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2014 Holiday Book Show

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Wednesday, we’re gathering local booksellers for our annual holiday book show. Betsy Burton of The King's English, Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books, and Catherine Weller of Weller Book Works will join us to suggest titles that would impress even the finickiest on your list. As usual, we’ve got fiction and nonfiction and books for kids. We’ll also remember a few of the great authors we lost during 2014.

Adult Books: Betsy Burton, Ken Sanders, Catherine Weller
Children's Books: Catherine Weller, Betsy BurtonKen Sanders

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Betsy Burton's Books for Adults,The King's English


  • Collected Poems by Mark Strand, Knopf, hardcover, $30.00
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Scribner, hardcover, $27.00 (not new but best novel of the year)
  • The Children Act by Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, hardcover, $25.00
  • Dear Committee Members, Julie Schumacher, Doubleday, hardcover, $22.95
  • Nora Webster by Colm Toibin, Scribner, hardcover, $27.00
  • Let Me Be Frank with You by Richard Ford Ecco, hardcover, 27.99
  • Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood, Nan Talese, hardcover, $25.95
  • Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre, Bloomsbury, hardcover, $27.00
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin Books, paperback, $14.95
  • My Father’s Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain by Patricio Pron, translated from the Spanish by Mara Faye Lethem, paperback, Vintage, $15.95
  • How to Be Both by Ali Smith, Pantheon, hardcover, $25.95


  • The Marco Effect: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen, Dutton, hardcover, $27.95
  • For the Dead by Timothy Hallinan, Soho Press, hardcover, $26.95
  • Missing You by Harlan Coban, Dutton, hardcover, $27.95


  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, Spiegal & Grau, hardcover, $28.00
  • Requiem for the Living by Jeff Metcalf, University of Utah Press, paperback, $21.95
  • The Year of Living Virtuously: Weekends Off by Teresa Jordan, Counterpoint, hardcover, $23.00
  • I Stand Corrected by Eden Collingsworth, Nan Talese, hardcover, $26.96
  • A Spy among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre, Crown, hardcover, $27.00
  • Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: a Nisei Youth behind a World War II Fence by Lily Yoriko Nakai Havey, University of Utah Press, hardcover, $29.95
  • Levels of Life by Julian Barnes, Vintage, paperback, $14.95

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Ken Sanders' Books for Adults,Ken Sanders Rare Books

Utah Authors and Artists

  • Requiem for the Living: A Memoir by Jeff Metcalf, University of Utah Press, paperback, $21.95
  • How to Unfeel the Dead by Lance Olsen, Teksteditions, hardcover, $39.95, paperback, $22.95
  • The Headless Housewife: A Book of Anarchy and Imaginary Solutions by Sara Caldiero-Oertli, scroll in hand-made box (limited edition, 30 copies only), $850.00
  • Saltfront: Studies in Human Habit(at) Issue No. 2 [by Various Editors/Contributors], Saltfront, paperback, $12.00
  • Luna Mesa by Trent Harris, Trent Harris, Blu-Ray, $35.00
  • Year One by 3hattrio, 3hattrio/Hal Cannon, CD, $15.00 Utah, The Mormons, The West
  • The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History by Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), Signature Books, hardcover, $49.95 (Release date: December 15)
  • A Zion Canyon Reader edited by Nathan N. Waite and Reid L. Neilson , University of Utah Press/Zion Natural History Association, paperback, $14.95
  • Desert Water: The Future of Utah’s Water Resources edited by Hal Crimmel, University of Utah Press, paperback, $24.95
  • American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church by Alex Beam, PublicAffairs, hardcover, $26.99 Torrey House Press
  • The Story of My Heart as rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams, Torrey House Press, hardcover, $21.95
  • 29 by Mary Sojourner, Torrey House Press, paperback, $15.95
  • Pale Harvest by Braden Hepner, Torrey House Press, paperback, $16.95
  • Spirit Walk by Jay Treiber, Torrey House Press, paperback, $15.95
  • Canyon Sacrifice by Scott Graham, Torrey House Press, paperback, $14.95


  • The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew by Alan Lightman, Pantheon, hardcover, $24.00
  • This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, Penguin/Allan Lane, paperback, $23.49
  • Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham, Random House, hardcover, $28.00
  • Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed, Conversations with Paul Cronin by Werner Herzog & Paul Cronin, Faber & Faber, hardcover, $39.99
  • A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros, Verso Books, hardcover, $24.95
  • On the New by Boris Groys, Verso Books, hardcover, $22.95
  • Globes by Peter Sloterdijk, MIT Press, paperback, $39.95
  • Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $24.00
  • How to Be Alone by Sara Maitland, Picador, paperback, $16.00

Charles Bowden (1945-2014), Various publishers, most in both paperback and hardcover format and available at Ken Sanders Rare Books for $5-$20)

  • Killing the Hidden Waters (1977)
  • Street Signs Chicago (1981)
  • Blue Desert (1986)
  • Frog Mountain Blues (1987)
  • Mezcal (1988)
  • Red Line (1989)
  • Desierto (1991)
  • The Sonoran Desert (1992)
  • The Secret Forest (1993)
  • Trust Me (1993)
  • Blood Orchid (1995)
  • Chihuahua (1996)
  • Stone Canyons of Colorado Plateau (1996)
  • The Sierra Pinacate (1998)
  • Juarez: Laboratory of our Future (1998)
  • Down by the River (2002)
  • Blues for Cannibals (2002)
  • A Shadow in the City (2005)
  • Inferno (2006)
  • Exodus (2008)
  • Trinity (2009)
  • Some of the Dead are Still Breathing (2009)
  • Murder City (2010)
  • Dreamland (2010)
  • El Sicario (2011)

Literature and Poetry

  • Last Stories and Other Stories by William T. Vollmann, Viking, hardcover, $36.00
  • Silence Once Begun: A Novel by Jesse Ball, Pantheon/Vantage, paperback, $11.99
  • Misadventure by Nicholas Grider, A Strange Object, paperback, $14.95
  • Women by Chloe Caldwell, Short Flight/Long Drive, paperback, $11.99
  • Praying Drunk: Stories, Questions by Kyle Minor, Sarabande Books, paperback, $15.95
  • The Brunist Day of Wrath by Robert Coover,, Dzanc Books, paperback, $30.00
  • Can’t and Won’t: Stories by Lydia Davis, Farrar, hardcover, $26.00
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, Knopf, hardcover, $25.95
  • One Hundred Poems by Waddie Mitchell, Western Jubilee Recording Company, paperback, $24.95 

R. Crumb

  • The Complete Zap Comix by R. Crumb, Fantagraphics Books, 5-volume hardcover boxed set (limited edition), $500.00
  • R. Crumb Sketchbooks: Volumes 1-6 (1964-1982) by R. Crumb, 6-volume hardcover boxed set with signed print (limited edition), $1,195.00


John Dunning

  • Booked to Die by John Dunning, Scribner, paperback, $7.99
  • The Bookman’s Wake by John Dunning, Scribner, paperback, $7.99
  • The Sign of the Book by John Dunning, Scribner, paperback, $7.99
  • The Bookwoman’s Last Fling by John Dunning, Scribner, paperback, $7.99

Umberto Eco

  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, Harvest Books, paperback, $9.99
  • Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco, Balantine, paperback, $8.99

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Penguin, Penguin/Orion, paperback, $13.99
  • The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Penguin/Orion, paperback, $13.99
  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Penguin/Orion, paperback, $13.99

Charlie Lovett

  • First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett, Viking, hardcover, $27.95
  • The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett, Penguin, paperback, $16.00


  • Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $27.99
  • The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly, Little Brown and Co., hardcover, $28.00
  • Any Other Name (A Longmire Mystery) by Craig Johnson, Viking, hardcover, $26.95
  • The Son by Jo Nesbo, Knopf, hardcover, $25.95

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Catherine Weller's Books for Adults,Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore


  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, Metropolitan Books, hardcover, $26.00
  • Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, Random House, hardcover, $30.00
  • Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, Hogarth, hardcover, $28.00
  • Capturing Music: The Story of Notation by Thomas Forrest Kelly, W. W. Norton & Sons, hardcover, $45.00
  • David Foster Wallace Reader by David Foster Wallace, Little Brown & Co., hardcover, $35.00


  • Fermenting Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables and Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes and Pastes by Kirsten K. Shockey, et al, Storey Publishing, paperback, $24.95
  • Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth: Weather, Climate Change, and Finding Deep Powder in Utah's Wasatch Mountains and Around the World by Jim Steenburgh, Utah State University Press, paperback, $21.95
  • Geek Sublime: the Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty by Vikram Chandra, Graywolf Press, paperback, $16.00
  • High Divide by Lin Enger, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, hardcover, $24.95
  • History of Rock ‘N’ Roll in Ten Songs by Greil Marcus, Yale University Press, hardcover, $28.00
  • How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food by Mark Bittman, Houghton Mifflin, hardcover, $35.00
  • In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette by Hampton Sides, Doubleday, hardcover, $28.95
  • Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $35.00
  • Literchoor is My Beat: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions by Ivan S. MacNiven, Farrar Straus & Giroux, hardcover, $37.50
  • No Future for You: Salvos from the Baffler edited by John Summers et al, MIT Press, hardcover, $27.95
  • Pale Harvest by Braden Hepner, Torrey House Press, paperback, $18.50
  • Requiem for the Living: A Memoir by Jeff Metcalf, University of Utah Press, paperback, $21.95
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty, W. W. Norton & Sons, hardcover, $24.95
  • Strange New Library by Haruki Murakami, Knopf, paperback, $18.00

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Catherine Weller's Books for Children,Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore

  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, Simon Pulse, hardcover, $19.99
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell, Amulet Books, hardcover or paperback, $21.95 or $10.95
  • Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan, pictures by Hadley Hooper, Roaring Brook Press, hardcover, $17.99
  • Jackaby by William Ritter, Algonquin, hardcover, $16.95
  • Mom and Dad Are Palindromes by Mark Shulman and Adam McCauley, Chronicle Books, paperback, $7.99
  • My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Ayelsworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock, Scholastic Press, hardcover, $17.99
  • Stick by Clay Rice, Familius, hardcover, $16.95
  • Tip Top Cat by C. Roger Mader, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $17.99

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Betsy Burton's Books for Children,The King's English

  • Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox, illustrated by Emma Quay, Beach Lane Books, hardcover, $17.99
  • A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack by William Joyce, illustrated by Kenny Callicutt, Atheneum, hardcover, $17.99
  • Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Ron Stucki, Gibbs Smith, hardcover, $16.99
  • The Animals’ Santa by Jan Brett, Putnam, hardcover, $17.99
  • Skippyjon Jones Snow What by Judy Schachner, Dial, hardcover, $17.99
  • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz, illustrated by David Slonim, Scholastic, hardcover, $17.99
  • Simon and the Bear: a Hanukkah Tale by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Matthew Trueman, Hyperion, hardcover, $16.99 Children’s Transitional Readers and Chapter Books
  • Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Candlewick, hardcover, $14.99
  • Rain, Reign by Ann Martin, Feiwel & Friends, hardcover, $16.99
  • Atlantia by Ally Condie, Penguin, hardcover, $18.99
  • Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe, Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt, hardcover, $16.99

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Ken Sanders’ Books for Children,Ken Sanders Rare Books


  • The Three Investigators Mystery Series by Robert Arthur and Alfred Hitchcock, various reprint editions, used paperbacks, ranging from $3-$10 Young Children (Picture + Story Books) (Ages 4 and up)
  • Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman (Author) and Lorenzo Mattotti (Illustrator), Candlewick Press/Toon Books, hardcover, $16.95
  • The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc, Enchanted Lion Books, hardcover, $17.95
  • Wild by Emily Hughes, Flying Eye Books, hardcover $24.95 (now out of print, but reprinting soon…?)

Calla Editions

  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (Illustrated by Arthur Rackham), Dover/Calla Editions, hardcover, $30.00
  • The Fables of Aesop Illustrated by Edward J. Detmold, Dover/Calla Editions, hardcover, $30.00
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (Illustrated by George, Frederik, and Louis Rhead), Dover/Calla Editions, $30.00
  • Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales by Grace James (Illustrated by Warwick Goble), Dover/Calla Editions, hardcover, $40.00
  • The Songs and Sonnets of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare (Illustrated by Charles Robinson), hardcover, $30.00

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.