higher loyaltyPick up your copy of A Higher Loyalty by James Comey today!

The books have arrived and are available in the store or via this website.



Book List for Osher Courses

The reading lists for Winter 17/18 classes are now available. Click HERE for details!


Upcoming events

  • 04/28/2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

    dragons love books onsiefree audiobooksIndependent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores like ours across the country on the last Saturday in April.  On April 28th we will have exclusive books and literary items that you can get only on that day. And FREE AUDIOBOOKS!



  • 05/02/2018 - 7:00pm

    m hodesPublic responses to Lincoln’s assassination have been well-chronicled, but New York University Professor of History Martha Hodes is the first to delve into the personal and private responses—of African Americans and whites, Yankees and Confederates, soldiers and civilians.



  • 05/03/2018 - 7:00pm

    jennifer pharr davisJennifer Pharr Davis reveals the secrets and habits behind endurance as she chronicles her incredible accomplishments in the world of endurance hiking, backpacking, and trail running.  The Pursuit of Endurance empowers readers to unlock phenomenal endurance and leverage new-found grit to achieve personal bests in everything from sports and family to the boardroom.



A Bookseller's Blotter

playing fieldA Level Playing Field?

Trade wars are not “easy to win”! As with other conflicts, collateral damage is hard to predict.

I am not an expert in the machinations of the global economy though I do know first hand what it is like to be in a business that is trying to run on an uneven playing field. Rather than being up against a foreign government and its policies, the Norwich Bookstore and other small retailers are challenged by our own local and federal support of big corporations. 

When a discount chain or a mega-corporation comes to a region, they ask for tax breaks and other incentives. The big internet retailers were offered big breaks when they were startups 20+ years ago that they still enjoy. Those same businesses pay their employees so little and offer no benefits or flexibility that the workers must rely on other services that cost taxpayers, which is essentially another form of underwriting the business. Meanwhile, their CEO’s have huge salaries. 

The bookstore pays a fair - though not high - wage. We wish it could be higher. Believe me when I say that the owners are not paid more than the workers! We pay property tax via our lease and collect Vermont sales tax. We also donate generously to many Upper Valley not-for-profit programs and organizations. We creatively foster the vitality of our region however we can. 

There are many places and ways to shop. Please think of us and other local merchants first when you are looking to purchase books and gifts. Help level the playing field because we want to keep playing this crazy bookselling game!  ~ Liza