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An interview with Wado Books

Biblio checks in with Wado Books to learn more about their book business, collecting interests and more! To view and shop their inventory, click here.


When did you get started in bookselling?

I started like many people, I needed to clear some the books I finished reading from my bookshelves. I am a professional librarian by training and for many years spent my time providing library services and working as a library director. After I left my post as a Library Director I stepped up my part-time business as a bookseller.


What drew you to bookselling?

My lifelong love of learning and books drew me to bookselling. I come across out-of-print books and think, "Someone needs this book". The best way I can help reader and book find each other is through selling these treasures online.


Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?

Not really, except the dedicated used bookstore owners who provide such a valuable service to all of us. They keep information flowing and pass along books to new readers, much like a library.


What are your specialties as a dealer?

My specialities include the topics I know the most about. I earned a bachelor's degree in Art History, so, I am drawn to art, antiques, film, photography, gardening, and crafts.


What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?

That hasn't happened yet. But that is part of the thrill of hunt.


What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?

I love books, the feel, the smell, the beauty of typefaces, the sing-song melody of well-written words. The book is one of humanity's top achievements.


Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?

I have never had a storefront. But I have worked in a brick-and-mortar bookstore and loved it.


What is the funniest / strangest / scariest thing that ever happened in your store?

Watching well-dressed, suited businessmen slip business books in their briefcases and walk out the door without paying. What kind of person does that? They certainly weren't hungry and planned on eating the book.


What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?

The Old Joe Fox bookstore in Philadelphia. I also like the Strand in New York City.


What do you personally like to read? Collect?

I read mostly Native American writers. It keeps me connected to my background.


What's your favorite book you personally own? Would you sell it, if the price were right?

Before Vine Deloria, Jr., died, he allowed me to read the galley proofs of one of his last books. I had this privilege through a mutual friend. I treasure those print outs and his graciousness. I would never sell those pieces of paper.


What one book would you buy if price were no object?

The Journals of Eugene Delacroix. I would collect pages piece by piece from collectors all over the world. Then I would piece the pages together and publish the only complete illustrated journal of Delacroix available.


If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring three books, what would they be?

Golly, I'll have to think about that.