Storm Damage


The store will be closed today, Wednesday January 28, while we continue to dig out. See you on Thursday.

Story Slam, February 6


On Friday February 6, 7:00 pm:


Got a story about how a book touched your life? Come to Second Hand Prose Books on Friday the 6th and share it!

The stories will be like the Moth radio series — only shorter, 3–5 minutes each.

“Books” is a pretty wide-open topic. People have already confided that they are thinking about sharing a story on: writing a book, reading one, buying, selling, losing, throwing, dropping in the bathtub, and the time they got booked.

We’ll be collecting voluntary donations at the door; the funds will be used to send books to the Kigali Reading Center of Rwanda. Anne Shaughnessy will be telling a story about her trip and friends in Rwanda.

if you want to tell a story. Pre-Slam coaching will be available for first-timers and those needing a little confidence booster.

Come listen and/or tell a story of your own!


In Memoriam: Jerry Sarasin


Jerry Sarasin

“I stood in the falling snow…”

Our friend Jerry Sarasin, a novelist late in life, passed away early this morning. Some of you may have heard him read from his delightful second novel, the “Yooper” mystery Frozen Flamingo Blues, back in November last year. We wish him godspeed as he dances the Heikki Lunta in a better place.


“Ben Franklin” Visits Second Hand Prose Books


On Saturday January 17, 7:30 pm:

Tom Nalesnik as Ben Franklin

Q: What would happen if Ben Franklin time-traveled to the 21st century?

A: Ever the newspaperman, he would start a blog, of course.

No subject is off-limits for Ben’s Blog: he tackles global warming, Vladimir Putin, the Olympics, presidential politics, the Kardashians, and more besides!

Come by the store on Saturday evening when Ben’s amanuensis, Tom Nalesnik, will talk about his experiences and sign copies of his new book, Ben’s Blog.


Opening Hours


Regular store hours are 10:00 till 6:00 Tuesday to Friday; till 7:00 on Thursday; and on weekends from noon till 4:00. On the weekends, please call 978-448-BOOK before coming out — the proprietor sometimes attends book fairs or the like. We will post weekend hours regularly here.

Fall 2014 hours


We have lots of events coming up through the winter. Stay tuned here and on our mailing list (sign up for that below right).


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