Local historian Faulkner writes that she was asked by the History Press to produce a collection of ghost stories about the Brown; instead, she persuaded her editor to consider a gathering of some of the prominent, notorious and obscure women who've frequented (if not haunted) Denver's premiere hotel. The result is an entertaining though not entirely unfamiliar glimpse of goings-on at the Brown from the distaff side of things.
Some of the guests wandering through Faulkner's pages, such as Augusta Tabor, Molly Brown and the infamous Isabel Springer (the hot corner of a love triangle that led to a shooting in the hotel bar), have been scrutinized in greater detail elsewhere. But it's fun to read about Joan Baez arriving there just as the Beatles hit town, or staff scrambling to find Zsa Zsa Gabor's lost kitten, or how the Ship's Tavern got its ships.
There's even some interesting vignettes about in-house musicians, elevator operators and other staffers from eras goneby, drawing on the hotel's own historical archives.
Faulkner will be signing books and talking about the Brown's grand dames Thursday night, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street.