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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Alex Caldiero: Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance. Book Release, Reading, and Signing.

Date: Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 PM
Location: Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 S 200 E, SLC, UT)

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. Alex will be available for signing at this event. 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 makes things that sometimes appear as language or pictures or music -- and then again, as the shape of your own mind. See the event details for biographical information about Alex Caldiero. This event is made possible with support from Ken Sanders Rare Books, saltfront, and Utah Humanities. This event is free.

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Rebecca Campbell: The Potato Eaters. Book Release and Signing (Art)

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

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. 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. This event is free.

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Good Ghost Bill

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. 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! 

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: http://escalantecanyonsartfestival.org/

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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