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Hello, readers.

Wow, where did the summer go?

It's been quite a while since our last newsletter, when we shared our early plans for Print: A Bookstore. Since then, it's been a non-stop whirl of activity, as we've transformed the former Angela Adams space at 273 Congress Street into the skeleton of what will be our store. Two walls have come down and two more have gone up, thanks to the hard work of Cornerstone Building and Restoration. The floors of the store, concrete covered with years of paint and glue, have been dyed and refinished by Portland's Jon Meade Design. Our bookshelves and counter, designed by Books in Common and built by Franklin Fixtures, are currently being built and will arrive before the end of the month. Might & Main, the great local branding and design firm, is putting the finishing touches on our logo this week.

With electrical work being completed in the space by Energize ME this week, and a fresh coat of paint going on the walls next week, we're nearing the completion of Print. Thousands of books will be arriving soon after the shelving is in place, and we're on track for opening in the middle of November.

As for us, we've been busy with all the planning that goes into opening a new bookstore. We attended the New England Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference in September, and worked with hundreds of other booksellers and bookstore owners gathering ideas on how to improve our stores. It was a treat for us not just as bookstore owners but as booklovers - Zadie Smith, Douglas Preston, and Elizabeth Strout were just a few of the spectacular authors attending and presenting.

In the coming weeks, we'll be blitzing through the final details of getting Print up and running. Along with buying stock and planning events, this also means we're hiring staff! Take a look at the next section of the newsletter to see what we're looking for, and how to apply.

Our thanks to you, our loyal fans and subscribers, for bearing with us as we take our planning and build-out into the home stretch. We'll be sending out another newsletter soon to share our final logo and, more crucially, our opening date.

Until then,
Josh and Emily
Print: A Bookstore
Now that we're nearing our opening date, we're in need of booksellers!

We're looking for two to four creative, hard working people to join the staff of Print. We're hiring in both part- and full-time positions, with a starting date in the early part of November. Some evenings and weekends will be required, and prior bookstore experience is strongly preferred.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to
We're working hard to make sure that Print is not just the store we've always dreamed of owning, but the store you've always dreamed of visiting. To that end, we've included a customer survey to see what sorts of programming, policies, and services you'd most like to see at Print. If you can take a few minutes to share this information with us, it would be very much appreciated.
While we haven't yet moved into our home on Congress Street in Portland, we've been busy in the virtual world. You can follow us on Instagram (print.bookstore), Facebook (, Twitter (@printbookstore), and Tumblr (, where we're posting updates on the store, praise for books we're loving, and news from the world of books and bookselling. 

You can also keep up with Print at our website,

Josh is reading The Impossible Fortress, the debut novel from Jason Rekulak (on sale 2/7/17).
The year is 1987 and Playboy has published scandalous photographs of Vanna White, from the popular TV game show "Wheel of Fortune." For three teenage boys - Billy, Alf, and Clark - who are desperately uneducated in the ways of women, the magazine is somewhat of a Holy Grail: priceless beyond measure and impossible to attain. So, they hatch a plan to steal it.

The heist will be fraught with peril: a locked building, intrepid police officers, rusty fire escapes, leaps across rooftops, electronic alarm systems, and a hyperactive Shih Tzu named Arnold Schwarzenegger. Failed attempt after failed attempt leads them to a genius master plan—they’ll swipe the security code to Zelinsky’s convenience store by seducing the owner’s daughter, Mary Zelinsky. It becomes Billy’s mission to befriend her and get the information by any means necessary. But Mary isn’t your average teenage girl. She’s a computer loving, expert coder, already strides ahead of Billy in ability, with a wry sense of humor and a hidden, big heart. But what starts as a game to win Mary’s affection leaves Billy with a gut-wrenching choice: deceive the girl who may well be his first love or break a promise to his best friends.

Emily is reading The One Eyed Man, the newest from local author Ron Currie (on sale 3/7/17).
K., the intriguing narrator of Currie’s new novel, joins the ranks of other great American literary creations who show us something new about ourselves. Like Jack Gladney from White Noise, K. is possessed of a hyper-articulate exasperation with the world, and like Ignatius J. Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces, he is a doomed truth teller whom everyone misunderstands. After his wife Sarah dies, K. loses his metaphorical capacity, becoming so wedded to the notion of clarity that he infuriates everyone, friends and strangers alike. When he intervenes in an armed robbery, K. finds himself both an inadvertent hero and the star of a new reality television program. Together with Claire, a grocery store clerk with a sharp tongue and a yen for celebrity, he travels the country, ruffling feathers and gaining fame at the intersection of American politics and entertainment. But soon, through a conflagration of biblical proportions, he discovers that the world will fight viciously to preserve its delusions about itself.

K.’s quixotic effort to fully understand the world he lives in makes for a singular and engaging novel, one which further establishes Ron Currie’s position as one of today’s rising stars in fiction.
Print: A Bookstore, our new 2,000 square foot bookstore, will open on Portland's East End this fall. Print, which will be located at 273 Congress Street, will feature both adult and children’s titles, an active author and local event series, and children’s programming.

Print is located in one of the city's burgeoning neighborhoods – Portland’s East End – taking over designer Angela Adams’ old storefront. It will join a diverse group of East End businesses like Knit Wit, Terlingua, Oxbow Blending and Bottling, Roustabout, Sip of Europe, and Micucci Grocery. The store will also be less than a mile from the historic waterfront district, the Portland Museum of Art, and many of Portland’s most popular arts and food destinations.

Kate Whouley, independent bookstore consultant and renowned designer of Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH and Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on Martha’s Vineyard, has been hired to design Print.

Author Richard Russo, a known advocate for writers and indie booksellers, plans to be involved in Print by interviewing first-time writers as part of its author series. “Years ago Maine welcomed me into its community of writers,” said Mr. Russo, “and I look forward to returning the favor by helping to introduce Maine readers to the next generation of emerging authors.”

Emily Russo is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo. After working at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA as the events director from 2007 to 2010 and at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY as the First Editions Club manager from 2011 to 2014, Russo moved back to her home state of Maine in 2015 to open Print.

Josh Christie is a former manager and buyer for Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shops, most recently at their Exchange Street location in Portland. He has worked as a professional bookseller for over a decade, starting at Sherman’s Books in Camden in 2004. Christie served on the board of directors of the New England Independent Booksellers Association from 2010 to 2015, and was recognized by Publisher's Weekly in 2015 as one of forty future book industry leaders in the United States.

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