Phil Goodstein Live at Colfax

Join Tattered Cover as we welcome Phil Goodstein to our Colfax location on January 16th at 6pm to read from, discuss, and sign his new book Schools for a New Century. This event if free and no registration is required. Books will be available to purchase at the event.


This is volume three of a majestic study of Denver’s school system from the first classes in the area in 1859.  Volume one, The Denver School Book, outlines the rise of public education in the Mile High City from the time of the Pikes Peak gold rush until the retirement of the city’s longtime superintendent, Kenneth K. Oberholtzer in 1967.  He left behind festering problems that soon exploded into controversies about whether the schools provided equal educational opportunity.  This led to intense clashes over the need for integration and whether mandatory school busing was the way to achieve it.  That is the topic of volume two, The Denver School Busing Wars, 1967–1995.


Author Phil Goodstein is a Denver native who has churned out more than 20 volumes about the Mile High City.  Not only has he seen to it that the volume is very well illustrated but, as is his wont, he emphasizes history from the bottom up.  He explores controversies over the use of the Civic Center while emphasizing the way the different hopes and perspectives of various classes and economic interests have shaped the community.  In a word, The Denver Civic Center is not just a history of the land in and around the Civic Center, but it is a profile of Denver as a whole.  It is must reading for anybody seeking to grasp the nature of the Mile High City.

Event Location: 
Location: Colfax Avenue