Thursday, December 26, 2013

Now accessible: customer facilities. Next step: complete the first phase of construction, clear the parking lot and access to the short ramp in back.

Thank you for your continued patience. Five days left to get everything out of our old location! Cheers to Josh, Brendan, and Will for their heroic efforts today. This has been no small journey, but we're almost there.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

THE CATS ARE HERE. We're spending the early night finding the food dishes and water dishes, the box in the special cat room, and the stairs. Carpeted stairs are fascinating. Also railings, which heads fit through but bodies do not. Also windows from which we can see a different street. Also being able to go in one door and come out another. And the new house purrs, then shoots warm air out of the walls. THIS IS WHAT HOLIDAY CHEER IS ALL ABOUT, PEOPLE.

Have a merry from Logan & Nierme.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

We've got a new home!

 At long last, we have bought a home for the bookstore - a beautiful 1847 Greek Revival house in the Northside neighborhood of Iowa City. It's our privilege to care for this National Register landmark and to enjoy its beauty!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sneak peeks of the new upstairs...

Remember the green room picture I posted a while back? This is now science and languages:
Blue room: Religion, philosophy, and cultural studies (yes, that's a full set of Calvin's commentaries at the top)
Gold room: World history, economics, labor, business.
Red room: US history, politics, military history.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ah, the gleaning of the shims from under the bookcases.

Tomorrow we've got case assembly, box filling, and book shelving to do. It's amazing what help from Allie, L, and Brooke and a few extra hours from Brendan and Marie can do: tomorrow I can start posting sneak previews of our new place!\

Saturday, November 30, 2013

This just in. Take a stroll to the Northside on this surprisingly lovely afternoon and get your copy now!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Things to do with your family this holiday season... Build Rome in a day! (3000 piece jigsaw puzzle featuring the Roman Forum)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Today we bought a house. --- With the Ghost at the soon-to-be Haunted Bookshop.

Have you been in since Renaissance and Medieval History had to be moved to another bookshelf because we added so many titles? How about since all the Raymond Queneau, Haruki Murakami, and Christopher Moore showed up? And about a shelf of plays, including both Wilsons and Soyinka? Most importantly, HAVE YOU WISHED LOGAN HAPPY BIRTHDAY? He's 7.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


We have been approved for financing, so later this year, we will be moving to our new home at 219 N. Gilbert Street.

Thank you for all the curiosity, excitement, support, cardboard box offers, help offers, and general absolutely delightful supportiveness you have shown us during this process. You've made what might have been an incredibly stressful prospect fun!

The bad news: Murphy-Brookfield won't be right down the street from us anymore. (Murphy-Brookfield Books is shifting to an online format for their business, and they kindly let us make an early offer on their building, hence the familiar address.)

The good news: The Haunted will have growing equity in a beautiful, historic home, which will help us to remain stable and committed to the Iowa City book community for decades to come.

Moving dates are not yet set (because we have not yet officially scheduled the upgrades we'd like to do *before* moving 40,000 books into the house), but we will keep you informed.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

YES, we will be open on Labor Day, 10-8 as usual. Meaning neither disrespect to the Labor movement nor protest of it - we just have that many MORE BOOKS to process.

See you later this weekend!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Take pride in your loves. We'll be proud to support you.

Friday, June 14, 2013

All the sections look like this right now. Packed with genius, laughs, perspectives, and epiphanies. Find your next inspiration.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Remember when paperbacks ranged from $1.50 to $8 for the big fancy ones, and hardcovers started around $4.50 and got as high as $12.95?

HERE, they still do.

(...We do charge a little more for the 16th and 17th century books though. I'm sure you understand.)

Friday, May 17, 2013

And then I got more. Books, not cats. (Mark Twain and Neil Gaiman fans, you're going to be *so* happy.)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Someone just donated piles of pretty, old leatherbound books to the Benefit Sale. $1 each while they last, and the entire $1 goes straight to Local Foods Connection.

Also, some beautiful and thought-provoking Judaica, 19th century volumes of poetry, and an adorable set of Shakespeare - 12 volumes, 4" tall, red cloth with gilt titles, $36 if you buy it before the weekend.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

We've got some lovely 19th-century surprises for you, from popular poetry titles to self-help and anti-atheism tracts (remarkably similar to each other) to a somewhat preemptive History of the United States dated 1835. Also lots of recent plays, reference works for Finnegans Wake dorks, and some nice, crispy Twain paperbacks.

Logan also wants me to tell you that he is desperately lonely and neglected and hasn't been admired properly for more than an hour.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Someone must realphabetize the cats. Alas.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Looking directly forward when you walk in the door, you'll see new arrivals on the right and Brown Paper Staff Picks on the left of our extensive selection of Important People Magnet / Finger Puppets. We're having a blast thinking of six-word trailers for the books, such as "Before China discovered America, Vikings did" and "She taught me how to think." Come in and see the fun - plus all the new arrivals in Young Adult, Poetry, and 19th-20th century Russian philosophy, among others.