Gwenyfar's blog

Manly Reading @ The He-Cathalon

"You must read a lot..." several times a week someone says this as they wander through the bookstore.

"I read a book a day,” I confirm.

A great book I can't wait to sell!

I get asked to read people's books all the time, it's just part of owning a bookstore. At a neighborhood meeting a few weeks ago one of my favorite neighbors, Rich Leder, an accomplished screen writer, mentioned he had a novel. Would I read it? Sure, I’d love to, but it might take a while, I have a lot on my plate.

"Great, I'll bring it by the store," he responded.

Vend-A-Quote & Vend-A-Poem

Sometimes that proverbial "silver lining" can be true. When our building got condemned and we had to move, one of the many unexpected opportunities to come from the situation was the opportunity to ask the question, "What DO we want the bookstore to look like?" When we bought the business from Mr. D it was firmly entrenched in the 22 N. Front location. Outside of streamlining some of the shelving we didn't really change much. But when we began looking for a new location we began asking ourselves if we could have anything, what would it be?

Clapton Vs. The Roof

Owning an independent bookstore in this day and age never ceases to be exciting, at least for me. But perhaps my idea of excitement is a little different from other people’s. I started thinking about this last night at the Literacy Council fundraiser when someone asked me abut “Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll!

Banned Books Essay Contest

Yes! The Banned Books Essay Contest is back again this year! 1st place winner will be published in Encore Magazine. Submissions must be received by 5 PM on September 19th, 2012. Open to anyone, anywhere. Tell us about your favorite Banned Book & defend it's accessibility.
or use the "Contact Us" form.

May the best essay win!

Make a New Year’s Resolution to get to know our local authors!

Local Author’s Book Club

It is hard to escape the realization that this area is overflowing with writing talent. In an effort to not only recognize this wonderful groundswell, but also to promote and support the people who are making it happen, we are launching a Local Author’s Book Club! Each month we will read a book by a local author (primarily narratives) and invite the author to the discussion - hopefully for some autographs, too!

Our first book will be The Night Train by Clyde Edgerton ( First meeting will be Wed. January 18th, 7 PM

Couplet - 2 days of verse festival schedule Feb 4th & 5th

Featuring Local and Regional Poets including Jacar Press and Press 53

11:30-12:30 There will be 4 poets reading: Richard Krawiec, Jessie Carty, Deb Kaufman and Stephanie Levine

12:30 - 1:15 One-on-one mini-critiques.

1:15 - 2:30, break for lunch

2:30-3:30, 2 formal workshops:
Building Images - Explore ways to create and develop images, from simple phrases to metaphors that extend throughout a poem - with Richard Krawiec and Deb Kaufman
Truth vs. Fact in poetry with Jessie Carty

3:30 Poet's Open Mic

7pm Launch of Testing the Waters


Please vote for us!

It's time again for the Encore Best of Wilmington Awards! Please vote for us for "Best Bookstore"

Why? here is the official plea for your vote:
1. As stated above Family Owned and Operated since 1982 (or as we like to say it: “Connecting good people with good books since 1982”)
2. Vend-a-quote, vend-a-poem, vend-a-book!
3. Home of “the hand silk screened, organic fair trade cotton bags - the thread was rescued from the heights of the Himalayas by Sherpas &
personally hand-woven for you by Gwenyfar.”

Open Call for Poetry

Submission Guidelines

Anthology of poetry titled “Testing the Waters”

Submission is open to anyone, anywhere.

Deadline is January 15th, 2012

Payment will be 10 copies of the anthology. Anthology will be sold at the cost of printing and assembling. Anthology will be limited one time only print run.

Anthology will debut at “Couplet - 2 days of verse festival” February 3 - 5th

Open to any and all styles of poetry.

Maximum length: 2 pages.

Please send submissions to

Banned Books Week!

Our Celebration of freedom of speech, information and our constitution!

Shel Silverstien Birthday Children's Banned Book Read-In
Start: 14:00
End: 16:00

Shel Silverstien Birthday with cake! Readings from a Light in the Attic & Where the Sidewalk Ends. Followed by other challenged children's books: The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are and several of Roald Dahl’s books. Audience is encouraged to participate - please bring your favorite banned kids book to read!

  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!