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The Book Store

APPLETON, Wisconsin, USA

The Book Store specializes in Christian Fiction, Classics, Espionage, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Romance, Scifi/Fantasy, We Have All Sorts Of Stuff!, Western.

About The Book Store

We are a small, brick and mortar, independent, new and used book store in Appleton, WI. Independently owned and operated since 1977.

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The Book Store

Phone: (920) 734-8908

Terms of sale for The Book Store

30 day return guarantee, with full refund including original shipping costs for up to 30 days after delivery if an item arrives misdescribed or damaged.

Payment Methods Accepted

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APPLETON, WI, United States
Store Hours
Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed

The Book Store is a member of:

  • American Booksellers Association

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Interview with KALAN BAVINCK of The Book Store

When did you get started in bookselling?
My very first job in 1996 was a used bookstore. I was not a reader when I started there, but quickly became an avid one. I loved the hunt, loved the organization, loved the sweet little old ladies that needed me to pick out books for them. Ever since, I have almost always worked at a used book on the side. When it was time for a career change, going to what I already knew seemed like a good idea. The Book Store has been independently owned and operated since 1977. I purchased it in 2017 and am carrying on that tradition.
What drew you to bookselling?
The hunt, the organization, the smell, the sweet little old ladies that needed me to pick out books for them, the lower stress level (in comparison to previous career in the veterinary field), helping others geek out.
Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?
Roma (Roma's PreRead Books in Rockwall, Texas), Rachel (Book Stop in Green Bay, WI) and Laura (previous owner and now employee of The Book Store in Appleton, WI)
What are your specialties as a dealer?
Laughs and wise cracks with our fun customers in the store. Hunting down books for our great customers. We have a EXTRA LARGE selection on Used Romance Novels, does that count as a specialty?
What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?
Amazing is in the eye of the beholder, but I do love when I can get someone to give Octavia Butler's Kindred a try.
What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?
Helping people find there missing book in a series or their new favorite author. I kinda geek out over it.
Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?
If so, do/did you have any bookstore pets?
We do not due to rental restrictions, but if y'all could convince my landlord, my dog Hank would LOVE to join our staff. We joke with one of our regulars that she is our store mascot, she greets people and she fetches us for them if we are further back in the store. Dogs are welcome to visit and get a cookie, we don't want them waiting in the car, and we all enjoy a good snuggle.
What is the funniest / strangest / scariest thing that ever happened in your store?
Every day is a funny day - we laugh a lot here. Scariest thing... when a customer became a stalker... not fun going to court to get a restraining order... not fun at all.
What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?
#1 in my heart will forever be Roma's Preread books in Rockwall, Texas. I LOVE The Last Book Store in Los Angeles. If you ever go to the LA area it is so worth the trip to swing by.
What do you personally like to read? Collect?
I am an ADD reader. I am all over the place and generally read 3 at a time. Non fiction, mystery, historical, women's studies, sci fi/fantasy, humor, art...
What's your favorite book you personally own? Would you sell it, if the price were right?
I Am Monster. It is a Sesame Street book from my childhood that me and my brother loved. There may be a fight over it when my parents pass away, custody arrangements may have to be made. "Monster meals are really great. We eat the food and then the plate!"
What one book would you buy if price were no object?
One book? I don't think I could limit myself that way. I would buy a BUNCH of used books instead.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring three books, what would they be?
I am generally not a re-reader. If stranded, I would want something funny, something thought provoking and something suspenseful on hand to pass the time. Something new by David Sedaris, Roxanne Gay and William Kent Krueger would all be a good fit.