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Second Hand Prose Books is closing

Although the bookstore's business in Groton, MA has been growing slowly but steadily -- thanks to all of you -- we have decided to close Second Hand Prose Books, effective March 15, 2015.

Circumstances in our personal lives are changing. While we still strongly feel that Groton is enhanced by the presence of a bookstore, and have been honored to provide this service to the community, we will no longer be in a position to do so.

Beginning today, all regular books in the store (excluding consignment and new books) will be on sale for a further 50% off. Customers with credit are welcome to use it over the next month for an even greater discount.

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On Saturday January 17, 7:30 pm:

Q: What would happen if Ben Franklin time-traveled to the 21st century?

A: Ever the newspaperman, he would start a blog, of course.

No subject is off-limits for Ben's Blog: he tackles global warming, Vladimir Putin, the Olympics, presidential politics, the Kardashians, and more besides!

Come by the store on Saturday evening when Ben's amanuensis, Tom Nalesnik, will talk about his experiences and sign copies of his new book, Ben's Blog.

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A Note About the Only Bookstore in Groton, Mass.

For years, while we ran Second Hand Prose Books in Acton, people told us how much they missed the Annie's bookstore that used to be in Groton, and how much they wanted a bookstore here.

A year ago we moved Second Hand Prose Books to Hollis Street in Groton center.

As you have probably read, this is a difficult time for bookstores. Unfortunately, this store is not immune. We have been running the business essentially as our gift to the community since the move, not taking salaries.

We truly appreciate the many books that have been brought in for credit. But we need people to buy books in order to pay the rent. Even a $2.00 purchase would help. So would telling your neighbors and friends about the store.

This summer will tell the tale. We have posted expanded hours, including on weekends. If there is not a significant uptick in business, we will close Groton’s only bookstore before September 1.

Thank you for your support. — Keith and Katharyn Dawson

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This Sunday, May 4th at 2:00 pm, Second Hand Prose Books is pleased to offer another of our Sunday Salons. We will be featuring award-winning local poet Helen Marie Casey, author of My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer. Ms. Casey will speak on Florence Hosmer's circle, which included Edmund Tarbell, American Impressionist painter and native of West Groton, MA.

As a special treat, all books in the store (with the exception of consignment / antiquarian volumes) will be an additional 20% off the normal purchase price.

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Don't know about you, but I'd go for the used copy. #robotbiddingwars  

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Next Saturday November 30 at 3:30 pm, local author Jerry Sarasin will read from his second novel, “Frozen Flamingo Blues,” and sign copies for those who ask nicely.

The “Yooper” mystery, set on Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the wintertime, features Milo, a down-and-out blues musician. While he is trying to mend his relationship with his long-estranged brother, Milo gets caught between the mob and small-town residents who have hit upon a unique, if illegal, way to subsidize the local economy. Milo then has the bad fortune to fall in love.

Jerry grew up on the Upper Peninsula, where they have two seasons: winter and the Fourth of July.

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Friday November 1, 7:30 pm at Second Hand Prose Books: reading, discussion, and book signing with David Adams Cleveland, novelist & art historian (his book on tonalism is the standard reference, and the best selling art history book of 2011 & 2012).

"Love's Attraction," his second novel, is set in a private school modeled on the Groton School (where he & his children went), but relocated to Concord. It's a mystery about art, love, and memory, culminating in Venice.

The novel has been optioned by Wolf Films for an HBO mini-series.

Second Hand Prose Books invites you to a delectable book signing event with Dushenka Silberfarb, author of "The Model Vegan: Every Recipe Worth Making More Than Once," "Meatless Meals Made Easy," and "Vegan Food for Everyone." There will be FREE samples of the world's most delicious carrot cake — that just happens to be vegan.

2:00 pm Saturday Oct. 19 at 30-A Hollis Street in Groton, MA.

There are two things I wish Google+ did better on its Pages. Exactly the same complaints apply to Facebook Pages.

1. Phone number. The way we like to express the phone number of Second Hand Prose Books is: 978-448-BOOK. Nor Google+ nor Facebook lets us enter it that way.

2. Opening hours. G+ and FB do not let us express the absolutely most important part of when we're open: OTHER TIMES BY CHANCE OR APPOINTMENT. Call us. We live just up the street, and we forward the store's phone to the house after hours. If Tuesday — Friday + Thursday evening don't work for you, and you need to come on a weekend or some other evening, CALL. We'll meet you at the store.

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We have been open just over a week now, have sent our first note to the growing mailing list (see a copy here: ), held our first evening event, and announced the first convening, this coming Monday the 22nd, of what will be weekly Open Community Hours. Our Square is working for credit-card transactions, but we don't have it hooked up yet to receipt printer and cash drawer. Thanks to +Marcia Blake for the nudge.
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