Ken Sanders Rare Books is a full service antiquarian bookshop in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. We carry an ever-changing inventory of art, ephemera, maps, photography, and postcards in addition to a vast selection of used and rare books along with a few new books. We also purchase and appraise books. New arrivals and acquisitions are posted to the KSRB website first on Saturday mornings. The inventory will then be posted to the other sites we use abebooks.com, alibris.com, and biblio.com later in the following week. 

We have a lot of our inventory online, but many of the items in our store never get catalogued, so be sure to visit our downtown shop (268 South 200 East, SLC, UT) or call us (801-521-3819) if you are searching for something in particular.

Our inventory is diverse, and our specialties include Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, B. Traven, Utah and the Mormons, Modern First Editions, Grand Canyon, Colorado River & Colorado Plateau, Western Americana, Native Americans, The Intermountain West, Southwest, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Wilderness & National Parks, Public Lands, the Environment, Explorations & Surveys, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and the Literary West.

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Sonosopher Alex Caldiero Channels Edgar Allan Poe at Ken Sanders Rare Books

Date: Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM
Location: Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 S 200 E, SLC, UT)

Ken Sanders Rare Books presents…

The Sonosopher Alex Caldiero Channeling Edgar Allan Poe

Ken Sanders Rare Books is pleased to announce a performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s works by Sonosopher Alex Caldiero, starting at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 22nd at our downtown bookstore (268 South 200 East, SLC, UT). This event is free and open to the public.

Alex Caldiero says, “In October of 1849 Edgar Allan Poe passed out of this world. To commemorate this event, I will attempt to resuscitate the presence of Poe through Sonosophy, the practice of sound-mind. Selected pieces from the work of Poe will serve as a medium for this essay into the preternatural realm of the word.”

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For more information about this event, please contact: Ken Sanders Rare Books | 268 South 200 East, SLC, UT | 801-521-3819 | books@dreamgarden.com | www.kensandersbooks.com | Facebook: Ken Sanders Rare Books | Twitter: @kensandersbooks

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Ken Sanders Rare Books will be seeking a new home.

July 15, 2014

Dear Friends and Patrons of Ken Sanders Rare Books,

Sometime in the next 3-5 years our bookshop will be relocating. Over the past year our landlord has thrown us (and the rest of our East Broadway neighbors) under the developmental bus. The entire northwest corner at 300 South and 200 East has been taken over by a real estate developer. We have enjoyed being here for the past seventeen years and I have always known that this day would come. The low rent that we have paid over the years here has enabled the bookshop to grow from a small operation, with my daughter Melissa and myself being the only employees, to a large thriving bookshop with six full-time employees: Kent & Katie Tschanz, Travis Low, Esther Cannon, James Long and myself -- along with Melissa Sanders part-time and doing her own thing with Red Queen Book Arts, which is just around the corner from us and will likewise be affected by the development. 

We would very much like to stay in the downtown area, but we may not be able to afford it. Bookshops have traditionally thrived in low rent districts of downtown areas in cities across America. We require lots of square footage, but can't afford to pay market rates. Going forward, we would like to find a new home with 4,000 - 6,000 square feet of space and ample parking. We believe we have at least three years to find a new home, but we have already started to look around for available spaces that will work for us.

Don't be alarmed by this news; the bookshop is healthy and thriving. In many ways a new home will enable us to go forward to the next generation. I am committed to the process of finding a new home for us, prior to my fading off into the sunset. We have teamed up with Vasilios Priskos and his Internet Properties team. No one knows downtown real estate better than Vasilios and we are hopeful that he and his team can get us into that fabled new home. Given our needs for lots of space at a modest rate, it isn't going to be easy. I invite any of you to be a part of the process, and when the time comes, we'll be sure to call upon you to come help us move all of these bloody books! Better yet, come buy them now and that problem will be solved!


Ken Sanders, on behalf of Kent & Katie Tschanz, Travis Low, Esther Cannon, James Long, and of course, Melissa Sanders.

Katie Lee's new book, The Ghosts of Dandy Crossing, is now available from Dream Garden Press! 

Customers may order the book here. If you are a bookseller, please contact us directly via e-mail or phone for bulk ordering.

"Katie is an un-equaled storyteller, one of our most important folk singers for the last seventy years, and a writer-activist who has always been on the front lines of the vanishing West. She rode the rivers, and has lived what others only dream of. To read Katie Lee is to read great and true history not besotted with the bullshit of academic historians." -Tom Russell.

We will be exhibiting at the following book fairs in this winter, hope to see you there!

Houston Book Fair

November 8th

Saturday, 10am-5pm

Museum of Printing History - Houston, TX


Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

November 14th - 16th

Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday Noon-7pm, Sunday, Noon-5pm

Hynes Convention Center - Boston, MA




Catalogue #47 is here!

You can view and download a copy of Catalogue 45 here.

If you would like a physical copy of the catalogue mailed to you (free of charge),
please contact us!

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