Ken Sanders Rare Books is a full service antiquarian bookshop in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Our hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 10AM to 6PM. 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.

Ken Sanders is included in a discussion on community and living in Salt Lake City, UT,
on KRCL Community Radio's Show: Radio Active, August 29, 2016, hosted by Lara Jones.
Listen to the discussion at: KRCL - RADIO ACTIVE

Featured Events

Postcard Sale

Date: Wednesday, June 15th at 10:00 AM
Location: Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 S 200 E, SLC, UT)

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND THE POSTCARD SALE IS EXTENDED INTO THE FALL! 50,000 cards at 50 cents each, with new cards added every week. Stop by often for best selection and to see new postcards as they arrive. If interested in purchasing the entire postcard collection, please contact Dennis Gorehan through: dgoreham@gmail.com. Dennis is also selling the vintage postcard cabinet pictured; a solid wood, double-sided cabinet with 16 drawers.

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Good Ghost Bill with Special Guests RJ Walker, Adam Love and Ben Barker

Date: Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM
Location: Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 S 200 E, SLC, UT)

Ken Sanders Rare Books and Utah Humanities present poet and performer Good Ghost Bill. Special guest poets RJ Walker, Adam Love, and Ben Barker will be opening the show. 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.

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Scott Abbott: Immortal for Quite Some Time. Book Release, Reading, and Signing.

Date: Saturday, October 15th at 7:00 PM
Location: Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 S 200 E, SLC, UT)

Scott Abbott will be reading from his newly released book, Immortal for Quite Some Time, published by The University of Utah Press. Scott 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. The book shares the fragmented structure of Peter Handke’s A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, a self-conscious struggle to write about his mother after her suicide, and of Susan Griffin’s remarkable investigation into the violent public and private consequences of silence, A Chorus of Stones. In fits and starts he sketches his versions of a lonely, funny, talented, hard-luck, bisexual, ex-Mormon and his ostensibly more stable brother. For further information about Scott Abbott, see the event details. This event is free.

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James M. Aton - Book Release and Signing - The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones

Date: Tuesday, November 15th at 5:00 PM
Location: Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 S 200 E, SLC, UT)

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.

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Book Fairs, Festivals, Collectible Shows, and Catalogues

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

October 1-2, 2016
The Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo and Paper Fair
Ken Sanders will be present at a booth during this book fair, held at the
Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green St, Pasadena, CA
Book Fair Website: LINK

October 8-9, 2016
The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair
Ken Sanders will be present at a booth during this book fair, held at the
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer, St, Seattle, WA
Book Fair Website: LINK

October 23-24, 2016
Oklahoma Society of Fans Annual Comic Book Show and Sale Exhibit
Ken Sanders will be present at this event held at the
Embassy Suites Hotel, I-25 and 24t St, Norman, OK
Event Website: LINK

October 28-30, 2016
Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair
Ken Sanders will be present at a booth at this event held at the
Hyne's Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA
Event Website: LINK

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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