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Our Literary Cafe

Nehalem, Oregon, USA

Our Literary Cafe specializes in 1st Editions, Antique/Collectable, Popular Author's, Rare Hard To Find, Series, Vintage Collectable.

About Our Literary Cafe

Literary Café is a small company who believes in recycling good novels and giving historical/valuable works to good homes. All the profits we receive are evenly distributed to Randall's Children's Hospital, Doerbecher's Children's Hospital {both in Portland, Oregon}, Shriner's Children's Hospitals, The Ronald McDonald House and the Veteran's of Foreign Wars (VFW). We ask if your going to spend your hard earned money, why not feel good about it at the same time?

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Our Literary Cafe

35200 Tohl Ave
Nehalem, OR 97131 USA
Phone: (503) 410-9792

Terms of sale for Our Literary Cafe

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.

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Interview with Dorece Certain of Our Literary Cafe

When did you get started in bookselling?
I started with a garage sale, just getting rid of the old paperback copies that I had read multiple times. I have always had a love for books ever since a child when my parents taught me to respect them and treat them well because they open your imagination into wonderful, intriguing, emotional and sometimes scary stories. I love reading because I can almost feel myself there, seeing and living the story.
What drew you to bookselling?
Because of my love of books, I've always dreamed of owning a small bookstore, filled with wonderful works of the great masters, smelling the history in the room and giving a quiet place for other's to enjoy reading. I've always given back to worthy charities, and with 2 of my grandchildren needing special medical care, my husband being a completely disabled combat Veteran from Iraq gave me the idea to live my dream and fulfil my desires to make the world a better place by getting people who buy wonderful pieces of literature to help these great causes I support.
What are your specialties as a dealer?
I especially enjoy finding antique/historical novels that are of significant importance. The 1st Editions are my specialty and also the novels that have been signed by the author's or a significant person who owned them.
What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?
The most amazing novel I've run across was The Great Gatsby, 1st Edition, 1st Printing. It was the start of realizing my dreams because it gave me the start up funds to purchase other wonderful works. And it taught me a valuable lesson as I sold it for $1,650 to a dealer who then immediately listed it for $7,500, teaching me that dealer's will always try to underbid valuable pieces in an attempt to make the most money for what its really worth. I should have done more research, and when I found out how much it truly was worth, I decided not to let someone take advantage of me and learn the business myself.
What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?
I love talking to the wonderful people who purchase these novels, but to be honest I love the research and reading about each items history and the people who wrote them.
What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?
I can only describe my favorite bookstore, as I've only seen it in the movies. The movie "You have Mail" has by far been my inspiration for the perfect bookstore, rows of wonderful novels, a quiet place to read if you wish, a story time section to entertain children to get them to love the reading of books.
What's your favorite book you personally own? Would you sell it, if the price were right?
Wild Animals. My husband and I found it in a second hand shop, it is rather beat up, no copywrite page a few other pages missing, but full of character with wonderful hand drawn animals in their natural setting. We have had it for about 10 years and just recently discovered who wrote it and its age. Although its not worth much, I could not ever part with it only because it's sentimental value is priceless.
What one book would you buy if price were no object?
My favorite novel if price didn't matter would be the First Edition, 1st Printing, Signed by the author, The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. This was the first novel I truly loved reading when I was in high school and my favorite line is "tis a far, far better place that I go, than I have every been, tis a far, far place that I've ever been".
If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring three books, what would they be?
If I were stranded on a desert island and could only have three books... The Complete Works of Charles Dickens, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and To Kill a Mockingbird.