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Holiday Sales!

The holidays are right around the corner; and that means the sales are too!

The dates of each sale are as follows:

25% OFF:

Cookbooks   --   11/23 - 11/29

Children's Books   --   11/30 - 12/6

Indie Bestsellers   --   12/7 - 12/13

Staff Picks   --   12/14 - 12/20


Happy Holidays!

 Music agent and former manager for the Grateful Dead, Richard Loren, will be at Porter Hall in Damariscotta on Jan. 23, 2015, hosted by the Maine Coast Bookshop also in Damariscotta. A personal manager for Gerry Garcia and the Dead from 1974-1981, he also represented many headline

artists including the Jefferson Airplane and The Doors, and produced numerous large-scale special events nationally and internationally during some of the most pivotal years in rock
music history.
Now Richard Loren has written a lively and colorful memoir about his coast-coast coming of age from the 1960's to the 80's "when the music leapt from the underground to the
mainstream. It's the story of rock & roll itself... and how young men like Loren were swept up in the madness and magic of it all." ( David Browne, Rolling Stone, Contributing Editor)
Currently retired, Richard lives in the midcoast area with his partner, Deborah.
Meet the author and join your fellow music lovers on December 9th in Damariscotta from 7-9pm at Porter Hall auditorium in the Skidompha Library. Stunning video clips will be shown
and refreshments will be served. His book, High Notes: a Rock Memoir  will be available for purchase and book signing and the event is free and open to all.




 Warren Riess' book launch, Fri. Nov. 28th @ 11am was a huge success thanks to Warren and all those who attended.




In January 1982, archaeologists conducting a pre-construction excavation at 175 Water Street in Lower Manhattan found the remains of an eighteenth-century ship. The Ship That Held Up Wall Street by Warren Riess, tells the whole story of the discovery, excavation, and study of what came to be called the “Ronson ship site,” named for the site’s developer, Howard
Ronson. Entombed for more than 200 years, the Princess Carolina proved to be the first major discovery of a colonial merchant ship, and was so difficult to identify that only the merging of historical,archaeological, zoological, and botanical analyses allowed the author to discover its origin and story.

Marine archaeologist, WARREN C. RIESS, PHD, is a research associate professor in the departments of history, anthropology, and marine sciences at the University of Maine, and was principal investigator of the Ronson ship site. He is also the author of
The Angel Gabriel. Join us as we celebrate the Maine release of Warren's new book.



                         Firehouse Forum airs on LCTV!

LCTV is on cable channel 7 in Alna, Bristol, Damariscottta, Dresden,Edgecomb, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Waldoboro, Westport Island and Wiscasset. They also stream the channel on their website - - so those without cable can watch it on the internet. Our range is the world! They will also be available to view on our website ( soon.


Show Detail: Firehouse Forum I - Native Americans


Event Date: 11/8/2013

Length: 00:58:48

Category: Literature

Producer: Jack Peters

9/29/2014 at 10:30 PM
9/30/2014 at 3:00 AM
9/30/2014 at 12:30 PM
10/6/2014 at 10:30 PM


Show Detail: Firehouse Forum II - Irish Immigration


Event Date:  3/17/2014

Length:  00:58:53

Category:  Literature

Producer:  Ethan Bartholomae - Maine Coast Book Shop

10/2/2014 at 11:00 PM
10/3/2014 at 3:30 AM
10/3/2014 at 8:00 PM
10/5/2014 at 12:00 PM


             FIREHOUSE  FORUM
          "Maine Maritime History"
                  Thursday, Oct.9th
                                                *Reservations required
                                                           $10 per person
                 Dr.Warren Riess
                      George Daughan
                        Lincoln Paine
                & James Nelson:


   Maine Maritime History

The Maine Coast Book Shop is pleased to announce the third Firehouse Forum in its author series on Thursday, October 9th from 7 to 9pm which takes place in the beautiful Firehouse Center in Damariscotta. The theme for the panel discussion will be Maine Maritime History, featuring three outstanding maritime author historians: Lincoln Paine, George Daughan and James Nelson. Their esteemed moderator is Dr. Warren Riess, maritime historian, author and marine archaeologist. Imminently knowledgeable in their field and generous with their expertise, we are unquestionably lucky to have all four presently residing in Maine. Each of the authors has written compelling and invaluable histories which illustrate Maine's special place in world maritime affairs and which demonstrate how this integral connection to the sea continues to play an important role economically, politically, socially and technologically. 

Launched in 2013 to an enthusiastic and full house, the Firehouse Forum was developed as a way to connect readers, writers and anyone interested in theme-based literary programs, in the mid-coast region, while providing authors an opportunity to engage with one another and the audience in conversation about their books and their experience in writing them. The moderator stimulates and encourages dynamic discourse between the authors followed by a lively Q&A with the audience, and books will be available for purchase and book signing during the reception.The two previous panels examined the topics of Maine Native Americans and Irish Immigration. 

A brief bio of the authors will be followed in more depth in the weeks to come:

Portland resident, Lincoln Paine has written five books and more than fifty articles, reviews and lectures on maritime history, including Down East: A Maritime History of Maine, and his most recent book, The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World, is the 2014 winner of the Maine Literary Award for nonfiction. 

George Daughan is a two time winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, first for his first book, If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy from the Revolution to the War of 1812 and this October for 1812: The Navy's War, and a recipient of the 2012 gold medal in history from the Independent Publisher's Association, George Daughan's most recent book is The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex During the War of 1812. George resides in Portland.

James Nelson is the author of seventeen works of maritime fiction and history, including George Washington's Secret Navy (winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison award for naval history) and a most exciting new novel, Finn Gall, about vikings in Ireland. He lives in Harpswell.

Dr. Riess is Research Associate Professor of History, Anthropology, and Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. His research and teaching have focused on the maritime history and archaeology of Colonial and Revolutionary America. He published The Angel Gabriel : The Elusive English Galleon and many articles about maritime history and archaeology. Currently President of the North American Society for Oceanic History, his new book, The Ship That Held Up Wall Street, is due in November.


All are invited to share in the challenging heritage of seafaring. We are looking forward to this important event, by reservation only, tickets are $10.00. Seating is limited! To reserve seats and purchase tickets please or FMI call the bookstore at (207)563-3207.

















Lily King

Thursday, July 10

Porter Hall, Skidompha Library



Saturday, June 21st 

Book Launch

Sarah Payne Stuart

Here in the bookshop





"House in the Sky"

Saturday, June 21st 7-9pm @ Porter Hall

                       Skidompha Library                                                                              *reservations suggested         


Best Books of 2013
Vogue, Globe and Mail, Amazon, iBooks, The Huffington Post, Outside
New York Times Noteable Book
Oprah’s Winter Reading List

Thursday, June 26th
Maine Women Write Book Club hosts:
Linda Greenlaw
Firehouse Center
*reservation required
Thursday, June 26th
Chats with Champions presents:
Julia Spencer Fleming
Porter Hall, Skidompha Library


President Taft "Was" Stuck in the Bath! A recent visit by Chris Van Dusen to the bookshop......



"The Footloose American"

Brian Kevin was here to launch his new book on May 31st....thanks to Brian and all who attended!





                                        Richard Blanco here at the bookshop after a sold out

                                                      appearance at  Lincoln Theater May3rd.



Some students from the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb shared their delightful poetry stanzas they wrote



Do you love us?

How much do you love The Maine Coast Book Shop? Enough to help me take advantage of author James Patterson's Million Dollar Pledge To Booksellers? Yes, Mr. Patterson believes so strongly in the future of independent bookstores, and realizes our struggles, that he has pledged to donate one million dollars of his personal fortune to independent bookstores that have a children's section. Bookstores can be awarded from $2,000 to $15,000.00.  If you would like to recommend MCBS for consideration, please go to www.jamespatterson.comand type in [      ] in the section marked "FAQ's Regarding James' $1 Million  Offer For Booksellers". It'll only take a moment and I would greatly appreciate it!
Susan and all of us (Lauri, Kathleen, Nicole, Shell, Chloe, Ethan, Liz, Lorillei, Ledlie) at the Maine Coast Book Shop 

thank you SO much! 


















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