Beware of the person of one book. –Thomas Aquinas

July 1-29 - Where's Waldo in Washington Depot??

Where's Waldo? In Washington Depot, of course.  The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is returning to eighteen different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more. From The Hickory Stick Bookshop at 2 Green Hill Road to The Litchfield Bancorp at 11 Bryan Hall Plaza, from Apple Tree Design at 27 Bee Brook Road to Marty’s Café at 4 Green Hill Road, Waldo figures will be well hidden in local businesses. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement. Read more...

Sunday, July 24th - 2pm - Author Signing with Peter C. Vermilya - Wicked Litchfield County

Thieves, rumrunners and rapscallions all color the unsavory side of Litchfield County history. Townspeople accused women of witchcraft simply for not bearing enough children in the early days of the region. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Owen Sullivan and William Stuart took advantage of the county's isolated stretches and a currency shortage to build counterfeiting empires. In 1780, Barnett Davenport's brutal actions earned him infamy as the nation's first mass murderer. Small-time speakeasies slowly took hold, and the omnipresence of alcohol-fueled crime led to the birth of the nationwide prohibition movement. Local historian Peter C. Vermilyea explores these and other devilish tales from the seedier history of Litchfield County.  Read more...



Thursday, July 28th - 4pm - Meet the Author at 4: Nan Rossiter - Firefly Summer

Nan Rossiter returns to The Hickory Stick Bookshop as part of the Meet an Author at 4 series to celebrate the release of her new novel, Firefly Summer (Kensington Publishing Corporation, $15.00), on Thursday, July 28th at 4pm. Guests can enjoy an intimate afternoon of wine and cheese with the author, followed by discussion and a signing – all for the price of the book! Please call 860-868-0525 to reserve your place. Read more...



Saturday, July 30th - 10pm - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midnight Release Party!

CALLING ALL HARRY POTTER FANS! -- The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host a midnight release party on Saturday, July 30th at 10pm for the new Harry Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the script of the play by the same name set nineteen years after the seventh novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Fans of all ages are invited to enjoy themed games, activities, and refreshments before lining up to purchase the script at midnight. Pre-orders are being taken and are highly encouraged. Books will be sold to customers in the order that they were reserved, so the sooner you place your order, the sooner you get your copy! Read more...



Thank you to all of our Where's Waldo in Washington Depot participating businesses!

Remember: If you find all 18 Waldos, you could win prizes at our party on July 29th at 3pm!!

The Hickory Stick Bookshop Washington Art Association The Pantry Washington Pizza House Litchfield Bancorp
Union Savings Bank National Iron Bank The Matthew's Group La Petite Stationer Best Monogram
J. McLaughlin Washington Food Market Washington Health Center & Pharmacy Washington Supply Company Washington Outdoor Living Center
  Marty's Cafe Apple Tree Design Huntington & Hope  


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Featured Staff Pick: Pam

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

A classy period tale of 1930s Manhattan, Rules of Civility transports the reader to a long-lost and, in this day and age, envious times in New York City. This novel has shades of Gatsby with the sound of jazz and a movie projector in the background. -Pam




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