Calvin Crosby

In 2021 I returned to Utah and Salt Lake City after 25 plus years in Northern California. My husband and I returned to take over The King’s English Bookshop’s founder Betsy Burton’s share in the store. TKE inspired me to seek a career in bookselling throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento. I worked for Books Inc. throughout the Bay Area and Book Passage. I opened stores for both of them across the years, including Book Passage at the San Francisco Ferry Building. Underground Books in the Oak Park Neighborhood of Sacramento, a black-owned and nonprofit bookstore, was incredibly transformative in my year there. I also worked as the Sales and Marketing Director for McSweeney’s publishing house. I spent the last 7 years before I left as the Executive Director of the California Independent Booksellers Alliance. 

I grew up partially in Utah County and Magna. No matter where we lived, books were my everything and reinforced that there was more out there than the small piece of sky out my bedroom window. In my late teens, I discovered TKE (plus Ken Sanders and Weller’s), a store focused on new books and knowledgeable and kind staff. TKE embodies the spirit of Indie Bookstores, a place where like-minded people can gather and support their local community and local economy. As a darker-skinned gay young person, I found my safe place within those eight magical rooms. I am honored, humbled and grateful that the road circled back to the space that instilled my passion for Independent Bookstores and locally owned businesses. Brain Food Books, our new nonprofit member of the TKE family, will put new books into the hands of kids that may not have access to them. On a personal note, I hope it will honor all the teachers, librarians, reading coaches, and educators that encouraged and normalized reading for me.

Books: 
Walking in Two Worlds By Wab Kinew Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780735269026
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Published: Tundra Books - October 4th, 2022

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #3) By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807057834
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Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

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$17.95
ISBN: 9780807055588
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Published: Beacon Press - August 23rd, 2022

Mary Jane Wild: Two Walks and a Rant By Brooke Williams Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781953340207
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Published: Homebound Publications - November 2nd, 2021

Blood Orange Night: My Journey to the Edge of Madness By Melissa Bond Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982188276
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Published: Gallery Books - June 14th, 2022

Golden Ax (Penguin Poets) By Rio Cortez Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143137139
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Published: Penguin Books - August 30th, 2022

Woman of Light: A Novel By Kali Fajardo-Anstine Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525511328
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Published: One World - June 7th, 2022

Young Mungo By Douglas Stuart Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802159557
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Published: Grove Press - April 5th, 2022

The Heron's Cry: A Detective Matthew Venn Novel (The Two Rivers Series #2) By Ann Cleeves Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250204486
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 26th, 2022

The Complete Diabetes Cookbook: The Healthy Way to Eat the Foods You Love (The Complete ATK Cookbook Series) By America's Test Kitchen (Editor), Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D. (Foreword by) Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781945256585
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Published: America's Test Kitchen - November 6th, 2018