DogMa 2: Bayliss by Salt and Sun
Aug
24
6:30 PM18:30

DogMa 2: Bayliss by Salt and Sun

DogMa* presents its highly anticipated second event, “Bayliss by Salt and Sun,” an interdisciplinary celebration of the work of writer, philosopher, and Gloucester legend Jonathan Bayliss. A creative collaboration between Dogtown Books and MAGMA, this event features local writers and leaders who will share performative readings of Bayliss’ most breathtaking works, in combination with the creative possibilities of movement, visual art, and live music.

Tickets available online: $10

doors 6:30 PM, show 7:00pm

at Magma, 11 Pleasant St., Suite 64

Gloucester, MA 01930

DogMa* is a collaboration between Dogtown Books and MAGMA, supporting multidisciplinary projects and synergistic events in language and performance.

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4th Friday Open Mic with Helen Garland
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

4th Friday Open Mic with Helen Garland

On Friday, August 23rd we are beyond thrilled to welcome Helen Garland to Dogtown Books. Helen is the Chair of The Earth Society Foundation of The United Nations, and wife of the late Joe Garland, who became Gloucester's most notable and celebrated historian.

After we talk with Helen, we will host a community open mic! Take the stage with your own poetry, prose, music, comedy or whatever you want to do!

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4th Fridays Open Mic ft. Kassi Underwood
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

4th Fridays Open Mic ft. Kassi Underwood

The extraordinary Kassi Underwood id the feature for this month's 4th Fridays open mic event (July 26th at 6pm)! Kassi is a local author who has written a very important and moving book (her first) about enlightenment after abortion. We met Kassi when she came into the store with her family; we shared a few hearty laughs and felt like old friends. But remember...in Gloucester, you never know what deeper magic lurks! Turns out Kassi is not only a delightful and kind Gloucester community member, and a celebrated author, she's also a no bullshit spiritual teacher, the first-ever resident Meditation Advisor at Harvard Innovation Lab, and she's been featured in The New York Times, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, and New York Magazine. What an honor that she'll be sharing her work with us at Dogtown. This is truly a not to be missed event! Please join us on Friday, July 26th at 6pm for Kassi's reading, followed by a community open mic.

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4th Fridays Open Mic ft. Jon Waterman
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

4th Fridays Open Mic ft. Jon Waterman

We are proud to announce Jon Waterman as this month's 4th Fridays feature. A local singer songwriter, Jon brings his unique blend of blues, rock, roots, and folk to Dogtown. June's event will take place on Friday the 28th at 6:00pm. Following Jon's set, take the stage with your own poetry, prose, music, comedy or whatever you set your mind to. FREE admission; suggested donation of $3.

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DogMA presents In the Valley of Flowers
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

DogMA presents In the Valley of Flowers

Dogma* presents Poetry and Performance featuring In the Valley of Flowers 
"In the Valley of Flowers" is a 30 minute poetry/performance work written by Casey Buckles, with performance by Jess Semararo and liquid lights by Josh Lentini.
There will be an opening poetry reading with Ben Tavares and others.
Sarah Slifer Swift and Kate Tarlow Morgan will present a dance performance.
at Magma, 11 Pleasant Gloucester MA
doors 7:00 PM, show 7:30pm
B.Y.O.B.
$10 tickets at door or online

*Dogma is a collaboration between Dogtown Books and MAGMA, supporting multidisciplinary projects and synergistic events in language and performance.

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4th Fridays Open Mic on May 24, ft. James R. Scrimgeour
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

4th Fridays Open Mic on May 24, ft. James R. Scrimgeour

What: an open mic, featuring poet James R. Scrimgeour
When: Friday May 24, 6-8:30pm
Where: Here at the store, 132 Main St. in Gloucester
How much: Free! (Suggested donation $3)
6pm: doors & open mic sign-up
6:15pm: James R. Scrimgeour reads from his most recent book, Voices of Dogtown: Poems Arising Out of a Ghost Town Landscape
7-8:30pm: Community open mic

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Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

4th Fridays Open Mic on April 26, ft. Cam Vulture

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Open Mic on April 26

featuring Cam Vulture!

What: an open mic, featuring songwriter & musician Cam Vulture
When: Friday April 26, 6-8:30pm
Where: Here at the store, 132 Main St. in Gloucester
How much: Free! (Suggested donation $3)
Info: 6pm doors & open mic sign-up
6:15pm: Cam Vulture
7-8:30pm: Community open mic

Cam Vulture is a musician and songwriter from Grand Rapids, MI now living in Gloucester, MA. After dropping out of Berklee College of Music she played in a number of bands before settling into writing and playing songs heavily influenced by Midwest and East Coast emo. 

Songs, poems, monologues, rants, comedy and more are all welcome on the mic! 4 min limit per performance. As a reminder, Dogtown Books aims to be an inclusive, accessible environment. This event is all-ages, but it’s very likely “adult themes” will be addressed. All people are welcome, dialog and exploration are encouraged, hate speech is not tolerated.

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Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Dogtown Books 4th Friday Open Mic Series, ft. Fox Welsh

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What: an open mic, featuring writer Fox Welsh 
When: Friday March 22, 6-8:30pm
Where: Here at the store, 132 Main St. in Gloucester
How much: Free! (Suggested donation $5)
Info: 6pm doors & open mic sign-up
6:15pm: Reading & Talk with Fox Welsh
7-8:30pm: Community open mic

Fox Welsh joins the Dogtown Books 4th Friday Open Mic series on March 22 for an evening of sharing stories and discussing the creative process. Before the community open mic, Fox will give a short reading from their current work in progress, Songbird, a YA novel about queerness, mental health, and living outside the boxes we are expected to fit into. They’ll also give a talk about the process of writing a novel, especially when built on personal experience, and the ways that they integrate creativity into their everyday life. If you’ve ever had a question about the novel writing process, are struggling to get your creativity flowing, have something you’d like to share on the mic, or just want to sit quietly in the back and be inspired by awesome stuff…stop by and join us!



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Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

Valentine's Open Mic

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.

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Feb
10
3:30 PM15:30

The Music of the Sonnet Sonnet Workshop

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 a spot. With Valentine's Day in mind, we'll 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; reserve your spot in advance! All payments are nonrefundable, but you can transfer your spot to someone else.

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Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Dogtown Books Grand Re-Opening Celebration & Sale

Dogtown Books Grand Re-Opening Celebration & Sale
Saturday December 1, 2018
10am-6pm
132 Main Street in Gloucester

10am - 5pm: Everything in the store is on sale, plus free give aways & literary treats! 

5pm - 6pm: A special moment to celebrate original owner and founder Bob Ritchie, and meet the new owners, Lucas & Caroline.

(not sure? our promise: we aim to keep things low stress! it is a bookstore, after all...so introverts, creatives, children, locals, visitors, loners, radicals, normies & awkward first dates...you are always welcome here! you don't even have to talk to anyone if you don't want to. #mybestfriendsarebooks)

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