Dawn Treader Book Shop


Dawn Treader Book Shop features used and rare books and is a local institution in its 40+ years in Ann Arbor’s book community. Opened in 1979 by Bill Gilmore, in the spring of 2022 it was purchased by current manager Africa Schaumann, who took the helm shortly after the unexpected passing of the previous manager, and Bill’s son, Corby Gillmore in 2018.

Originally from Ypsilanti,  Africa attended college in North Carolina where she studied history, specifically race relations in the United States between 1890-1965. Africa has worked in libraries and bookstores, and is trained in archival book bindery, preservation, and conservation.

In her role as manager, she strives to create an environment that is both welcoming and safe to its diverse array of patrons. Her favorite part about being a bookseller is the exchange of knowledge that goes along with selling books in a college town. She learns as much from patrons as they learn from the books they purchase.

You can often find her reading about history. Although she enjoys anything historical, she especially enjoys the Golden Age of Piracy, the Jazz Age, and the Civil Rights and Reconstruction Eras. Her primary hobby is reading and selling books, so it’s safe to say that she has found the rare and elusive dream career in managing a used bookstore. During non-pandemic times, you could find her spending an evening at an A2SO or UMS event, watching black-and-white films at Michigan and State Theaters, or walking one of the many museums around campus.

Store Information

Genre & Specialty 
Used & Rare Books   

514 E. Liberty St 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104   

734 – 995 – 1008 

COVID-19 Policy 
Masks required

Year Opened


11 am to 8 pm
11 am to 6 pm

On-street parking nearby
Curbside pick-up available
Employees happy to retrieve any requested books!

Indie Interview with Africa coming soon!