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