Valentine's Poetry Workshop & Open Mic February 2019

Co-owner and Poet-in-Residence Caroline Harvey will be hosting The Music of the Sonnet on Sunday February 10th from 3:30-7pm in our store at 132 Main Street in Gloucester. Limited to 12 participants and open to any writers of all levels ages 15 and up, the investment for the workshop is $20. You can pay via paypal here, or come in the store and reserve your spot. With Valentine's Day in mind, we'll cover the basics of English sonnet writing and focus on themes of love, self-love, empowerment, and connection. (Cynics are welcome, too!) Write for yourself, as a gift, or just for the joy of it!

 What: The Music of the Sonnet

When: Sunday, February 10 from 3:30-7pm

Where: 132 Main Street in Gloucester

How: limited to 12 participants; $20 fee. Click here to reserve your spot in advance! All payments are nonrefundable, but you can transfer your spot to someone else.

To follow, owners Lucas and Caroline are hosting a Valentine's Day Open Mic on Thursday February 14 from 6-8:30pm. Workshop participants are guaranteed a spot on the reader's list, and all community members are welcome! We’ll have chocolates! Plus, we'll be raffling off a very special poetry book. Attendance is free, donations are accepted, raffle tickets are $2 each, limited to 5 per person.

 What: Valentine’s Day Open Mic

When: Thursday February 14 from 6-8:30pm. Sign ups begin at 5:45pm.

Where: 132 Main Street in Gloucester

How: Just show up to listen, hang out with other book lovers, take yourself or someone else out on a date, and/or share a poem you like (original or a cover)! Keep in mind, poem must be under 4 minutes in length.

Upcoming Events & Special Hours Dec 2018

Thursday December 20th: Annual Men’s Night! Beers, books, and 15% discounts from 5pm on…

Monday December 24th, Christmas Eve: we’ll be open from 11am-5pm for your last minute shopping needs!

Closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

(our normal hours: Tues-Fri 11am to 6pm and Sat 10am to 6pm)

Gloucester’s Legendary Dogtown Books Under New Ownership Nov 2018

Original Dogtown Bookshop owner Bob Ritchie embraces retirement as the torch is passed to Gloucester residents Lucas Cotterman and Caroline Harvey, who take ownership of the store on November 19, 2018.  Gloucester’s legendary destination for used & unusual books has been a favorite for locals and visitors since 1995, and you can count on the new Dogtown Books owners to honor this rich history. It will remain a locally owned and independent used bookstore with a uniquely Gloucester flavor. Building upon this legacy, expect more and new inventory, new book topic sections, literary gifts & goods, open mics, workshops, kid friendly activities, author events, and some new and cozy reading nooks…just in time for winter! Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Sale is scheduled for December 1st from 10am to 6pm.

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 Meet the New Owners:

Lucas and Caroline are avid readers, oddity and vintage collectors, and used bookstore junkies. In fact, they first met in a bookstore in Big Sur, CA! The privilege of owning something as special as Dogtown Books is a cherished, lifelong dream for them both. They will ensure Dogtown Books remains Gloucester’s best destination for used books, and will prioritize inclusion, accessibility, creativity, and a feeling that when you come in the door, you’re always welcome.

Lucas is a writer and visual artist, and before owning Dogtown Books he toured as a lighting designer for over 15 years with bands such as The Strokes, Interpol, Arcade Fire, and Death Cab for Cutie, just to name a few. Caroline has been a professor at Berklee College of Music for almost a decade, and she continues to tour and lecture worldwide with her original writing and curriculum. Her grandparents owned a home near Niles Beach, sadly taken long ago in a storm, and she is proud to be among four generations of her family to call Gloucester home. Ladybird Johnson is their 6 year old Shar Pei, and while she might not be able to read (yet), she plans on sleeping and quietly snoring in the store.

 Dogtown Books is still located at 132 Main Street in Gloucester, MA.  Our business phone number is 978.281.5599. The Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Sale is scheduled for December 1st from 10am to 6pm.


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Lucas Cotterman & Caroline Harvey

Dogtown Books Owners