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. March 20, 7:30pm

Beat Night
Thu. March 21, 7pm

People Like You strike back! ($5)
Fri. March 22, 9pm

William Shatner Beat Night ($7)
Sat. March 23, 8pm

Klaxton Quartet w/ Les Harris, Rob Gerry, and Effenberger
Mon. March 25, 7pm

Henna Night with Jess
Tue. March 26, 5:30pm

Open Mic
Wed. March 27, 7:30pm

Read Free or Die
Thu. March 28, 7pm

Datacet (pj & ob) ($5)
Fri. March 29, 9pm

Dan Walker & Northern Lights ($5)
Sat. March 30, 9pm

UNH Craft Beer Job Fair
Sun. March 31, 6pm

Writers' Night Out
Mon. April 1, 7pm

Open Mic
Wed. April 3, 7:30pm

Dan Blakeslee w/Tommy Alexander ($5)
Thu. April 4, 8pm

Klaxton ($5)
Fri. April 5, 9pm

New England Bluegrass Band ($10)
Sat. April 6, 8pm

Open Mic
Wed. April 10, 7:30pm

Read Free or Die
Thu. April 11, 7pm

Emma Cook & Questionable Company ($5)
Fri. April 12, 9pm

VinylFest 2 in collaboration with Dogfish Head and Record Store Day
Sat. April 13, all-day event

HayBaby ($5)
Tue. April 16, 8pm

Open Mic
Wed. April 17, 7:30pm

Beat Night
Thu. April 18, 7pm

Book & Bar[s] featuring New Fame / RAYEL / Rah Zen ($10)
Fri. April 19, 9pm

Sans Souci ($5)
Sat. April 20, 9pm

Closed for Easter
Sun. April 21

Open Mic
Wed. April 24, 7:30pm

Weird Turn Pro ($5)
Thu. April 25, 8pm

Sarah Blacker ($10)
Fri. April 26, 9pm

Jim Dozet Band ($5)
Sat. April 27, 9pm

Closing at 5:30pm for private event
Sun. April 28

Henna Night with Jess
Tue. April 30, 5:30pm

Open Mic
Wed. May 1, 7:30pm

Story Collider
Thu. May 2, 8pm

Pam Pryor ($5)
Fri. May 3, 8pm

Jazzputin and The Jug Skunks ($10)
Sat. May 4, 9pm

Summit Indie Fest ($22; ticketed guests only)
Sat. May 11, 2pm

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 daily but ask that you call for an appointment.
We offer cash and/or store credit for your books.
We are selective and only accept the books we purchase.
We do not accept donations.