— We are pleased to announce that our store is now open! —

You can shop in the store from 9 am to 9 pm seven days a week!

The Bookshop Lady

Our Bookshop Lady is wearing her spring lilac headdress and greets you at the front door. She is kindly wearing a mask in consideration of others. We would like our customers to use the hand sanitizer that we provide and to wear a mask as well.

To keep us all healthy, there is a limit of 10 people in the shop at one time.

Thank you!



First Cup of Coffee Designs Greeting Cards

Come see First Cup of Coffee Designs greeting cards made by bookshop owner, Amy. They are hand-sewn 3-D “Keeper Cards” which can be framed in a 5X7” frame. We have a selection of dozens of designs, including unique Colorado Flag and Ouray cards.




Local Interest

Tomboy Bride, 50th Anniversary Edition: One Woman's Personal Account of Life in Mining Camps of the West Cover Image
Exploring the Historic San Juan Triangle Cover Image
Father Struck It Rich Cover Image
Ouray (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
Chipeta -- Queen of the Utes Cover Image

Indie Bestsellers

The Mirror & the Light (Wolf Hall Trilogy #3) Cover Image
Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
My Dark Vanessa: A Novel Cover Image
American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
The Night Watchman Cover Image
The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image

Local Books on Their Way!

Hey everyone! We're still working on putting our local books online, but please call us at (970) 325-4044 and ask about our selection. We'll get them up on our website soon!

— Schedule Changes —

The Post-April Fool Poetry Fandango Scheduled for April 2nd has been cancelled. We will reschedule as soon as we are able.

Independent Bookstore Day
has been postponed until
Saturday, August 29, 2020.

National Library Week has been postponed. Stay tuned for further updates.


New Employee Nancy Kienapfel

Our new “Sunday Gal” is Nancy Kienapfel. Nancy moved to Ouray in 1996 with her husband Bruce. She spent the next 14 years as counselor at Ouray School. She then spent and additional 8 years as an Emergency Crisis Clinician for the Center for Mental Health. Nancy has a BSN in nursing from the University of Iowa and an MS in counseling from the University of Wyoming. She has two adult daughters and four delightful grandchildren. Her passions are hiking, reading, traveling and Mahjongg.


We carry beautiful Sandbottles that are made by Ouray long-time resident Robert Stoufer, aka “The Sandman.”

Robert collects the naturally colored sands from about 15 states. The sand must be fine, with a large percentage of clay, which is what causes the sands to “pack” when compressed so the designs will not shake up. Robert pours the sands into clear bottles, all the while making interesting designs. He learned the craft from his father, Woody, and has been making them since 1972—in Ouray since 1977. 

New! Word Cloud Classics

Come in and see our selection of Word Cloud Classics by Simon and Shuster. These classics are attractively bound in a “leather” cover, are in many beautiful colors, and have a wonderful texture, as the word clouds are cut into the material. 

What is especially terrific about these books is that they are very affordable. Almost all of the titles are $14.99 each, with a few of the larger books at $16.99 each. We have a wide variety of books right now and will always be adding new titles. These books will make great graduation gifts!

The Call of the Wild and Other Stories (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626864665
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Canterbury Classics - October 1st, 2015

Pride and Prejudice (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607105541
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Canterbury Classics - September 1st, 2012

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