Open for Shipped Orders!
Our physical store is closed, but you can still get many books shipped to you directly from our warehouse. Here's how:  
1. Only order titles with an inventory status of "Available at the Warehouse" 
2. Select the " UPS/USPS Ground Shipping" option
3. Pay with a credit card

We are happy to fulfill other orders, but will not be able to process them until at least May 4. Other options: try  or - keep it indie!
Shelf Stable: April 6
“I love the smell of book ink in the morning.”
– Umberto Eco
Hello everyone,

Highlights from my first full week in lock-down:

I already miss the store, I miss our staff, and I miss our customers; in short I miss our community. I am granted an early reprieve from all of this when given the task of delivering books! As I pick up the bins of books from Dina and David’s porch, I practice social distancing, but am able to visit with them in person! Driving through our neighborhoods on a crisp, sunny spring day was balm in itself; but better is visiting, via phone, with our customers taking delivery. It is fun to hear familiar voices, and new ones, exclaiming the pleasure of receiving books.

My first Zoom meeting. What a pleasure it is to see everyone, exchange thoughts, and to laugh.

My second Zoom meeting, where we learn PSB has been named 2020 PW Bookstore of the Year! Thrilling and humbling, it is welcome good news.

I discover it is mysteries that hold my attention, after bouncing from non-fiction to fiction, from kids’ books to adult books. They are a pleasant diversion. I place an online order with PSB, and stock up!

I am compiling returns, and scrolling through our publisher’s Fall 2020 catalogues. They abound with beautiful, intriguing, and engrossing books. I can’t wait to introduce them to you.

Lastly, I make my first mask. Without a sewing machine it is slow going, and certainly not pretty, but I’m going to make
more. I’m afraid, for now, it is the right thing to do.

Be well, stay safe, and I’ll see you at the bookstore.
Robin @ PSB
Events We Missed
Need some inspiration?
Hello readers! Sinny here, your favourite paper addict. In the world of technology and google calendars, a lot of people have left paper behind, understandably. However, quarantine has given us extra time for colouring, drawing, writing, dragon-slaying, etc.

  1. Choose a paper planner or a blank notebook (my planner is the Hobonichi Techo Steiff, from Japan, and my blank notebooks are this one and this one.)
  2. Have nothing planned whilst everything is canceled? No worries! Fill in the blank pages with quotes from your favourite book and drawings of all the places you miss. Draw your fave coffee/tea. Make bucket lists of everything you've ever wanted to do or see. Make up a spell for better days to come.
  3. Get wild with coloured markers and highlighters!
  4. Most importantly, leave your planner/notebook OPEN when you go to bed so the pages are staring at you when you wake up and you can start again.

Snail Mail
  1. A simple "hello" and "how are you doing" would brighten your family and friend's days. This beautiful stationery set is a great way to send snail mail. 
  2. Perhaps you want to thank grocery store clerks or delivery personnel or hospital workers, or maybe all of them. These "thank you" boxed cards are the perfect way of letting people know how much you appreciate them: Option A, Option B, Option C. - Sinny
Bedtime Stories
Last night Leila read from cult classic The Princess Bride. If you've only ever seen the movie, check out the book!

Here's a fun fact that didn't make it into the video: Leila played the Queen in a play adaption of The Princess Bride in high school (not much of a role, if you recall) and was so busy chatting away in the dressing room that she showed up for a scene about 5 minutes late - hours in stage time! Prince Humperdinck had to ad lib a whole monologue on his own, which ended up being possibly the funniest part of the production.
Meet us over at our Instagram story at 8:45pm for tonight's live reading with Shana!
Support Cafe Zing baristas!
Although Cafe Zing is its own business separate from ours, we really don't see it that way: Zing workers are part of the Porter Square Books family. They keep us well supplied - very well supplied - with caffeine, kindness, and some great tunes. Sometimes they give us staff picks; sometimes we give them exact change because we've bought the same, perfect, comforting, delicious beverage twice a day five days a week for how long, now?

They're our family, and they could use a hand. If you are able, please considering donating to the Cafe Zing GoFundMe; 100% of proceeds go to baristas. What might you have spent at Zing over the past weeks if it we were in normal times? If that $10 is still in your wallet, consider putting it in their tip jar. We love you, Zing!
Featured Staff Pick For Kids
The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

Private academy for teenage con artists! What's not to love? Fast-paced, fun, diverting, and there's a sequel once you've finished this one!

We want to hear from you!
*Send your entry by Thursday!* For some reason, we've been thinking about the apocalypse lately, (insert joke about moving dystopian fiction into current affairs) which, of course, got us thinking about the Apocalypse Team game. The rules are simple and presented here in their bookish version. Build a team with three realistically human or animal characters from literature. So no picking characters with magic or super powers or anything like that. Once everyone in your group has assembled their team, each person makes the argument for why their team will survive the longest. Debate until a winner is chosen or you get sick of debating. Rinse and repeat with whatever other rules you want to add.

Respond to this email with your Literary Apocalypse Team and your argument for why you'll survive. We'll pick a favorite and share the winner in next Thursday's shelf. The winner will get a stack o' galleys sent to them via media mail!
Audio Book Of The Month
Deacon King Kong by James McBride

“Deacon King Kong is a quintessential New York story. Set in the Brooklyn projects in 1969, a perpetually inebriated deacon called Sportcoat aims a gun at the neighborhood’s main drug dealer in the public plaza and pulls the trigger. Incredibly well-constructed and hilarious at times, McBride’s story entwines a number of storylines that are kickstarted by this central event. The local Italian gangster, the veteran cop, the meddling churchgoers, and the drug pushers all have their own agendas, hopes, and dreams that are affected. And though Sportcoat doesn’t remember his actions and is always under the influence of gut-rot moonshine, I couldn’t help but root for him as I was reading this. His delightful ineptitude and absence of clarity made this book impossible for me to put down. If you’ve never read McBride before, this is a great introduction.”
--Stuart McCommon, Novel.
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