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Browse more than 200 titles, all rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. 

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Book and Brew Gift Box

Few things go better together than a great book and a delicious cup of coffee. For a limited time, you can get an Islandport logo mug, 8 oz. of delightful Lobster Butter Love coffee beans, and a choice from one of three books (Blue SummerStraw Man, Closer All The Time, or Whatever it Takes) to complete a special gift package. All this goodness for just $24.95. 

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Book Spotlight

“Blue Summer is a heartbreaking testament to youth, loss, love and the painfully inevitable passage of time." 


Sweet Music

Author Jim Nichols, award-winning novelist, explores fate, abuse, and delayed justice as they play out on an emotional and gritty landscape in his new coming-of-age novel, Blue Summer.

Cal Shaw is a forty-year-old washed-out musician fresh from jail and haunted by ghosts of his past and memories of his cold mother and angry stepfather. As Cal tries to make sense of his existence, living as far away from his family as he can, a snippet of melody comes to him—timeless and haunting. But before he can finish it, his past asserts itself with a phone call that the family friend who redeemed his childhood is dying and it's time to come home. In this taut, compelling novel, Jim Nichols writes a riveting coming-of-age story that explores the bittersweet fate of a boy torn apart by loss and domestic abuse and the justice he eventually delivers, all the while writing a melody that tries to make sense of it all—a song he calls

"Blue Summer."


Born and Raised

These Novelists Capture Maine As Only Natives Can

Memoir | Nonfiction

True Grit

Hard Times, Hard Work; Whatever it Takes to live in Maine

Crime Fiction

It's a Mystery

Living in Maine is not all Lobsters and Lighthouses—Sometimes it's Downright Deadly

Memoir | Nonfiction

Into The Woods

The Maine Woods are Legendary;

We'll Show You the Way

Islandport Events

Chowder Rules! Reading
Sat, Nov 14
Online Event via Zoom
Nov 14, 11:00 AM
Online Event via Zoom
The Maine Historical Society hosts Anna Crowley Redding for reading of her book Chowder Rules! and a conversation about how primary sources help bring her stories to life.
A Very Ida Christmas
Sun, Dec 20
The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH
Dec 20, 2:00 PM
The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH, 28 Chestnut St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, USA
Celebrate Christmas with Islandport author Susan Poulin's alter ego, Ida LeClair at a socially-distanced event at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH.

Photographer Dave Dostie ventures out onto a Maine landscape nearly shutdown by COVID-19 and introduces us to great people making their way through a pandemic from ... ​

From Six Feet Away


And Then We Said Goodbye

Dean Lunt watches the Alzheimer-fueled decline of his beloved grandmother.



Anna Crowley Redding 

Q&A with Chowder Rules! author Anna Crowley Redding.