We will also be open until 9:00 PM for December Gallery Stroll, this Friday, December 5th.
The book shop is bulging with an overflow of books, prints, posters, maps, and postcards. Come take a look!
Ken Sanders Rare Books Catalogue #48 is NOW AVAILABLE.
Print copies are also available. Please contact us if you would like to receive a print copy by mail (no charge). firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We will be exhibiting at the following book fairs in this winter, hope to see you there!
January 31 - February 1
Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair
Pasadena Convention Center - 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA
48th California Int'l Antiquarian Book Fair
Oakland Marriott City Center - 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA
Ken Sanders Rare Books will be seeking a new home.
July 15, 2014Dear 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.