Joyce was one of two additions to the FTRF Roll of Honor in 2002.
Joyce is a legend in the book community both for the remarkable story of the independent Tattered Cover Book Store, which she has owned since 1974, and for her fierce advocacy against censorship. Meskis garnered national attention in 2002 when the Colorado Supreme Court upheld her challenge to a court order directing her to turn over private patron records related to a drug investigation. Meskis is a former board member of FTRF and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and a founder of Colorado Citizens Against Censorship.
Joyce is a recipient of The William J. Brennan, Jr. Award from the The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, the PEN/Newman First Amendment Award, the Brandeis Award from Privacy International, and the ALA IFRT Phillip Immroth Memorial Award.
By defending your customers’ right to privacy and protecting the confidentiality of their reading records, you began an important and historic trip to the Colorado Supreme Court, which established a crucial precedent to be heeded nationwide. THANK YOU, Joyce Meskis, for having the courage to stand behind your convictions and refusing to bargain away basic freedoms.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment to the First Amendment and its principles of free expression and free access to information. You have exemplified these principles as a former board member of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, a founder of Colorado Citizens Against Censorship, and a champion of intellectual freedom, often in the face of strong opposition.
Thank you, Joyce, for your efforts to bring booksellers and librarians together, building bridges between two groups with common challenges and passions. Your gifts as a civic leader and community builder have earned you a special place in the hearts of librarians everywhere.
Thank you, Joyce, for the strength of your convictions and your neverending willingness to fight for them.
Gordon M. Conable, President Judith F. Krug, Executive Director Atlanta, GA June 2002