40 Pleasant St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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

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Open Mic
Wed. May 22, 7:30pm

The Missouri Pacific ($5)
Fri. May 24, 9pm

Liz Frame + The Kickers ($5)
Sat. May 25, 9pm

Origami Ghosts ($5)
Sun. May 26, 8pm

Book + Bar[s] featuring Ape the Grim ($5)
Mon. May 27, 8pm

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

Open Mic
Wed. May 29, 7:30pm

Bitter Pill w/ Eli Elkus Nonsemble ($5)
Thu. May 30, 8pm

Liz Bills & The Change / Paul Jarvis ($5)
Fri. May 31, 8pm

The Wolff Sisters w/ Charlie Marie ($5)
Sat. June 1, 8pm

Writers' Night Out
Mon. June 3, 7pm

Open Mic
Wed. June 5, 7:30pm

Emily & Jake ($5)
Thu. June 6, 8pm

DJ Chad Banks ($5)
Fri. June 7, 9pm

Dan Blakeslee & The Calabash Club ($7)
Sat. June 8, 9pm

Open Mic
Wed. June 12, 7:30pm

Rob Duquette ($5 donations)
Thu. June 13, 8pm

The Moonraiders ($10)
Fri. June 14, 8pm

GA-20 Blues ($5)
Sat. June 15, 9pm

Book & Bar[s] featuring Myles Bullen ($5)
Mon. June 17, 7pm

Stash Wyslouch ($5)
Tue. June 18, 8pm

Open Mic
Wed. June 19, 7:30pm

Beat Night
Thu. June 20, 7pm

Klaxton ($5)
Fri. June 21, 9pm

Great Bay Sailor ($10)
Sat. June 22, 8pm

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

Mike & Juliet ($5)
Tue. June 25, 8pm

Open Mic
Wed. June 26, 7:30pm

Miss Maybell & The Jazz Age Artistes ($5)
Thu. June 27, 8pm

Ameranouche ($5)
Fri. June 28, 9pm

Lunch at The Dump ($5)
Sat. June 29, 9pm

Buck Meek ($10 tickets here)
Tue. July 2, 8pm

Jerry Garcia Birthday Tribute ($5)
Fri. August 2, 8pm


our books


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, about celebrating well written, well designed books on all subjects. Together we have over seventy-five years of experience buying and selling books. 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. One of us specializes in academic titles, philosophy, and the social sciences; another, a poet and memoirist, specializes in the arts; and our third partner specializes in cookbooks and children’s. Our stock changes weekly as the three of us love to hunt down and purchase new stuff.

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.