“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”         

                                                                               -Oscar Wilde



Since 1970 the Owl & Turtle Bookshop has been an integral part of coastal Camden’s vibrant downtown, serving the community as a quality independent bookstore, friendly gathering spot, and—more recently—cozy neighborhood café. The well-curated book collection includes an ever-evolving stock of fiction and non-fiction, an extensive children’s section, and plenty of cookbooks. Offerings of poetry, memoir, and marine books are forever expanding along with the always popular Maine-centric selections. In the café you’ll find locally-roasted beans from Coffee on the Porch and sweet and savory treats from area bakers. The shop is a welcoming place to browse and be—whether you choose to bury your nose in a book, beverage, or both.


Owl & Turtle Book of the Month Club

Want to keep a bit of Camden in your life all year long? Now you can!

Every month, we'll select a book in the category of your choice and mail it to you (or to a friend or family member if you so choose). Read. Be happy.

Give us a call or email us to learn more or sign up: 

207.230.7335 / info@owlandturtle.com



Check back often as we're adding lots of readings and signings to our schedule. Best to reserve your book in advance (by calling us) to be sure you get a signed copy!



Check back often as we're adding lots of readings and signings to our schedule. Best to reserve your book in advance (by calling us) to be sure you get a signed copy!


Saturday, October 19th, 2019 

2:00 - 4:00 pm

From the author of New York Times bestselling Rizzoli & Isles comes her newest standalone novel, The Shape of Night.

Join us for a signing with Tess Gerritsen herself!

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Thursday August 29th, 2019 

5 pm

We are proud to feature seven poets whose work is featured in Balancing Act 2: An Anthology Of Poems By Fifty Maine Women. Please join us for a reading of poems from the book and signing immediately after. 


Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join author Sarah Perry for a reading and signing of her new memoir, After the Eclipse, which was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Poets & Writers Notable Nonfiction Debut, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.

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Thursday August 15, 2019 

5 pm

Join Maine Poets Claire Millikin, Kathleen Ellis, Mark Melnicove, and Bill Carty reading their original works.



Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join wonderful local author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen for the release of his newest book, If I Built a School. Get your copy signed, and even see an illustration demo by Chris!


The Telling Room

Thursday, August 8th, 2019 

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Three young authors will be reading their own original work at the O&T, in partnership with the Telling Room. The authors will be Pearl Benjamin of Camden, Alexa Barstow of Thomaston, and Chantelle Flores of Oakland.

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Local Authors Night

Thursday, July 18th, 2019 


Join us for our second Local Authors Night on Thursday evening. Five local authors will be reading their works and signing and selling their books afterwards. Join us and support your local writers!

Summer Event Series:

Monthly Jam Night

with Matt Smith

Thursday, July 11th, 2019 


A fun & casual night of music, coffee, baked goods and books, with local musician Matt Smith. We will stay open until 8:00 pm.​

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Past Events at the O&T



Originally from Massachusetts, Craig and Maggie White lived in Charleston, South Carolina for close to a decade before deciding that their New England roots were calling them home.  Serendipity lead them to the Owl & Turtle in late 2016. Maggie is a writer who was the editor for a Southern culinary magazine for years, and worked in hospitality prior to that. Craig has a long professional history in commercial construction, owning his own property management company in recent years. Retail was not necessarily in the cards…until it very much was! Book and coffee lovers, they’re thrilled to spend their days surrounded by the things about which they are passionate, in one of the most beautiful towns in the world.



Bill and Rebecca Gene Conrad opened the Owl & Turtle as a bookshop motel in 1970, naming the store for two nearby Maine locales: Owl’s Head and Turtle’s Neck. In its original spot at 8 Bay View Street (a former refrigerator showroom), the Conrad’s three story book haven quickly established itself as the place to go in Camden—whether to shop for reading or reference material, enjoy a quiet respite, gather with friends, or convene with other community members for a book signing by such esteemed persons as Walter Cronkite and David McCullough. Through several owners (and a few different in-town locations), this unique bookshop’s place in the community has remained steadfast. Now back on Bay View Street, the Owl & Turtle evokes memories of the past while also exemplifying the best of what an independent bookstore can be today.