Bookshop News & Updates


It's Giving: Wrap Up a Book

River Bend shops are now filled with books celebrating Black History, Irish Authors, and more Spring holidays. Come into our shops and check out what's hot, new and ready to wrap up for gifts! Plus a new search is on:

Join Our Glawackus Hunt!

Your Company Buying Local

Is your boss looking to reward employees or donate books to a worthy cause? River Bend can help you bulk order with volume discounts, easy email invoicing, dedicated staff and even shipping. Email us today!

Learn More about Bulk Books

Read as You Go!

Busy in the car on errands? Winter layers mean more laundry time?

Read an audiobook to get you through it! A great way to tackle your day & your TBR pile.

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Book Events & Other Happenings



More Book Fair Fun!

River Bend packed Hops on the Hill with books and readers last week with our first ever Brewery Book Fair!

If you missed it, no fear, we've got more fun for the adults in store — actually out of our stores and — at more breweries, vineyards and other venues, pairing our best book picks for you at other local businesses.

Join us at these Book Fairs for some grownup book fun, food and music!

Winery Book Fair

March 3: Priam Vineyard (12-4pm)

Cozy Coffee Shop Book Fair

March 16: RaonJena Coffee (11a-3pm)

Big Book Fair

(& Market)

March 24: Thomas Hooker Live (1-4pm)

River Bend will be providing books for the annual educator event NerdCamp — this year featuring dozens of local authors & illustrators! Sign up now!

One of our faves Deborah Freedman will share her new picture book at our Story Times in West Hartford AND Glastonbury! RSVP now to come listen and meet her!

Looking for a Bookish Excursion?


Join a Louise Penny-inspired tour

to Quebec’s Eastern Townships

2 Tours Available! Aug. 20-21 & Aug. 29-30

Follow in the footsteps of intriguing characters and visit charming, French-Canadian villages that have inspired the New York Times bestselling author, Louise Penny, widely acclaimed for her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series of books. Tours depart from Concord, NH, and include transportation, guided "Three Pines" tour, hotel accommodations, meals, and more!

Visit Terrapintours.com or call 603-348-7141 to learn more. 

Book Best Sellers


River Bend Best Sellers This Month

House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas

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

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

The Women by Kristin Hannah

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Tom Lake by Anne Patchett

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The Davenports by Krystal Marquis

Bride by Sarah J. Maas

North Woods by Daniel Mason

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

Take a Look at Some of Our Staff Pick Favorites

Pre-Order Bonuses + Kids Series!


The Weavers of Alamaxa

by Hadeer Elsbai

Releasing March 19

Pre-order now and nab a signed copy as well as an exclusive invite to a virtual event with Hadeer!

Your Blood, My Bones

by Kelly Andrew

Hits Shelves April 2

Pre-order with River Bend and get a signed copy, a bookplate, three character art cards, & vinyl stickers!

Dog Man: The Scarlet Shedder (#19)

by Dav Pilkey

In Shops March 19

The 169-Story Treehouse: Doppelganger Doom! (#13)

by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

Out on April 2

Peek at More of Our Pre-Order Picks and Local Campaigns

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