Tag Archives: literary Maine

10 Maine bookstores you should visit in 2017

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 […]

The importance of independent bookstores

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 […]

3 more bookstores to visit in Maine this summer

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?

Beaches, boardwalks, and bargain books

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.

Books and weekend adventures in Rockland

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 […]

Paradise lost and found – the joy of Lippincott Books

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 […]

A World of Possibility at the Curtis Memorial Library

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 […]