Creating a Destination of Discovery  

Welcome Everybody! 

What makes our family-owned bookstore special? We will make book recommendations

 especially for your taste. Books that are fresh and unique.

Distinctive greeting cards and Maine Made gift items. 

Open 7 days a week  Sunday 10:00 am-5:00  Monday - Saturday  9:00 am 6:00 pm  

Starting Dec. 9 we'll be open until 7:00 pm thru Christmas Eve.

Find us at 91 Auburn St. Suite K, Portland, ME 04103

Call at 207-747-4232 


Thank you to our many generous customers who are donating books for the
Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers.  Your names are on stars on the
Giving Tree!


Remember your first book? 

Buy a book as a holiday gift for a needy child in rural Maine and we will donate it to

The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers. Your name will be posted as donor on our Giving Tree, with a tax deduction receipt.  

Each child’s gift box typically includes:   

  • Mittens, Thinsulate gloves, a hat, a new reading book
  • a coloring/activity book & crayons or markers 

  • a large and a small toy and a warm outfit

Ideally we will have all the books sent before December 15th.




Among the Shadows: a Detective Byron mystery 

Meet this Maine author on Dec. 8th Thursday evening 6:30 at the Falmouth Memorial Library.




  Joanne Lannin  Dec. 10th  Noon - 2:00 pm 

Finding a Way to Play: The Pioneering Spirit of Women in Basketball

Read the history, from the pioneers who played despite concerns about risks to health and femininity, to those risking racial, sexual and age discrimination to realize their passion to play. Joanne is a New England-area freelance writer and writing instructor, teaching journalism at the high school level and write a monthly column for a women's magazine.                       



Launching Christopher Morin’s newest book! 

       Dec. 17th Signing from 10:00 - 2:00 pm

           Three Labs a Lifetime
"If you’re acquainted with Chris’ mother Jane, please don’t mention the book as it is going to be a Christmas surprise for her."


CHRISTOPHER W. MORIN was born, raised, and currently resides in Portland, Maine. He received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maine at Orono. He is a history enthusiast and has enjoyed creative writing since penning his first short story back in second grade.The author can be contacted at



Amanda Pray Seaglass mementos

Watercolors by Jeanne Lafferty

Vintage art by Christina Siravo

Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp

Original Paintings by Kate Winn

We have lots of new journals, puzzles, stationary & calendars.

Christmas & Hanukkah cards are displayed up front.         


    TUESDAY IS SENIOR DISCOUNT DAY                                                                                               

We know you don't look or feel 60 but if you have passed this milestone, 
come in Tuesdays to get your 15% discount on all in-store purchases.  




Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander: a Movie Scrapbook

Peer inside Newt Scamander’s enchanted suitcase, encounter marvelous creatures, roam the streets of 1920s New York City, and meet Newt’s fascinating friends! This magical scrapbook takes readers on an interactive adventure through Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Filled with removable artifacts, such as wizarding newspapers, posters, and other fascinating finds, this book has something for everyone!

Fate of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen

An intense and captivating conclusion to the Tearling trilogy.  Rash, reckless and filled with rage, Queen Kelsea surrendered to the Red Queen while unleashing the Orphan, a threat so evil that they are soon fighting together for survival. Will Kelsea unravel the mystery of her magic sapphires and save the Tear kingdom from destruction? 

Swing Time, by Zadie Smith 

On flawed characters enduring the frustrations of family relations, complications of race and celebrity, as well as the fragile threads that tie friends together and how easily they can snap.

Moonglow: a novel by Michael Chabon

The interplay of world & family history, memory and imagination, and the blurred, shifting line that separates sanity and madness, all in this stunning book. The narrator's grandfather - brave, eccentric, angry and deeply loving center of this novel, will remain with you forever.

Victoria: The Queen: an Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire

Only 18 when she assumed the throne, Victoria ruled the vast British empire for 60 years. Her 9 children held most of the thrones of Europe until WWI. This passionate, vibrant woman struggled to assert herself in a time that was dismissive of the female sex, but her expansionist policies enabled Great Britain to rule a quarter of the entire world. 

Scrappy Little Nobody, by Anna Kendrick 

Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Anna Kendrick made her Broadway debut at the age of twelve in her Tony-nominated performance for the musical High Society. Since her Academy Award–nominated role as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air, she has made numerous theatrical appearances, including starring roles in Into the Woods, the Twilight saga, and the Pitch Perfect film franchise. In 2013, she achieved musical success with the triple-platinum hit song “Cups (When I’m Gone),” featured in Pitch Perfect.

I'll Take Your There, by Wally Lamb

I'll Take You There tells a deeply affecting, generations-spanning story of Felix Funicello, a character we met in Wally's 2009 holiday novella Wishin' and Hopin'. This new story - a full-length novel, is set against a kaleidoscopic convergence of Hollywood iconography and one family's shared secrets,-and of the remarkable women who impacted it. I'll Take You There stands as a testament to the power of family, the resilience of love, and the enduring magic of movies.




The Gentleman of Moscow, by Amor Towles        

War and Peace meets Eloise in this absolutely delightful novel. Written with charm and

grace, the story of Count Rostov's post-Revolutionary life under house arrest in the Metropol

Hotel, gives us a fascinating view of Russian life, both large and small. As old regimes give

way to new, how much do we fight to hold on to our mores and ideals?  Towles brings a

light touch to a deep subject, making this a novel you do not want to miss.  - Katherine


News of the World, a novel by Paulette Jiles

Jiles captures the flavor of the post-Civil War American West perfectly in this tale built around two strong characters. Captain Kidd brings news to isolated Texans by giving paid readings

drawn from the East Coast and European news articles. The elderly widower accepts the

task of returning a ten-year-old girl to her faraway relatives. She had earlier been captured

by the Kiowa and adapted to their Indian ways. Now her crafty intelligence & surprising

skill helps to save them both from attack. 

I do love westerns and recommend this page-turner highly! - Karen


Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd, by Alan Bradley

It’s Christmastime, and in spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada,

she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father is ill, and a hospital visit will have

 to wait 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a 




while he rests. But with Flavia’s blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now seems too empty. Eager to run an errand for the vicar’s wife, Flavia hops on her trusty bicycle

Gladys, to deliver a message to a reclusive wood-carver. Finding the front door ajar,Flavia


the poor man’s body hanging on the back of his bedroom door. Flavia is energized at the prospect

of a new investigation.

The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue

In Emma Donoghue's latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to

observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months,

soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life. Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old

Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is

sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign,

is hired to keep watch over the girl --a tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives.




Red Right Hand, by Chris Holm

Michael Hendricks, the hitman with a heart of gold teams up with Cameron, a headstrong tech whiz,
   to protect an informant from certain death. When viral video of an explosive terrorist attack on San
Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge reveals that a Federal witness long thought dead is still alive, 
the organization he'd agreed to testify against will stop at nothing to put him in the ground.
FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson is determined to protect him, but her hands are tied. The FBI's
sole priority is catching the terrorists before they strike again.  So Charlie calls the only person on the
planet who can keep her witness safe: Michael Hendricks.
American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the 
Common Good, by Colin Woodard     
Woodard examines the history of and solutions to the key American question of how to
 reconcile individual liberty with the maintenance of a free society. The struggle between   
individual rights and the good of the community, from the run up to the Civil War to the 
 fights between the Federalists, the Progressives, the New Dealers and the civil rights   
movement, he traces these two key strands through four centuries of American existence.


Digital Audiobooks now available!                                                     

Letterpress Books is partnering with and we are excited to make


these low-priced, convenient Digital Audiobooks available to you here and now!

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Here's a code to get 20% of all digital audiobooks until Jan 1, 2017: LETTERPRESS20



Letterpress Books Used Book Policy

By popular demand, and in an effort to deepen our inventory, we are now buying gently 

pre-read books. Buying is by appointment only and you can bring one (1) bag or medium-

sized box at a time.  Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

We will need 30 minutes to evaluate your books, checking condition as well as our stock 

levels and sales history, and also generating your credit.   

* See our Used Book Sales Policy page for more information.


"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge."• George R.R. Martin

Thanks again for your enthusiastic welcome. Every day our customers tell us they prefer to BUY LOCAL

so thank you for supporting your neighborhood bookstore. Word of mouth recommendations for Letterpress

helps us to expand and continue to serve your community.  Please feel free to browse the shelves

We will be glad to order when you want something special. It is surprising how quickly these orders arrive at

the bookstore.

We appreciate your business!

Kath, Karen & John Paul






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