Friday, August 15, 2014

Village Story Peddlers: Nantucket Bookworks




The DMS wants to send some good cheer out to those wonderful independent books sellers. So, we decided to share some of our favorite corner bookstores with you. 




Today, we want to tell you about Nantucket BookworksThis charming book nook has gobs of story magic dripping from every shelf!  




What is the story behind Nantucket Bookworks?


The store was founded in 1972 by Patty Claflin. Originally located in a basement on the corner of Federal and Broad, Bookworks soon moved into 25 Broad St, a small building dating back to 1880, where it has remained to this day. In the late 90's, the Claflins tapped Wendy Hudson to take over the business, and Bookworks changed hands at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, 2000. Several years ago, Wendy also took on responsibility for Mitchell's Book Corner, and now both stores operate under the Nantucket Book Partners umbrella (while maintaining our respective distinct identities and fan bases). For the full story, click here

What is your favorite book to chat about?

This summer, I've been leaning heavily toward The Secret History. It's an earlier novel by Donna Tartt, who wrote this summer's bestseller The Goldfinch, and it's the story of a young man from the midwest who becomes enmeshed in an intellectually lofty but morally debauched clique at an East Coast college. The plot is great, but Tartt's writing really makes this book.

My coworker Max prefers A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. According to Max, "It's the diary of a young Japanese girl who calls herself a time being, and the story is brought to you by a woman who finds the diary on a beach on an island in Canada that's a lot like Nantucket.... but the diary is more than it seems"



Our manager, Suzanne, has two favorites this summer: We the Drowned, which focuses on the shipping industry's effects on a small coastal town in Norway at the turn of the century, and The Baron in the Trees, the tale of a young Italian count who abandons his family in the middle of dinner one night and spends the rest of his life in the trees.



Are there any upcoming events happening at the bookstore? If so, what?

Since Mitchell's and Bookworks joined forces, Mitchell's has taken on most of the signings and author events, and every summer they have a very busy events schedule. This summer, Bookworks has featured volunteer face-painters on Saturday mornings, and this Saturday we're also hosting a signing by a local author, Melissa Macvicar.

Nimbus 2000 or a Firebolt???
This is a bookstore you'll definitely want to visit! 

Nantucket Bookworks
25 Broad Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-4000

27 comments:

  1. You are so right – I definitely do want to visit this lovely bookstore! What a shame I live in the UK – I feel a holiday coming on.

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    1. Barbara- If you get to Nantucket you will adore it! The streets are so quaint and this bookstore is a gem. :) ~Stephanie

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  2. Looks like an awesome place! Adding it to my list of must-visit bookstores. I'll get there someday :)

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    1. Sherrie- I make sure to visit every time I am in Nantucket. I could spend hours in this book store. :) ~Stephanie

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  3. What a wonderful bookstore! It's so colorful and cozy looking - a perfect place for kids to spend hours looking over great books!

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    1. Lexa- It is a dream! So beautiful inside and out and so many wonderful books and bookish items to explore. :) ~Stephanie

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  4. Oh gosh I could spend hours and hours in that store with my kids. We are on the hunt for simple chapter books for ages 4-7 any recommendations?

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  5. I love The Secret History.

    This looks like an amazing bookstore.

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    1. Medeia- It is a treasure! Love book stores like this. :) ~Stephanie

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  6. Oh the book store looks so charming..I love these small shops!

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    1. Kimba- Me, too! Such a great place to spend a few hours. :) ~Stephanie

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  7. Oh my, I wish I had that in my neighborhood! What a great spot, and I love the building!

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    1. Meradeth- I wish it was in my neighborhood too! Luckily, I go to Nantucket almost every year and can visit this charming book store. :) ~Stephanie

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  8. They look so cozy. Wish I could be there. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Vanessa- It is a cozy store! I hope you had a great weekend too! :) ~Stephanie

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  9. I love it. It looks so charming! And it's almost as old as I am!

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    1. Stephanie- It is so charming, I loved learning about its history. I had no idea it was so close in age to me! ;) ~Stephanie

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  10. Celebrating independent bookstores - what a fantastic idea! Our local VT favorite: Phoenix Books, locations in Essex and Burlington.

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    1. The Armchair Squid- I love that you gave a shout out to your local book store! I have written it down to visit the next time I go to VT! Thanks for sharing. :) ~Stephanie

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  11. What a delightful looking store. Wish I lived next door.

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    1. TBM- I wish I lived next door too! :) ~Stephanie

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  12. Looks like a quaint, beautiful bookstore. I think I have the Ruth Ozeki book on my to-read list already, and will add The Baron in the Trees. Wish I live near bookstores like this one!

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    1. Claudine- It is such a treat to hear about books to read from someone who works in a bookstore. I hope you enjoy The Baron in the Trees (I haven't read it yet either). Living near this bookstore would give me a quaint place to go relax. :) ~L

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