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Have you ever dreamed of spending the night in a book store?

Yes, we have the tiles to play!

The Top Shelf: A Literary Loft.

It is our new lodging above Old Books on Front St. complete with a life size version of everyone’s favorite word game!

To make reservations or see more pictures:

Hours of Operation change:

Hours of Operation change - though the location is still on Front St.:
We open around 10 AM Mon-Saturday, Noon on Sundays
We close between 6 PM and 8 PM depending on traffic.
Unfortunately the hours to the left were hard-coded into our site 6 years ago and we can’t change them. But they are not accurate. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In answer to the question: we are at 249 N. Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401, USA.

We hope to see you soon!

NC Film Industry Book Rentals and Books to Movies

NC Film Book Shelf Flag

So we've had a couple of people ask us why we keep putting notices up on Twitter and Facebook about movies renting our books, "Over and over - like, big deal! We know already!"

Tom Mayes comes to Old Books!

Big News! Tom Mayes, author of Why Old Places Matter has agreed to drop by Old Books on Front St (hey – we are an old place!) to give a talk and sign some books on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:30 AM. He is in town for the Annual Fundraiser for the Historic Wilmington Foundation (They are so awesome! Please support them!). He has graciously agreed to give us some of his time while he is here. Please come see him and hear more about his book and his work. We would love to see you!

2015 refelction

It is hard to believe that we opened the doors here at our new location on this weekend in 2010. I get pretty emotional (and kind of difficult to be around) when I start thinking about this too much. It just overwhelms me that we are here and growing. Of course, when you are in the middle of something it is hard to get any perspective. My friend Jill reminded me that “the days creep and the years fly” when I commented on how stunned I was at her children growing up. She’s so right.

Book Reviews

Announcement from Gwen:
Hello! I have agreed to begin writing book reviews for Encore Magazine in 2016.

Couplet: Two Days of Verse Poetry Festival + Launch of New Walking Tour - 2015!

It is time again for our annual poetry festival: Couplet: Two Days of Verse
Please join us for this great line up of events:
Saturday April 18. Richard Krawiec, Danny Krawiec, and Melissa Hassard (from Sable Books) are planning to come to Old Books to offer the following workshops
10:30 – 12:30 flash fiction/poetry craft workshop
1:30- 2:45 book cover design workshop
3-4 Marketing your book

**You may sign up in advance by calling 910 76 BOOKS or sending an email to oldbooksonfrontst (@)

Open mic at 4:30

Happy Aniversary: has it really been 4 years here?

This is a very emotional time of year for me, the combination of the holidays and the anniversary of our move into the new building four years ago is pretty overwhelming. On the one hand it is hard to believe that it has been four years, on the other hand: I keep looking around wondering when we are going to finish unpacking? Perhaps in another four years….

Fragments - new novel by local comedy writer now avialable at Old Books!

Ryan P. C. Trimble has been writing since he first found (and promptly broke) his great-grandmother's typewriter as a toddler; since then, he has gone on to write plays, sketch comedy, films--and now, a novel. That novel is FRAGMENTS FROM 5TH AVE.

Addy McCulloch offers the conversation on the poet laureate issue

So, many of you have been following the poet laureate snafu. Though Ms. Macon has resigned, the discussion of what all this means in our state continues. Our dear friend Addy McCulloch offered this insight. We thought it was a good way to introduce the conversation:

In July, Governor McCrory selected Valerie Macon as the state’s newest poet laureate. He did

so without following a time-honored process that involves the North Carolina Arts Council, a

process which was stated on the council’s website until shortly after Ms. Macon’s appointment

  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!