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

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Memorial Day Veterans Reading

Gulf of Maine Books will host a reading by  Veterans on Memorial Day - Monday, May 27, at 2 PM.
Readers will include Terry Grasse, Denis Dunn, Preston Hood, George Van Deventer, Kendall Merriam and more. The event is free, and open to the public.
For more information, please call the bookstore at 729-5083.

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.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Fall 2012 Events Schedule

We have a number of events this fall at Gulf of Maine Books, and will add more as they are confirmed. Here is the schedule so far:

Sun., Nov. 4, 3 PM - Sarah Slagle Arnold, author of the memoir "Faith and Madness -
A Spiritual and Psychological Journey".

no events this weekend. we encourage you to check out two Veterans' Day events:
Maine Veterans Art Project Reading at Togus VA Medical Center, Togus Theater bldg. 210, - 3 PM Sat. Nov 10
Veterans Day Reading in Rockland - Sunday, Nov. 11, 130 PM, Dowling Walsh Gallery, 365 Main Street, Rockland

Sun., Nov. 18, 4 PM - Poet Elizabeth Garber, reading from her new book "True Affections - poems from a small town" and poet Preston Hood reading from "The Hallejujah of Listening" (winner of the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Poetry)

Sun., Dec. 2, 4 PM - Poets Mihku Paul, reading from her new collection "20th Century PowWow Playland", and Lisa Panepinto reading from her chapbook "Island Dreams" and her forthcoming collection "on this borrowed bike".

Sun., Dec. 9, 4 PM - Jason Anthony reading from "Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day and other stories of Antarctic Cuisine"

Sun., Dec 16, 6 PM, Poets Kristen Lindquist and Kendall Merriam reading from their collection of moon poems : "Moon Viewing At 50 MPH"

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

summer reading/booksigning events

We will have two book events at the bookstore this summer:

Friday, July 13, 7PM
A reading/booksigning for Tenants - a new collection of poems by Alicia Fisher (which comes with a cd of the poet reading the poems). Alicia will be here reading poems from the book, her sister Lauryn Hottinger will be singing, and the event will be a part of the Downtown Brunswick Friday Night Art Walk, so come on by for some poetry and music, and stroll around Brunswick for Gallery openings and open studios.

Friday, August 3, 7 PM
a reading/booksigning for Moonbird - A Year on the wind with the great Survivor B95.
Phil Hoose has written a book on the incredible migrations of the shorebirds called the rufa red knots. These amazing birds migrate every year from Tierra del Fuego to above the Arctic Circle. This story centers on one particular red knot, B95, who has made this trip at least nineteen times, flying the equivalent of a trip to the moon and part way back, earning his nickname "Moonbird". Phil usually confuses signing with singing, so we expect there will be song as well as story for this event.

Both events are free and open to the public.
For more information please call the bookstore 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!