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An Interview About Entrepreneurship

The Iowa Secretary of State's office has been interviewing small business owners to demonstrate the range, success, and experience of Iowan entrepreneurs. We were recently contacted by Erin Bunce, the business services and social media intern with the office, with a list of challenging and interesting questions about this store. The owner, Nialle Sylvan, responded, and since some the questions are ones that business students and young entrepreneurs have asked us as well, we thought we'd share the full text of the interview on our blog.

"Q: What do you think will be the most challenging obstacle you will have to overcome as The Haunted Bookshop continues to thrive?"

"A: Same one booksellers have been facing since bookselling: convincing people that they do have time to read, that it is valuable to do so, that they can afford and make space for books, and that the community of book owners and readers is one that would welcome them to their benefit."

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Welcome to our house

The Haunted Bookshop, Iowa City's oldest secondhand bookshop, carries over 50,000 used, rare, out of print and antiquarian titles in over 50 different subject areas, specializing in poetry, literature, and Iowa-related books, with wide selections of history, philosophy, plays, children's and young-adult, literary nonfiction, and more.

We are located in the Northside district in the historic Wentz House (1847), its rooms lined with shelves and comfortable chairs, its walls offering toys, games, cards, and more. Our friendly and quirky staff delight in helping visitors to find old book-friends and new, and we pride ourselves on resourcefulness and individual attention to our guests.

We're fond of avid readers, browsers, families, students, teachers, literary reviewers, artists, writers, and other good company; we welcome book groups and community organizations; and we delightedly encourage storytelling, reading aloud, book recommendation, puppet shows (use ours or bring your own), and spontaneous performances by visiting piano players.
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