Narrow Gauge Book Co-op

An independent bookstore in downtown Alamosa, Colorado.

Find us at 602 Main Street (at State Avenue).
Or call us at 719-589-3464

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Saturday | 9

2nd Saturday STORY SLAM

7pm - 9pm

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Saturday | 9

2nd Saturday STORY SLAM

THEME: Firsts

7pm - 9pm

Tuesday | 12

Tumbleweed Bakehouse

3pm - 6pm

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Tuesday | 12

Tumbleweed Bakehouse

Tumbleweed is a naturally leavened micro bakery in the San Luis Valley. Pop-up shop every Tuesday.

3pm - 6pm

Wednesday | 13

Speed Dating with Local Authors

6:15pm - 7:30pm

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Wednesday | 13

Speed Dating with Local Authors

Meet seven SLV authors in an intimate, high-energy atmosphere. Snacks provided; bring a beverage or more snacks to share if you like. 

6:15pm - 7:30pm

Thursday | 14

3rd Thursday OPEN MIC

6pm - 8pm

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Thursday | 14

3rd Thursday OPEN MIC

with special guest:
Authors of the Revolution of Self Love

6pm - 8pm

Saturday | 16

AUTHOR READING

6:15pm - 7:30pm

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Saturday | 16

AUTHOR READING

Pam Houston, author of “Cowboys Are My Weakness” and others, will read from her latest, “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country.” (more info below)

6:15pm - 7:30pm

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Author Event: Pam Houston

Saturday, Feb. 16 | 6:15-7:30 PM

At 31 years old, fresh off a tour promoting her first collection, Cowboys Are My Weakness, Pam Houston spent her royalties on a ranch near Creede, Colorado. Twenty-five years later, it’s the piece of land that’s defined the largest part of her life. Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country tells the remarkable story of “that girl who dared herself to buy a ranch, dared herself to dig in and care for it, to work hard enough to pay for it, to figure out what other people meant when they used the word ‘home.’” 

Houston is the author of the novels Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, the short story collections Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and A Little More About Me, a collection of essays. Her stories have been selected for volumes such as The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She cofounded the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, is a professor of English at UC–Davis, and teaches in the Institute of American Indian Arts’ low-residency MFA program.

Learn More

The link below will take you to Pam Houston's author website.

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You make this store happen

We are a community-powered book cooperative, fostering a place to share stories and celebrate creative expression. We can only do this good work because people like you have embraced the idea of running a bookstore. So let us know how you can help, and we will get back to you very soon. Thanks! 

About Narrow Gauge Books

A little history

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For more than 40 years, Narrow Gauge Newsstand served the San Luis Valley from its historic brick building in downtown Alamosa.
There was a legendary array of magazines, lines of well-curated bookshelves, and the welcoming smell of freshly popped popcorn.
The store closed in March 2018.

A plan to reopen

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With the blessing of building owner John Duffy, the Narrow Gauge Book Co-op has revived the space for booklovers. We sell new and used books, local food and goods along with hosting events such as book clubs, writing workshops and book signings. 

How you can help

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We have a board and are incorporated as a cooperative. We are always accepting investors, members, and volunteers. Keep an eye on this space for information on how to invest or donate, upcoming events – and how to become a member of the best independent bookstore in the Valley.

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Narrow Gauge Books (a co-op)

602 Main St, Alamosa, CO 81101