Sunday, June 29, 2014

summer events at Gulf of Maine

Summer events at Gulf of Maine Books

Thursday, July 10, 7 PM -
a Three Rooms Press reading
an evening of provocative poetry and prose readings by authors from Three Rooms Press including
Lisa Panepinto, Michael Fournier, Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges. Check out their website here.

Friday, July 11, 6-7 PM
Brunswick Art Walk evening
a book signing and singing with author, musician, and Brunswick optometrist Brian Daniels for his new collection "Thoughts of an Average Joe", as well as his novel "Luke's Dream". "Thoughts of an average Joe" is a collection of humorous columns expressing the concerns of "Smalltown, New England's Joe Wright, an ordinary middle-aged man struggling to understand and cope with life in the 21st century."

Friday, August 8, 6-7 PM
Brunswick Art Walk Evening
book signing by C B Anderson with her new book of stories "River Talk" (17 stories set in the mill towns and river valleys of western Maine) and Hannah Fox Trowbridge, with her new memoir "Funny, You Don't Look The Type"

Saturday, August 9, 4 PM
Ellen Cooney reading and signing her new novel "The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances"
"a story about second chances for all living creatures"
"The Sanctuary. High up on the Mountain, the Sanctuary is a place of refuge. It is a place where humans save dogs who, in turn, save the humans."
Read more here

All events are free and open to the public.
For more information please call Gulf of Maine Books, 729-5083

Saturday, June 28, 2014

new titles - late June

Some new titles as we head into the summer season here at Gulf of Maine Books:

from Maine Authors:
Orion Rising - the collected poems of Maine poet, educator, veteran and founding member of Veterans for Peace - with a cover painting of Doug by Robert Shetterly, from his Americans Who Tell The Truth series -
River Talk - a collection of short stories from the mill towns, hills and river valleys of western Maine by Maine author and educator C B Anderson. She will be signing books as a part of the August Brunswick Art Walk, August 8, 6-7 PM.
The House With Sixteen Handmade Doors - A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftmanship - by Henry Petroski, with photos by Catherine Petroski. "An architectural whodunit that unlocks the secrets of a had built home" in Arrowsic.
Of Sea and Cloud - a novel of lobstering families and community by Jon Kellar, who has spent the last two decades in eastern Maine, lobstering, digging clams, and writing.
A Wolf Called Romeo - Maine native/Colby grad Nick Jans tells the true story of a six year friendship between a wild, oddly gentle black wolf and the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska see a trailer for the book here
from elsewhere:
I Am The Beggar of the World - Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan - a collection of contemporary 2 line poems from the women of Pakistan and Afghanistan, collected and translated by Eliza Griswold. se a video here
Dark. Sweet. New and Selected Poems by Linda Hogan.
Men Explain Things to Me - Rebecca Solnit
Geoff Dyer's new non-fiction title - Another Great Day At Sea - Life aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush
New in paperback:
Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Trans Atlantic by Colum McCann
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson
One Summer by Bill Bryson

Saturday, May 10, 2014

new books at gulf of maine - early May

Hello Friends,
we are going to put up lists of new arrivals of interest here at Gulf of Maine Books every 2 weeks or so, just for fun, If this is of interest, please check back once in awhile, or subscribe -

New arrivals in paperback:
Dave Eggers' novel The Circle
Susan Conley's Paris Was The Place
Michael Paterniti's The Telling Room - a tale of love, betrayal, revenge, and the world's greatest piece of cheese
Michael Pollan's Cooked
Two new books for kids by Brunswick author Kate Egan, with Magician Mike Lane - The Vanishing Coin, and The Incredible Twisting Arm
And a new book by Brunswick native Maddy Butcher Gray, "A Rider's Reader - Exploring horse sense, science and sentiment" Gary blurbed the book on the back cover -
"Anyone interested in horses - living with them, caring for them, trying to understand them, or riding them, will come away informed and entertained by A Rider's Reader"

New hardcover fiction includes
Peter Matthiessen's In Paradise (we also have in stock This Way For the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, by Tadeusz Borowski, to which Matthiessen refers frequently in his novel)
Bowdoin grad Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See
Maine novelist Lily King's Euphoria (a novel of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson)
and Jo Nesbo's The Son

also received :
Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century
Two books for the microbial world inside you:
Missing Microbes - How the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues, by Martin Blaser
Honor Thy Symbionts by Jeff Leach

Poetry from around the world:
Galician poet Chuz Pato's new Secession (with Canadian translator Erin Moure's responses)
Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail's Iraqi Nights
and The Tatters by Brenda Coultas
and the selected correspondence of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder

also Roz Chast's graphic memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant
and Caravaggio's Pitiful Relics - from Yale University, a study by Todd Olson of paintings that "placed particular importance on sacred relics and the glorification of martyred saints"
Just a taste of what is new and interesting this week!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gulf of Maine Chainsaw Massacre


Gulf of Maine Books will celebrate Halloween a little late this year, with a Saturday, Nov 2, 3 PM booksigning with author and actor Gunnar Hansen signing his new book "Chain Saw Confidential - How we made the world's most notorious horror movie". Gunnar starred as Leatherface in the movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre.To watch a trailer for the book please click
For more information please call the bookstore 729-5083

Common Ground Fair bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers from our booth at this year's Common Ground Fair:

#1 - Art of Fermentation - Sandor Katz
#2 Wild Fermentation - Sandor Katz
#3 Wild Plants of Maine - Tom Seymour
#4 Four Seasons Farm Cookbook - Damrosch and Coleman
#5 Balance - poems by Russell Libby
#6 How to Move like a Gardener - Deb Soule
#7 Taste, Memory
#8 WeMoon Engagement Calendar
#9 This Life Is In Your Hands - Melissa Coleman
#10 Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

gulf of maine in the new york times

In the March 31, 2013 edition of the New York Times Book Review, novelist Elizabeth Strout, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning "Olive Kitteridge" and  now "The Burgess Boys", was asked in a By The Book interview "Where do you get your books> Do you have a favorite bookstore or library?"
Her answer; "When I want a book, I usually want it right away, so if I'm in New York I'll go into the first bookstore I pass by. When I'm in Maine I go to our local bookstore, Gulf of Maine Books, and if they don't have it, they order it for me and it comes in a couple of days."
Thank you Elizabeth!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Gulf of Maine Birthday

Common Ground Fair photo by Roger Leisner, The Maine Paparazzi

Beth Leonard and Gary Lawless opened Gulf of Maine Books in February, 1979. We are still here, and we want to celebrate. This year our birthday weekend will be Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23. Because the bookstore is now in its 30s, we will be giving 30% off all book sales on both days. We will have a birthday party on Saturday the 23, at 3 PM, with food and drink, door prizes, 30% off, and a reading by Brunswick author Maria Padian to celebrate the publishing of her new book "Out of Nowhere". We are very excited about Maria's new book - it is a cultural education, a healing book, a community building book. We think every person in Maine should read it, and yes, beyond that, that everyone should read it. It is a young adult title, but it is a book that should be read by adults as well. It deals with French Canadian and Somali teenagers in Lewiston, the high school soccer team, and the actual history of the coming of the Somalis to Lewiston. As the characters of the book struggle to learn how to get along, how to behave respectfully and intelligently, we the readers learn as well. This is a very important book. (If you can't make it to the birthday party, there will be a publishing event for the book the week before, Feb. 16, 7-9 PM at Curtis Library in Brunswick)
Those of you who came to our 30th birthday party will remember Simon Pettet, the poet who read at the party. He has just spent a two month poetry residency in Venice, and compiled an online anthology of poems by poets he met there, available here.
We hope that you will join us in celebrating independent bookselling and the survival of Gulf of Maine Books on this anniversary.
For more information please call the store at 729-5083.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Arizona book ban and librotraficantes

The Arizona legislature has passed a bill ( House bill 2281) which outlaws ethnic studies programs that "promote resentment toward a race or class of people" "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of...pupils as individuals" "are designed for pupils of a particular ethnic group" or "promote the overthrow of the United States government". Tucson schools then shut down a K-12 Mexican American Studies program, banned a number of books by Mexican American and Native American authors, and came into the schools to seize over 80 titles from school libraries and students. (the former superintendant of state schools, Tom Horne, is now the state's attorney general behind the banning) Students immediately began protesting, and a new breed of smugglers, librotraficantes, has arisen to help supply the banned books to students. Calling themselves "librotraficantes", a group of book smugglers filled a bus with over 1000 banned books (now known as "wet-books")and headed for Tucson, stopping along the way for a reading by banned author Sandra Cisneros (The House on Mango Street) and a visit with banned author Rudolfo Anaya(Bless Me, Ultima). Now the librotraficantes are planning to set up underground libraries featuring work by Mexican American and Native American authors, called the rooms "Read Easies" after the speak-easies of the past. You can read the librotraficante manifesto and news of future plans, read a list of the banned books, and make a donation, here One of the books seized in Tucson was ReThinking Columbes: The Next Five Hundred Years, a book that includes work by Native American authors including Mohawk poet/storyteller Peter Blue Cloud. We published Peter's book of coyote poems Back Then Tomorrow in 1979 from our own Blackberry Books. It has been out of print for over a decade, but on hearing this news we have brought it back into print, and sent copies to Tucson. Viva Librotraficantes!