Join the Friends of Toad Hall!
You give us $25 a year and we'll give you a Friends card that entitles you to exclusive sales and special invitations to meet and chat with authors in advance of readings. You also get a free 'Toad Bag.' Sign up today and take advantage of our Friends Day sale!
Designer Lulu Guinness's notecards, journals and notepads are gorgeous, affordable and perfect gifts for Valentines Day.
Thank you, Barack Obama
The New York Times recently spoke with President Obama about the books he turned to while in office. Here's a short listing of some of the books and authors he mentioned:
- "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
- The "Three-Body Problem" series by Liu Cixin
- "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn
- "Fates and Furies" by Lauren Groff
- "A Bend in the River" by V.S. Naipaul
- "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison
- Second Inaugural address of Abraham Lincoln
- Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill
- Junot Díaz
- Jhumpa Lahiri
For the context in which these authors and books were mentioned, here's the transcript.
"Look, I don't worry about the survival of the novel. We're a storytelling species." - President Barack Obama
Just Plain Pretty
Amrita-Sen's line of stationary products are gorgeous. We have sets of colored pencils, sticky notes and handmade embroidered journals. We also have really funFrank Lloyd Wright bookmarks, stationary and books for kids.
"On Stage and Off"
Thursday, February 16, 7p.m.
Jeff Zinn, Managing Director, Gloucester Stage Company
Author, "The Existential Actor: Life and Death, On Stage and Off"
We are thrilled that Jeff Zinn, Equity actor and Award-winning director, will read from his memoir, "The Existential Actor: Life and Death, On Stage and Off" on February 16 at Toad Hall. After reading he will take your questions.
Many of you know Zinn as the new managing director of the Gloucester Stage Company. Both actor and director, he is well suited to share insights into some of the issues facing quality theater today. Actors, directors, playwrights and theatergoers -- you are invited to take part in this timely conversation. Refreshments will be served.
Take a Seat!
Our Reading Room is shaping up! Toad Hall is sprucing up the top floor. We're improving the Young Adult collection and making Used Books bigger and better. Customers are welcome to come by for some quiet reading time.
Heartfelt thanks to our donors who brought in two excellent rocking chairs, an end table and a coffee table! We are grateful and touched by your generosity and your efforts to make Toad Hall a more welcoming place for all.
"The Book" byKeith Houston is a fascinating deep dive into the art, the technology, the history and the love of the physical book. Beautifully illustrated and designed, it's a treasure. "Erudite, playful and illuminating," says Kirkus Reviews.
- Call in your special orders to 978-546-7323
- Join our cadre of Friends and Volunteers
- And...most importantly, BUY A BOOK A MONTH!
Happy New Year!
A sincere thank you to all of our friends, customers and loyal supporters who make Toad Hall a habit in their reading lives. Your patronage over the holidays was stupendous and so appreciated. We look forward to serving you in 2017.
THANK YOU . . . . . to our wonderful, hard-working volunteers.
Your brilliant ideas and dedication are most appreciated. And your support is making a difference.
With sincere gratitude,
Toad Hall Board of Trustees