Book hound and appraiser extraordinaire, few know Utah's literary landscape on the level of Ken Sanders, owner of the local rare book shop that carries his name.
So of course Sanders knows more than most about Edward Abbey, author of such celebrated Utah-themed books as Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang. What may surprise you is that he knows more than just a little about famed illustrator R. Crumb, too. Crumb's earthy, pungent illustrations came to define the characters of Abbey's Monkey Wrench Gang, and beyond.
When Santa Barbara, Calif.,-based attorney Eric Hvolboll donated his collection of Edward Abbey materials to the University of Utah's Marriott Library in 2008, it was a significant event for Abbey fans everywhere, Sanders included.