The Aapricity Podcast

Interviews with Entrepreneurs and Innovators in the Ann Arbor Area

Episode 5: Hilary Lowe, Co-Owner of Literati Bookstore

Maggie Cease

Jun 22 2016

Welcome to the 5th episode of the Aapricity Podcast! Today, I'm delighted to bring you my interview with Hilary Lowe, who is Co-Owner of Literati Bookstore with her husband Mike Gustafson. Literati Bookstore opened in 2013, at a time when there were no other bookstores selling new books in downtown Ann Arbor. Since then, they've created a store that not only sells books, but also functions as a center of literary culture in Ann Arbor.

We talk about how Hilary and Mike first decided to open Literati, what it means for a store to be a 'third place', what went into creating the physical space of Literati, tales from the manual typewriter in Literati's basement, and what makes Hilary hopeful for the future of bookstores.

During the interview, Hilary mentions a couple books by name. One of them is Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal, which she calls "her favorite book". She also mentions Miss Jane by Brad Watson, which is the store's July pick and will be available at Literati then. The book she found at a used bookstore was A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman.

Please enjoy my conversation with Hilary!