We love books.
Hello. We are Mike Gustafson and Hilary Gustafson, proud booksellers and owners of Literati Bookstore. As Michigan natives, we both have fond memories of childhoods filled with books. Curling up late at night. Long, sunny afternoons, beachside along one of the Great Lakes, reading until the sun went down.
When we heard about Borders closing shop nationally, our immediate reaction was, “What about downtown Ann Arbor?” We grew up here. We have family here. We couldn’t stomach one of the most literate, creative cities in the nation (the world?) without a downtown general bookstore to share ideas, discuss books, and meet authors. While Ann Arbor does have some truly great niche bookstores downtown, and the great general indie Nicola’s on Ann Arbor’s west side, we feel that not having a general bookstore in the walkable downtown area is a great disservice to the community.
So, we decided to move from Brooklyn to Ann Arbor to start a bookstore. To show that independent bookstores thrive in communities that value the written word. To show that bookstores could thrive in vibrant downtowns like Ann Arbor. To support local authors, artists, readers, writers, kids, adults, and anyone else who loves books as much as we do.
And we’ll be the first to admit, we’re pretty scared. But at the same time, we’re excited. We’re excited to share our favorite books. To learn about other’s favorite books. We’re excited to grow with Ann Arbor, and create a quirky, fun, and hip general bookstore, with book clubs, author events, panels, discussions, singles dating nights…. You name it, we want to do it.