Winter odds & ends

One of our cool Belgian graphic novels.

We’ve been busy this winter at Capitol Hill Books. One thing that keeps us busy is our huge donation of French books we got from a longtime customer. We’ve received so many French books that we had to greatly expand our section for French languages. Because we don’t have very much room, we’re offering a special discount on French books of 15 percent off the listed price (Only good for French books and cannot be combined with other discounts). We also have a variety of books including mysteries, fiction, history, way and even a few graphic novels. Lisez-vous fran├žais? Nous avons des livres pour vous. (That’s: Read French? We have the books for you.)

Capitol Hill Books was also recently featured in the YourHub section of the Denver Post. Capitol Hill Books owner Holly was interviewed and the story ran three photos of the store including one of our employee Ben. We have already received numerous calls and mentions about the article from our customers. Thanks YourHub for the wonderful piece! Check out the story by clicking here.

Better Read than Dead

Death relaxes on his holiday

Capitol Hill Books just got a great new product for all you book lovers out there: an inexpensive book bag made of recycled plastic.

We worked with the good folks at to create our one-of-a-kind bags that will make you the envy of every book club. Capitol Hill Book’s owner Holly designed the Edward Gorey inspired graphic after the staff came up with the awesome slogan “Better Read than Dead.”

Holly models our bag in action.

As shown on our bag, Death takes a holiday to catch up with some of his favorite books at the local cemetery with his buddy, the Raven from Edgar Allen Poe’s macabre poem.

Our bags are a bit bigger than many standard totes: At 12″ high by 16″ wide and 5.5″ deep, it can hold quite a few books and plenty of groceries, gym clothes or whatever else you need to carry. The bags also have long, 28″ straps, making them easy to carry around your shoulders. And the vibrant red coloring means you’ll probably never have a problem trying to find your bag when you need it.

Go green and show your appreciation of one of Denver’s most endearing and eccentric independent businesses with these one-of-a-kind bags. We promise that they’ll be a great collector’s item from cradle to grave.

Meet your bookstore: Holly

Holly relaxing after her long journey.

Holly relaxing after her long journey.

Here is the story of Holly. Once upon a time, Holly went on an adventure across the world. First she attempted her lifelong dream of being the most proficient ex-pat Paris ingenue, but realized she could never match Jane Birkin’s pout. So she traveled across the world to Japan and became a bar-hostess, because she wanted to see a Godzilla in person. But the dang thing took too long to show up, so Holly left for New Zealand or as her best friend Anne Perry likes to call it “Borovnia.”

Unfortunately, the never-ending sublime beauty just got to be too much to look at, so Holly sojourned to the bleak and hardscrabble Montana wilderness where she ran a fly fishing shop. Yet the lure of fishing only lasts so long and Holly just wanted to read a good book. She left for Denver and worked at another bookstore before cajoling and wheedling herself a job at Capitol Hill Books.

After a few years of Ronsonol exposure, Holly decided it would be a good idea to run the place herself. Now Holly says her adventuring days are over and considers it a big deal when she leaves the county. But underneath her thick glasses lies a soul full of restlessness and wanderlust and nobody should be surprised if the end of the adventure of Holly continues for a long, long time.

The end?

PS. This summary may or may not reflect the actual view Holly has on her own life since it was written by one of her slacker employees Julio.