Happy New Year

By tom on January 01, 2016 | Add a Comment

The Penny Poet of Portsmouth by Katherine Towler

Happy New Year everyone! Every time the calendar rolls over I look around the store and think: "Well, we're still here!" And we do it with your help and support, so thank you.

 What are you excited about this year? Top of my list is the release of The Penny Poet of Portsmouth by local resident Katherine Towler. The book is a memoir of her associtation with noted local character and poet Robert Dunn. We will be hosting the book release at 3S Artspace on March 22. Tickets are here

For more information about the book check it out at the publisher's website here.


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Flash Poetry Zaniness

By tom on April 06, 2015 | Add a Comment

Okay, so let's finish National Poetry Month with some fun. Introducing the Flash Tyepwriter Poetry Contest. Each contestant will be given a manual typewriter, three sheets of paper, and a pencil. Then we will draw a random topic. Contestants have 30 minutes to write a poem on the topic, TYPE IT OUT, and turn it in. The completed poems will be shuffled and handed back out to the poets randoml. The poets will then read the poem they were given. After the reading, each poet will vote for their favorite poem (exluding their own). There will be wine!  There will be prizes for best poem, best reading, and audience award.

The event will be limited to FIFTEEN PARTICIPANTS. There is a registration fee of $5, just to make sure you show up. To register email Tom at

We also want to have an audience, so spread the word! It's April 30th AT 6:30PM

This is going to be tons of fun. 

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Women On Money

By tom on March 31, 2015 | Add a Comment

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There's been a very cool push online to put some famous American women on our currency. I wholeheartedly agree, and wish to point out that other countries have not only political figures on their cash, but artists, musicians, and even architects! So who would you like to see?  I nominate Zora Neale Hurston for a start.


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Sweetland by Michael Crummey

Want to read something amazing?

Then you definitely want to read Sweetland.

Want to read something that will break your heart?

Then you definitely want to read Sweetland.

The Canadian government wants to but the island of Sweetland, but Moses Sweetland, a crumudgeonly old man whose ancestors settled the island, doesn't want to move. This makes him very unpopular with his neighbors, who all want to sell. But Moses is tied to the island, heart and soul. Over the course of the book, we learn about the ghosts and memories that make him want to stay. Alternately witty and powerful, Sweetland is not to be missed.

Want to read something you'll never forget?

Then you definitely want to read Sweetland


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