40 Pleasant St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

SUN - TUE : 10am–10pm
WED & THU : 10am–midnight
FRI - SAT : 10am–1am

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Read Free or Die
Thu. November 8, 7pm

Burke & Surette ($10)
Fri. November 9, 8pm

Manny Muros book reading
Sat. November 10, 10:30am

Cormac McCarthy & Friends ($10)
Sat. November 10, 8pm

Open Mic
Wed. November 14, 7:30pm

Beat Night
Thu. November 15, 7pm

Rushmores ($5)
Fri. November 16, 8pm

Troll 2 ($7)
Sat. November 17, 9pm

Weird Turn Pro
Mon. November 19, 8pm

New Fame food drive for End 68 Hours of Hunger ($5)
Wed. November 21, 9pm

Closed for Thanksgiving
Thu. November 22

Sugarbush ($5)
Sat. November 24, 8pm

Closed at 3pm for private event
Sun. November 25

Jessica Purdy book reading
Mon. November 26, 7pm

Henna Night with Jess
Tue. November 27, 5:30pm

Open Mic
Wed. November 28, 7:30pm

Katie Matzell ($5)
Thu. November 29, 8pm

Old Hat ($5)
Fri. November 30, 8pm

Sarah Blacker ($10)
Sat. December 1, 8pm

Writers Night Out
Mon. December 3, 7pm

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail Book Release Event
Tue. December 4, 5:30pm

Open Mic
Wed. December 5, 7:30pm

Julie Dougherty ($5)
Thu. December 6, 8pm

Soulation Station ($5)
Fri. December 7, 9pm

Gentle Temper ($5)
Sat. December 8, 9pm

Open Mic
Wed. December 12, 7:30pm

Sabrina Benaim w/support from Clementine Von Radics ($20 advance)
Thu. December 13, 7pm

Klaxton ($5)
Fri. December 14, 9pm

Laura & Whitney ($5)
Sat. December 15, 7pm

Open Mic
Wed. December 19, 7:30pm

Beat Night
Thu. December 20, 7pm

Great Bay Sailor ($10)
Fri. December 21, 8pm

Alex Anthony ($5)
Sat. December 22, 9pm

Christmas Eve closing at 6pm
Mon. December 24

Christmas Day closed
Tue. December 25

Open Mic
Wed. December 26, 7:30pm

Dali McDaniels ($5)
Fri. December 28, 9pm




our books


Books are here to stay. Gizmos and screens are fun and convenient; they have their place—up the road toward the malls. Here, down in the center of Portsmouth, we’re about browsing, about celebrating well written, well designed books on all subjects. Together we have over seventy-five years of experience buying and selling books. We buy books through the door from customers, travel to purchase significant private collections, and cherry-pick our way through warehouses all over the northeast. One of us specializes in academic titles, philosophy, and the social sciences; another, a poet and memoirist, specializes in the arts; and our third partner specializes in cookbooks and children’s. Our stock changes weekly as the three of us love to hunt down and purchase new stuff.

Our Book Buying Policy

We buy books daily but ask that you call for an appointment.
We offer cash and/or store credit for your books.
We are selective and only accept the books we purchase.
We do not accept donations.