Upcoming Events


extempo Story Telling

Thursday, October 25th

7:30pm - 10:00pm


extempo Story Telling is back at Bridgeside Books! Be sure to join us for this fantastic evening of LIVE ORIGINAL STORYTELLING!

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$5.00 at the door


An Evening with Madeleine M. Kunin: Coming of Age

Thursday, November 1st

6:30pm - 8:30pm


***THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT*** Please visit Eventbrite.com to purchase your ticket today. Tickets are $10.00 each with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Waterbury Food Shelf. Tickets are limited! 

Join Bridgeside Books in welcoming former Governor Madeleine May Kunin, Vermont's first woman governor and author of the new memoir, Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties.

"When little girls visit the Vermont Statehouse at least they see one portrait that looks like them among those of Vermont's Governors. Madeleine's entire public life has been about making women's experiences visible, inspiring the possibilities. With this deeply personal and heartfelt memoir she tells a private story that feels like our own. What it's like as a woman to get old. It is full of humor, honesty and meaning. She is as good a poet as she was a politician. As readers, we experience the affirmation of sisterhood." Liz Bankowski, Governor Kunin's campaign manager; served in leadership positions in business and government 

About the Author:
Governor Kunin has written three previous books: Living a Political Life, and The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family and Pearls Politics and Power. She has more energy than two 40-year-olds. She is currently James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont, where she gives guest lectures on feminism and women and politics. She also serves on the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization that she founded in 1991, and she recently launched Emerge Vermont to encourage and support women in politics. She lives in Shelburne, Vermont.


Bridgeside Books Book Group

Wednesday, November 7th

6:00pm - 7:00pm


Please join Bridgeside Books Book Group the first Wednesday of each month for an open and lively book discussion. All are welcome to join the group. 

Our November book is News of the World Paulette Giles.


Meet the Author: Jackson Ellis

Friday, November 16th

6:00pm - 7:00pm


Join us in welcoming Jackson Ellis, author of the recently released novel, Lords of St. ThomasWinner of the 2017 Howard Frank Mosher First Novel Prize.

About the Book:

In the Mojave Desert, at the southern end of the isolated Moapa Valley, sat the town of St. Thomas, Nevada. A small community that thrived despite scorching temperatures and scarce water, St. Thomas was home to hardy railroad workers, farmers, shopkeepers, teachers, and a lone auto mechanic named Henry Lord.

In the early 1930s, the federal government began buying out the residents of St. Thomas, yet the hardheaded Henry Lord, believing the water would never reach his home, refused to sell. It was a mistake that would cost him-and his family-dearly.

Lords of St. Thomas details the tragedies and conflicts endured by a family fighting an unwinnable battle, and their hectic and terrifying escape from the flood waters that finally surge across the threshold of their front door. Surprisingly, it also shows that, sometimes, you can go home again, as Little Henry returns to St. Thomas 60 years later, after Lake Mead recedes, to retrieve a treasure he left behind--and to fulfill a promise he made as a child.


The Giving Tree Kick Off @ Bridgeside Books

Saturday, November 24th

9:30am - 5:00pm


Join Bridgeside Books as we kick off our annual Giving Tree on Saturday, November 24th (#SmallBusinessSaturday). Each year we gather children's books for donation to the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF). 

Through the amazing generosity of this community, we were able to donate 459 books last year. This year we have set a goal of donating 475 books to this amazing organization!

From November 24th through December 24th, Bridgeside Books will offer 20% off any children's books purchased for donation to CLiF. The books can be placed under the Giving Tree at Bridgeside Books. Books purchased elsewhere can also be dropped off at Bridgeside Books and placed under the Giving Tree. Only new books will be accepted for CLiF programs.

Children's Literacy Foundation provides free and inspiring literacy programs and brand-new books to low-income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. CLiF has provided free and inspiring literacy programs and brand-new books to low-income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 in almost 85% of the communities in New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has served more than 225,000 children in nearly 400 towns across New Hampshire and Vermont. Please visit www.clifonline.org for complete program information.


CIDER Monday!

Monday, November 26th

9:30am - 6:00pm


We invite you to step away from the computer and come on down to Bridgeside Books for a cup of hot mulled cider, a Cold Hollow Cider Mill donut, and some good ol' fashioned customer service!

We enjoy recommending books and gifts for everyone on your list, plus we offer complimentary gift wrap! Keep it LOCAL!


Meet the Author: Stephen Russell Payne

Saturday, December 1st

10:00am - 2:00pm


Join us in welcoming local author Stephen Russell Payne back to Bridgeside Books with his latest novel, Life on a CliffLife on a Cliff is the long-awaited sequel to Cliff Walking

About the Book: This suspenseful new story takes us back to Winter's Cove, Maine where famous seascape artist Francis Monroe has come to deeply love Kate Johnson and her artistic son, Stringer. After being tracked from California to Maine by their abusive husband and father, Leland, they survive a brutal attack and subsequent brutal trial. Francis then expects they can all enjoy a normal life together. Kate, however, is anything but settled as her old demons threaten to destroy the good life she and Francis have fought so hard to create.

Set on the coast of Maine, Life on the Cliff explores how deeply-rooted we are in our established ways and that change, in its many forms, can be exceedingly hard to accept--even if it is for the better.  


Story Time with Farmer John & Alpaca Lunch

Saturday, December 8th

11:00am - 12:00pm


We are SO excited to welcome back Sweet Pea and Friends: Alpaca Lunch! Farmer John and Maisie & Laddie will be on hand to read the new book, plus sign copies!