Gregory Delzer 
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Re: “The Final Chapter?

I am sorry to hear of the bookstore's struggles. As the owner of Defunct Books, I can correct some of the history mentioned (I did speak to the reporter, but he didn't seem to quite get the gist.).

Inland Bookstore, founded by Dean Gilbert in the 1950s, was originally in the (or right next to) the Spokesman-Review building. He moved it twice, the second time to the basement of the Wall St. building. He sold it (I believe in the 1990s) to Jerome Carlson, who ran it until around the year 2000 (give or take), who sold it to Jerry Thrift. I purchased the Inland Bookstore (not Inland Books) in 2003 and renamed it Defunct Books. I moved the store (not just the name and inventory) to Iowa City, IA in 2007, where I have operated it since.

I cannot speak to Yantra Books (which was before my time), but Sun Tree operated in the space in the Wall St building across the hall from Europa. So, during that time (certainly back to the Jerome Carlson days), there were two bookstores in that building, with Sun Tree being more of a metaphysical sort of store. That store closed not long before I moved Defunct Books to Iowa City in 2007.

OK, so, after I moved that store, Jerry Thrift opened a NEW bookstore (completely different) in that basement space and called in Monkeyboy Books. I believe this was not too long after I had moved out. Monkeyboy Books at some point moved into the old Sun Tree Books space, which is where it is now (I believe). Jerry then sold that store to Marina Drake, which brings us to the present day (whew!).

So, while it is basically true that there has been at least one bookstore in the Wall St building (with a few minor gaps), it is certainly not one continuous store. Also, I don't think Jerry ever ran Sun Tree Books.

Also, Marina, if I can offer any advice or insight, let me know. Good luck!

--Gregory Delzer
Defunct Books

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Posted by Gregory Delzer on 08/08/2014 at 9:41 AM

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