40 Pleasant St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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

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Myles Burr book release + performance featuring The Bulkheads ($5)
Fri. January 24, 8pm

Sidewalk & Steelqueen ($7)
Sat. January 25, 8pm

Mon. January 27
Closing at 5pm for private event

Henna Night with Jess
Tue. January 28, 5:30pm

Open Mic
Wed. January 29, 7:30pm

Kioea w/ Jim Rioux & Jonathan Blakeslee ($5)
Thu. January 30, 8pm

Klaxtones: The Last Friday of the Month ($5)
Fri. January 31, 9pm

Honeybees ($5)
Sat. February 1, 7pm

Book & Bar[s] monthly hip hop showcase ($5)
Sat. February 1, 9ish pm

Writers' Night Out
Mon. February 3, 7pm

Open Mic
Wed. February 5, 7pm

Read Free or Die
Thu. February 6, 7pm

Effen Pfeiftet ($5)
Fri. February 7, 7pm

Ameranouche ($5)
Sat. February 8, 8pm

Lyle Brewer ($5)
Sun. February 9, 7pm

Get out and vote!
Tue. February 11

Open Mic
Wed. February 12, 7pm

Janae ($5)
Thu. February 13, 8pm

Cormac McCarthy, Sammie Haynes & Friends ($10)
Fri. February 14, 8pm

Danielle Miraglia, Jen Kearney + Amy Petty ($12 in advance; $15 at door)
Sat. February 15, 9pm

Open Mic
Wed. February 19, 7pm

Erotic Beat Night
Thu. February 20, 7pm

Francesca Blanchard ($7 in advance; $10 at door)
Fri. February 21, 9pm

Lady Lupine ($5)
Sat. February 22, 9pm

Henna Night with Jess
Tue. February 25, 5:30pm

Harry Potter Trivia Night w/Tilton Bros. Brewing ($10)
Tue. February 25, 6:30pm

Open Mic
Wed. February 26, 7pm

Dan, Jonathan, and Dave Blakeslee ($5)
Thu. February 27, 8pm

Porch Party Mamas ($10)
Fri. February 28, 7pm

Klaxtones: Last Friday of the Month ($5)
Fri. February 28, 9pm

Palaver Strings, Ready or Not ($15 in advance; $20 at door)
Sat. February 29, 7pm

Julian Loida ($5 in advance)
Fri. April 3, 8pm

Jill Andrews ($10 in advance; $15 at door)

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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 and about celebrating well written, well designed books on all subjects. 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 for remainder books with quality content. Our genres range from academic titles, philosophy, and the social sciences; poetry, essays and memoirs; photography, architecture and arts; and of course, fiction, cookbooks and children’s.

Although we can't look anything up for you as we don't log our books, we are always able to guide you in the right direction and hope that you find what you're searching for or something similar. Our stock rotates quickly due to the way we purchase and sell so if you find a book you love we recommend buying it; it might not be here on your next visit! Think of books as treasures and take your time hunting for them, preferably with a beverage of your choice in hand. We always support reading and drinking.

Our Book Buying Policy

We buy books on an as needed basis. This varies throughout the year; please call or email and speak with a manager regarding possible sales.
We offer cash for your books.
We are selective and only accept the books we purchase based upon content, quality, and need.
Please do not drop books off without speaking to a manager.
We do not accept donations.
Please call the store and ask for Sally, our book curator, with any other questions.