Bookshop News & Updates

MARCH 2024

Springing into Books

River Bend is already out and about with our Book Fairs for Adults, we're gearing up for Indie Bookstore Day in April and prepping the Book Truck for the road. Join us as we host our biggest author event so far this year. Check out all your bookshop is popping up to this Spring!

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Keep Up with Hot Book Picks

Have you seen our front-page Book Lists on RiverBendBookshop.com? Keep up with Top Sellers, some New & Notable, Book Club faves, recent Author Events, and look ahead to what's coming in Popular Pre-Orders.

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Book Events & Other Happenings



New England Gothic

River Bend is excited to host the launch of local favorite Kelly Andrew's latest book: Your Blood, My Bones at Hartford's Real Art Ways April 6 at 6pm. 

From the author of the deliciously dark academia debut The Whispering Dark comes another seductive and sinister tale, this time set in New England.

Fellow author M.K. Lobb joins the friend of River Bend for a discussion that will dive into their magic worlds and in between, best-friends-to-rivals-to-lovers' triangles, and more. Come and join the Q&A and book signing that will follow.


River Bend Members: register with code RBBMEMBER for your 20% discount!

Students can RSVP (book not included) using code RBBFRIEND.

Poetry on Park

Join River Bend, West Hartford

Public Library, West Hartford Commission on the Arts, and all our great neighbors on Park Road for our 1st ever Poetry on Park event in celebration of National Poetry Month! Held on Saturday, April 20 from 11am-2pm, the Poetry Walk will run along Park Road from Effie's Place to Playhouse on Park.

Enjoy free, family-friendly fun for all.

Stuffy Sleepover & Author Storytime

Come by the Glastonbury shop Saturday, April 13 and tuck your stuffy in for a sleepover in the bookstore!

And then, when you pick your stuffy up the next morning, enjoy a very special author storytime.

River Bend friend author Casey Robinson will visit us and read her new picture book, Small Things Mended.

Brewery Book Fair Return

River Bend Bookshop returns to Hops on the Hill in South Glastonbury to celebrate National Beer Day, April 7 with a fresh new Brewery Book Fair!

This one is for the big kids,

ask your parents for money, if you need.

Join us Sunday, April 7 from 1-5pm.


Apply to Serve as Glastonbury Poet Laureate

The Town of Glastonbury and Welles-Turner Memorial Library are currently seeking applicants for our community’s honorary Poet Laureate position. Applications will be accepted through April 30, and the selected Poet will serve a 3 year term beginning July 1.

For more information, visit the WTML website.

Join River Bend's

Poetry on Park Celebration

More than two dozen local poets will be stationed by businesses on Park Road, sharing their work and reading a few verses as word lovers stroll along the West Hartford street April 20.


Would you like to be a participating poet? Submit a registration form now! For more details, visit our River Bend website!

Book Picks & Best Sellers


Best Sellers at River Bend

This Month

Best Sellers in Kids' Books

River Bend Booksellers Staff Picks

Audrey: Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange

"Stars has all the aching beauty of Orange's award-winning first novel. Picking up long before and immediately after the events of There There, Orange gives context to characters we fell in love with six years ago. The Red Feather family has taken up permanent residence in my heart and will forever impact how I look at the world. Required reading!"

Meghan: Annie Bot by Sierra Greer

"A sentient sex robot starts to believe there may be more to life.  

You will devour this book in a single sitting, and think about it for a long time after. 

Annie Bot has layers and layers to explore. 

A great pick for book clubs."

Jillian: Memory Piece by Lisa Ko

"A perceptive, compelling story of friendship among three girls spanning '80s NYC to a dystopian 2040. Exploring careers in performance art, activism and technology they use memory as a tool of empowerment.

Ko’s writing here is electrifying and astute, a great choice for fans of Celeste Ng and R.F. Kuang. "

Ernio: Martyr by Kaveh Akbar

"This debut novel by poet Akbar follows an aspiring writer in recovery — lost and lingering in life after college — when he discovers a fellow Iranian artist who is sharing her finals days with terminal cancer as a performance art installation. He ventures to New York to speak with her and hopefully find meaning in his own life. 

Deep and unexpectedly touching."

Kaitee: Godkiller by Hannah Kaner

"This book sucked me in by the end of the prologue. I mean... I was ALL IN - the world, the characters, the mythology. The book blurb will do a better job than I can of telling you the story quickly. But Kissen is the best, deadly-with-a-sword grump. I would go to battle for her. Disability rep is spot on. Just... read it. Listen to it.

A must-read for any fantasy lover."

David: Watership Down by Richard Adams

"On one level: a fun, tale of adorable rabbits in search of a new home. 

On another level: a rich meditation on human nature, society (examples of communism and capitalism in rabbit world), nature vs nurture, old vs new, and several other philosophical themes. 

Watership Down is a wonderful allegory filled with beauty, awe, fear, and courage."

Deb: Cooking in Real Life by Lidey Heuck

"Lidey Heuck, NYT Cooking superstar, does not disappoint with this collection of inventive recipes.

You will find familiar ingredients and surprising flavors inside--and ways to turn single recipes into complete meals with ease.


Mary: Rental Person Who Does Nothing by Shoji Morimoto

"I didn't realize how badly I needed someone to say 'doing nothing is ok' until I read this book. Shoji Morimoto has a chill factor that I can only dream of.

Please read this book if you're like me and only have a horrendously busy setting. It might give you the grace you need to stop for a minute."

Taryn: Green Frog: Stories by Gina Chung

"This is some of the best writing I’ve read since college, and that was a little over a decade ago.

Gina’s stories are inventive and memorable.

Definitely a collection to take your time with and savor!"

Pre-Order These — Local Authors!


The Lost Boy of Santa Chionia

by Juliet Grames

Coming July 23

The Days I Loved You Most

by Amy Neff

Hits Shelves July 30

The Best Day at the Bookshop is Just Around the Bend...

Mark your calendars now for Indie Bookstore Day:

Saturday, April 27 and come Celebrate with Us!

Know a Local Author with a New Book?

Have them apply for our Author Stage 2024

applications are now open!

The event is scheduled for Sept. 7-8.

More info soon!

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