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Welcome to Old Algonquin Books

Old Algonquin Books, selling used and antiquarian books, was named after the Algonquin Hotel in NYC where authors and wits gathered in the 1920s and 1930s. John (a wit and author) and Helen Dunning opened the bookstore in east Denver in 1984.  After ten years the shop was closed and it became an internet and mail order business, still active in the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association.  Read more.

    We have recently added a number of children’s series books to our stock. These include the Nancy Drew, Dana Girls, Hardy Boys, Rick Brant, and Ken Holt series. You can find them in our stock on by entering Childrens in the keyword box or by the series name in the title box below.
Author John Dunning

John DunningClick on John’s name in the toolbar above for his biography, a list of his published books, and publishing contacts.  Five of his mysteries feature bookman Cliff Janeway. His other books include Two O’Clock Eastern Wartime, a mystery set in a world of radio broadcasting in 1942: On the Air, an encyclopedia of old-time radio; a novel about Denver and the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, and three other earlier mysteries. We only carry a few of John’s books, but you should be able to find many of them in your favorite new or used book store in either hardback, paperback, audio, or electronic format.