Perelandra is the bookselling arm of Wolverine Farm, a 501(c)3 nonprofit publisher in Fort Collins' river district. We believe that holding space for literature is an essential part of building and sustaining community.We're not your average inventory of new and used titles. Our shelves experiment with genre and promote wildness—diversity, discernment, agency—in defiance of algorithms and prediction. We house the largest collection of poetry, art books, and scholarship in northern Colorado.In addition to celebrating great literature, Perelandra funds the Reader in Residence; collaborates with schools, nonprofits, breweries, and artists; and hosts the Wild Carrot Society for Technological Disobedience.
“Be comforted, small immortals. You are not the only voice that all things utter, nor is there eternal silence in the places where you cannot come.”
— C. S. Lewis, Perelandra
In 2020, while building shelves at the publick house, we remembered Perelandra, the diluvial planet Venus (and title) in C. S. Lewis's cosmic trilogy. Perelandra was diverse, erratic, ecstatic, ineffable—everything we felt a bookstore should be. The name keeps us in touch with our dreams, and we hope that visits to the shop do the same for you.
“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
What happens when we focus on our reading lives? What does reading in the 21st century mean? What does it make possible?Perelandra is home to the Reader in Residence, a one-of-a-kind program where community members spend one or two months reading as a creative act. Each resident hones their attention and advocates for literature simply by being present, reading a book at the shop.After their tenure, residents reflect on their practice in conversation with Joe. These reflections and more can be found at Reading Is Art.
Readers in Residence
“Out of doors the day was setting off for joy and movement.”
— Jean Giono, The Song of the World
The book wagon was Perelandra’s walkabout shop and mobile studio space from 2019-20. Home-built in the early days of the covid-19 pandemic, it featured 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; it is currently enjoying retirement in a garden in northwest Fort Collins :)
“A work in progress quickly becomes feral.”
— Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
On genre: When genre is reimagined, the physical geography of a bookstore changes. New, hybrid genres are no less identifiable than conventional ones, and an abundance of genres—like species—leads to more diverse, particular, and distinct dynamics.On order: Conventional wisdom holds that the best way to find particular titles is to keep them alphabetized (by author’s last name). But there are other ways to understand territory. Plus, differential ordering treats books as more than the sum of their authors’ identities.On inventory: We log sales by hand, i.e. we can't automatically re-order books that have sold; even perennial favorites must be considered against an evolving ecosystem of literature. Furthermore, we do not track your literary decisions, but rather respect and celebrate them.
Brave New Word (special new releases)
Titanomachy (translatlantic literatures)
Everyday Alchemy (food and drink)
ECP² (essential contemp. poets/presses)
Milkweed & Amaranth (seeds of culture)
Legerdemain (req'd reading, storytellers)
Uncommon Type (rare, antiquarian)
Radical Imagination (speculative fiction)
Living by Fiction (literary, contemporary)
Deep Story (social justice, humanities)
Archetypes & Cosmos (tarot, astro, mythos)
Mneme, Aoede, Melete (practice, memory)
Subject, Object, Predicament (object lessons)
Paradigms & Pearls (pocket, field notes)
Brand New Ancients (mythos, visions)
Harmonices Mundi (music, folk, sound)
Anthropocene Blues (anthropology, STS)
Wolverine Farm (in-house publications)
Cradle of the Sacred (religion, prayer)
Second Nature (ecology, nature)
Memory Castles (memoir, personal)
Roots & Utopia (land, place, mind, home)
Ritualistic Utterance (poetry, poetics)
New World Order (artists, graphic novels)
Icons & Critics (legends, commentary)
Contemporary Fiction (notable, new)
Creative Nonfiction (notable, new)
Human-Nature (social & natural science)
Continuous Motion (history, religion)
Reading Is Art (residency selections)
Vintage Paperback (market, vintage)
Avant Range (FC/CO poets & writers)
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 home or at the door.
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.
In the Absence of the Sacred - Jerry Mander (Scott London)
"The internet is already over" - Sam Kriss (Numb at the Lodge)
"The Fourth Revolution" - Paul Kingsnorth (The Abbey of Misrule)
"New Dark Age" - James Bridle (NEXT Conference)
"Dots Will Be Connected" - L. M. Sacasas (The Convivial Society)
"A Descent into the Maelstrom" - Jack Leahy (Stillness in the West)
I thought it was possible to use the term rewilding both creatively and responsibly—to explore the dimensionality of wildness and wilderness (in literature, for example) while being fundamentally accountable to the tenets of ecosystem restoration rewilding stands for. Read more →
I am not sure how it began, which book it was that I finally picked up and read the whole of. But I think it was Proust that solidified my practice of reading. I spent Pandemic mornings in bed reading Swann’s Way, still in my pjs, with a coffee thermos and my favorite mug... Read more →
I get excited when I see people reading a book, the same way others get excited when they see someone’s dog. I want to approach them and strike up a conversation, yet I also want to leave them alone and let them read. I know immediately, without ever having met the person... Read more →
Is Jeff Bezos really a "glorified bookshop manager," as Paul Kingsnorth sardonically suggests? What is the nature of the space between the Amazon and Amazon, the alphabet and Alphabet Inc.? What can inventory management teach us about community dynamics? Read more →
Here is something I have learned about advocacy: it doesn't stop at the identification (recognition, acknowledgment) of a person or cause: it moves from names and labels to their underlying vitality: it seeks personhood. And it does the reverse... Read more →
I'm always excited about the person serving as Reader in Residence at Perelandra Bookshop but this month's resident deserves special recognition. Her name is Lucia Hall, and at 12 years old, she is our youngest Reader yet. Lucia's desire to fill this role is commendable... Read more →
Bookshop visitors: Where do you get all these books?Me: We work with dozens of world-class distributors to access books that make us feel radically imaginative and alive. Community members share their passions and their gratitude... Read more →