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                              New arrivals:


handmade leather crafts


                         UPCOMING EVENTS:

                          Here at the bookshop 12-2pm                                                

"Find Waldo here in Damarsicotta!"


Where's Waldo?

In Damariscotta, of course.  The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-r immed specs is visiting twenty-nine different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more. From Reny’s (both),Waltz Soda Fountain, to Round Top Ice Cream,from Sproul’s Furniture, Rising Tide & Yellowfront, Waldo and newly added for 2014, faithful dog Woof, figures will be well hidden in local business establishments. Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Damariscotta!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at 15 or more sites can bring their passports back to bookshop to enter in a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books

   Doug Preston Friday evening, July 25th here at the bookshop 7-8:30pm                                                                                   

                                                     Josh Christie will be here Saturday, July 26th 11-1pm


                                  "THE HOUSE WITH SIXTEEN HANDMADE DOORS"

                                                                 by Henry Petroski

      Join Catherine and Henry Petroski next Wednesday (July 30th) from 1-3 at the Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta. Slides of Catherine's work from the book will be shown along with dynamic conversation and reading as well as book signing. Free and open to all. Please arrive on time. FMI call (207) 563-3207.

The House With Sixteen Handmade Doors is the result of these questions. It is a work in the ruminative tradition of Tracy Kidder’s House and Bill Bryson’s At Home, a splendid meditation on our relationship with the simple things around us, the tactile world about which we so rarely think

Looking for something to do witht the kids?


Help Us Welcome!

 Brian Lies


Tuesday, August 12th



 Here at the bookshop!

We are very excited to welcome Brian back to  Damariscotta for the release of his newest book.  Brian has written and/or  illustrated over 25 children's book including  our favorites, "Bats at the Beach", "Bats at the Library", "Bats at the Ballgame" and now the fourth in his series,"Bats in the Band". Brian will be arriving in a musical version of his bat-mobile. We will be welcoming Brian with a marching band. His newest book tells the story of the bats while they explore the different genres of music.

As an introduction to these different styles we are inviting you and the kids to our makeshift night theater (they are bats after all!) to listen to Lefty Macauslin play his sax, Paul Mellyn play his guitar, and Jason Simonds sings a capella. Then sit back as Brian reads from his newest book. Brian is a joy to hear and we hope you will pack up the kids and help us welcome him in summertime fashion. After the entertainment Brian will be signing his books for those that wish to add to their bat collection. Bat Cookies (made craftily by our very own Chloe) will be served!

 Party time for the kids!



Recent  Event:
Saturday, July 19th
Thanks to all who attended!
(previously scheduled for July 3rd.....)
we welcome back
Melissa Sweet
here at the bookshop


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! 



Winter Institute 2014

 MCBS owner, Susan Porter and Nicole Olivier (events director) attended the weeklong American Booksellers Association's annual Winter Institute, held this year in Seattle, WA.  It was a very busy, exciting and exhausting week! We wanted to share a portion of the ABA Newsletter with you, and to let you know how much you, and the millions of loyal independent bookstore customers across the country are appreciated for your continued support.  Our success depends on you. Thank you, and keep reading!

Indie Vitality Celebrated at 2014 Winter Institute

Posted on Thursday, Jan 23, 2014

The resurgence of independent bookselling is on full display at Winter Institute, where more than 500 ABA member booksellers, 59 publishers, 78 authors, and almost 30 international guests from a dozen countries are into the final day of this year’s event.

In welcoming booksellers to the Opening Plenary session on Wednesday morning, ABA President Steve Bercu of BookPeople in Austin, Texas, said, “Our industry, the media, and the general public are recognizing that there has been a resurgence in independent bookselling, a vitality that is the result of your passion, creativity, and untold hours of hard work. That you are here today is evidence that you want 2014 to be even better.”







Small Business Saturday!




                            Sue Richardson's retirement party!





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