Note from Michele: Brooks Sigler is a very talented local author. She'll be reading at RiverRun Bookstore on Monday, June 14th at 7pm with Hyatt Bass. More details on their event here.
Guest Blog Post by Brooks Siglerread more
I wanted to take this opportunity to say a sincere thank you to our customers. There are times that we may be working alone in the store and it starts to get busy, which can be trying for everyone involved. Especially when there are customers in the store, and three of the phone lines are ringing at the same time. And if you have ever worked by yourself, you know that this is what always happens - you go from complete silence one moment to very busy the next. Recently we announced that we are going to be hosting Paul Harding again in July, and as expected, the phones have been ringing - a lot. There have been a few shifts that I have been working solo, and most people have been great about being understanding and patient. Whether I have had to take down a name and number and call someone back, or whether someone has waited patiently while I finished up a phone call, people have been really terrific and I wanted to say thanks for that - it means a lot to me.read more
Here's a link to a great Slate article about how Book Owners Have Smarter Kids. I don't think it's an elitist message, considering we have books at SecondRun for as cheap as a dollar, and Library Sales regularly clear books out for 25 cents. The point is, if you have books in the house, kids will read them. Or maybe osmosis is in play?
Hmmm, if book owners have smarter kids, what do Bookstore owners have?read more
About 10 years ago I bought a book of short stories called Among The Missing because it had a blurb on the front by Lorrie Moore, and frankly, I will read whatever Lorrie Moore tells me to. The book later was nominated for the National Book Award, and the author's name was Dan Chaon.
I am so pleased to have Dan Chaon reading at the store next week (Tuesday, June 8th, 7pm) for the paperback release of Await Your Reply. I absolutely loved this new book, which is an intense mediation on identity. Can a person really just step from one life into another, and if they can, what happens to the people left behind? It also has the forward motion of a thriller while keeping a very low-key, conversational style. Yet it manages to also ask probing philosophical questions. It's a great book.
We'd love to see you there,
Emily St. John Mandel is one of the rising stars in the literary world. Michele is a huge fan of both of her novels: Last Night in Montreal and her newest book, The Singer's Gun. Emily will be at RiverRun Bookstore next week (Tuesday, June 8th at 7pm) reading with another favorite author of mine, Dan Chaon. She wrote a guest blog for us about what it's like to have a second book published. -Michele
By Emily St. John Mandel
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.