and numerous other items sure to please the most meticulous researcher. Learn more about the taming of the West or drop by to visit the library's huge collection and in-house coffee shop. For directions, hours and other information, see http://denverlibrary.org. The library also offers a range of workshops and classes.
Take a writing class in Telluride
Telluride Literary Arts sponsors poetry readings and writing classes in Telluride. From free poetry classes at local libraries to a five-day women's art and writing retreat, the organization offers venues for creative output throughout the year. Drop in on a poetry reading or take a class to hone your own writing skills. Check out their website at http://tellurideliteraryarts.weebly.com for information on upcoming events.
Colorado has understandably inspired numerous literary figures through the years. Follow their trails or forge your own path through a new literary landscape and let our picturesque state inspire your own adventures and creations for a fall you'll never forget.
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