Mark your calendars for 5-7 p.m. on April 16 for our grand opening for Savoy Bookshop and Café! 
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Bank Square Books

  • Workers are putting the final touches on Savoy Bookshop and Café, and we are planning to open to the public in early March, with a grand opening on April 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Mark your calendars!
  • We love Tish Rabe, the author of The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library! She will be reading and signing books at Mitchell College on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the Cat in the Hat Ball. See below for more details. 
  • Our March events calendar is live! Click here to download.
  • Our friends at the Waterford Congregational United Church of Christ are hosting an author talk with Peter Panagore, the author of Heaven is Beautiful, on March 13 at 1 p.m. Click here for more information and to get tickets.
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Savoy Bookshop and Café
Savoy Bookshop and Café

Savoy Bookshop and Café Grand Opening Party

Saturday, April 16, 5-7 p.m.

The ceiling, chandelier and hotel sign on the main floor of Savoy

We are making great progress in our new store, and we are on track for a soft opening in early March and a grand opening party on Saturday, April 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome, so mark your calendars! Stay tuned for more details on our soft opening. 

We're so excited—books have already begun to arrive at the store! We are all set to begin shelving them soon, and will plan to open as soon as possible after that. 

Kelsy next to a stack of boxes of books in the new store!

Author Talk with Karen C.L. Anderson (The Peaceful Daughter's Guide to Separating from a Difficult Mother)

Thursday, March 3, 6 p.m.
Bank Square Books

Join author Karen C.L. Anderson for a fun (seriously!!) talk about creating empowered boundaries with your (perhaps difficult) mother (or anyone, for that matter). During this talk you will learn the two key components to setting a good boundary, the number one mistake most women make when they set boundaries, and Karen's best boundary-setting tips. You will walk away with actionable advice, a workbook you will turn to over and over again, and, best of all, relief and trust in yourself.
Karen is the author of the international best-selling book The Peaceful Daughter's Guide To Separating From A Difficult Mother. She lives in New London.

Delicious Discussions Author Luncheon With Susan Strecker (Nowhere Girl)

Wednesday, March 9, 12 p.m. | $40; includes lunch and a book
Michael Jordan's Steak House, Mohegan Sun Casino

For tickets, call Kate McDonald at Otis Library: (860) 889-2365 x127 or email

Otis Library in Norwich and Bank Square Books in Mystic are excited to host a Delicious Discussions author luncheon with Susan Strecker, the author of Nowhere Girl. Tickets for this event include an author talk and signing, a copy of the book, and a buffet lunch at Michael Jordan’s Steak House at Mohegan Sun Casino.

Susan Strecker is the Essex, CT–based author of Night Blindness, which was an Indie Next pick for 2014, and her new book Nowhere Girl comes out in March.

About the Book
In an abandoned house, sixteen-year-old Savannah Martino is strangled to death. The police rule Savannah's murder a random attack of opportunity. Isolated and afraid, Savannah's sister, Cady, continues to communicate with Savannah through dreams. Years later, when Savannah's case is reopened, Cady is drawn into a labyrinth of deception and betrayal reaching all the way back to her childhood that will force her to find the strength she never knew she had in order to face the truth.

Spotted in Our Store This Week

We just began selling a collection of adorable hand puppets by Cate and Levi, which are making us smile. Check them out in the kids' section at Bank Square Books!
Mark your calendars for July 31, Harry Potter's birthday and the date Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes out! Call 860-536-3795 to reserve a copy of the book, and plan to join us at Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop and Café at midnight for a Harry Potter birthday party! 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth official story in the Harry Potter world and takes place 20 years after the last book ends.

One Book, One Region Community Events

Bank Square Books is excited to celebrate the 2016 One Book, One Region community program, in partnership with Connecticut College. This year's choice is Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. This book is an award-winning account of an idealistic young lawyer’s coming of age, a window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice. Click here to buy a copy of the book, and click here to see a list of the events occurring throughout the community.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Feb. 27 1–3 p.m.
Public Library of New London
Journey to Life After Prison

The speakers, formerly incarcerated women at York Correctional Institute, are not only physically free in society, but have experienced emotional and spiritual freedom through their self-work in designated programs while at York. They will share their journey. Artwork and writings from the women of York will be displayed; these humble beginnings at self-work offer insight into hope and healing experienced along the way to freedom. Program offered by A Sacred Place, a nonprofit organization dedicated to "fostering a deeper spirituality among incarcerated women in Connecticut in order to help them lead responsible, spiritually enriched lives that are drug free and crime free." Partnering with New Life Ministries and Faith Behind Bars and Beyond.

Feb. 15–March 14
Groton Public Library Display
Emancipation and Its Legacies

This exhibition examines the story of emancipation from 1850 – 1964, focusing on the continuing debate about the legacies of slavery and emancipation in the quest for equality.

Tuesday, March 1, 7–9 p.m.
Groton Public Library
To Kill a Mockingbird: Living Literature Readers’ Theater Production

Living Literature, a Rhode Island-based collective of artists and educators who teach literature through live performances under the direction of artistic director, Barry Press, will present an excerpt from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. 

Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Connecticut College, Shain Library, Chu Room
Education for All: Center for Prison Education

Join a panel of experts to discuss the transformative power of liberal arts education in Connecticut’s prisons. Panel features Kristin Ingles, academic development and planning manager at Wesleyan University’s Center for Prison Education; Lori Gruen, professor of philosophy at Wesleyan; and Christopher Hammond, associate professor of mathematics at Connecticut College.
Quote of the Week

"We are not trying to build an empire; we're trying to build a community." 
John Francisconi, bookseller, to the Hartford Courant
(see article here)

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