Ken Sanders Rare Books is a full-service antiquarian bookshop in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Our hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. We carry a vast selection of used and rare books, along with a few new books. We also carry an ever-changing inventory of art, ephemera, maps, photography, and postcards. We specialize in the fields of Utah & the Mormons, Western & Native Americana, Explorations & Travels, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Modern First Editions, Literature & Poetry, Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, B. Traven, Wordless Novels, and Children's & Illustrated Books. We actively purchase and appraise books and collections.

Ken Sanders Rare Books is open Monday - Saturday (Closed Sundays), 10am - 6pm.
We are closed on the following holidays...
New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

NEWS! Ken Sanders has written a reminiscence of the meeting of Edward Abbey and R. Crumb 
that took place in Arches National Park, over 30 years ago.
This piece, with accompanying photos by Vicki Barker, has been published in The Canyon Country Zephyr.

FEATURED! Ozy.com's online video article about Ken Sanders.                                    
"The World's Most Adorable Book Collector May Live in Utah"

Featured Events

Nuclear Impact Utah - Poets on the Nuclear West

Date: Saturday, April 29th at 7:00 PM
Location: Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 S 200 E, SLC, UT)

April 29th is Independent Bookstore Day! Celebrate with local bookstores everywhere by attending the event at our bookstore on this date.

Ken Sanders Rare Books presents "Nuclear Impact Utah: Poets in the Nuclear West," a reading celebrating the publication of Shabda Press' new anthology, Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, compiled by Teresa Mei Chuc.

This event is free and open to the public.

Featured readers will include Nuclear Impact contributors, Amy Brunvand, Trish Hopkinson, Michael McLane, Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, and C. Wade Bentley. In addition, portions of the documentary Downwinders, by Tim Skousen and Tyler Bastian, will be screened.

The political rhetoric around nuclear weapons has ramped up significantly during the Trump administration. Saber rattling, in the U.S. and beyond, has reached levels not seen in decades. Many people think of nuclear testing, fallout, and the Cold War arms race as distant history, but these stories ore ongoing and evolving.

Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands present the symphonic voices of 163 poets living throughout the United States and world, in places such as India, Britain, Ireland, Canada, Philippines, Japan, South Africa, Guam, Singapore, Poland, Australia, France, Vietnam, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Germany, China and Pakistan, on the impact of nuclear power and warfare on human life and the planet. The poems in the anthology take us through Navajo-Hopi reservations, the Nevada desert, Los Alamos, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Three Mile Island, Trinity, air raid drills, Chernobyl, Pripyat, Ogoturuk Valley, Alaska, Fukushima, nuclear testing in India and Pakistan, and more. Through the words and clarity of these poets, we see the reach of nuclear impact from the desert to the far reaches of the Arctic.

Downwinders tells the tragic story of the people who lived downwind from the nuclear test site in Nevada in the 50s and 60s. No one would listen to their plight until it was rumored that one of the victims of the fallout was John Wayne, who was in the area shooting the ill-fated film THE CONQUEROR for Howard Hughes. It tells the story of the people of the Southwest and beyond whose lives were changed forever after the government decided to use them as "human guinea pigs" and also attempts to find the answer to the question: Did the government kill John Wayne?

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David Lee and Nancy Takacs - Poetry Reading and Book Signing

Date: Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 PM
Location: Ken Sanders Rare Books

Ken Sanders Rare Books is proud to welcome David Lee and Nancy Takacs to the store. David Lee is Utah’s first poet laureate and known familiarly as “The Pig Poet of Paragonah”. He will be reading from his new book, Bluebonnets, Firewheels, and Brown-Eyed Susans or Poems New and Used from the Bandera Rag and Bone Shop. Nancy Takacs is the recipient of several poetry awards and professor emeritus at Utah State University Eastern in Price. She has two new books out which she will be reading from, The Worrier: Poems and Red Voice.

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Join Ken Sanders and Kate MacLeod on a Cataract Canyon River Trip

Date: Monday, June 26th at 12:00 AM
Location: On the River - Cataract Canyon

For the week of June 26-July 1, 2017, Colorado River and Trail Expeditions is hosting a special music, history, and lore river trip. There will be storytelling and poetry reading from Ken Sanders, and music from Kate MacLeod. Performances inspired by the landscape, delightful sing-a-longs, tall tales, and true stories will be regular fare through the trip. Visit this site for detailed information: www.crateinc.com.

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Book Fairs, Festivals, Speaking, Collectible Shows, and Catalogues

May 6 & 7, 2017
Rocky Mountain Antique Festival
South Towne Expo Center
9375 State St., Sandy, UT 84070

August 4 (2pm-8pm) & 5 (10am-5pm), 2017
The 33rd Annual Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair
The Denver Mart 
I-25 & 58th Avenue, Denver, CO 80216

September 29th-30th, 2017
Escalante Canyons Art Festival
Escalante, UT 


Mini-Catalogue: Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová
A selection of rare works from the Czech artist dubbed "the first woman graphic novelist" by the
National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Click here or on the image below to view.

E-Catalogue #3: Signed Art and Photography Books
From Ansel Adams to Wavy Gravy, our latest e-catalogue is full of great signed finds. 
Click here or on the image below to view.


E-Catalogue #2: Signed Comic Books, Illustrated Books, and Children's Books
Featuring rare items by Charles Burns, Edward Gorey, Gary Panter, Maurice Sendak, and more!
Everything in this catalogue is signed by the author or artist. Many items have original art drawn-in by the artist as well.

**You may view, download, or print a copy of the catalogue HERE!**

E-Catalogue #1: Alice in Wonderland
& the works of Lewis Carroll.



Ken Sanders Rare Books Catalogue #48 is NOW AVAILABLE.


To view a copy of the catalogue, please CLICK HERE.

Print copies are now out of print. Please contact us if you have any questions. books@kensandersbooks.com

Catalogue #48 features new acquisitions in the fields of Utah & the Mormons, Native & Western Americana, Maps & Photographs, and Illustrated Books & Wordless Novels. Catalogue 48 also features some fantastic original artworks for sale, and an exciting Charles Bukowski archive.




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