40 Pleasant St
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603.427.9197

OPEN 7 DAYS
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

 

 

 


John
Jon
David

MEET THE PRINCIPALS

John Petrovato, Jon Strymish and David Lovelace have designed, built and operated bookstores together and separately since 1992. John currently owns Raven Books (www.ravencambridge.com) in Harvard Square and on Newbury Street in Boston. His Boston location won The Boston Globe’s Best of The New in 2010. The Raven won the Boston Phoenix’s Readers’ Poll as "Best Used Bookstore in Boston."

Jon Strymish’s family founded New England Mobile Bookfair (www.nebookfair.com), a Boston institution for over fifty years, which he managed and had the role of book buyer. Beyond books Jon has been involved in the Boston-area music scene and was a board member of Cambridge’s Club Passim for many years.

Starting in 1992, David co-owned and managed the Montague Bookmill (www.montaguebookmill.com), a legendary bookstore, café and performance space near Amherst, MA. The Bookmill has been featured in The New York Times and Yankee Magazine. The LA Times lost all perspective when it called the Mill, “Quite possibly the finest bookstore café in the world.” David sold the Mill in 2007 to write the memoir, Scattershot (Penguin Books, 2008). He’s at work on his second book, Gutenberg’s Revenge.