Students get their reading fix at local bookstore

The King's English Bookshop has been helping the Sugar House community find, and love, books since 1977. Their door is always open to new customers—human and canine alike. Photos by Jacqueline Dobbins

The King's English Bookshop has been helping the Sugar House community find, and love, books since 1977. Their door is always open to new customers—human and canine alike. Photos by Jacqueline Dobbins

Attention all bibliophiles, casual readers and reluctant browsers. Skip Barnes & Noble and clean out the Amazon cart—there’s a Sugar House book haunt to check out first. 

The King’s English Bookshop has been a staple in the Sugar House community since 1977, offering books and more. Located at 1511 S. 1500 East, the shop often hosts community events such as book signings and readings by authors, which are free and open to the public. 

“I love [The King’s English],” said Cassandra Yerkes, sophomore arts administration major. “It has such a great atmosphere. They have little events, like book signings, and I love that—it’s very intimate.”

The store recently held such an event featuring Westminster’s own Christine Seifert, a communication professor, promoting her newest book, Whoppers: History's Most Outrageous Lies and Liars

Many booksellers at The King’s English are avid readers and provide a variety of “staff picks” to aid readers in deciding what to read next. Its wide selection of books ensures that there should be something for everyone. 

“They have a good selection of known books, but also more not-so-known books,” said Aleisha Ruiz, junior communication major. “You can find hidden gems.”  

While students often rely on chain stores to fulfill their reading fix, many would rather support local businesses.

“I order my books off Amazon—the convenience is so tempting,” said Adam Turner, junior aviation management major. “I’d love to go to more local bookstores, but I’m just not familiar with the Salt Lake area.”  

Students highly recommend The King’s English for books for pleasure and school alike.

“I like to support smaller businesses,” said Yerkes. “The staff at The King’s English is really friendly and they carry books that Westminster kids often need.”

The King’s English is open Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.