A Shorter E-version of Our Bi-Monthly Print Newsletter
July - August 2017

Weller Book Works
607 Trolley Square  801.328.2586

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Casual book talk and news with Catherine. 
Every Tuesday 
10-11 am
at Coffee Connection in Trolley Square

Craft Circle and casual nerdy conversation.
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday 
6-8 pm 
July 11 & 25 
and August 8 & 22
Book lovers come together for sharing and conversation. Light refreshments will be served.
On July 28 and August 25, our own Jos é Knighton and Catherine Weller, respectively, will lead the Collectors' Chat.   
Last Friday of every month
6:30-9 pm
Collectors' Chat 7:30 pm


From Tony Weller 
Weller Book Works:
88 Years!

In August, Weller Book Works will complete 88 years of business. Since 1929 we have bought and sold books in Salt Lake City. We are in our fifth location here in Trolley Square. There are many interesting chapters in our history. If you'd like to learn more about us, a brief history of our bookstore is available on our website, wellerbookworks.com. The book trade is very different than it used to be, and harder. The paradigm shift that occurred in the 1990s is old news now. Even our move here in 2012 now feels like history. But every time I walk into our bookstore, I feel excited. It warms my heart that so many remember and loved our last location. Nearly no-one remembers the previous three on 2 nd and 1 st South. What pleases me most, is the persons who love us for who and what we are today. Thank you for enabling us to help you with your books. We are pleased that so many of you appreciate what we do.
While tying a shoe recently, I realized that I have worked in this bookstore for more than half its history and for 80% of my life.

Gustave Weller, Tony's grandfather, in front of the store's second location on 100 South in the 1930s.

Read more of Tony's articles by picking up a physical copy of Text Block in our store. 
July & August Events
Books and Bridges: professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond, Terryl Givens, will speak on how the idea of the preexistence of the human soul has evolved and persisted in Ancient Greek and Near-Eastern cultures, and how it resurfaced during the Romantic period and still exists today. He will base his lecture on his book When Souls Had Wings , published by Oxford University.
Books and Bridges : Michael Kelly , BYU Professor of Russian, will present a lecture on questions of faith and doubt in The Brothers Karamazov , by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
kitches of the great midwest Wine Drinkers with Reading Problems Book Club at We Olive . For the July meeting we'll be reading Kitchens of the Great Midwest , by J. Ryan Stradel. Lars Thorvald, after his wife leaves him, is determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter Eva. Each chapter tells the story of one dish and one character and represents a step in Eva's journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club.
shakespeare Helen Keezer reads and signs Shakespeare's True Love . When eighteen-year-old William Shakespeare meets twenty-six-year-old Anne Hathaway, he is a frustrated apprentice in his father's leather shop. His only passion in life is writing and women. Though he seems to fall in love with every new girl he meets, and despite advice from his friend, Hamnet Sadler, William decides to pursue the free-spirited Anne.
bbq Books and Cooks Culinary Competition: Grill Off . Our new event and quarterly competition, in partnership with We Olive! After pies and cupcakes, this time we'll be judging grilling skills. To participate or be a potential judge, contact our event coordinator, Lane, at lane@wellerbookworks.com. An audience is also wanted to witness and taste. The event will take place on the We Olive patio in Trolley Square.
life without a recipe Wine Drinkers with Reading Problems Book Club at We Olive . Our group will meet to talk about Life Without a Recipe: A Memoir by Diana Abu-Jaber . Caught between German and Arab cultures and lavished with contradictory advice from both sides of her family, Diana spent years learning how to ignore others' well-intentioned prescriptions. 
Best Weller's Pick for July-August
20% Off 
American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World 
David Baron
Review by Frank Pester
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publisher's Price: $27.95
Our Price $22.36

On a hot day in July 1878, the Moon's shadow passed over the desolate Montana landscape. It had done so in the past, but this time there was a strange gathering of three scientists: American Astronomers who braved the wild frontier in search of fame. One of them was Thomas Edison, the young inventor of the phonograph, followed by the press. Another was James Craig Watson, trying to prove the existence of a planet between the Sun and Mercury. And the third one was Maria Mitchell, leading a group of women pushed aside by the mainly male dominated new field of science. They were among the wild characters that had made the West their home.
David Baron weaves a suspenseful and entertaining tale, that is based on science but is more of a historical take on the emerging, still wide, West. The Gilded Age was just beginning and Astronomy in the States was still young.
Edison sought the eclipse to test out his newly invented Tasimeter, which could detect minute variables of heat. He would go on to create the first commercial light bulb. Watson caught a glance of the mysterious Vulcan. And Vassar astronomer Mitchell did much to promote women's work in science. And all of this happened in a West that still had Indian wars and train robberies The myth of the last days of the Wild West come alive in this story.
American Eclipse is timely, for once again the Moon's shadow will darken the earth of the West. This August, the total Solar eclipse will be near our area. This would make a great book to read while traveling to see our era's eclipse or for a History buff who also reads science. And who knows, but you might run into the author.
Rare Book Spotlight
The fame of Scribner's popular Illustrated Classics was largely driven by buyers' love of illustrator, N. C. Wyeth , who illustrated more than 20 books in the series. In the 1990s, Easton Press began reissuing these beloved editions in leather bindings with gilt décor. Here are five of the best known works:
  • Robin Hood by Paul Cheswick. $90
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. $150
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. $100
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. $150
  • The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne . $150
Weller Book Quirk
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