Booksellers Ken Sanders and Tony Weller team up for a rare books roadshow
Inspired by his appraisal duties for "Antiques Roadshow," Ken Sanders will join forces with Tony Weller to talk about the value of books on Saturday as part of the Utah Humanities Council’s Book Festival.
Sanders promises the two booksellers will act as a "comedy tag team." Or more seriously, a platform for storytelling.
"I’ve been wheeling and dealing books since I was 14 years old," Sanders says. "And when you’ve done it that long, you know stories, you know stuff."
Sanders says he gets nervous whenever he hears, "I’ve got a really, really, really old book." "The more times they say ‘really,’ the more trouble I’m in."
The 16th annual Utah Humanities Council’s Book Festival sponsors events throughout the state, with a two-day kickoff weekend at Salt Lake City’s Library Square, 200 E. 400 South, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29. Events will include daily concerts, a poetry slam, a rare books roundup and scores of author talks and panels. For a complete schedule and alphabetical listing of author talks throughout the city and state, visit utahhumanities.org/BookFestival.htm.
Runners interested in joining Harvard professor Daniel E. Lieberman (“The Barefoot Professor”) on a run Friday, Oct. 4 should make a reservation at www.nhmu.utah.edu/run-daniel-lieberman.
The Rare Books Round-Up will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. at Library Square in Salt Lake City.
Attendees are invited to bring in literary treasures for appraisal, but Sanders cautions that value depends on more than the book’s age. "Every book ever printed since Gutenberg had a first edition," Sanders says. "I don’t care what book you have, or how valuable it might be, if it isn’t in very good condition, the value is largely gone."