Sunday, August 16, 2009
J. O'Donoghue Books
J. O’Donoghue Books
1926 2nd Ave
Anoka, MN 55303
Ani Sorenson and John Campisi have owned J. O’Donoghue Books for three years. The store has been in business since 1972. J. O’Donoghue Books is an old-style bookstore with wood floors, tin ceilings, dust, and cat hair and features books dating as early as the 1600’s all the way to new releases.
Their cat Friday is a huge attraction. People stop in all day long to visit her and she loves to follow shoppers around the store. They also have an open door policy for dogs and have several who are regulars. They like to think they can find just about any book people are looking for and have tracked down books from all over the world for their customers. Their list includes about 5000 books online on ABE books as well as Alibris.
Ani is the self-proclaimed Stephen King expert, but is knowledgeable in other areas as well. John specializes in the Fantasy area and both owners are well-versed on sci-fi and mystery. Ani previously worked many years for former Minnesota Governor Elmer Andersen, and learned a ton about rare books. Governor Andersen was a major book collector with two libraries named after him. He donated over 15,000 volumes of his personal collection to the library in Minneapolis.
Ani and John love Minnesota and Minnesota authors. William Kent Krueger is their hands-down favorite and their best selling Minnesota author. They also feature Brian Freeman, David Housewright, Carl Brookins, Ellen Hart and several other published authors from the neighborhood.
Stop by their booth in Heritage Square at the Minnesota State Fair where they’ll have around 6000 books available to browse and purchase.
Both John and Ani invite you to stop by their bookstore where fun times and good reads abound!
UPCOMING BOOK EVENT:
September 16 – 6:30 p.m. - William Kent Krueger