Literary Arts

Passages: Sam Wellers, Library Sale & Utah Book Award

Passage at Sam Weller's Bookstore

View of Passage at Sam Weller’s Bookstore

Over eighty years after they first began, Sam Weller’s Bookstore is still in business and in the process of moving to their new 10,000 square foot location at Trolley Square Mall. They’ll be leaving their long-time space at the historic David Keith Building on Salt Lake’s Main Street later this month. And like anyone who has to move, their not eager to pack up and transport all their books, so they are having a sale: 20% off used and rare; 30% off 10 used or rare and 50% off the new sale section.

To mark the passage from one phase to the next of Utah’s largest bookstore, Stephanie Leitch spent the weekend hanging Passage: A Tribute to Place, a farewell exhibition  exploring themes of passage-as transition, architecture and the written word. The exhibit features new site-specific works by Jared Clark, Cara Despain, Tessa Lindsay, Brian Patterson, Claire Taylor and Patrick Weeks. The exhibit is up through November 5th.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for at Sam Weller, you should try the semi-annual Friends of the Library booksale at the Salt Lake Main Library (in the basement). On Monday hardbacks are $.50 and paperback $.25. On Tuesday fill a bag with books for just $5.

Once the library unloads all their books, they’ll be getting ready for the Utah Book Awards. Finalists for the Utah Book Awards in the Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry categories will be reading passages from their works on Wednesday, October 19 (7-9pm, 4th floor).

Fiction Finalists:
Danse Macabre by Gerald Elias (see a review in this month’s edition of 15 Bytes)
The Summer Son by Craig Lancaster
Sarah/Sara by Jacob Paul

Nonfiction Finalists:
Becoming Pablo O’Higgins by Susan Vogel
Quotidiana by Patrick Madden
Traces of Fremont by Steven R. Simms

Poetry Finalists:
Giving Way by Shawn Fawson
Knowing Time by Light by Joel Long
Torch Song Tango Choir by Julie Sophia Paegle

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