The Andover Bookstore is the heart of the cultural community of Andover, a gathering place for storytelling, author events, book groups, and poetry readings.
Over the years we have had visits from Robert Pinsky, Donald Hall, Mary McGarry Morris, Jay O’Callahan, Marie Howe, David Ferry, Julia Alvarez, Tomie Depoala, Jan Brett, Brian Jacques, Lois Lowry, and Andre Dubus, to name a few. Perhaps most importantly, the Bookstore is a destination for quiet browsing and sitting by the fireplace. One small boy declared, “This is like a library and a living room together.” Before snowstorms, customers hurry in to stock up on books. People who lived here years ago come back to visit and say that this is one of the few places in town that hasn’t changed.
And when they see the plate of cookies and coffee, their eyes light up, and they begin to reminisce about the old days. Over the years (count ‘em — two hundred), there has been a spirit — one that transcends time and location — characterized by the scent of a thousand fires in the fireplace, the dark-wood bookshelves, and corners with comfy chairs for reading. One staff member refers to it as “the Brigadoon of Bookstores.” In our busy world of cell phones and multi-tasking, the Andover Bookstore is, indeed, an oasis of calm.