A Favorite Bookstore Moves

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
If you love books, you probably have a favorite book store — or used to anyway. We have lost many independent stores over the years to the giant chains.

Some of us remember the days when you'd walk into a store and the well-read clerk could steer you in the direction of new books or even old one's she felt you might like.

I first experienced that at a place called The Tattered Cover in Denver. Folks there read and loved books and we patrons felt like family. We even pitched in to help carry books down the street when the store moved to a bigger space years ago.

So I was very concerned when I learned this week that The Tattered Cover was closing to escape the high rent district that has blossomed around it. A new Tattered Cover will open a couple of miles away, and again, customers will help move the books.

Joyce Meskis, the owner, is one of my heroes. A champion of the First Amendment. A person who knows that the value of the written word transcends profit.

I wish I could be there to help.

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By Harry Smith
By Harry Smith