Bookspot of the Week: Nantucket Books

For this week’s bookspot, we chatted with Tim Ehrenberg (@timtalksbooks), the marketing director of Nantucket Book Partners on Nantucket Island.

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For this week’s bookspot, we chatted with Tim Ehrenberg (@timtalksbooks), the marketing director of Nantucket Book Partners on Nantucket Island. The Nantucket Book Partners don’t just run one independent bookstore, but two: Mitchell’s Book Corner and Nantucket Bookworks!

How did your bookstore transition from concept to reality?

 

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Mitchell’s Book Corner just celebrated 50 years in business and has been a staple in the heart of downtown Nantucket since then. Nantucket Bookworks opened in 1972. In 2012, Wendy Hudson combined the two stores (with help from Remain Nantucket and Wendy Schmidt for Mitchell’s Book Corner) to create Nantucket Book Partners and to focus attention on the two community bookstores’ strengths for one island. You have to visit both for the full story! 

 

 

What do you feel is unique to your bookstore?

 

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I think the fact that we have two independent bookstores on a tiny island within .2 miles of each other is unique and special. We try to make them separate entities with the same goal to instill the joy of reading to all ages. There are Mitchell’s customers and there are Bookworks customers and then there are those who love them both for different reasons. For example, if I want a new fiction read I would go to Mitchell’s, but if I need a book or gift for a kid’s birthday party I go to Bookworks.

 

How do you feel your bookstore fits into your local community?

 

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With the state of the world right now, we are really trying to offer that same customer interaction and bookstore feeling online through social media and our websites along with videos, author talks, autographed copies, staff picks, story times, and more. We hope everyone can visit nantucketbookpartners.com.

What does your store offer that a chain or online retailer can’t?

 

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We offer pure excitement and joy for the written word and the books we put on our shelves. From books we can’t wait to put into customers’ hands to the perfect gifts for all ages. We really try to curate a collection of books and gifts that we love and are excited about and then create a buzz about those books.  We are trying to get that enthusiasm across online right now as well for our customers stuck at home looking for something to read.

 

 

How else do you create a welcoming environment?

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At Bookworks, we have a kid’s room with a book tree and it’s a favorite spot for island and visiting children. We also have the Barnaby Bear Café, Barnaby’s Place (@barnabysplace), which features Nantucket’s Barnaby Bear and the book series by Wendy Rouillard.

Mitchell’s Book Corner has a whole Nantucket Room upstairs that has a grand collection of Nantucket books in all genres. Comfy leather chairs and gorgeous windows look down on Nantucket’s historic Main Street. It’s a great place for adults to start reading their next favorite book. 

 

 

Do you have any staff picks or releases we should watch out for?

 

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Readers can pre-order autographed copies of local Nantucket authors like Nancy Thayer’s Girls of Summer coming out this May and Elin Hilderbrand’s 28 Summers coming out in June.

You can also order autographed copies of our friend Emily Giffin’s The Lies That Bind and Jodi Picoult’s The Book of Two Ways here (with signed book plates).

Other staff picks: Wendy is a huge fan of Euphoria by Lily King and The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer; Tim always recommends The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne and anything by Jodi Picoult; Suzanne loves We The Drowned by Carsten Jensen and News of the World by Paulette Jiles; and Cristina loves White Fur by Jardine Libaire and Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.

 

Do you tailor your inventory according to your community?

 

Nantucket Book Spot whaling section

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Yes, we try to curate a collection that fits all of our customers. Mitchell’s and Bookworks both have a great fiction section for those looking for their next beach read while on vacation; also Mitchell’s has cookbooks, history and biography, a travel section, plus the Nantucket Room with books on Nantucket history, Nantucket fiction, whaling, sailing, the sea, and more. Bookworks has a cozy teen section, a craft and hobby shelf, as well as a magical kid’s room filled with so many quirky gifts, toys, puzzles, games, stationary, party supplies, and more stuffed into every nook and cranny! We have been adding a lot of these gifts and goodies to our new gifts site at www.nantucketbookworks.com (@bookworksgifts).

Books are available to shop at www.nantucketbookpartners.com (@nantucketbooks).

 

Is there anything else that you’d like our audience to know?

 

Tim Talks for Nantucket Book Spot

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Yes. We started a new venture affiliated with the stores called @timtalksbooks where I interview authors I love. We talk about the current situation, what they are working on, and their books. This is a way for readers to connect to their favorite writers from the safety of their homes. We also do a speed round of the author’s favorite things and sometimes even play games like charades or trivia. Talks with Elin Hilderbrand, Nathaniel Philbrick, and Jodi Picoult are LIVE on the channel, and many more to come! Follow @timtalksbooks on Instagram and Facebook, and watch the talks here.

Nantucket Book Partners are proud sponsors and planners of the Nantucket Book Festival (@nantucketbookfestival) – a three day literary event every June. This year the event will be a Virtual Festival coming to a screen near you soon.  Visit nantucketbookfestival.org for more information.

Above Nantucket Bookworks is Second Story Loft which is a three bedroom luxury literary oasis available for weekly rentals and special events.  With books galore in the apartment and right above a bookstore, you’re bound to find inspiration when you visit. Obviously right now we are not sure when we can get people back in there to stay, but once we all can travel safely again, consider Second Story Loft at 25broadnantucket.com.

 

 

Anyone else want to take a day trip to Nantucket Island now just to check out these incredible stores? If you have a book spot you’d like to see recognized, just contact us through any of our social channels and you just might catch it here next week!

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