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The World and All That It Holds: A Novel By Aleksandar Hemon Cover Image

Anne Holman

My mom used to yell at me to come out from the other side of the bed and play with my friends who had come over to visit. It wasn't that I didn't want to play; it was just that a book, pretty much any book, had caught my attention and carried me away.

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Severance: A Novel By Ling Ma Cover Image

Dawn Houghton

... is always aspiring.

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Just by Looking at Him: A Novel By Ryan O'Connell Cover Image

Keith Jones

Having lived a life of travel focused on animal husbandry, owning and collecting books was a luxury we didn't always have space for.

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The Return of Faraz Ali: A Novel By Aamina Ahmad Cover Image

Val Kittel

Once upon a time in the early 2000’s, or late 1990’s (who keeps track of time?) Val asked Betsy if she could help out at TKE at Christmas. She learned how to wrap books and tie bows, then moved behind the counter and spent some time on the floor.

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Virgil Wander By Leif Enger Cover Image

Sally Larkin

Long time customer and insatiable reader, Sally is versatile in all areas of the store. Go ahead and try to stump her!

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Virgil Wander By Leif Enger Cover Image

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Better the Blood By Michael Bennett Cover Image

Paula Longhurst

Originally from England, Paula has been living in Salt Lake for over fifteen years.

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Mad Honey: A Novel By Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan Cover Image

Anne Mark

Salt Lakers know Annie as an Actor and Director at local theatre venues. She relishes her new role as bookseller at one of her favorite haunts of many years.

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Mad Honey: A Novel By Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan Cover Image

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Project Hail Mary: A Novel By Andy Weir Cover Image

Mark Paoletti

I grew up in Salt Lake and graduated from the U. I did a stint in social services that included Americorps and The Road Home.

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The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image

Brady Parkin

Brady came to Salt Lake City in 2019 and immediately fell in love with The King’s English. As a part-time bookseller, he also wants to become a bookish influencer. Aside from reading, you’ll often find Brady cheering on his favorite sports teams or catching the newest movies in theaters.

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image

Alexis Powell

Alexis is new to SLC but will forever be a California girl at heart. She currently attends VCFA, where she will receive her MFA Writing for Children and Young Adults. Oftentimes you can find her haunting TKE's Speculative Fiction, Horror, and Manga sections.

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image

Chris Richards

A reformed surgeon, aspiring permaculturist, and aspirational Celtic fiddler, Chris has a wide range of reading interests. She’s excited to join TKE team and will be spending her spare time trying to catch up on all the great books out there.

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The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Cover Image

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Still Life By Sarah Winman Cover Image

Michaela Riding

Michaela adores creative nonfiction, from letters written to men real and imagined, through memoirs about grief and falconry, to a history of salt, and if there's a long-form essay about gardening and post-colonialism along the way, all the better.

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The Final Case: A novel By David Guterson Cover Image

Jan Sloan Tempest

I have been a book seller at TKE for almost 20 years (with a little time off for North Idaho).  Prior to TKE I was either a bookseller or partner in a bookstore for an additional 10 years. It's what I love to do!

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Mamo By Sas Milledge Cover Image

Lorrin Spangler

Lorrin is a friend to all things furry and a lover of all things bookish. You can find her consumed in the latest YA fantasy or Sci-fi series, where she’ll be reading just to play detective and figure out the ending before even the author knows.

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The List of Things That Will Not Change By Rebecca Stead Cover Image

Nathan Spofford

For as long as he can remember, Nathan has loved words, story, and books. His passion for children’s books was kindled at university when taking a class in children’s literature. He has been reading and buying books ever since.

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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image

Francesca Stevanoni

I am ten years old and love to read. I love talking with other people about what I’m reading. That’s why I started Francesca’s Book Club. I’ve been in love with books since I was first able to read, and the bookstore is like a second home to me.

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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image

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