Up and Running

We're Back in Business and We've Got Some Fun for Kids

Hey folks, we've been a little busy, so a quick email to catch you up on River Bend news!

Thanks for all the well wishes on our new home in Glastonbury — it's a little more elbow room for browsing and we've brought all the book magic with us. Our bigger and better space is nestled right in the heart of town center at 2400 Main Street, just across from the library and fountain.

If you have yet to stop by the new shop, come on in and visit us on your next stop into town. Elsa and the team are all ready to help!

We've got some Fall fun ahead! While you're popping in for the newest Wimpy Kid, check out some details below for storytime, costume party, stuffy sleepover, a new book launch and more!

Take a gander at what your neighbors are reading in River Bend Top Sellers and pick up a choice selection of bookseller faves with our monthly Staff Picks!

— Ernio and the whole

River Bend Bookshop team

River Bend Fresh & Best

What everyone's reading: Here are recent Top Sellers at River Bend:

The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

The Fraud by Zadie Smith

The Ghost of Spruce Point by Nancy Tandon

Holly by Stephen King

The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman

In These Hallowed Halls: A Dark Academia anthology

What You Are Looking For Is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama

The Little Frog's Guide to Self-Care by Maybell Eequay

Upcoming Kids Events

Show off your Halloween costume early or just dress up in your spookiest outfit at River Bend Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 PM. (Adult costumes welcome and enthusiastically encouraged!)

We'll be partying it up in both our shops.

Parade around and enjoy Halloween-y activities, just RSVP to let us know you're coming! It'll be spook-tacular!

The latest book in delightful Chad Sell series The Cardboard Kingdom: Snow and Sorcery launches Tuesday November 7 at River Bend in Glastonbury!

Join the author-illustrator for some fun and celebrate this beloved graphic novel with us!

+ Stay Tuned for Details

River Bend will be hosting our 1st Bookshop Stuffy Sleepover and a CT Museum of Culture & History author event for Dolls of Our Lives: Why We Can't Quit American Girl — keep your eyes on our website and Instagram for more information to come!

River Bend Events Calendar

Current Staff Picks

Audrey: Land of Milk and Honey by C Pam Zhang

Jillian: Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward

Elsa: Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice… by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Kaitee: The Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab

Veronica: Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology

Nora: We Ride Upon

Sticks by Quan Barry

Taryn: Beholder by Ryan La Sala

Ernio: The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

Deb: The Mysteries by Bill Watterson and John Kascht

Kids Picks

Mary: Grumpy Monkey: Don't Be Scared by Suzanne and Max Lang

Nora: The Okay Witch by

Emma Steinkellner

Audrey: ¡Vamos! Let's Go Read by Raúl the Third

River Bend: After Dark

Join us for our first ever midnight release party for

Iron Flame,

the follow-up to the hot-selling Rebecca Yarros book Fourth Wing!



Hours at Our Shops:

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm

and Sunday: 10am-4pm (Glastonbury) 12-4pm (West Hartford)

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