Contact info for West Side Books, Denver

West Side Books is an independent bookstore located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of northwest Denver since 1998. We carry new, used, rare and collectable books. Call us, drop by or send an email, and we can probably find what you’re looking for. If you fill out our search form, we’ll have a real person check both the store and the warehouse database (about 30,000 used books in all). Owner Lois Harvey brings 35 years of bookselling expertise to Denver.
We provide book searches & special orders, and, on occasion, host concerts, readings, and other literary events. Musical guests have included international celebrities like Ron Miles (above) and Hamster Theatre, as well as exceptional regional talent. The intimate setting makes for an especially memorable experience, and there’s always an interesting mix of people. Events are generally free.
We’re easy to get to from downtown or anywhere in the area, and our directions page includes simple routes from downtown, I-70, or I-25. With a wide range of excellent restaurants, cafes and shops, this stretch of 32nd Ave is a great place to spend a leisurely afternoon. See you soon.
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For the 100th Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre we’re honored to host Eleanor Swanson, poet, author and Regis faculty member reading from her book Trembling in the Bones. This beautiful and moving account of those events has been out of print for a number of years and we celebrate its new edition, which will, of course, be for sale, along with some of Eleanor’s other books.

As complement, also on the roster for the evening will be music by Bud Fogerty and John Cross ( guitar, bass and voice). They’ve created a short program of mining songs to share with us.

This event takes place Sunday, April 27th, right between the actual anniversary ( April 20, 1914) of the massacre and May Day, also known as International Workers Day. At 7 pm.


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BOMOI BAGS – First Friday, April 4th


Please join us at West Side Books on Friday, April 4th as we host BOMOI BAGS during the Highlands First Friday Art Walk.

BOMOI BAGS is a Denver-based social enterprise aimed at serving communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was created two years ago by Katie Hile during her volunteer work in the northeastern village of Aru, DRC. She formed a cooperative with a local friend, Marie Aroyo, and together they provide opportunities for young women to earn a living by fabricating beautiful African handbags to be sold at venues in the U.S.

The handbags are $25 – $30 and each signed personally by the artisan. Katie will also be with us to visit about the project. Your purchase of a high-quality, individually crafted handbag empowers our Congolese Artisans tohave a positive impact on their family and community, while advocating economic independence for women across the world.


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Red Goddess Poems, with Karen Douglass

We wanted to give you a heads up about a poetry reading here at the store! On Sunday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm we’ll be convening with Karen Douglass, who is going to read from and sign her new book Red Goddess Poems, in which she brings to life the Celtic goddess Cerridwen and connects her affinity for this mythical woman to her own earliest years in a household of women.

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Three Good Things

There are so many good things in the world, and one of them is that on Wednesday, February 5th, Gabriel Finkelstein will be presenting his new book, Emil du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany, in which we’ll learn about the most important forgotten intellectual of the nineteenth century. 7:00 pm sharp!

Another good thing: Watercolors by artist Mary Randolph! There will be a show of her watercolors here, starting on Friday, February 7th, and we’ll be having an opening party on that night at 7:00. We will still have prints up by Sharon Brunn until that date, so if you were planning on buying one of those, come do that soon! And then come back and pick up one of Mary’s!

A Third Good Thing: Bassist Kent McLagan and clarinetist Dexter Payne will be playing music for us on Sunday, February 9th, at 7:00 pm! This will mostly be music from Brazil and Argentina, so bring your Samba pants and your Tango shoes!

See you here!

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