As 2016 comes to an end, we look back on this year in the world of Nantucket books!

Here are “16 from 2016” to remember!

1. 5th Annual Nantucket Book Festival

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June 17 – 19, 2016 was the 5th Annual Nantucket Book Festival. We welcomed authors and poets from around the world for 3 days of literary love! Save the Date June 16 – 18, 2017 and visit www.nantucketbookfestival.org for details. You can view the 2016 Nantucket Book Festival Reading List on our website.

2. Nantucket Local Authors’ New Books and Author Signings


Best-selling local authors Nancy Thayer, Nathaniel Philbrick, and Elin Hilderbrand all had new books this year. We thank all of the local and visiting authors who signed books at Mitchell’s and Bookworks throughout 2016. We had over 100 book signings this year.

3. Coloring Nantucket


Nantucket got a lot more colorful this year with 3 Nantucket Coloring Books on our shelves. Shop Nantucket Coloring Books on our website Color with Candace, Nantucket Coloring Book for Grown-Ups, and A Walk Around Nantucket Coloring Book and make your New Year a COLORFUL one!

4. Where’s Waldo Local Nantucket

Hundreds of Nantucket children and visitors once again enjoyed our annual “Find Waldo” local scavenger hunt. They searched for Waldo at participating businesses throughout the month of July and celebrated at our Waldo Party at Mitchell’s with giveaways, prizes, and an appearance by Waldo himself!

Watch for FIND WALDO LOCAL again this July 2017!

5. Harry Potter and the Grey Lady


“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” (The Eighth Story Nineteen Years Later) was released this past July and we had a full week of Harry Potter activities at both bookshops and around Nantucket. Our Midnight Release Party on July 31st at Nantucket Bookworks was fun for the whole family complete with a Butterbeer tasting, Sorting Hat Ceremony, Horcrux Scavenger Hunt, Photo Booth, and a Costume Contest. We even had a Harry Potter Birthday Party at Cisco Brewery the following afternoon to toast the new book and Harry’s Birthday! The Brewery has never been so magical with a Polyjuice Potion Cocktail, more ButterBeer, and Harry Potter Trivia!

6. A “Sweet” Visit


This summer we welcomed the founder and creator of Sweet Paul Magazine to Nantucket. In partnership with the Culinary Center, Paul Lowe hosted a beautiful brunch complete with recipes from his book and a craft lesson from his magazine. What a ‘sweet’ time had by all.

7. Nantucket Bookworms


We have had a lot of fun featuring Nantucket residents as ‘Bookworms’ on our social media this year. Follow the hashtag #NantucketBookworms to see Nantucket residents’ favorite books and what they have enjoyed reading in 2016. Email timehrenberg@gmail.com if you are interested in being a featured Bookworm.

8. Community at the Corner at Mitchell’s

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On Thursday nights at Mitchell’s we hosted “Community at the Corner” events to get you out of the house in the winter.  From crafts to astrology classes by Suzanne Keating, from “Coaching at the Corner” with Marsha Egan to nature talks with Yeshe Palmo, upstairs at Mitchell’s on Thursdays was an eclectic spot to be in 2016. Look for “Community at the Corner” Events in 2017 on our website calendar. If you are interested in hosting an event, email Laura at events@nantucketbookpartners.com.

9. Book Clubs at Bookworks & Beyond

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Bookworks helped facilitate Book Clubs all year long. Evie O’Connor hosted “Yoga Book Club” at the Yoga Room followed by meditations, Nanpuppets hosted a special kid’s bookclub in our Children’s Room, and our booksellers organized a fiction book club earlier in the year. If you are interested in hosting a book club, get in touch by emailing nantucketbookworks@gmail.com. Watch for more Yoga and Fiction Book Clubs this winter.

10. The Nantucket Project Bookstore

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This year’s Nantucket Project was another one for the books. We love partnering with The Nantucket Project to bring you books from featured speakers and presenters each year.

11. Nantucket Chamber Achievement of Merit Award


Thank you to the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our head reader and leader Wendy Hudson with The 2016 Achievement of Merit Award. This award is presented to a community member who has provided an ongoing commitment to exemplary business practices and community service.

12. Nantucket’s Book Fair


We love helping with Nantucket’s Book Fair, especially to see kids excited about reading. 100’s of Titles were available at Nantucket schools for kids to create their reading wish lists.

13. Holiday Book Drive


This year we hosted our first Holiday Book Drive where people could buy books at a discounted price for children of Nantucket families. In the spirit of giving, we sent the books to “Inky Santa” for them to wrap up and give to the families.

14. Story Time at Nantucket Bookworks


Saturday Mornings at 10:30am we hosted Children’s Story Time under the Book Tree at Nantucket Bookworks. Nantucket community members would read hand-picked books to Nantucket kids of all ages. We hope to start up Saturday Story Time again in 2017.

15. Independent BookStore Day


In 2016 we shared the annual Independent Bookstore Day with the Daffodils. We had special merchandise, special signings, and special books to ring in Daffodil Festival and celebrate Indies First!

16. Barnaby’s Place


Work began on Barnaby’s Place, a new kid’s café inside Nantucket Bookworks. Beloved Barnaby Bear creator and author, Wendy Rouillard, hosted a couple “Sneak Peeks” at Thanksgiving and Christmas Stroll to get everyone excited for the newest addition to 25 Broad Street. Look for “Barnaby’s Place” this April 2017!

Thank you to the Nantucket Community for such a great year for the written word on Nantucket. We love being your booksellers and we can’t wait to see what next year brings for Nantucket Books!

Happy Reading and Happy New Year!




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