A Word from Catherine
Imagine something with me. Let’s close our eyes and picture a day - a very special day - that celebrates independent bookstores and the readers who frequent them. What would it look like?
Well, because indie bookstores are independent (of course!) each store would be decorated differently. Balloons perhaps. Each store would have activities of some kind or another. Say, a prize wheel and face painting. Oh, and each store would have special items available on that day only to people who actually came in the doors to join in the fun. I’m thinking maybe something like pins in the shape of Toni Morrison’s or Neil Gaiman’s heads, or perhaps a vinyl record album of Charles Bukowski reading selected works. Maybe for the kids there could be a signed edition of the latest Ada Twist Questioneers series that comes with an iron-on patch or a signed edition of The Girl Who Drank the Moon with an exclusive sticker.

Wait a minute! We don’t have to imagine. Independent Bookstore Day is real! It’s on the last Saturday of April annually, this year April 27. Weller Book Works will indeed have a prize wheel, face painting, and special merchandise for that day. Tony will make Custom Bone Garb from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. You can select from a variety of stencils and have them applied to an item you bring. Kids can illustrate their own books all day long.

The Utah IBD Passport will return this year with a bigger prize than ever. Pick up a passport and visit all 4 participating stores (Weller Book Works, The Kings English, Printed Garden, and Booked on 25 th ) to get a stamp from each. Visit your favorite store last because that’s the store that will enter your completed passport into a drawing to win a 20% discount on purchases from that store for a full year .

Some people can only imagine independent brick-and-mortar bookstores in their communities. They can only dream of places that care about books and people in equal measure, where booksellers can provide recommendations or leave one alone to browse for hours, places staffed by people who prize their towns and cities as much as profits. Independent bookstores don’t survive, never mind thrive, without loyal customers who choose to keep them in business. And that is what Independent Bookstore Day is all about: celebrating the bonds between indie stores and their communities. Please, come celebrate with us.
There are rhythms to bookselling, such as the holiday giving seasons, and the season that is now upon us: Moms, Dads & Grads. Isn’t it cool that there’s someone to honor each month for the next three months? One of the best ways to pay tribute to that special person in your life is to give a book. Remember, when you give a book you can give a person an escape, a different world with robots, a deep dive into history, a sense of human intellectual history, beautiful pictures, or a lot of laughs. We’ll have lots of new gift ideas - books and merchandise - on display beginning mid-April.
1.Fight Evil, Read Books enamel pin, $12
2.Atlas Obscura's Literary Wonders , FREE
3.Signed Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants plus free iron-on patch, $12.99
These items and more are
only available on
Saturday, April 27 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Come help us celebrate what it means to be indie!

Tony's Rare Book Spotlight
Great first edition of Harrison Clifford Dale’s 1918 Ashley-Smith Explorations and the Discovery of the Central Route to the Pacific 1822-1829 , published by Arthur H. Clark. Mountain men William H. Ashley and Jedidiah Strong Smith are among the most storied of explorers of the American West. Ashley plotted the route from St. Louis to the Great Salt Lake. Jedidiah Smith followed the Colorado River to the Mojave Desert and explored California and Oregon up the Columbia River, as well as crossed the Great Basin and the Sierra Nevadas.

Harrison Dale’s 1918 history gained new perspectives from then recently discovered journals and letters.

Folding color frontispiece map. Uncommon in such good condition.

Ashley-Smith Explorations and the Discovery of the Central Route to the Pacific 1822-1829, $150

April Events
BREAKFAST CLUB - Join our lead new book buyer and raconteuse, Catherine Weller, for book news and conversation every Tuesday morning. The Breakfast Club meets from 10:00 - 11:00 AM at the Coffee Connection.

LIT KNIT - Do you craft? Do you like books and casual conversation? Join our bi-weekly craft circle held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

COLLECTORS' BOOK SALON - Book lovers of all passions gather in the Rare Book Room each final Friday of the month, January through October for the Collectors' Book Salon. Glasses are filled and socializing begins at 6:30, and at 7:15 an invited guest presents a chat on a topic of her or his particularly bibliopassion.
WESTMINSTER COLLEGE:  We're selling books at the Utah Poetry Festival, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM. Hear from Utah's great poets and buy their books!

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!  Join in the festivities at Weller Book Works from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM with exclusive merchandise you can only get on Independent Bookstore Day plus face painting, a prize wheel, custom Bone Garb, a raffle for an elaborate Bone piece to be completed later, and our famous IBD Passport.
The Collectors’ Book Salon on April 26 th  will feature our friend, colleague, and noted collector Brent Ashworth. This Salon will include a signing of the book  Show and Tell: A Unique Journey through History from the Life of Brent Ashworth  by Traci McFarland Fieldsted, published in 2017. Ashworth will speak and will show select treasures from his remarkable collection.

In the 1990s, Ellen Meloy wrote and recorded a series of audio essays for KUER, NPR Utah. Every few months, she traveled to their Salt Lake City studios from her red rock home in Bluff to read an essay or two. With understated humor and sharp insight, Meloy illuminated our human connection to nature and challenged listeners to examine the world anew. Seasons: Desert Sketches is a compilation of these essays, transcribed from their original cassette tape recordings. Whether Meloy ponders geese in Desolation Canyon or people at the local post office, readers will delight in her signature wit and charm—and feel the pull of the desert she loved and defended.

On Wednesday, May 1 a panel will gather at Weller Book Works to reminisce about Meloy and the impact she had on them as writers and people. Greer Chesher, author of Heart of the Desert Wild: Grand Staircase--Escalante National Monument, Amy Irvine, author of Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land and Desert Cabal: A New Season of Wilderness, Steven Trimble, editor of Red Rock Stories, and Elaine Clark, Producer of RadioWest on KUER will discuss Meloy's posthumously published work. The discussion will be led by Kirsten Johanna Allen, publisher and Editorial Director for Torrey House Press. We'll even hear from Meloy herself in previously recorded material.
Cassy Joy Garcia, author of Fed+Fit will be in conversation about her new book, Cook Once Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity with Lexi Kornbloom Davidson, author of Lexi's Clean Kitchen , and Juli Bauer of PaleOMG, author of The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy In Modern Cooking .

Cook Once Eat All Week is a revolutionary way to get a delicious and healthy dinner on the table fast with 26 weeks affordable meals. Author Cassy Joy Garcia will walk you through this tried-and-true method and show you how batch-cooking a few basic components can give you an entire week’s worth of dinners with minimal time and effort.

This event is co-sponsored by our friend & neighbor in Trolley Square, We Olive & Wine Bar . With your purchase of Cook Once Eat All Week at Weller Book Works, you'll receive 20% of any purchase at We Olive when you present your receipt.
Looking Ahead
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