12419 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
(216) 791-2665

Effective March 22, 2020, Appletree Books is closed until April 6, 2020, due to Ohio closing non-essential businesses due to the Covid-19 virus.


New & Noteworthy

Appletree Books and COVID-19

With Ohio closing all non-essential businesses, Appletree Books is closed between now and April 6, 2020. As we get closer to April 6th, we will evaluate the Covid-19 situation and let you know our plans.  The safety of our employees and customers is our first concern.

On Monday, March 23rd, we will fill any orders that have been sent in via email or left via a phone message.  We will contact you to arrange for payment as well as to get an address to deliver your order. Unfortunately, any order received after March 23rd will not be able to be fulfilled until we re-open.

If you have questions, please feel free to call us at 216.791.2665 or via email at info@appletree-books.com


Thank you,

Lynn, Jane R, Lori, Michael, Jane S, Rebecca, Julia, Ed, and Euclid

March 16, 2020


Appletree is now part of a new online book ordering service, Bookshop.org, that will allow you to order a new book online, have it delivered to an address you choose, and help support Appletree and other independent bookstores with your purchase.

Bookshop is a simple, convenient way to get the books you want and still support local bookstores. The website allows you to search for books in multiple ways – title, author, book lists such as Indie books! Orders are shipped from Ingram, a book industry wholesaler, directly to you!

Appletree has our own “storefront” on Bookshop – so when you open an account, you can select Appletree as your virtual bookstore:  https://bookshop.org/shop/appletreebooks

Bookshop is a great way to buy books and have them delivered to you during this period where we are restricted from shopping.


On Our Walls: Billy Ritter

Local potter Bill Ritter is our artist for March 2020.

Billy will have a selection of bowls and mugs available for purchase during the month.

“Twenty years ago, as an undergraduate student at Slippery Rock University, this was the first time I experienced clay and pottery. Our class traversed the banks of Wolf Creek and foraged some wild clay to use in our projects. After my bachelors degree and the course of life happening, I found my way back to graduate school at Kent State University and returned to clay in 2008. It has been a long circle to this point on the map, but I am elated to be here with you all now.

“In January of 2015 I opened the doors to Billy Ritter 77. Located in Hectic Studio, in the historic Hildebrandt Building, in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. At the Hildebrandt studio I craft one-of-a-kind functional ceramic tablewares and vessels.  In addition to my work, I offer: one-on-one instruction, couples workshops, creative consulting, and apprentice opportunities. I encourage you to discover the depth of my studio process and life as a potter on Instagram @billyritter77.”

Support Local Bookstores- Libro.FM

The Coronavirus is impacting businesses large and small in our community.  If you are concerned about venturing out, audiobooks are a great way to enjoy great stories and books, while supporting local bookstores.

Purchases of memberships at Libro.fm help support local bookstores.  Right now, through 3/31/20, Libro.fm is offering a special promotion where you can purchase a reduced-priced membership and 100% of the sale will go to Appletree!

For more information, click here Libro.fm Special

Cleveland Heights High School Artisits

During March 2020, our front windows will display art created by art students from Cleveland Heights High School.

The artworks are a sampling of the creative talent from all of the art classes at the High School. Works on display were made by students in Studio Art, AP, Jewelry and Metals, Ceramics, and Photography.


Never Judge A Book By Its Movie Series Returns

Julia Biars will lead discussions of books and its movie on Saturday nights at Appletree this spring. Read the book, and then join Julia in the store to watch the movie and then discuss the book and movie! Due to space limitations, screenings are limited to 10 people. Please RSVP by email at info@appletree-books.com or calling the store at (216)791-2665.

Each discussion starts at 7 pm!

March 7th: Dracula by Bram Stoker and Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola

April 18th: Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Harp and Die Hard by John McTiernan

May 23rd: Awakenings by Oliver Sacks and Awakenings directed by Penny Marshall

June 20th: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn directed by Arthir Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass

July 18: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik and Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese

Appletree Staff Member: Euclid Alix

Every month we introduce you to an Appletree Books staff member and some of their recommended reads.
This month: Euclid Alix, Store Dog (works remotely)
Important things about me:
My birthday is January 23, 2005. My full official title is: His Imperial Majesty, EUCLID, Dog of Dogs, conquering Dog of the tribe of Beagle, conqueror of the Nation of Canine, Dog-Elect of Overlook Manor, and Highest Ruler of the ruled in the land of those who must be ruled.Besides reading, my favorite activity is sniffing.My favorite bookstore is Appletree Books [editor’s note: well, naturally].  As a puppy, I used to sunbathe in the front windows.  I prefer mysteries and fiction.My official biography is A Day in the Life of Euclid, Mayor of Overlook Road, by Brittan and Mariana.  The book is currently out of print.

My recommended reads:
The History of the World in Fifty Dogs (Abrams Image), by Mackenzi Lee.
A who’s who of famous and historically significant canines.  No beagles, but then no book is perfect.

Barkus, Book 1 (Chronicle Books), by Patricia MacLachlan.
A perfect introduction to dogs for beginning readers.  Or a perfect introduction to reading for dog lovers.  Something like that.

Bad Dog (Doubleday), by Mike Boldt.
This picture book is about a very bad dog, indeed, and like so many great books, it has a great twist (hint: meow).

Dog Songs (Penguin Books), by Mary Oliver.
Oh, to be appreciated by one of the greats of American poetry!  She really gets us dogs: how warm we are, how much we love our human companions, how little control we have over shedding.  (To paraphrase a famous singer, we were born this way, baby.)

Dog Man: Fetch-22 (Graphix), by Dav Pilkey.
The most recent addition to my favorite graphic-novel superhero series.  Who needs Captain America, when you have Dog Man?  In this volume, Dog Man shows us all the values of kindness, doing good, and getting along with all kinds of folks.  Even cats.

Poets in the Window - National Poetry Month

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we are inviting poets to spend time writing or reading in our annex window on Saturday afternoons during April 2020.

Dates and times are:

April 4th, April 11th, April 18th, and April 25th; 1-3 pm and 3-5 pm

Sign up for one session to read or write! Email us at info@appletree-books.com to signup!


New at Appletree: Candles by Furbish & Fire

Furbish & Fire has custom-made these delicately scented, locally made, soy-wax candles just for Appletree Books! They make great gifts for yourself or others.

“Based in Avon Lake, OH, Furbish & Fire Candle Co. sources all of its recycled containers locally. We have collaborated with several local establishments to re-purpose their empty wine bottles into something wine drinkers can appreciate again. This re-“furbishing” of bottles helped to inspire our name and fuel the passion that goes into every finished product.

“Each of our small batches is produced the artisanal way, just like the wine from which we recycle our bottles, with love and attention poured into each candle we make. We strive for supreme quality while remaining environmentally conscious. Our wine bottle candles are all hand-cut and polished, and all of our candles are hand-poured with all-natural soy wax, use lead-free, cotton wicks, and include premium, phthalate-free fragrances.”

Appletree Exclusive: Cleveland and Cleveland Heights Cards by Eric Silveman

Beautiful architectural photographs of Cleveland and Cleveland Heights grace these cards made especially for Appletree by local photographer Eric Silverman.

“Architectural photography is the focus of my work. While many of my subjects are well covered, I try for angles and perspectives that are not commonplace. Other than cropping, I do not do much to alter the images other than some tweaking of the colors as needed. For cityscape shots, I often try to layer the buildings, showcasing the contrasts in styles. For my black and white photographs, Margaret Bourke-White and O. Winston Link have been my inspirations. Edward Hopper has been an influence for many of my cityscape photos, while Richard Estes nurtured my fondness for reflections of the city in display windows.”  – Eric Silverman