Sunday, March 05, 2017

Spring Events at Gulf of Maine Books

We will be adding more listings, but here is what we have scheduled for events at Gulf of Maine Books this Spring:

March 4, 3 PM - Deepak Singh - reading from "How May I Help You - an immigrant's journey from MBA to minimum wage".

April 15, 4 PM - Poetry reading by Kristen Lindquist and Sally Bliumis-Dunn

April 22 - Earth Day -
Noon - Richard Banco signing -Maine Land Conservation Conference - Topsham
3 PM - Brooke Williams reading from "Open Midnight - where ancestors and wilderness meet".

April 26, 7 PM (at Curtis Library) - Richard Rubin - reading from "Back Over There - One American time-traveler, 100 years since the Great War,500 miles of battle-scarred French countryside, and too many trenches, shells, legends and ghosts to count".

May 9, 430-530 (at The Brunswick Inn, on Park Row) Christine Rudalevige and her book "Green Plate Special".

May 13, 3 PM (at Curtis Library) novelist Richard Ford, reading from his new memoir "Between Them - Remembering My Parents".

May 18, 7 PM - Sean Prentiss reading from his book "Finding Abbey - The Search for Edward Abbey and his hidden desert grave".

May 29 - Memorial Day - a poetry reading by Veterans of the Armed Services

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

2016 Holiday Newsletter


Beth, Nanao, and Gary at Gulf of Maine

Hello friends!
Welcome to the 2016 Gulf of Maine Books Holiday newsletter.
First, we have a few events to let you know about:
Weds. Nov 16, 7 PM - reading and booksigning with Colin Sargent, from his new novel "The Boston Castrato".
Sunday, Dec. 4 - 3 PM - reading and booksigning with Richard Wile (his new novel Requiem in Stone - A Novel of Grief and Grace) and John Manderino with his "True Meaning of Myrrh - A Christmas Day"
Sunday, Dec. 18, 3 PM - Carl and David Little with their "Art of Acadia" and Peter McDonald Blachly with "The Stone from Halfway Rock - A Boy's Adventure on the Coast of Maine".
Yes, the bookstore will be open Sundays from now until Christmas, 11-4.

We have put out a large variety of wall and engagement calendars, advent calendars, and boxed Christmas cards (and we suggest a Gulf of Maine gift certificate as a perfect Holiday gift), an array of coloring books (including Amazing Grace - A Coloring Book by Spindleworks artist Kim Christensen) and the Spindleworks DVD I Dream The Colors, by William Kunitz.

We recently hosted an evening of Armenian women writers, featuring the work of the Ottoman writer and activist Zabel Yessayan. We carry three of her titles in translation: her novel "My Soul In Exile", her memoir "Gardens of Silihdar" and "In the Ruins - The 1909 Massacres of Armenians in Adana, Turkey". Also at the event was Dana Walwrath, who read from "Like Water On Stone", her novel in verse about the Armenian Holocaust of 1915.

New in our Maine section we recommend "Salt in Their Veins - Conversations with Coastal Mainers" by Charlie Wing, "Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs- The Rise and Fall of the Crooker Shipyard, Bath, Maine" by Frederic Hill, "Hearts in Suspension" - Stephen King in Orono, Maine edited by Jim Bishop, "Maine Photography - A History - 1840-2015", and also "Maine on Glass" - Early 20th Century Glass Plate Photography, "A Wretched and Precarious Situation" - Peary and Macmillan in the Arctic, "The Art of Katahdin", "Maine's Remarkable Women - Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers Who Shaped History" by Kate Kennedy, and "Flipping Point" - a memoir by Barry Norman, owner of Brunswick's Eveningstar Cinema.

New in non-fiction we recommend "The Oregon Trail" by Rinker Buck, Congressman John Lewis' three volume graphic memoir "March", Susan Faludi's "In the Darkroom", "This Old Man" by Roger Angell, "Frantumaglia - A Writer's Journey" by Elena Ferrante, "Motherlines" - Love, Longing, Education" - a memoir by Patricia Reis, "The Givenness of Things" - essays by Marilynne Robinson, "The Road to Little Dribbling" - Adventures of An American in Britain by Bill Bryson, "The War I Survived was Vietnam" by Michael Uhl, "Peacock and Vine - On William Morris and Mariano Fortuny" by A S Byatt, "SPQR" a history of ancient Rome by Mary Beard, "The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu", "By Women Possessed" - A Life of Eugene O'Neill, and three music autobiographies - "Born To Run" by Bruce Springsteen, "Testimony" by Robbie Robertson, and "Over The Top and Back" by Tom Jones, as well as biographies, poetry and prose from Leonard Cohen.

Recommendations in our fiction sections include the new paperback edition of "My Name is Lucy Barton" by Elizabeth Strout, Man Booker winner Paul Beatty's "The Sell Out", Annie Proulx's "Barkskins", "Hag-Seed" - Margaret Atwood's re-working of "The Tempest", Colson Whitehead's National Book Award Winner "Underground Railroad", Monica Wood's "One In A Million Boy", T C Boyle's "Terranauts", Nell Zink's "Nicotine", Ann Patchett's "Commonwealth" , Mairtin O Cadhain's "Dirty Dust", Ian McEwen's "Nutshell", Zadie Smith's "Swing Time", Michael Chabon's Moonglow and "The State We're In - Maine Stories" by Ann Beattie.

In our nature section we are suggesting "Orion on The Dunes" a biography of Henry Beston by Daniel Payne, "The Hidden Life of Trees - What They Feel, How They Communicate", Ralph Pope's "Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts of the Northeast", "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell, "The Plants of Baxter State Park", "The Plants of Acadia", "Modified - GMOs and The Threat To Our Food, Our Land, Our Future" by Caitlin Shetterly, two by James Rebank - "The Shepherd's Life" and "The Shepherd's View","Crocodiles and Ice" by Jon Turk,"An Electronic Silent Spring" by Katie Singer, "Being A Dog - Following the Dog Into A World of Smell" by Alexandra Horowitz, "Being a Beast - Adventures Across the Species Divide", "The Invention of Nature - Alexander von Humboldt's New World" by Andrea Wulf, Walter Alvarez's "Most Improbable Journey - A Big History of Our PLanet and Ourselves", "I Contain Multitudes - The Microbes Within Us" by Ed Young, "Fracture - An Anthology of Poems, Fiction, and Essays on Fracking", Terry Tempest Williams' "The Hour of Land", and "I Am Coyote" by Geri Vistein.

New in the poetry section we have two titles by Mary Oliver : "Upstream - Selected Essays" and "Blue Horses" new in paperback. We have Eavan Boland's "Dublin Poems", W S Merwin's "Garden Time - new poems", Warsan Shire's " Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth", "Only the Road" - eight decades of Cuban poetry, edited by Margaret Randall, Anne Carson's "Float", Lee Sharkey's "Walking Backwards", "Violet Energy Ingots" by Hoa Nguyen, "You Must Change Your Life - The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin, Joseph Coleman's "45 Degrees North Latitude", "Dead Still Dream" by Kifah Abdullah, Susan Howe's new essays "The Quarry", "Dooby Lane" - with text by Gary Snyder and photos by Peter Goin, Bruce Holsapple's "Birth of the Imagination - William Carlos Williams on Form", Johnny Cash's "Forever Words - The Unknown Poems" edited by Paul Muldoon, and Irish poet Dave Lordan's "Lost Tribe of the Wicklow Mountains".

New spirituality titles include "At Home in the World " - an autobiography by Thich Nhat Hanh, "Bartholomew - Apostle and Visionary" by John Chryssavgis, and "New World Dharma - Interviews and Encounters with Buddhist Teachers, Writers and Leaders" by Trevor Carolan (including interviews with Gary Snyder, Red Pine, Nanao Sakaki, Joanne Kyger, Robert Aitken and more...). And from the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu we have The Book of Joy.

New cooking titles include "Appetites" a new cookbook by Anthony Bourdain, Mark Bittman's "How to Bake Everything", Ina Garten's "Cooking for Jeffrey" and the "Lucky Peach Power Vegetables" book.

Many new titles in the children's area include Maria Padian's "Wrecked", Melissa Sweet's "Some Writer - the story of E B White", Jo Miles Schuman's "Toad and the Boy", "Moo" (Sharon Creech discovers Belted Galloways in Maine), "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson, now in paper, Lynn Plourde's "Maxi's Secret - Or What You Can Learn From a Dog", "Women in Science - 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World", "I Dissent - Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark", and an assortment of Jan Brett Christmas titles.

We hope to see you at the bookstore!
Happy Holidays!
Beth and Gary



Sunday, October 09, 2016

Bookstore Dogs

Gulf of Maine Bookstore has added extra help for the Holiday Season!

(photos by Beth Leonard)


Bridie says "How can I help?"


Bella is ready to help as well.


Milo can answer any of your questions


Basho is recommending haiku collections!


Marzipan at work


Nikita wants to know where the books about dogs are -



Redd is our computer expert!



Korra is interested in just about anything!


Scarlett is ready to write up your sale!



Noya wants to know "Who moved the biscuits?"


Jack wants Bridie to recommend a good read -




Beckett has several recommendations for you to choose from!


Mona just can't wait to tell you about Justice Ginsburg!



Scarlett thanks you for coming, and hopes that you will visit again!





Tuesday, July 12, 2016

summer 2016 events

Summer 2016 events at Gulf of Maine Books:

July 12 - Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota - Weathering Shame (7 PM, Curtis Library, Brunswick)

July 19 - Wayne Maines - Becoming Nicole (7 PM, Curtis Library, Brunswick)

July 27, 7 PM - 3rd annual Hummus and Poetry Night - Palestinian poetry and food with Sharif Elmusa, Fateh Azzam and Al Miller

Aug 5, 7 PM Maine Authors -Penny Guisinger - Postcards from Here , and Martin Steingesser - Yellow Horses

Aug 9, - Sarah Smiley - Got Here As Soon As I Could - Discovering the Way Life Should Be (7 PM, Curtis Library, Brunswick)

Aug 12, 7 PM - Friday Night ArtWalk - Mark Gartside - After Anna (under his pen name Alex Lake)

Aug 24, 7 PM - Friends of Baxter present : Plants of Baxter State Park, with Glen Mittelhauser

Sept 2, 7 PM - Palestinian poet Zeina Azzam and Iraqi poet Kifah Abdullah

Sept 16 - Terry Tempest Williams - The Hour of Land - a personal topography of America's national parks

Nov. 16 - Colin Sargent - Boston Castrato

still to be scheduled:
Daniel Payne - Orion on the Dunes - a biography of Henry Beston

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2015 Holiday Newsletter

(Common Ground Fair photo by Roger Leisner)


Hello Friends!
Gulf of Maine Books is entering our 36th Holiday season, and we are very happy to still be here, and to still have you as our customers. For the season we have brought in a wide variety of advent calendars, 2016 calendars, boxed Holiday cards, a selection of coloring books for adults, and a new solo CD by Scott Woodruff (with the Leopard Girls backing him up on several tracks). Starting on Sunday, Nov. 29, we will be open Sundays, 10:00-400, until Christmas. We will be glad to special order titles for you, but we ask that any books for Christmas be ordered by Dec. 15 so that we can get them here in time for your Holidays.

To help with your selections, we are recommending a number of recent titles, to bring them to your attention:
In the Maine section we have Christmas in Maine by RPT Coffin, and One Maine Christmas Eve by Douglas Coffin, last year's bestseller The Maine Historical Atlas, The Art and Illustrations of Robert McCloskey, The Negotiator by George Mitchell, Kate Christensen's How To Cook A Moose, Brad Terry's memoir I Feel More Like I Do Now Than I Did Yesterday, Best Seashore Nature Sites of MidCoast Maine, Walt Christie's Rising Above the Wave - Surviving Stroke and Tsunami In Japan, 2011, Peter Felsenthal's lovely photo book New Growth - Portraits of Six Maine Organic Farms, Dikkon Eberhart's memoir The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came To Dinner, and I Heard The Greatest Story Ever Told, and Becoming Nicole:The Transformation of An American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt.

In the nonfiction category we start with Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck. We have two new titles from Oliver Sacks - On The Move and Gratitude, David McCullough's The Wright Brothers, and The Givenness of Things - essays by Marilynn Robinson. We have Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change Laudato Si, and Mary Beard's history of ancient Rome - SPQR, Edmund de Waal's book on porcelain: White Road, Journey Into An Obsession, Nabokov's Letters to Vera, Gloria Steinem's My Life On The Road, Sally Mann's Hold Still, Simon Winchester's The Pacific, Tim Cope's On the Trail of Genghis Khan and a biography of John Le Carre by Adam Sismon. Among several new music biographies two stand out: M Train by Patti Smith, and Elvis Costello's Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink.

In the hardcover fiction section we are suggesting Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See, Orhan Pamuk's A Strangeness In My Mind, The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks, John Irving's Avenue of Mysteries, and Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox. Maine mystery writer Richard Cass has a new title - Solo Act, and Anne Beattie has a collection of her Maine stories - The State We're In. Colum McCann has a new collection Thirteen Ways of Looking. We have the new Mary Gaitskill - The Mare, Crossing the Sun by Paula McLain, Louis de Bernieres' new Dust That Falls From Dreams, Numero Zero by Umberto Eco, Slade House by David Mitchell, Salman Rushdie's Two Years, Eight Months,28 Nights, and Christopher Buckley's Relic Master. We also have Jeanette Winterson's modern retelling of Shakespeare's Winter's Tale called The Gap Of Time, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, and Nina George's Little Paris Bookshop.
New fiction in paperback includes Richard Ford's Let Me Be Frank With You, Alice Munro's Family Furnishings - selected stories 1995-2014, Ellen Cooney's Mountaintop School For Dogs, Elena Ferrante's quartet of Neapolitan novels, and Hilary Mantel's short story collection The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. Two paperbacks that have really taken off at the store this fall are Fredric Backman's Man Called Ove and Emily St. John's Station Eleven.

In the Nature section we are featuring two by Robin Wall Kimmerer: Gathering Moss and Braiding Sweetgrass. We have Sy Montgomery's Soul of an Octopus, Carl Safina's Beyond Words - What Animals Think and Feel, The Invention of Nature - Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf, and Jeri Vistein's I Am Coyote. We have a new biography of Knud Rasmussen called White Eskimo, and a biography of Masanobu Fukuoka by Larry Korn called One Straw Revolutionary. We have Our Only World - ten essays by Wendell Berry, H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald, A Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks, Rowan Jacobsen's Apples of Uncommon Character, The House of Owls by Tony Angell, and just what you need for the Holidays - The Meaning of Human Existence, by Edward O Wilson.

In the poetry section we have the new Take Heart - more poems from Maine edited by Wes McNair, we have two by Mary Oliver - her new collection Felicity and her recent paperback Dog Songs, Franco Beltrametti's From Almost Everywhere - selected poems 1965-1995 edited by Stefan Hyner, Eileen Myles' I Must Be Living Twice - new and selected poems, Joy Harjo's Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's travel journals - Writing Across the Landscape -1960-2010, Colm Toibin's On Elizabeth Bishop, two new books by Donald Hall: a selected poems and Essays After Eighty, Tom Cheetham's Boundary Violations, Julia Shipley's Academy of Hay, Caribou Planet by Gary Lawless (shameless self promotion), Martin Espada's Vivas To Those Who Have Failed, and Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing by Lauren Schmidt. (Martin Espada and Lauren Schmidt will be reading at Gulf of Maine on January 13)

We have two new books from Ruth Reichl: My Kitchen Year and her new novel Delicious. We have the new issue of Lucky Peach as well as their new book 101 Easy Asian Recipes, Nigella Lawson's Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food, Yotam Ottolenghi's new NOPI: The Cookbook, and My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own by Alice Waters.
We have David Hinton's new translation of the I Ching, and Thich Nhat Hanh's How To series - How To Relax, Love, Eat, Sit, and Walk.
New in the humor section we have The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray, Best American Comics of 2015, Lafayette In the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell, Men and Cats, and new from Dung Beetle Books - We Go To The Gallery.

For the older kids on your list we have award winner Phil Hoose's riveting true story of Danish teenagers resisting the Nazis in The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, Brian Selznick's truly marvelous The Marvels, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret of the Vietnam War, and The Hired Girl by Laura Schlitz. We have signed copies of the new Chelsea Clinton book It's Your World, and a new title from Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen called Francine Poulet Meets The Ghost Raccoon. Newbery award winner The One and Only Ivan has recently arrived in paperback.
For the younger set we have a good selection of picture books, including Counting Lions by Katie Cotton, Skunk by Patrick McDonnell, The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle, The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler, One Today by Maine poet Richard Blanco, Snow by Sam Usher, and lots of board books and Maine children's titles.

We wish you very Happy Holidays and hope to see you soon!
Beth and Gary

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Events at Gulf of Maine Books

Spring Events at Gulf of Maine Books:

Thursday, April 9, 530 PM
Peter Forbes talk/slide show on his new book "A Man Apart - Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living"
This event is sponsored by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Chelsea Green Publishers, (with Gulf of Maine Books selling the book)
and will take place at Frontier, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick
The event is free, but tickets are suggested as it will probably fill up. Ticket info:
www.brownpapertickets.com/evemt/1338466

Wednesday, April 15, 4 PM
The Frances Perkins Center presents Nancy J Altman, co-author of "Social Security Works - Why social security isn't going broke, and how expanding it will help us all"
The authors say "We know that social security works. Now we need to show how it can work even better - how expanding this institution is part of the solution to the economic insecurities facing many of today's old; to the retirement income crisis confronting today's workers; to the pressures - financial, time and stress related - experienced by those caring for children or disabled and ill family members; to unacceptable inequality threatening the American Dream, ours, our children's, and grandchildren's."
Author Nancy Altman has taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and at Harvard Law School. Currently on the board of the National Academy of Social Insurance, she also chairs the board of directors of the Pension Rights Center. Her trip to Maine is sponsored by the Frances Perkins Center of Damariscotta.
free and open to the public at Gulf of Maine Books

Saturday, May 23, 4 PM
Phillip Hoose reading from and signing (and singing) his new book "The Boys Who Challenged Hitler - Knud Pedersen and The Churchill Club" - the true story of a group of boy Resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion, whose exploits and eventual imprisonment helped to spark a full-blown Danish Resistance.
Phil is the author of a number of books including Claudette Colvin:Twice Toward Justice,Moonbird, Hey Little Ant,The Race to Save the Lord God Bird,It's Our World Too, We Were There Too and several others.
Free and open to the public at Gulf of Maine Books

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Carolyn Chute at Gulf of Maine


Gulf of Maine Books will host Maine author Carolyn Chute
Saturday, February 7, 3 PM
Reading from, and discussing, her new novel Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves

Carolyn's previous novels include The School on Heart's Content Road, Merry Men, Snow Man, Letourneau's Used Auto Parts, and The Beans of Egypt, Maine.

The event is free, and open to the public.