Digital audiobooks now available!

Just in time for Independent Bookstore Day, the Norwich Bookstore is excited to announce that we now offer audiobooks for your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partnership with an independent company,

Once you set up an account, you can choose an individual audiobook or sign up for a membership. With membership, the first book is $0.99 and then $14.99 per month for one book. And you get 30% off additional audiobooks. It is easy and detailed instructions are provided when you create your account. If you are a current Audible member and you have credits, we can move two of them to the new Libro account when you become a member! Just let us know you made the switch.

Upcoming events

  • 04/26/2017 - 7:00pm

    james wrightIn Enduring Vietnam, James Wright, historian and former President of Dartmouth College, focuses on those soldiers -- the war fighters --  who took part in ground combat in South East Asia. Wright’s accounts of what these men endured in battle and of their experiences afterwards, when they returned to a divided America, are required reading for anyone who wants to understand the seminal event of the baby boomer generation.



  • 04/27/2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

    g mateThe Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth presents Dr. Gabor Mate on "The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, from Heroin to Workaholism" (more)



  • 04/27/2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

    The second springtime Book Buzz at Thetford Academy is on Thursday, April 27. This younger version of the Book Jam’s popular “Pages in the Pub” program features pre-teens and teens as presenters.

A Bookseller's Blotter

poetry month

“When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.”

We are in the middle of National Poetry Month and I have been reflecting on the variety and power of poems. 

John F. Kennedy wrote “Robert Frost coupled poetry and power, for he saw poetry as the means of saving power from itself. When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.”

Not having much exposure to poetry readings before we opened the bookstore, I have learned much from a wide range of events over the years. We have had the honor of hosting Grace Paley, Sydney Lea, Cynthia Huntington, Vievee Francis, Jeff Friedman, Cleopatra Mathis, and last week Carol Armstrong, to name just a few. These writers have shown me how portraying an image or an emotion with just a few words can shift perspectives, open minds, and touch hearts.

I am challenging myself to read and consider a poem each day for the next year. Classic and contemporary, I will dip into my mother-in-law’s Norton Anthology and collections by local authors. What poets do you recommend? ~ Liza