It’s the Anniversary Sale at Griffin Bay Bookstore this weekend!

Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:58 am by

Anniver­sary Open House on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 10, 10:00 am—6:00 pm
20% off on all books in the store

This Saturday! See you there!

If there’s been too much chaos in your life recent­ly, there’s one sure thing you can count on: Grif­fin Bay Bookstore’s annu­al Open House and Sale on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 10, 10:00 am—6:00 pm.

Book­store own­er Lau­ra Nor­ris and her team are cel­e­brat­ing 33 years of book­selling in Fri­day Har­bor with a storewide sale of 20% off on all books on the shelves. This annu­al sale is Grif­fin Bay Bookstore’s way of thank­ing our island com­mu­ni­ty for loy­al sup­port and on-going patron­age, for shop­ping local­ly, and for ded­i­ca­tion to an inde­pen­dent book­store. The Open House will fea­ture com­pli­men­ta­ry snacks and the bookstore’s sig­na­ture cof­fee, Caffe Umbria. If you’re han­ker­ing for good com­pa­ny, good food and cof­fee, not to men­tion good books, this is the place to be this Saturday.

You’ll find the book­store crammed with all man­ner of books and things lit­er­ary, as well as a wide range of gift items, per­fect for get­ting you start­ed on your hol­i­day shopping.

You’ll find book lights by Mighty Bright, light­ed mag­ni­fiers, and the “Thumb Thing,” a nifty plas­tic thumb ring that holds your book wide open, per­fect for one-hand­ed read­ing if you’re lying in your bed propped up by pil­lows. As usu­al there’s an ample sup­ply of sta­tionery, boxed cards, hol­i­day cards, thank you notes, jour­nals, and tra­di­tion­al black as well as new, zany col­ors of Mole­sk­ines. There are plen­ty of 2013 day plan­ners and cal­en­dars to get you off on the right foot in Jan­u­ary. Many new gift items have just arrived, espe­cial­ly a host of DVDs that are sure to keep you enter­tained on win­try nights.

There are children’s activ­i­ties galore, games, fun and edu­ca­tion­al, some designed as learn­ing tools for kids get­ting ready for school. New this fall is a series of non-fic­tion books for grade-school­ers on a wide range of top­ics and peo­ple: the Mid­dle Ages, Ancient Chi­na, Ancient Egypt, the Titan­ic, Abra­ham Lin­coln, Eleanor Roo­sevelt, and Poc­a­hon­tas, among oth­ers. Plush toys that depict delight­ful lit­er­ary char­ac­ters are on hand, includ­ing Otis the tractor.


Local artists and writ­ers are also well rep­re­sent­ed in the book­store.  Big stur­dy mugs, per­fect for sip­ping hot choco­late and cof­fee, are adorned with Jane Buck’s col­or­ful images and Grif­fin Bay Book­store in small print along the side. You’ll also find art­work and cards from Spauld­ing Stu­dios, long-time favorites at the store. Local authors, includ­ing Thor Han­son, Susan Ver­non, Mike and Julia Vouri, Jim Lawrence occu­py a spe­cial place in the store.

New fic­tion and non-fic­tion, big pic­ture books, home­steading and gar­den­ing books, archi­tec­ture, his­to­ry, economics—it’s all here, ready and wait­ing to pique your inter­est. If you need some prod­ding to pick up a nee­dle and thread, some yarn, or paints, the arts and crafts sec­tion offers an expand­ed col­lec­tion of books to inspire you. For those whose minds area free rang­ing, there’s lots to feed the nomad in you—travel, sus­pense, mys­ter­ies, biogra­phies and mem­oirs, sci­ence, and nat­ur­al his­to­ry. Don’t hes­i­tate: what you might need to keep your mind at work when wind and rain keep you inside is in plain sight at Grif­fin Bay Bookstore.

Grif­fin Bay Book­store is known for its excel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice. With a friend­ly, help­ful, and knowl­edge­able staff, all of them book lovers, shop­pers can expect help find­ing what they are look­ing for. They are com­mit­ted to going the dis­tance to lead cus­tomers to books that suit their pref­er­ences and imme­di­ate needs. This is per­son-to-per­son ser­vice with good con­ver­sa­tion as a bonus.

If you’re a con­sum­mate brows­er, some­one who takes great delight in hap­pen­ing onto some­thing, dis­cov­er­ing some­thing new to fire up your imag­i­na­tion, you’d bet­ter head right to the yum­my cook­books in the book­store. This is a par­tic­u­lar­ly good year for stun­ning visu­als and recipes, cook­books that are beau­ti­ful­ly entic­ing and filled with recipes that encour­age cooks to use all man­ner of fresh, local, arti­sanal, and eth­nic foods and ingre­di­ents. Two just-released cook­books are already best­sellers: The Smit­ten Kitchen Cook­book by Deb Perelman—what she calls, mouth-water­ing “recipes and wis­dom from an obses­sive home cook,” and Roots by Diane Mor­gan, whose recipes turn those much-maligned, gnarly-look­ing root veg­eta­bles like rutaba­gas, cel­ery root, parsnips, and turnips into dish­es sub­lime and deli­cious.  Even the old stand-bys—carrots and potatoes—are giv­en new culi­nary life in her com­pendi­um of root veg­eta­bles.  You’ll find many more like these two, reflect­ing new, imag­i­na­tive, and healthy ways to cook and eat. For lit­tle cooks enam­ored with cup­cakes, look for dessert cook­books geared for chil­dren, and for para­pher­na­lia for their adven­tures in the kitchen.

Grif­fin Bay Book­store is part of IndieBound and the Amer­i­can Bookseller’s Asso­ci­a­tion, com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing inde­pen­dent book­stores across Amer­i­ca as well as the ben­e­fits of shop­ping or buy­ing local­ly. When you shop local­ly and sup­port your inde­pen­dent book­store you dis­cov­er what’s new, what’s great to read. And you nur­ture your own com­mu­ni­ty and its well-being, just one more rea­son to attend Grif­fin Bay Bookstore’s Open House and Anniver­sary Sale on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 10, 10:00—6:00 p.m.! It’s a com­mu­ni­ty tradition.

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