While attending the 2012 Heartland Fall Forum I had the wonderful luck to sit next to Hilary Lowe (now Gustafson) and Mike Gustafson during the opening event. After reading their names tags, including Ann Arbor as the location of their store I could hardly sit still even though one of my favorite authors, Louise Erdrich, was being introduced. After the event I introduced myself and learned they were planning to open a bookshop in downtown Ann Arbor. It would be hard to underestimate the joy I felt about their news. Another bookstore opening in Ann Arbor, downtown, was going to be a dream come true.
It was, and is. Their bookstore is the type of place where you feel welcome the moment you walk in, and simple goodness radiates through every book, every bookseller, and every space in the shop. My enthusiasm at their opening led me to the shop four times in the first week. I made excuses to go downtown, and met friends near-by for lunch so that I could stop by and peek in, and possibly buy a book or two.
While my visits to Literati have become less frequent (my budget could not afford four visits a week), I anticipate each visit with the joy of each year’s first tomato from the garden. Yes, not only do I love books, bookstores and reading, I love gardening too. And the best thing is that I don’t have to wait a whole year for the joy Literati provides, I can go any time. Even four times a week.
Literati Bookstore turned out to be a great benefit for downtown Ann Arbor and for the Binc Foundation as well. Hilary and Mike have very generously added Binc to their First Anniversary Celebration, by offering to donate 50% (you read correctly, a full half) of all purchases on Sunday, March 30th to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation! Plan to stop by on March 30th and see why I love this store so much. See you there!
Post by Pam French, Executive Director, Binc Foundation