Perelandra is a new & used bookshop at Wolverine Farm, a 501(c)3 nonprofit publisher & publick house in Fort Collins' river district. We celebrate great literature, fund a monthly Reader in Residence, and host the Wild Carrot Society for Technological Disobedience.
In 2020, while building shelves at the publick house, we remembered Perelandra, the diluvial planet Venus in C. S. Lewis's space trilogy. Perelandra was diverse, erratic, ecstatic, ineffable—everything we wanted a bookstore to be. The name keeps us in touch with our dreams, and we hope that visits to the bookshop do the same for you.We specialize in poetry, art, literary & speculative fiction, social & natural science, theology, and esotericism, but we hold space for a little bit of everything (food, music, history) and are careful not to let established genres dictate the flow of interests. Here is an up-to-date list of our sections. And this blog post describes our early phases and philosophy.Our work is intimately connected to the nonprofit mission of Wolverine Farm Publishing; we share the view that celebrating literature can lead to “a community of creative, informed, and engaged citizens living in a diverse, healthy, and beautiful world.”
Reader in Residence
“This, so far as I can see it, is the specific value or good of literature considered as Logos; it admits us to experiences other than our own.”
— C. S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism
Perelandra is home to the one and only reader-in-residence program, which celebrates reading as an art eo ipso that nourishes culture and community. The reader is regularly present in the bookshop during their term, cultivating their interests and extending references to others.
“Out of doors the day was setting off for joy and movement.”
— Jean Giono, The Song of the World
The book wagon is Perelandra’s walkabout shop and mobile studio space. Home-built in the early days of the covid-19 pandemic, it features 100 square feet of open-air shelving and a tiny interior studio.In summers past, the book wagon could be found full of bargain books and oddities at The Lyric and New Belgium, but it is currently enjoying retirement in a garden in northwest Fort Collins :)
Genres at Perelandra
“A work in progress quickly becomes feral.”
— Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Beyond Conflict (current affairs)
Provocations (experimental, sui generis)
Brave New Word (special new releases)
Everyday Alchemy (food, drink)
ECP² (essential contemp. poets/presses)
Visionaries (feminist, avant garde)
Continuous Motion (history, culture)
Legerdemain (storytelling masters)
Required Reading (individual canon)
Time Machines (class, commons)
Uncommon Type (rare, antiquarian)
Notebooks & Journals
Radical Imagination (sci-fi, fantasy)
Living by Fiction (literature, stories)
Ritualistic Utterance (poetry, poetics)
Deep Story (social justice, humanities)
Archetypes & Cosmos (astro, occult)
Wolverine Farm (in-house & local)
Western Philosophy (religion, prayer)
Eastern Philosophy (buddhism, taoism)
Second Nature (ecology, wilderness)
Memory Castles (memoir, bio, essay)
Art & Visuals (artists, graphic novels)
Icons & Critics (legends, commentary)
Contemporary Fiction (notable, new)
Library of Perelandra (anthology, editions)
Human-Nature (social & natural science)
Harmonices Mundi (music, sound)
Time & Space (historical, biographical)
Paperback Classics (market, vintage)
Colorado State (resident authors)
PeRioDiCaLs (back issues)
Wild Carrot Society
“Propaganda ceases where simple dialogue begins.”
— Jacques Ellul, Propaganda
The Wild Carrot Society for Technological Disobedience is an irregular gathering at Wolverine Farm. We engage perspectives before and beyond the digital in a variety of creative ways. Gatherings are free and open to all interested parties. The only requisite is to leave anything that can be construed as a device at the door.To be notified about the next meetup, ask about the Wild Carrot Society next time you're in the shop!
To evaluate & respond to the ubiquity of digital infrastructures.
To empower non-digital sites of communion.
To resist the colonial imagination of technological society.
A safe space for the untechnical recovery of self-knowledge.