Are you looking for the right gift for the voracious readers in your life? RiverRun Bookstore recently launched a Signed First Editions Club. Members receive an autographed copy of an important new work of fiction or nonfiction every month. The cost is no more than the retail price of the book plus shipping; or you can pick it up in the store. Sign up for a year and get free shipping!
You can buy a membership for yourself or someone else. We send an e-mail out to members once a month letting them know about the current selection. You can always opt out if you don't want the featured book.
So far we've offered signed copies of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo's That Old Cape Magic, Lorrie Moore's A Gate at the Stairs, and the December pick is Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna.read more
Don't be offended if you see me washing my hands after waiting on you this holiday season. There's some serious stuff going around out there, and I can't afford to get sick.
This has been a tough year. As always, December is our most important month. Last year we got clobbered by the ice storm and a whole lot of snow. This year it looks like the flu might be our nemesis. So I'm taking lots of Vitamin C and encouraging staff members to take care of themselves. And you too!
If you can't make it into the store due to sickness, or any other reason (like a broken bridge!), don't forget that when you buy books here on our website, the shipping is on us. Just click on the button on the lower right of your screen that says "Buy Books Online".
If you aren't quarantined, we'd love to see you for holiday shopping. We love to make recommendations, and we gift wrap for free. We also like it when you bring us cookies.read more
One more reason, besides her awesome books, to adore Ms. Kingsolver is this quote:
“Obviously, authors don’t own our physical books, just the words inside, so we have no control over how they’re sold,” Ms. Kingsolver said. “But we can ask our readers to consider how much they value their local bookstores. If this price war is another way of using volume discounts to put independent booksellers out of business, then every thoughtful reader is going to lose in the long run.”
She said this because her new book, The Lacuna, is being offered online at $10 as part of an ongoing price war between Amazon and Walmart. We like her outlook, and we look forward to hosting her at The Music Hall on the very day her book comes out, Nov. 3rd. The show is sold out, but you can still reserve a signed first edition, even if you aren't lucky enough to be at the show. Just shoot us an email and we'll hold one aside for you.read more
Hey, there's a boy in a balloon lost in media land! There's a new memoir from a Alaskan media-hound and possible presidential candidate, and there's a price war between Amazon.com and Walmart.com over books.
That's right, books! I didn't think books got enough attention (or market share) for people to fight over these days. Hopefully it wont last long, but right now both of these behemoths are selling the biggest releases of the fall at a loss just to spite one another. It's ridiculous. Am I worried? Not really (I find the weather a much more frightening prospect when it comes to killing Christmas sales).read more
We're very excited that bestselling writer Joe Hill (author of Heart-Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts) will be signing copies of his latest graphic novel later this month for fans. He announced this week on his website that folks can order up to 3 books per household from us, but at least one book has to be the new Locke & Key: Head Games. Here's the info from Joe's site:
If you’d like to get your paws on a signed copy of Locke & Key: Head Games, put a call in to RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH, sometime between now and the 23rd of September. Their number is (603) 431-2100.read more
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.