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Sister Store Sundays: Green Apple Books of San Francisco

Welcome to the first installment of our new blog series “Sister Store Sundays”.
Every Sunday we will feature a quick Q&A with another Independent Bookstore. We want to introduce you to some of the fabulous people who are nurturing the cultural conversation around the country. This week we are excited to feature Green Apple Books of San Francisco. Green Apple is co-owned by three former employees: Kevin Hunsanger, Kevin Ryan, and Pete Mulvihill. Pete Mulvihill was kind enough to take the time to answer our questions.

Why Aren't You Buying Used Books Right Now?

Last week I wrote a review of a collection of food essays titled “The Cassoulet Saved our Marriage” for the debut issue of Devour, the new foodie magazine for the Cape Fear Area. Discussing it over dinner with two of my favorite writers, Karen Bender and Robert Siegle, I heard myself say “Well, in our house it might take a moving truck.”

About eight times a day we get a phone call at the bookstore from someone wanting to sell us books. “We have about 3,000 boxes we haven’t even opened yet.” I respond.
“Where?” you might well ask, and frequently people do.

Pod Cast: Contract Killer

Pod Cast Time! How about a bed time story about a Contract Killer? Read aloud by Gwenyfar. Check it out here....

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Look up there! It's A Bird! A Book! An Author!

David Gessner is kinda a rock star around here. (’re pretty excited that he is coming back to see us again! So here’s what’s going on: Valerie Robertson of Cape Fear’s Going Green Magazine ( has invited Gessner to come speak at the next Going Green book Club meeting. This month’s book is the a must read for birders! But if you like what you hear that day we have all of Gessner’s other books, too!

Spring Brings Good News About Fathers, Books & Clyde Edgerton

Spring is here and things are looking better. That might sound like an odd way to start a blog update, but 2013 got off to a pretty bad start. January was all about Daddy’s poor health. February was just bleak. It felt like being trapped in a marathon that would never end. Then in March the tide began to turn very slowly, just a little. Now in May Daddy is stable, my foot/ankle issues are moving in a good direction, my writing work is going well - very excited to work with Salt, the WHQR Commentaries are a dream realized, and of course I love, love, love getting to be part of Encore!

Live Local Pod Cast

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Contract Killer Podcast

How about a bedtime story?
Gwenyfar reads the first chapter of The Contract Killer: Memoirs of a Reluctant Reaper aloud:

First appeared in Print in Encore Magazine:

We will post new chapters every other week.

The test cast

Still trying to figure out how to get the player to embed and pop up on this page. Until then, let's try this link to the Live Local Podcast!

Musings on Forgotten NC Author….

Does anyone remember Frank Slaughter? Did you know he grew up North Carolina and graduated from Duke? His books were on the best seller lists for years - but almost nobody reads him anymore. We literally have yards and yards of his books in the store - mostly we rent them out to movie sets to fill book shelves.

Beauitful Cycling Weather = Bike Discounts!

It is Spring - at last! Long have we waited for this beautiful sunshine and pollen! Around here it is getting on to Azalea Festival time - which means your favorite bookstore goes on vacation next weekend. At least two of us will be out riding bicycles and enjoying spring time. Do you know that we are a very bicycle friendly bookstore?

  1. A Wilmington Institution since 1982
  2. Buying Old Books: The ultimate Recycling
  3. Best African American Literature Selection in Town
  4. Extensive Foreign Language Section: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese
  5. The ONLY bookstore in town to deliver!
  6. Paperback Classics at affordable prices (Great for English classes!)
  7. Incredible Judaica Section
  8. Largest selection of scripts and Theatre/Film books in Town
  9. Where else are you going to find a first edition for under $10?
  10. Bibliophiles rock!