Maine Coast Book Shop
Contact: Susan Porter
158 Main St.
Damariscotta, ME 04543
Phone: 207.563.3207
Hours: Open 7 days a week
Fax: 207.563.2817

The Maine Coast Book Shop was originally started in 1964 by the two Mosman sisters in the Day Block on Damariscotta’s Main Street. Their modest plan was to offer a selection of books, stationery & note cards and Bridge playing cards & tallies. They also were a rental library for new books. In 1972, Ewing Walker bought the bookshop, and a year or so later he hired Susan Porter as manager. The bookshop then moved across the street to the space now occupied by Sheepscot River Pottery in 1978.

It was 1986 when Susan, as well as Penny Walker and Barbara Cooney (children’s book illustrator & author) took over as owners. As the business grew and space became a problem again, it became apparent a decision had to be made: Stay Here and Stay Small or Move to a Big Space and Get Big. They chose to Get Big and so moved once again in the summer of 1993, back across the street to the old Yellow Front Grocery Store space in Lincoln Hall.

Susan Porter eventually assumed full ownership of the business and in 2000 decided to not only expand the store space AGAIN, but to purchase the entire ground floor of Lincoln Hall (which is a condominium, shared with the theater above), make major renovations and to add the café that Main Street has always cried out for. She put her husband to work on this plan, drove him hard, and in the spring of 2002 the all new, ever bigger Maine Coast Book Shop & Café opened its doors as the popular business you see today.

FAB Beatles book event with Penelope Rowlands @ MCBS

Author of The Beatles Are Here! Fifty Years After the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians, and Other Fans Remember, Penelope Rowlands, shares her own adolescent Beatlemania which began in 1964 at Shea Stadium (she is pictured on the cover, screaming) and those of many, many others at the ...
The Maine Coast Book Shop hosts Paul Doiron this ...

Maine author and Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, Paul Doiron, will be our guest this Tuesday at 11 am. He'll introduce his newest book, The Bone Orchard, fifth in the award-winning, best selling "Mike Bowditch" mystery crime novel series, which began with best seller,The ...
IMPORTANT EVENT IN Damariscotta with co-authors, Amanda ...

“An extraordinary narrative of forgiveness.”—The New York Times Book Review “A brave, compassionate and inspiring triumph.” —USA Today The Maine Coast Book Shop is honored to host Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett in Porter Hall Auditorium at the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta on Wednesday, ...
Maine Coast Book Shop hosts POETIC SHORTS EVENT this ...

Join celebrated poet and anthologist, PAUL JANECZKO and Caldecott Honoree illustrator, MELISSA SWEET as we celebrate the launch of their brand new book: FIREFLY JULY: A Year of Very Short Poems on Saturday March 29th from 11-1pm at the Maine Coast Book Shop. Event includes favorite poems recited ...
"E.B. White on Dogs"

Chats with Champions guest author Martha White Skidompha Library's Porter Hall 10am-12 MCBS will be there selling copies of her book