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Holiday catalog

Each year we look forward to the New England Independent Bookseller's Association gift catalog, which details the best suggested books as chosen by independent booksellers all across New England and our publishing partners. Check it out!






Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians what if? serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions  Five Came Back Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan Station Eleven a novel
Rebel Souls, by Justin Martin     

Staff pick by Michael.

America's original Bohemians, including Walt Whitman--a great untold story in America's intellectual history.


what if? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe

Staff pick by Paul.
Five Came Back:  A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, by Mark Harris

Staff pick by John.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan

Staff pick by Heather.

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Staff pick by Tracy.

Save 20% off the list price of these books, every day!

Store Newsletter

The holidays begin! Special events this weekend and beyond! November 25th, 2014

And here they come! The holidays!
So nice of Mother Nature to set the stage with a snowstorm, right? But once you get dug out, here's what's happening at Gibson's...(and yes, we're closed on Thanksgiving, it's weird to even have to say so.)
Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday/#Indies First
Black Friday is yesterday's news... what's really cool is Plaid Friday. That's what independent stores call the movement to shift holiday shopping back to our local, downtown businesses throughout the country, starting the day after Thanksgiving.
Wear your plaid! Wear it proudly! And you'll receive a 10% discount at Gibson's this Friday. ... and plaid truly is a state of mind, so if you say the secret word ... yes, it's "plaid"... you'll also qualify.
Saturday 11/29 is a big day at the bookstore. We'll have some of our favorite writers as guest booksellers throughout the day! This (Indies First) is a nationwide program started by author Sherman Alexie, in which writers find community with their local booksellers, and bookstores show their customers an example of the true value in keeping their business local. Joining us will be David Elliott, Sy Montgomery, Howard Mansfield, Martha Carlson-Bradley, Erin Bowman, J.M. Hirsch, and Lissa Warren! Full schedule of their appearances here.
David Elliott
Sy Montgomery
Howard Mansfield
Erin Bowman
Martha Carlson-Bradley
J.M. Hirsch
Lissa Warren
What a great line-up! These are writers who know a lot about books of all kinds--children's books, poetry, cookbooks, fiction, memoirs, essays, you name it. It's going to be fun to welcome them as guest booksellers for a day! That's Saturday, November 29. And if you can't be in Concord that day, here's a list of bookstores and their guest booksellers throughout the country.

Cider Monday
Just as Black Friday is old hat, so is "Cyber Monday," which is what they used to call the Monday after Thanksgiving, when folks would gather around their primitive computers and shop over Ye Olde Internet. 
Taking its place is Cider Monday, which actually began here in New Hampshire, courtesy of our friends at the Toadstool Bookshops. Here at Gibson's, a purchase of $10 or more will get you a coupon good for a free small hot cider at True Brew Cafe. (Coupon good Monday only)  Come share in community and cider next Monday!
Midnight Merriment!  Friday, December 5
It's our favorite shopping day of the year! We'll be all dressed up and ready to sell you books, toys, games, cards, everything, all the way until Midnight. Deals will improve as the hour gets later. Come join in the fun, all through the downtown.

Ticketed events!
Donald Hall at Red River on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6 PM. Peter Yarrow and Noel (Paul) Stookey at The Music School on Friday, Dec. 12, at 6 PM. Tickets are going fast--click the pictures below and buy yours today! If you cannot attend these events but still want signed books for holiday gift-giving--or just for yourselves--contact us here at the bookstore.
Donald Hall
Essays After Eighty
Peter, Paul, and Mary
Fifty Years in Music and Life
Welcome Julie Salamon and Jill Weber on Sunday, Dec. 7! Their book is a purrrr-fect gift for Xmas! They will be in the bookstore at 1 PM.  Details here.
Holiday Book Show on NHPR's The Exchange, with Laura Knoy
Water Street's Dan Chartrand and Gibson's Michael Herrmann will join Laura to talk about the best books for holiday gift-giving on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 9 AM. Our lists will be online after the show. Call in with your own suggestions!
Here is our holiday catalog, speaking of suggestions--produced by independent bookstores through our trade association, NEIBA, the New England Independent Booksellers Association. Shop local, shop independent. Happy holidays!

New books, new trailers

Station Eleven has captivated several of our store staff, but Tracy was the first to write a review of it. Check it out!

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