Tattered Cover Creates "Je Suis Charlie" Display and Conversation, Trying to Get Copies

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Today three million copies of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical weekly, hit the stands. And although this edition, the first to come out since terrorists killed twelve members of the magazine's staff, was snapped up fast in France this morning, the Tattered Cover hopes to make the issue available here.

"We're trying to obtain copies to provide to people," says store manager Katie Rothery. "We're not 100 percent sure we can get copies, but we have a waiting list." See also: Anythink Libraries Celebrate the Freedom to Read During Banned Book Week

The day following the attacks, Rothery and her colleagues put together a "Je Suis Charlie" window display by the front entrance of the store on East Colfax.

"We tried to pick comic art that was French," explains Rothery, "and also to touch on some of the other components of the conversation. This is certainly a tragedy, and in those moments we often grasp to try and understand our world a little better. So we picked books that hit on topics that people might want to know more about in relation to this particular event -- mostly focusing on the cartoon part and freedom of speech."

A giant cardboard pencil is suspended by the bookcase that houses the "Je Suis Charlie" display. Both the slogan, which translates to "I am Charlie," and the pencil became icons of solidarity following last Wednesday's attack.

"Tattered Cover has a long history of standing for free speech," says Rothery. "Years ago Joyce [Meskis, the owner] went to the Supreme Court about privacy rights of patrons. Someone was indicted; Joyce protected individual's privacy and First Amendment rights."

To be wait-listed for the new issue of Charlie Hebdo go to any of the three Tattered Cover stores. You can also send an e-mail with your full name and telephone number to books@tatteredcover.com.

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