The store features an art gallery, author readings, book signings, concerts and other exciting events. These events are hosted at:

Ken Sanders Rare Books
268 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT (Map it.)
(801) 521-3819

From poetry and prose to long lost explorers and modern day adventurers, from book fairs to art shows, you'll find it happening at Ken Sanders Rare Books.
Be sure to check out our current events and upcoming book fairs.

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Upcoming Events

Postcard Sale - By Popular Demand This Sale Has Been Extended Into the Fall
50,000 cards at 50 cents each. New cards every week!
Stop by often for best selection and to see new postcards as they arrive.
To purchase the entire collection, or the purchase the vintage wooden postcard case, contact Dennis Goreham at

Mon Sept 19, 2016, 6pm - Ken Sanders Speaking at the Northern California Chapter/Book Club of California Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Lecture Topic - The Mormons in California, in Print and in Person, Then and Now, but Mostly Then.
The event is jointly sponsored by the NCC and the Book Club of California, and will be held at the BBC's headquarters, 312 Sutter Street, Suite 500, in downtown San Francisco. A reception starts at 5:00pm, with Ken's talk beginning at 6:00pm. The quarterly chapter dinner meeting will follow about two blocks away at Le Central Bistro at 7:00pm.  

Tuesday September 27, 2016, 7pm. Alex Caldiero: Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance
Book Release, Reading, and Signing
At Ken Sanders Rare Books, Free
Ken Sanders Rare Books and saltfront Press are pleased to announce a book launch for Alex Caldiero's new collection of poems, Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance on Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 PM.
Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance is based on a pocket journal that poet Alex Caldiero kept with him during a six-day river trip on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon. In these poems, and the reproduced drawings that accompany, Caldiero explores how we simultaneously impinge upon, and give ourselves over to, a landscape. In these poems, our urban preconceptions falter and adapt to these places we call wild.
Teacher, polyartist, sonosopher, and scholar of humanities and inter-media, Caldiero has released many books through events at Ken Sanders Rare Books. He's a profound performer of poetry. Born in the ancient town of Licodia Eubea, near Catania, Sicily, he immigrated with his family to the United States at age nine. Raised in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY, he attended Queens College in Flushing, NY, and apprenticed to the sculptor-poet Michael Lekakis and the poet-bard Ignaziu Buttitta. Caldiero has traveled thru Sicily, Sardinia, Turkey and Greece collecting proverbs, tales, and folk instruments. He is co-founder of Arba Sicula, the society for the preservation of the Sicilian language and traditions. He is featured in the Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (Macmillan, London) and is co-recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and from Utah Performing Arts Tour. Awards include Best Poetry Award from the Association for Mormon Letters, and the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award for Literature.

Thursday September 29, 2016, 7pm. Rebecca Campbell: The Potato Eaters
Book Release and Signing
At Ken Sanders Rare Books, Free
Ken Sanders Rare Books is pleased to present Rebecca Campbell's book release, featuring her art. Rebecca will be speaking and available for signing at this event. This collection of work that includes oil on board, oil on canvas, and mixed media sculpture, is being shown at BYU. “The Potato Eaters” series is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s work of the same name as well as by her own family’s agrarian roots. Her mother and father were both raised on potato farms; black and white photos of that time and place serve as inspiration for many of the paintings in this series.
In 1885 van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo: “I really have wanted to make it so that people get the idea that these folk, who are eating their potatoes by the light of their little lamp, have tilled the earth themselves with these hands that they are putting in the dish, and so it speaks of manual labor and—that they have thus honestly earned their food.” As Europe in 1885 was already very much an industrial economy, one might be tempted to see van Gogh’s turn to the land as romantic or sentimental. I would suggest that this gesture of turning to the past to examine a more direct relationship between humans and the land is more accurately characterized as nostalgic.
With family roots in agrarian living, Rebecca and her siblings share the same rural western origin story and yet exemplify the current state of a divided America. Religion, politics, economics, and the land itself have fractured them. In this series she studies our history to celebrate our common ground while mourning the heartbreak of displacement and discord.
Rebecca Campbell received her MFA in painting and drawing in June 2001 from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at L.A. Louver Gallery, Ameringer-McEnery-Yohe, Gagosion Gallery, the Phoenix Art Museum, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, among other galleries and museums. Currently an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton, she has also taught at Art Center College of Design, Claremont Graduate University, Vermont College of Fine Art, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Campbell’s work is regularly presented at art fairs including Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, ARCO Madrid, and ADAA: The Art Show. Her work has been featured in publications including ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times, ART PAPERS, X-TRA, ARTWORKS Magazine, art ltd., The Huffington Post, and Artnet. She is represented by L.A. Louver Gallery.

Monday October 3, 2016, 7pm. Good Ghost Bill - Poetry
At Ken Sanders Rare Books, Free
Ken Sanders Rare Books and Utah Humanities present poet and performer Good Ghost Bill. This event is free and open to the public and is part of the 19th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival. Good Ghost Bill wowed audiences at this year’s Utah Arts Festival and is returning to Salt Lake for a repeat performance before his appearance at Literary Death Match the following night!
Good Ghost Bill is also known as Bill Moran. He was born half-Cherokee, half-Catholic, half-Voodoo. He therefore appreciates a good imagination, bad math, and dirty rice respectively. He started reading his words out loud and in front of strangers in a graffiti-church called Revolution, in the beautiful town of Bryan, Texas. He is an MFA poetry candidate at Louisiana State University and a former medic. He was the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion, has performed and taught poetry internationally, and served as president of a Texas poetry non-profit. His work can be found in Button Poetry (video), Phoebe, LUX, & others.

Saturday October 15, 2016, 7pm. Scott Abbott: Immortal for Quite Some Time
Book Release, Reading, and Signing
At Ken Sanders Rare Books, Free
Scott Abbott will be reading from his newly released book, Immortal for Quite Some Time, published by The University of Utah Press. He will be available for signing copies at this event.
This is a work that Scott Abbott calls a “fraternal meditation,” inspired by his relationship with his brother John, who died of AIDS in 1991, at the age of forty. Scott is a Professor of Integrated Studies, Philosophy and Humanities at Utah Valley University. His scholarly work includes literary-critical articles on Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Thomas Mann, Rilke, Grass, and Handke. He is the author of Fictions of Freemasonry: Freemasonry and the German Novel (Wayne State University Press)  and of two books with Žarko Radakovic: Ponanvljanje (Repetitions) and Vampiri & Razumni recnik (Vampires & A Reasonable Dictionary )--the English versions with punctum books, Brooklyn. With Sam Rushforth, he wrote the series “Wild Rides, Wild Flowers: Biking and Botanizing the Great Western Trail” which appeared for four years in Catalyst Magazine and then was published as a book with Torrey House Press: Wild Rides and Wildflowers: Philosophy and Botany with Bikes. Reviews of his work have appeared in The Bloomsbury Review, Open Letters Monthly, The Salt Lake Observer, and Catalyst Magazine.

Tuesday November 15, 2016, 7pm. James M. Aton: The Art and Life of Jimmy Jones
Book Release, Reading, and Signing
At Ken Sanders Rare Books, Free
In a dynamic slide show, James M. Aton will take the audience through artist Jimmie Jones' remarkable life and art, focusing on his signature achievements: his stunning landscapes of southern Utah and Grand Canyon. These pieces of art are the focus of James' most recent book, The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones; Landscape Artist of the Canyon Country.
The book has recently won two awards: The Evans Handcart Award for biography from the Mountain West Center at Utah State University and “Best Art Book of the Year from 15 Bytes, Utah’s Art Magazine.
James M. Aton has been a professor of English at Southern Utah University for 36 years. He has published six book on the Colorado Plateau, two of them about Jimmie Jones.


Recurring Events

Ken Sanders Appearing Live on Antiques Roadshow

Ken Sanders Rare Books is pleased to announce that Ken Sanders is an often featured appraiser in episodes of Antiques Roadshow. Watch for Ken Sanders in the upcoming season. Air times and additional information can be found at the Antiques Roadshow website.

Part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, five-time Emmy® Award-nominated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is PBS's highest-rated series. ROADSHOW is seen by almost 11 million viewers each week.

In each hour-long ROADSHOW episode, specialists from the country's leading auction houses -- Bonhams and Butterfields, Christie's, Doyle New York, Skinner and Sotheby's -- and independent dealers from across the nation offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cameras capture tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds. For more information on the show, please visit their website.

Book and Collectible Fairs

We will be exhibiting at the following book fairs. Hope you can join us!

Escalante Canyons Art Festival

Friday 23 - Saturday 24, 2016
Ken Sanders Rare Books will have a booth indoors at the old high school gymnasium during the vendor hours at the Escalante Canyons Art Festival. The collection of books includes Regional and Utah and western history. Colorado River, Colorado Plateau, Everett Ruess, John Wesley Powell, etc. Books, maps, photographs. Including many rarities such as first editions of Powells journey down the Colorado and Claence Dutton's tertiary History of the Grand Canyon.  We will also be selling Scott Thybony's new book on disappearances in Southeastern Utah in the 1930s, The Disappearances. Scott Thybony will be a featured speaker at the festival and will be available to sign his books. Festival Website: