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“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

 

ABOUT

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.

 

EVENTS

Reading and Book signing with Laura Bonazzoli
Thursday September 15th at 7pm

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Laura Bonazzoli's fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Evening Street Review, The Sandy River Review, and many others. After her short story "Under a Spotlight Moon" appeared in the literary magazine kerning, publisher Toad Hall Editions agreed to publish her novel in stories, Consecration Pond, which includes "Under a Spotlight Moon." Consecration Pond was published in August, 2022.

Laura has also published poetry in more than thirty literary magazines, including Connecticut River Review, Northern New England Review, and Naugatuck River Review, as well as in several anthologies and on Maine Public Radio's Poems from Here. Her personal essays have appeared in literary and mainstream journals.

 

SHOP HISTORY

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 Head. 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.