The Haunted Book Shop is named after the beloved former bookstore located in downtown Mobile, operating from 1941 to 1991 when it closed its doors. That bookstore was founded by Adelaide Marston (later Adelaide Trigg) and Cameron Plummer and named for their favorite book, The Haunted Book Shop, by Christopher Morley.

The current bookstore’s owner Angela Trigg is the granddaughter of Adelaide Trigg and knows that not only is the store “..haunted by the ghosts of all great literature,” (Christopher Morley, The Haunted Book Shop) but that the ghosts of the two book-loving Marston sisters, Adelaide Marston Trigg and Eleanor Marston Benz, are looking down on the endeavor with big, wide grins.

About the Owner

Angela with her cat, Mr. Bingley

Angela Trigg will be familiar to any regular at Bienville Books as she worked there since Feb 2011, recommending books to regulars and visitors alike and is excited that the new bookstore is in the same location (Thanks, Russ!)

On the sly, though, she’s been moonlighting as a romance author, writing under the pen name Angela Quarles. She is a RWA RITA® award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, time travel, and steampunk romance. Library Journal named her steampunk set in Mobile, Steam Me Up, Rawley, Best Self-Published Romance of 2015 and Must Love Chainmail won the 2016 RITA® Award in the paranormal category, the first indie to win in that category.

In addition to Bienville Books, she worked at Oxford Books in Atlanta in the early 90s, one of the old great indie bookstores that no longer exists. She has a B.A. in International Studies and Anthropology with a minor in German from Emory University in Atlanta and a M.A. in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She has been past president of the Mobile Writer’s Guild, and current president of the Gulf Coast Chapter of Romance Writer’s of America with deep roots in the writing community.

The Other “Haints”

Candice Conner loves books that ask the big questions: where do alligators go during hurricanes? How does one circumnavigate the moon? What is the best sort of cheese to use if your dragon is a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich chef? What is causing the stench in the back of the fridge? If you’re looking for picture books through young adult, she’s happy to help you find your next favorite kidlit book.

Alex McLeod is a lifelong native of Mobile and he’s been reading steadily for most of his life. His home genres are fantasy, mystery, and science fiction but in his downtime at the shop, he works on a project of his: to read a few good books in every genre and learn a little something about everything. Ask him what he’s read lately. He likes helping find new things to read, and running up the stairs so he will both point you at something good and run to get it for you. He’s also in the lead in the store’s coveted “Most Recommendations Accepted” award, but mostly because the others don’t know it’s a thing and he’s been keeping score himself and therefore gets to cheat.

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