The Concord Bookshop

Spring is bursting out all over on our picture book table - St. Patrick's Day, Passover, Easter, SPRING?!

Jane Sutton

We've shoveled a path to our back door and all the books! Yes, front door on Main Street is cleared, too.

9:30 opening today - yahoo!

"A Tour through the Streets of Organized Crime"

"A Tour through the Streets of Organized Crime"

a collection of 17 essays from our nation's brightest thinkers, in response to the question "Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America"

a collection of 17 essays from our nation's brightest thinkers, in response to the question "Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America"

If you missed Jen Petro-Roy - Author and P.S. I MISS YOU when she was at the Bookshop, come to Chelmsford Public Library tonight (Monday, March 12) at 7pm.

You and the Middle Grade readers in your life will want some new reading material for the upcoming snowstorm! #booksWithoutBatteries

Spring forward! Make sure you're clocks are set to the correct time ...
You won't want to miss today's author talk with Boston Globe journalist - and neighboring resident of Littleton - when she discusses the down and dirty of Boston's 'underworld' in "Gangland Boston: A Tour Through the Deadly Streets of Organized Crime"

3pm today, Sunday, March 11

Well, if I were a snow mouse, I'd be hanging out at The Concord Cheese Shop today, too!

He might be petitioning for a Phil's FaMOUSE :)

We're open! We have power, the parking lot is cleared.

And, yes, we have books - including activity books, "sticker dollies," and jigsaw puzzles for the family to enjoy on this snowy day.

As of this writing, our 7pm event with Cass Sunstein is **ON**

It was standing room only for the launch of this middle grade novel

It was standing room only for the launch of this middle grade novel

Olive came in to help Adam with our shipping/receiving today!

She is so sweet and friendly

"I will journey far outside myself."

Meanwhile, in our glamorous back room ... Elizabeth is busy stacking and flapping books for tomorrow's event with Jen Petro-Roy - Author and P.S. I MISS YOU

Sunday, March 4 at 3pm -- see you then!

"One ringy-dingy ... two ringy-dingy ..."

Our phones are back up!

The storm has left our phones 'off the hook' -- hoping to have them fixed today.

In the meantime, yes, WE'RE OPEN until 5pm tonight (Sat. 3/3).

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Boston's Trident Booksellers & Café Damaged by Fire

Booksellers are a close community -- our friends at Trident Booksellers and Cafe (yes, in the Back Bay, on Newbury Street) suffered a fire last night, and extensive damage due to water.

The physical store is closed temporarily while they assess and repair damages, but, you can still shop their on-line store. Know anyone who lives or works in Boston with an upcoming birthday? Send them a Trident gift card for future use! Trident Booksellers and Café in Boston will be closed until further notice following a fire late Wednesday night. Manager Courtney Flynn told

Middle-grade author responds to queer-themed book controversy


We'll use other adjectives: "engaging," "thoughtful," "empowering," "supportive," "validating," to name a few.

Thoughts from Jen Petro-Roy - Author in an essay appearing today on the Entertainment Weekly website:

** We — children and adults alike — need stories that show us that we aren’t alone, even if we feel like we’re the only one.

There’s nothing controversial about that at all. ** Jen Petro-Roy's 'P.S. I Miss You' has faced resistance around the country for being 'too heavy,' despite its total lack of profanity or sexual content

“Can It Happen Here?” Essayists On Trump, Signs Of Authoritarianism In America

"America is robust."
"The media is a safeguard of our democracy."

Yes. and yes! Wonderful interview on WBGH with Cass Sunstein (edited CAN IT HAPPEN HERE) and Martha Minow (a contributor to the book, and a former Harvard Law School instructor of Barack Obama!).

Cass Sunstein will be here in one short week - Thursday, March 8, at 7pm, speaking about and signing copies of this collection of smart essays from some of our country's best and brightest. Jim Braude was joined by Harvard Law’s Cass Sunstein and Martha Minow on their new book, “Can It Happen Here? Authoritarianism in America."

Fab clip in the Lowell Sun with Jen Petro-Roy - Author talking about P.S. I MISS YOU and reading from the first chapter.

She'll be here this weekend - Sunday, March 4 at 3pm - join us!

Thanks to CC-ACE for this brilliant window display, which highlights an upcoming panel discussion on a very important topic -- agreeing to disagree.

This will help us to engage in civil discourse, to have meaningful conversations about topics (such as politics, religion, values, life style) that might sometimes divide us.

Save the date, April 3 -- details are here:

New in our Signed Books Gallery -- THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin.


Lots of Presidential biographies on our adult non-fiction shelves, and in Young Readers section:

A new table display, featuring Europa Editions and their highly curated - yet eclectic and distinct - international voices. These quality paperback editions (with French flaps!) are notable for their design and content.

Fans of Domenic Starnone's TIES (count us among the fans!) will be counting the days until his new novel, TRICK, is published early in March. We're taking pre-orders now ...

Youth media award winners; book picks include baking, biking, Paris, and the Enlightenment

ICYMI - Our weekly e-news is sent out each Wednesday.

We share book and community news, some book picks for the week, and info about our upcoming events.

You can get this delivered direct to your inbox by signing up under "Join My List" in FB's left sidebar, visiting our website, or ask any bookseller the next time you're in the Bookshop.

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Yum -- stepped next door to Sally Ann's Bakery for lunch, and am overwhelmed by the sweet Valentine's Day treats Bill has baked today!

A LOVEly display in our Community Window, showcasing the Concord Carousel Preschool!

Congratulations to Erin Entrada Kelly, winner of the 2018 Newbery Medal for HELLO, UNIVERSE! The Newbery Award is granted annually for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Our booksellers have been raving about this middle grade novel, and a review in Booklist magazine says "the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). "Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast of misfits."

The snow and ice win this round -- we'll be closing early (by 3:30 or so) - Before you head into town, please give us a call to confirm we're still here.

(image via hiveminder . com)

Our friends at The Concord Cheese Shop are cooking up Valentine's Day dinner; includes a lovely bouquet from Copper Penny Flowers !

Order by 4pm tomorrow (Weds. 2/7) for pick-up on 2/14

It's official! The Oprah Winfrey Book Club pick is AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE from Tayari Jones !

The author of Silver Sparrow returns with a stunning novel about race, loyalty, and love that endures.

Entertainment Weekly calls it "one of the most anticipated novels of 2018," and, yes, we've got it here for you!

C'mon, Pats!

A new month, a new Author of the Month --

Our display features the work of two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward and some biographical information about this talented author of award-winning fiction and nonfiction.

Which of her books has got you talking?!

Wow - new Litographs on display in our Young Readers section!

"Art from books" that uses the text from the book to create these eye-catching matted art posters. Some of our favorites include ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS, and GOODNIGHT MOON.

Lots more in the Bookshop, as well as adult titles (WALDEN! HAMLET! MOBY DICK!)

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Our display in Young Readers features classics like THE SNOWY DAY and SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY; a fun rhyming read-aloud - WHEN THE SNOW FALLS - by local author Linda Booth Sweeney; a new Middle Grade novel about a magical hotel, WINTERHOUSE; and fascinating peek at weather in WHAT MAKES A BLIZZARD.

Curious as to what's HOT at your local independent bookstore? These are the top hardcover and paperback bestsellers for the past week --

Looking for weekend fun?! The Concord Children's Center is hosting a "Big Red Skating Party" at Nashoba Valley Rink (Boxboro) on Sunday, January 28.

There will be ice skating, a bake sale, activities, and a special big red visitor.... visit their page or for details.

Bookseller road trip (aka "coals to Newcastle") ...

we we spotted this fab display of our friend Josh Funk Books at Square Books.

Why is Katalina smiling?! Not only is she wearing her awesome new book dress - featuring covers of MOBY DICK, EMMA, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, WALDEN, and other classics - she's holding a copy of her current favorite, ULYSSES.

p.s. come in and talk to Kat about the annotated Jane Austen books she's been devouring. If you're not already a believer, she'll convert you!

All you need is --->

In last week's newsletter we asked "what are you reading?" Several people answered LILAC GIRLS.


We've got the new book from Concord Free Press! "Another Way to Fall" a special edition of two short novels from Brian Evenson and Paul Tremblay.

Yes, Concord FREE Press ... you know about their mission in 'subversive generosity,' right?

Pick up a copy of the book for FREE here. Then, donate any amount to a charity or someone in need, and tell CFP about it via their online book tracker. Read, enjoy. Next, pass your book along so others can give. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Concord Free Press books have inspired $1.5 million+ in generosity --> impressive!

ConcordCAN | Climate Action Network

Interesting and informative event coming up on Thursday, January 18 - environmental activist Bill McKibben will speak at First Parish Church (Lexington Road). Sponsored by the "Climate Solutions Speaker Series" details are on their website:

Wondering what to read while waiting for the next episode of "The Crown" to air?

We've got you covered - check out our Anglo-centric book display!

In our front window -->

I spy with my little eye
something RED!

Are you attending tonight's free talk at Concord-Carlisle High School with Dr. Michael Thompson? We have his book, THE PRESSURED CHILD, here at the Bookshop:

"The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life" presented in collaboration with, and funded by, the CCHS Parents Association. Parents are invited to a presentation by acclaimed author and speaker, Dr. Michael Thompson, Tonight, Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at CCHS Auditorium. Free of charge and open to all. Please sign up at the following link for planning purposes (and to learn more details about the talk):

Fire and Fury Audiobook on

Get the digital download of FIRE AND FURY through our partnership with "" -- click here to listen to an excerpt and learn about purchase options ($24.99 as the 'deal of the day' or .99 with membership): This program includes an author's note read by Michael Wolff With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time The first nine months of Donald Trump’s term were stormy, outrageous—and absolutely mesmerizing. ...

[01/04/18]   Winter weather advisory - we have very limited staff today, and aren't sure how long we'll be open.

It's a 2-book storm, come get your supplies early!

Bow, wow, wow - Happy New Year from Clyde, Harry, and Pippa!

"The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting."

–Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Many thanks to volunteers from Amnesty International Local Group 15, who will be wrapping your Bookshop purchases today -- we're open 9:30 - 6pm.

"Amnesty International's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards."

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65 Main St
Concord, MA

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00
Thursday 09:30 - 21:00
Friday 09:30 - 18:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00
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