Dawn Treader Book Shop


Dawn Treader owner Bill Gilmore claims he was born around 1406 in Sussex and traveled extensively in Europe and the Mediterranean Rim. He tells us he then sailed to Virginia around 1640, and moved westward, eventually to what is now Oregon. Later he sailed to Santiago, Chile, where he followed the Inca road north, crossed into Argentina and took ship to the Dutch East Indies. After a few years he returned to Virginia, and about 50 years ago he found himself in Michigan.

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
Monday-Saturday: 11 am to 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm

Indie Interview

What inspired you to open a bookstore? What else would I do? Why do you think Dawn Treader is the most well-known used bookstore in Ann Arbor? Age, location, and inventory, with some ambiance thrown in. What has been your favorite part of owning and/or working in a bookstore? The chance to meet all the fascinating readers. What has been your greatest challenge running a bookstore? Staying abreast of readers’ interests and finding really worthwhile books. How would you describe your store to someone who has never visited? A warm environment full of things you did not realize you wanted