ABAA-member Weller Book Works turns 90! Anniversary celebration for the Salt Lake institution, Saturday, August 17, from 4 - 6 PM!
Who’d have thought a small used bookstore founded two months before the 1929 stock market crash would grow into one of the West’s premier bookstores? Weller Book Works survived the Great Depression, World War II, a catastrophic fire (1971), big box chain stores, and the disruption of the internet. Founded in August, 1929, in Salt Lake City by Gustav Weller, the store began as Zion's Bookstore. It has gone through many changes and four generations of Wellers over the years, and it continues today as Weller Book Works. (Read the complete history...)
Weller Book Works is the oldest bookstore in Utah, and one of the oldest in the country. For 90 years, Weller's has been cultivating ideas, challenging thoughts, and encouraging a little bit of anarchy. As part of their 90th-anniversary celebrations, they are going to look back on that history, and discuss what the next 90 years may hold in store.
A celebration will be held on Saturday, August 17, from 4- 6pm. Remarks by Tony Weller, Rocky Anderson, and Brooke and Terry Tempest Williams begin at 4:30pm; music will be provided by Philip Miller; and, there will be cake -- and hors d'oeuvres, too! Weller Book Works have also created an exclusive reusable tote bag featuring a one-of-a-kind design by Pat Bagley made especially for this occasion! You'll get a chance to meet up with old friends, and hopefully make some new ones, as the staff and friends of Weller Book Works look back at the last 90 years, and forward to what lies in store for their next 90!