And here I present to you, dear reader, a perennial list of Maine bookstores you should check out in 2017. Each of these shops has its own literary kind of vibe, and all of them are great places to immerse yourself in the pages of a good book. What more could a bibliophile want? Lippincott […]
In a recent interview with PBS, Ann Patchett, bestselling author of books like Bel Canto, State of Wonder and the just-released novel Commonwealth, discussed her involvement with Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore in Nashville. (The entire interview is great, but skip ahead to about 5:18 to hear specifically about the store.) When asked why independent bookstores […]
Three years ago, I got it in my head that I needed to buy a copy of ‘The Shining’ by Stephen King. So began a quest through dozens of bookshops all over Maine….
Summer in Maine is perfect for hitting the road and discovering new shops, ice cream stands, drive-in theaters, restaurants… and, of course, bookstores. Because what is summer without good reads?
Finally, after what seemed like a lifetime of waiting, my love asked me the four words I’d been longing to hear most.
“Bookish adventure this weekend?”
Spontaneity is good, especially when there’s a bookshop waiting at the end of the journey.
This shop first struck my eye with its huge yellow banner proclaiming BETTER BARGAIN BOOKS. In my experience, there has never been a more effective marketing ploy to get me in the door of a merchandising establishment.
For our latest bookish adventure, we took the advice of one of Twice Sold Tales’ readers and went up to Rockland. This reader had gotten in touch with me after I posted my piece about the train leaving us there one autumn day. He suggested a few bookshops, stores, and restaurants where we should go […]
Do you remember your first used bookshop? Can you still recall the way the afternoon light streamed in through the windows, or how you felt when you walked in the door, bell tinkling above you, and knew you were in a place full of actual magic? To tell a tale of Lippincott Books, I must […]
To share the wonders of Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, I must begin at the beginning. Not the very beginning of the library itself (which was built in 1904 and then renovated and expanded in 1999), but the first time I happened upon it, and the circumstances under which I found myself wandering amongst its […]