June 4, 2012 - New Hours

In response to high demand, we now OPEN AT 10am.

We'll see how the summer goes, and if it seems like people are happy with the change, we will continue opening at ten through fall and winter. Let us know what you think - your feedback helps us to make decisions about how best to be of service.

The book buyer will continue to be available from 11am-7pm Monday through Saturday. As usual, no need to call ahead unless you want to make sure there isn't a line just then. If you need to sell books at another time, give us a call and ask about setting up an appointment outside these hours.

You'll also see a new face behind the counter soon. Details to follow.
21 April 2011 - PATRICK ROTHFUSS

The highly acclaimed (and New York Times bestselling) author of The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear read from, signed, and answered questions about his books in our newly redesigned stage area on Thursday. He also showed us neat MRI pictures of his brain.

Did everybody have a good time? I hope so - we certainly did. Thank you VERY much to Pat Rothfuss for the phone call that set up this reading and a wonderful evening, and thank you to every one of our guests for coming here and helping us to show the author a good time.


We have acquired an additional 1,000 square feet and are working on new rooms for children's book, history, and philosophy and religion. Many thanks to Sam Larsen, Ross T. Byers, Sydney Smith, Josh Langseth, and the staff of the bookshop for all the hard work!

We remain open during our renovations. If your favorite section has moved, don't hesitate to ask where it went; more signs will go up as we complete more of the construction.

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Our friends and neighbors Real Records have officially closed their storefront in preparation for a change to online business. Soon, you'll be able to buy from their new website.

Many thanks to the patrons of both stores for your ongoing encouragement and support. Just a thought - it might be nice to drop Craig and Janet Kessler a line to let them know how much they have added to our community over the years. They've been an amazing resource for Iowa City, and we will miss our "roomates" a lot.

22 March 2011 - How We Support the Classics

We believe very strongly that a well-rounded education should include study of the ancient world, its history, philosophies, religions, literature, and languages. Our culture today has been shaped by the civilizations of the Mediterranean and Near East, and it's important for writers and historians, scholars of religion and philosophy, people curious about the history of ideas or the major Western faiths, and lovers of literature and language to understand the enormous impact of early civilizations on our own.

We also believe that our country would benefit greatly from support for the study of ideas about civic participation, rhetoric, and ethics described by the writers of the ancient world. Now more than ever, voters, community workers, and people who represent causes should give serious thought to the cultures that established our traditions of public service and republic.

The Haunted Bookshop has, therefore, committed to fund an endowment in the Classics at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Haunted owner Nialle has donated $5,000 so far and will continue to give annually. Our eventual goal is to endow a permanent chair in the Classics, and we invite our friends to help us in reaching this goal. Look for more information as we develop a secure donation portal and expand on the objectives of the future Sylvan Chair in the Classics. Meanwhile, later this year (after our next big expansion!), watch for events sponsored by the Sylvan Chair Fund, including open read-throughs of the plays of Aeschylus and contemporaries, history discussion forums, a speech contest, and games for young folks.

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8 July 2010 - Over 13,000 New Arrivals

In November of 2009, we purchased The Bookery, long an established Iowa City bookshop, lately an in-home business. Owner Joe Michaud is retiring to pursue his writing career; titles already in print include Along the Iron Curtain, a memoir of his military service, and Booking in Iowa, a memoir of bookselling with profiles of various eastern Iowa bookshops of yesterday and today. (Both titles are available for sale at The Haunted Bookshop.)

We are pleased to announce that, following some rebuilding and rearranging, we have now incorporated the Bookery collection into the Haunted's existing location at 203 North Linn Street. Check out the expanded History, Religion, Philosophy, Art, Children's Nonfiction, Native American Studies, Books on Books, Iowa history, and more!
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