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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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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong 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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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image

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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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Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel By Bonnie Garmus Cover Image

Paula Longhurst

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

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The Night Always Comes: A Novel By Willy Vlautin 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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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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Project Hail Mary: A Novel By Andy Weir Cover Image

Alexis Powell

Alexis is new to SLC but will forever be a California girl at heart.

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

Sarah Ray

I’ve had the pleasure of working at the store for 15 years. I started out as a part time bookseller when my kids were young. For the last 9 years I’ve been the bookkeeper and sideline buyer for the store. I read mostly contemporary fiction- romance, mysteries and speculative fiction.

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The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel (A Thursday Murder Club Mystery #1) By Richard Osman 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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Checkout 19: A Novel By Claire-Louise Bennett 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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Checkout 19: A Novel By Claire-Louise Bennett Cover Image

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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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Walden: With an Introduction and Annotations by Bill McKibben (Concord Library) By Henry David Thoreau, Bill McKibben (Introduction by) Cover Image

Max Smart

Max has just graduated from high school and is working, during his gap semester, as a bookseller before heading to college. Max has been coming to The King’s English to get books for as long as he can remember and has been an avid reader for years.

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Walden: With an Introduction and Annotations by Bill McKibben (Concord Library) By Henry David Thoreau, Bill McKibben (Introduction by) Cover Image

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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel By Casey McQuiston Cover Image

Kurstin Spangler

Kurstin has been a reader ever since they stole The Hunger Games off their sister’s shelves.

You can still find them escaping reality in the YA and Fantasy sections. Their love of art stems from a love of Graphic novels.

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An Ember in the Ashes By Sabaa Tahir 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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The List of Things That Will Not Change By Rebecca Stead Cover Image

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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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