Andy Wills, Entrepreneur, book seller, master of many crafts. Andy and his wife, Sally, own and run the bookshop, the Mermaid Cafe that is in the same building and a great B&B apartment upstairs. If you are in Homer don't miss the chance to stop in.
Andy is a third generation book seller. He offers used, rare and out-of-print books, and has been operating in Homer since 1997.
The shop has moved from its original location in the basement of the Old Inlet Trading Post to its new digs up the street, now located in a dovetail notch-constructed log cabin in historic Old Town. About 400 feet from the waters of Cook Inlet, the log structure, known as the Hansen House (because it was Burt Hansen who moved it from the south side of Kachemak Bay to its present location in the early 1930s), was one of Homer's very first stores. The provenance is still a mystery, but some locals believe the cabin was built on Yukon Island in 1905, making it one of the oldest buildings in Homer.
Totally renovated, the cabin offers old pioneer charm to the add-on new construction that houses the Mermaid Cafe and B&B. The bookshop specializes in Alaskana, polar exploration, natural history, modern firsts, children's and medical books. We also offer a wide array of general stock in most genres.
Of the 20,000-plus titles available for perusal, one might find a signed Rockwell Kent illustrated first edition Moby Dick in a dust jacket, or a John Muir Cruise of the Corwin with a manuscript tipped into it. There is the possibility of securing a paperback of a favorite fiction writer, or a naval text detailing all the major submarine battles of World War 11.
Also available are original oil paintings by local artist James Buncak, oil paintings by Chicago artist Sue Spero, whale-bone and ivory carvings by Point Hope Eskimo Tom Fields, and photographs by renowned photographer G. Brad Lewis.
Tech note: Color was created with a 5 image "pseudo" HDR ( 5 copies saved at different exposures in RAW and processed with Photomatix Pro) B&W conversion was applied to the resulting base image as a layer and "washed" away utilizing masks. Difficult lighting situation: combination of incandescent, flourescent, and natural light. Strobe with large diffuser is off camera to the right on the floor