HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT EVENTS AT LETTERPRESS BOOKS

    CHRIS VAN DUSEN

Chris Van Dusen    Piglet Named Mercy_1

Our favorite Maine Children's Author/Illustrator

gave a very fine presentation on Independent Bookstore Day!

His newest book is:

A Piglet Named Mercy, by Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Dusen

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive — and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.

Every porcine wonder was once a piglet! Celebrate the joy of a new arrival with this endearing picture-book prequel to the New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series.

 

 

Kathy signing

Kathy Eliscu, Maine Humorist & Author

helped us celebrate the holidays!

Signing her "Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess"

and the Wonder of Christmas, from Chicken Soup.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canoeing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail 

 Laurie Apgar Chandler

Author of Upwards, Story of Canoe Adventure

Upwards: The story of the first woman to solo thru-paddle her 13-foot Kevlar canoe on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail is an uplifting memoir about finding the inner strength and faith to achieve a dream, set amid the rich tapestry of the history, wildlife, landscapes and people of New England.

"Upwards is poetically written with joy, spunk and honesty. It is beautifully, utterly descriptive, bringing the bounty of our Maine woods into the heart: the flowers, wildlife, ferns & trees. I love traveling the rivers and lakes with her because Chandler shows the wind, mud and blackflies only as challenges to be overcome. And her historical anecdotes are a fine bonus." - Karen

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Thank you to CHRIS VAN DUSEN, who helped us celebrate 
Small Business Saturday, November 25th. The kids & their families had a wonderful time.
  
Children's author & illustrator signed his books.  
We have plenty of signed copies now in stock!

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Compassionate Journey: Honoring our Mothers Stories

Saturday June 23rd  10:00 AM - Noon

 Meet & Greet with the authors of

Compassionate Journey: Honoring Our Mother's Stories 

Martha Rice, Cheryl GillespieJenny Radsma, Jane Sloven

Five women writers enter their mothers worlds to tell their stories and unearth complex histories filled with love, laughter, trauma, courage, resilience, and determination. Their explorations lead the writers to a more compassionate acceptance of their mothers and themselves. Written with heart and honesty, this anthology includes discussion questions and writing prompts for others wishing to make a similar journey.


Our generous customers have donated lots of books for:

   

Maine Children's Home Christmas Program

Buy books for donation to The Maine Children's Home.
We will post your name on the Giving Tree in the bookstore 
and deliver your books to be included in holiday gift boxes for disadvantaged Maine children.

The boxes will be packed before December 15th, containing: A new book, a new toy, new pajamas, and new mittens/gloves.

You will get a donation receipt for your tax deduction records.
http://www.mainechildrenshome.org/christmas-program 

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Letterpress Books has hosted the FIND WALDO game for 4 years!

Thank you for coming for our pizza party and prize drawings. 

We had over 100 players who found Waldo in the indie stores with many families playing the game and having a wonderful experience.  They discovered lots of new indie stores they were unaware of in Portland. Many people made it a point to buy something in each of the participating stores. Thank you again to all of the small business owners who participated in the Find Waldo game!

   "Black Cat Coffee has amazing homemade ice cream with honey from the Honey Exchange (another Waldo game player!) - who knew they had ice cream too!"

     "We have been buying at least one item in each store we visit - makes the game more fun!"

    "Thank you for hosting this scavenger hunt game - it's so much fun. This is the 4th year we have played Find Waldo in Letterpress bookstore."
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We all enjoyed launching Paddling Southern Maine
with local authors Sandy Moore & Kimberlee Bennett.
Two of our customers were so excited to get this very useful, valuable
information about nearby waterways, they bought kayaks right away!
       Thank you ladies, for a very fine Meet & Greet signing.
       
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See this video of Margaret's Meet & Greet at our bookstore!
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBAZH_V6oGg



    

Margaret Ellis Raymond has visited us to sign her booksk:
Buttercup Adventures:   The Glass Frog,   and  Mythical Realms

The princess has battled a dragon, escaped a pirate ship, and yet the adventure has just begun!
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    Kingdom of Blind

Louise Penny book release tea party, celebrating her

series of wonderful Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries!  

Three Pines Bistro refreshments, Leather bookmarks & Great Reckoning gift bags for the first 25 attendees. 

A customer brought in her wonderful Three Pines needlework!

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      Author Signing with Paul Doiron!

Paul introduced Knife Creek, his newest Mike Bowditch, Maine Game Warden mystery.

An exhilarating new mystery.  See how Mike's responsibility level increases while maintaining his humanity, vulnerability and sense of humor, as he works with old friends to track down the killer. The wonderful addition of Shadow, the "wolfdog" adds much to the book's appeal for our mystery-loving customers.

We especially like his descriptions of the rural Maine with the down & dirty characters as well as those who truly care about their neighbors and keeping our beautiful state and wildlife protected from harm.

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nErDcamp Author and Illustrator Event

34 New England children's book authors and artists

were gathered to sign their books at the Falmouth Elementary School.

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Catherynne Valente, read excerpts from her book Radiance. 

Catherynne M. Valente is a New York Times Bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry. She lives on a small island off the coast of Maine. Cat has written over two dozen works of fiction and poetry.

In 2010, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland became the first self-published work to win a major literary award, winning the Andre Norton Award for YA literature, going on to become a national bestseller. The sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, was listed by Time Magazine and NPR as one of the ten best books of 2012.

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Star Wars Reads Day 


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On May 29th, Bernd Heinrich, our favorite nature, artist and author, was in the bookstore reading & signing his new book, The Homing Instinct, as well as many of his other titles. It was fun to hear the backstory and how much he enjoys writing and years of research at the cabin on his Western Maine lands. 


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Special Storytime on the morning of April 5th:  Chris Van Dusen and Matt Tavares visited us to read their new books. The kids had great fun with Matt's newest book, Jubilee, and Chris's funny illustrations for President Taft is Stuck in the Bath.  One of the fathers said, "For my sons, this is like meeting Springsteen!"

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We held our GRAND OPENING celebration on December 14th, getting an enthusiastic welcome from our community.  Author Richard Russo came in to sign his books and visit with the customers. 

We carry his wonderful books:   Everybody's Fool, Trajectory, ElsewhereEmpire Falls, Bridge of Sighs

  Thank you Rick!

On November 30th,  Maine Children's authors,Toni Buzzeo and Jeannie Brett, as well local author Ernie Weiss, who wrote the historical tale, Out of Viennawere our Booksellers for a Day!  They came in on Small Business Saturday and read to the kids from their many amazing books. We all had such a good time and they did sell a lot of books to our neighborhood customers.  Thank you for helping Letterpress Books!