All News News Posted June 20, 2018 By Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance and Chamber

The Mitten Word Bookshop is “bound” for success

Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance and Chamber (MAEDA) celebrated the opening of The Mitten Word Bookshop in downtown Marshall with a ribbon cutting presentation on April 30.  

Pictured from left MAEDA staff and Chamber Ambassadors welcome The Mitten Word Bookshop to Marshall; Velvet Potter from Chemical Bank, Joan Rapp from Schuler’s, Kierith Kurth from MAEDA, Mayor Jack Reed from Chemical Bank, Margaret Taylor from Fredonia-Grange, owner Dr. Jim Donahue, Barb Gray from Chemical Bank, Scott Fleming from MAEDA, Ryan McFadden from Rosemary Davis REALTORS, Jane Reid from MAEDA, County Commissioner Vic Potter from Bud’s Towing, Lance Mason from Rosemary Davis REALTORS and Rebecca de Finta from MAEDA.

Here’s a “novel” idea; grab your coffee or tea and come into The Mitten Word Bookshop to browse the stacks of new and high-quality used books. Offering a wide selection of all genres, The Mitten Word specializes in Michigan and local history, children’s books, fiction, and classics.

As an independent, full-service bookshop, owners, Jim and Ginny Donahue, work with publishers, new book wholesalers and other independent bookstores to provide a well-rounded collection at a good price. The book exchange program offers in-store credit for used books. “We only accept used books in excellent condition,” explained Jim. “The book exchange program helps our customers, keeps our stock interesting and is good for the planet.”

In addition to a great selection of books, The Mitten Word offers gift certificates and non-book items including writing supplies, maps, and greeting cards. Jim and Ginny plan to routinely host author events at the shop which began with Michigan author Ellen Airgood on their opening day.

Jim and Ginny’s tale to become bookshop owners is an intriguing story. Growing up near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, Jim first became a physician and spent 30 years practicing internal medicine and geriatrics.  After reading an article about low literacy rate, he did his homework which led to the opening of Battle Creek Books. “We loved our customers in Battle Creek, but felt it was time for a new adventure and have received an overwhelming welcome from Marshall,” stated Jim.

Turn a page and check out The Mitten Word Bookshop at 114 W. Michigan Ave. in downtown Marshall or contact them at 269-558-8111. Learn more at or like them on Facebook.