Nantucket Bookworks

25 Broad Street – Nantucket, MA 02554 – (508) 228-4000 –

Nantucket Book Works is a full-service, general interest bookstore selling new books, with a small selection of out-of-print Nantucket titles. We have an extensive children’s room, card room, Young Adult section, and Nantucket Book section. Also, you never know what kind of eclectic sidelines might wind up in the store. Our mission is to surprise and delight our visitors on a daily basis!

We are located downtown Nantucket, between the Jared Coffin House Inn and the Brotherhood of Thieves restaurant. Broad Street is the street straight up from the Steamship Authority dock, and is about 4 blocks parallel and to the North of Main Street.

Patty Claflin opened Nantucket Bookworks in 1972. The original location of the store was the basement of the Mooney Building (which now houses Town offices) on the corner of Federal and Broad Street.  Current owner Wendy Hudson has loved the store since about age 12, when she discovered it during a summer trip when her family sailed to the island from the Cape aboard her grandparents’ boat. She recalls wandering into the back room and having her heart skip a beat or two, for there were so many cool toys and it all felt so secret.

Years later, Wendy came to the island during college (after a semester at Williams-Mystic, where she read Moby Dick among other nautical works). She worked at Bartlett’s Farm on the farm truck, fell in love with town, and spent many waking hours in the store. Then she fell in love with a guy, started a brewery with him, and had a family. During all this excitement, the Claflins decided to sell the store and her real dream came true.

At the stroke of midnight at the turn of the Millennium, Prenny turned to Wendy (at a brewery party no less) and said “Effective immediately, it’s all yours!!!” They let me in on all their secret sideline sources and taught me how to keep business as usual, which was exactly the way I liked it.

Nine years later, we’re tweaking things here and there to stay with the times, and we don’t know what the future will hold given the changing world we find ourselves in. Digitization, the economy, the environment… what would a girl do if she couldn’t learn about it all and read a novel to relax afterward. : ) With any luck, the books in the store and the friends we’ve made along the way will teach us everything we need to keep our cozy little bookshop going another 30 something years and beyond.

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