Collectors' Book Salon

Book-lovers and collectors meet at Weller Book Works Collectors' Book Salons on the last Friday of each month, January through October. Serious and frivolous bibliophiles meet in our Rare Book Department for friendship conversation, edification and bibliolust. We start at 6:30 pm and at 7:15, an invited bibliophile leads the Collectors' Chat about a topic of her or his particular knowledge and passion. And at each salon there is also a special deal on rare books.


On Friday, March 30, Delose Conner will lead our Collectors’ Chat. He has taught Honors World History, U. S. Government, Ancient Greek and Roman History, and History through the Great Books at Layton High School for more than 30 years. He has also taught Debate, Current Issues, Art History, and Human Anatomy as well as directing school plays and advising his school’s Anime Club. He advises the Layton Latinos in Action Crew, working for diversity and multicultural unity. Delose has worked at Boy Scout Camps for 46 summers – He has a reputation as a storyteller and is the author of Folk and Campfire Stories, the How-to Book on the Told Story. Of course, he collects scouting books.

His History through the Great Books is one of his favorite courses. His course description includes, “A liberal education is necessary for a full, happy, free, politically powerful, and service centered life. [Delose Conner introduces students] to the great ideas that shape our history, to hear the “speakers in the great conversation,” and to join in the search for truth. [To] see the common links of truth in the great writings of mankind, [and to] awaken … love for literature and a desire to read… and thus share the minds of those whose books have shaped our world [for] a life time of learning and education.

Delose Conner has shopped at Weller’s for many years. I met him here! His enthusiasm for great books and their ideas, is palpable and contagious.


In our Collector’s Book Salon on April 27th, Craig Smith will take a second turn with the Collector’s Chat. In May 2015, he entertained and educated our guests with his books and talk titled, The Curious Meet the Mormons: Travel Narratives of Visitors to Salt Lake City from the 1850s through the 1870s. This time, Craig will focus his chat on the works of Juanita Brooks, acclaimed Utah Historian and biographer, author or editor of almost 20 books, including the seminal Mountain Meadows Massacre, A Mormon Chronicle: The Diaries of John D. Lee, Dudley Leavitt: Pioneer to Southern Utah, On the Mormon Frontier: The Diary of Hosea Stout, and The History of the Jews in Utah and Idaho. When Craig tells stories about his books, it is impossible to not learn.