WELCOME to the letter U and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS
1511 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, Utah
Call (801) 484-9100
Opened in 1977 as space for two aspiring writers to pen their Great American Novels, The King’s English in Utah is now home to knowledgeable booksellers and a children’s room in a treehouse. Betsy Burton and Ann Berman, book lovers and aspiring writers, rented an old building with several rooms, thinking they’d write in the back, emerge to sell a book or two whenever the bells on the front door jangled to announce the arrival of a customer. The women realized the jingling bells were not a distraction from their writing life but a welcome sound, signaling the opportunity to meet new friends and talk books. They used the money they received from a James Patterson grant to raise the roof, put in windows and build more shelving. As an author, I can’t think of a more enviable setting in which to write, stay connected to kindred spirits and become an important part of the community.
After reading this great review from a happy customer, you will want to add The King’s English to your list of bookstores to visit soon. “Independently owned Kings English in the 15th & 15th district is a store perfectly suited for avid readers. A blue Tudor “home” right off the street and nestled in front of Fresco’s Italian restaurant has plenty of nooks and crannies throughout the store where you can sit back and take in all this place has to offer. It’s what bookstores use to be before the chains came in and sanitized the concept. The people who work here are real readers and absolutely love what they do, which is why they will help you to the ends of the earth in finding the right books for you and yours. A great place to find the perfect gift for the reader(s) in your life. Hard-to-find books are their specialty! There’s also a terrific children’s section with both popular and hard-to-find. Just give yourself a couple hours though, because if you love books then this is your place. A Utah gem!”
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com