Featured Bookshop: Sherman’s Opens a Store in Portland, Maine
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Featured Bookshop: Sherman’s Opens a Store in Portland, Maine

  Sherman’s, Maine’s oldest bookstore, is part of a happy trend:  an increasing number of independent bookshops are opening.  In this case, Sherman’s expanded to open a fifth store in Portland in April, rounding out its other locations in Bar Harbor, Camden, Freeport, and Boothbay Harbor. Sherman’s is located on Exchange Street, a browsing, dining … Continue reading »

Featured Bookshop:  Books on the Square, Providence, Rhode Island
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Featured Bookshop: Books on the Square, Providence, Rhode Island

Books on the Square is a fine place to find a gift for your favorite reader (and that might be you, yourself). Located on the east side of Providence, RI, (steps from three different cafes, and the Paper Nautilus Bookshop), this commodious and welcoming shop is also extremely well-organized:  the internal signage will quickly orient … Continue reading »

Featured Bookshop: Paper Nautilus Books in Providence, Rhode Island
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Featured Bookshop: Paper Nautilus Books in Providence, Rhode Island

Paper Nautilus Books in Providence, Rhode Island, is a fine destination for devoted readers. Located in the East Side’s Wayland Square neighborhood among restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, its unprepossessing storefront barely hints at the pleasures inside. But before you step through the door, take a few minutes to rummage through the crates of bargain books … Continue reading »

Murder, Theft, & Secret Codes: Eleven Unsolved Literary Mysteries
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Murder, Theft, & Secret Codes: Eleven Unsolved Literary Mysteries

1. Who Really Wrote “The Night Before Christmas?” Clement Clarke Moore was the first to claim authorship of the classic poem. But the family of Henry Livingston Jr. begs to differ. Poetic forensics, a house fire, and a link to Washington Irving deepen the mystery. Stacy Conradt, writing for Mental Floss, takes on the mystery. … Continue reading »

Featured Bookshop: The Old Professor’s Bookshop in Belfast, Maine. Where you find the answers to “What Is? And What Matters?”
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Featured Bookshop: The Old Professor’s Bookshop in Belfast, Maine. Where you find the answers to “What Is? And What Matters?”

There’s an international organization founded by Richard Booth in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, which promotes “Book Towns.” The idea behind the organization is to promote sustainable rural development and tourism, by recognizing communities like Hay-on-Wye that are known for their literary culture. The group also organizes biannual book festivals. The 2016 Book Town festival will be held … Continue reading »

A Tribute to George (Saunders). No Reading 2014′s Best Until You Read 2013′s Best.
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A Tribute to George (Saunders). No Reading 2014′s Best Until You Read 2013′s Best.

We’re well into 2014, but perhaps you still have some of last year’s reading left. Stop and do not pass Go until you catch up with this one. “The best book you’ll read this year,” that 2013 New York Times Magazine assumption in search of rebuttal, introduces George Saunders’ Tenth of Dec.  So….anyhoo, let’s get … Continue reading »

Overinvesting in the Battle of the Book Titans
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Overinvesting in the Battle of the Book Titans

ICYMI, there’s an ongoing battle between Hachette (one of the big publishing groups) and Amazon. Specifically, a heated negotiation about ebook discount rates has been escalating. People on both sides of the battle are weighing in, including David Gaughran, Stephen Colbert, the Author’s Guild, those siding with traditional publishing,  and those defending Amazon as the publisher … Continue reading »

The Strange, Gothic Tale of a Neglected Genius, Romantic Poet Mary Webb
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The Strange, Gothic Tale of a Neglected Genius, Romantic Poet Mary Webb

We tend to buy old books at library and tag sales to rescue them, particularly poetry books by women, suspecting they never had much of an audience. Who knows what hidden brilliance we might find? Of course, the path to discovery is usually well-worn, and someone in Britain will have formed a Literary Society in … Continue reading »

Featured Bookshop: the “Fiercely Indie, Truly Local” Owl & Turtle in Camden, Maine
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Featured Bookshop: the “Fiercely Indie, Truly Local” Owl & Turtle in Camden, Maine

The Owl & Turtle Bookshop is a pleasure to visit, and we encourage you to drive to beautiful Camden, Maine, and go there as soon as possible. Camden is a bit of a tourist destination, so there’s a nice selection of restaurants, shops, and accommodations, but it’s not crowded: you can find parking if you drive, … Continue reading »