It's probably no surprise that most booksellers are also writers themselves.  We're very proud of our very own Jody Hetherington, who just was named a winner in the 2009 Maine Literary Awards, sponsored by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.  You can see her superb poem, winner in the Individual Awards for Unpublished Work Poetry category, below.  Jody also received an Honorable Mention for her fiction, "House of Words", in the Individual Awards for Unpublished Work Fiction category. Go Jody! It's only a matter of time before we're hosting her as a featured reader and published author at RiverRun!

either oar


First, find a boat. It helps

to have a dream of water still

lapping in your ears and the salt

of regret in your eyes. Stay

within thought of the ocean, and listen.

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We occasionally have music concerts here at the bookstore after hours.  If you've never been to one, I encourage you to come this Saturday (that's April 11th) at 9pm to hear Hateful Little Cakes and Subject Bias.

Watching a show at RiverRun is a special experience.  Everyone is there to listen to the music-- there's no espresso machine chuggin in the background, nobody talking loudly and drunkenly into their cell phone.  Everyone is paying attention.

Both bands on Saturday night are great.  Hateful Little Cakes are from here in town, and are much nicer than their name suggests.  They play a kind of folk/electronic mix that I really like.  Subject Bias is out of Portland, Maine, and play well written alternative pop.  They've got great voices and are a really tight band.

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Pre-order a Signed Copy

I've been busy these days not just booking and running author events here at RiverRun, but also interviewing authors and writing book reviews.  When Jedediah Berry and Samantha Hunt came to Portsmouth last month, I had a chance to talk with both of them about their thoughts behind their novels.  Now I have interviews with them published in the April issue of Bookslut.  Did I mention we have signed copies of Jedediah's book, The Manual of Detection, and Samantha's book, The Invention of Everything Else?read more


One Dog Year

By tom on March 30, 2009 | Add a Comment


Thank You! We just turned Seven Years Old!

Thank you, thank you!  There is no RiverRun without you.  We should be experienced enough by now to feel like old hands, but the publishing world keeps shifting under our feet.  No matter how well we do our job, there are parts of this industry over which we have no control.  For some reason, they wont listen to me when I tell them how to run their businesses.

Kindle, Borders, and Beyond

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I probably look silly for making this post, but on Tuesday night I was in a really foul mood, due partly to the horrible cold I have that will not go away, due partly to this seemingly unending winter.  I needed a new book to read, but I wanted something that I knew would whisk me away.  So I climbed into bed with Harry Potter VII, and it was the perfect choice.  Snape was leering, Malfoy was snivelling, Hedwig was smoldering, and Bill and Fleur were getting married.  In moments I was gone.

When I was younger I used to read my favorite novels several times, but these days I have about 150 books in my to-read pile, so it seems counterproductive to re-read.  I had forgotten what a great feeling it is to come back to a favorite book and discover that it's still great.

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About RiverRun

  • We are your friendly neighborhood bookstore, located in downtown Portsmouth, NH.  Small but potent, we offer a fine selection of new books with an emphasis on fiction, history, poetry and mystery.  We also have a great little kids section, and hold over 100 events a year.

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