That's right, you don't have to worry about the bridge any more. RiverRun will have a small store in the Foreside area of Kittery, right across the street from AJ's. Our neighbors will include a coffee shop and a juice bar!
RiverRun Foreside will carry both new and used books. It will be like RiverRun Portsmouth, except it will be about the size of your living room.
Why are we doing this? Because we care about our Maine customers and don't want to lose them. We loooovvve Portsmouth, but we understand that between bridge repair, parking, and general hubub, it can be hard to shop here sometimes.
As downtown Kittery grows and becomes and exciting place to visit, we are excited to be a part of that.
Sometimes I wonder just how many projects we can juggle at once, but when things turn out great, it's a wonderful feeling. Our events programming is as vibrant as ever. Sometimes it is disappointing when you go through the work of booking so many events and then people don't show up. That's just the way it goes. This spring, however, we've had a string of successes that have us thrilled. In the past few weeks we've had full houses for events with national celebrities like Gloria Steinem and Augusten Burroughs, and local celebrities like Tony Irons and Kimberly Green.
Coming up we have the release of our Poetry Anthology, Piscataqua Poems, and also the release party for Kiarna Boyd's Blessed and Cursed Alike. On the national front we have a sold out show with Terry Tempest Williams and have just announced an event with Charles Simic.read more
We are so excited to bring Gloria Steinem to town to speak on April 19th! Unfortunately, the event is sold out, but there are still a lot of ways to get involved.
The topic of Gender Equality could not be more timely. It seems crazy to me that we are still struggling with these issues. Worse, it seems like progress is a series of loops and switchbacks instead of a steady march forward.
We've created a webpage called www.steinemspeaks.com, and added a forum where you can chime in on these issues. I hope to hear from you as we attept to cultivate this dialogue on the Seacoast in a meaningful way that will continue long after Ms. Steinem's visit is over.
We're starting work in earnest this week on our poetry anthology. It is tentatively called Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology and will feature 75-100 poems written about the area we live in.
We collected these poems by holding a general call and contest, and have received over 150 submissions. We will be publishing the anthology in time for National Poetry Month, which is April, and will be awarding prizes to our five favorite poems. Everyone who entered will receive a copy of the finished book.
If you've written a book of poetry, and have been considering self-publishing, we urge you to talk to us about The Piscataqua Press, our publishing venture. Every week we see authors who have paid a faceless web-based company to publish their book. We can make you a fantastic looking book, and you can talk to us face to face.
So we take in a lot of used books. I mean, a lot. Many of them spend a purgatorial stretch in my basement storage area before they get their chance to shine in the $2 bins at the store.
The other day I was rummaging around in some boxes and came across several mass market Spenser novels by Robert Parker, including his first book The Godwulf Manuscript. For some reason (Blame Robert Urich!!) I'd always discounted Parker as a bit cheesy.
But Boy, Howdy this is great noir. Reading about Parker now I can see that he's considered the driving force in a revival of Hammett and Chandler style detective fiction and these early novels show why. Spenser is a good guy, who wants to do the right thing, be he also gets in fights, sleeps around (at least until he meets Susan), and the endings to his novels aren't always as tidy as you'd expect.
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.