Bookshop Lady Has a Name!

We had so many wonderful and creative entries for our naming contest. 

Marj Wilson won 1st prize with the entry, "Nettie" for the local mine, The American Nettie.

Our smaller bookshop lady will be named "Kitty" after Kitty Heit, who built the St. Elmo Hotel.

This second place prize went to Carl Mackey. An honorable mention went to Elizabeth Dickerson, for including such nice artwork with her submission.



New Release by Ouray County Poet Laureate!


by Beth Paulson

Beth Paulson, Ouray County Poet Laureate, has a new book, Luminous. Here is what Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2019 has to say about her new offering:

The world keeps giving back,” Beth Paulson notes, giving voice to a sensitivity and thoughtfulness about nature that has become uncommon in American poetry. Not that she writes “nature poetry.” She writes about what’s near at hand, from illness and loss to practicing Beethoven, from a neighbor’s persimmons to the breakup of river ice in spring.  Where Beth Paulson looks, she finds the healing and balance we all need. Poem after poem, she takes the luminous into herself and gives it back to us in words. What a gift…


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

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) Cover Image
Better Luck Next Time: A Novel Cover Image
Black Buck Cover Image
The Center of Everything Cover Image
The Children's Blizzard: A Novel Cover Image
A Crooked Tree: A Novel Cover Image

Books for Ouray Residents

I Never Knew That About OurayNew Book by P. David Smith

Former Ouray resident and bookseller, P. David Smith, has written a new book about Ouray, I Never Knew That About Ouray.

P. David and his wife, Jan, own Western Reflections Publishing in Lake City, CO. Ouray Bookshop carries many, many of their local and Colorado history titles.




Many people discovered how much they love putting together jigsaw puzzles during COVID stay-at-home orders. We have a wide variety of them from which to choose. We carry White Mountain Puzzles, Pomegranate Puzzles and small Wentworth Wooden Puzzles.



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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