Booktopia Testimonials

Carol Kubala - Booktopia 2017 Attendee
“With grace, humor and professionalism, you managed to nail Booktopia once again. Please accept my sincere gratitude. Of course I realize no one works alone. Booktopia is a team effort. I waltz into the Northshire, and am immediately welcomed back. The bookstore becomes my retreat for the weekend, made possible by all who comprise the Northshire team. To all of you, thank you for providing an experience that cannot be compared. 

Booktopia is always a special event. This gathering of authors, book sharing with old friends and new, laughter, reflection, hosted by the outstanding Independent Bookstore, Northshire, in the beautiful backdrop of the Village of Manchester, was phenomenal.
Paraphrasing Karen King Seaman, 'We are living in Booktopia Afterglow. If only this could be bottled.'”

Margie Pritchard - Booktopia 2017 Attendee
“Thank for a fabulous weekend!  I and my guests had a wonderful time - and got some great books!”
Karen Seaman - Booktopia 2017 Attendee
“Thank you for another awesome Booktopia! All your hard work has paid off again and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate it!  Till next year :)

Debbie Moore - Booktopia 2017 Attendee
"Thank You for a wonderful weekend of books.  As this was my first Booktopia, I did not know what to expect, but I could not have enjoyed myself more.  Everyone in the store was wonderful; the authors were fantastic, and my fellow participants were warm and welcoming.  The Wilburton Inn was a perfect place to stay. 
I am very much looking forward to Booktopia 2018.”

Joan Stelmac - Booktopia 2017 Attendee
“Just wanted to let you know how wonderful Booktopia 2017 was.  The authors selected were all fantastic and once again your staff went above and beyond.  There were many highlights of the weekend but Jason's [Rekulak] author presentation was a favorite.”

Jane Teixeira - Booktopia 2017 Attendee
“Thank you so much for the wonderful weekend and the exceptional job you did putting this  together.  I just loved all of the books and all of the authors. It was so great to meet up with old friends and also meet new friends.  Thank you for continuing Booktopia and I hope you can do this for many years ahead.” 

Russell Gray - Booktopia 2017 Attendee
“Big thanks to Northshire and all the people there (Tracy Davies for rescuing me when lost!). Emily Fine for being a great host. Chris Wolak for being an encyclopedia of New England knowledge and driving us everywhere. Both for taking me to so many bookstores. Julia Leslie Warmer for being such an amazing book companion. To all the new friends I made, old friends I saw, amazing authors I met, I say thank you for making the weekend before my birthday fantastic!!”

Katie Loss - Booktopia 2017 Attendee
“Booktopia was fantastic!  Thank you to everyone at Northshire for the wonderful weekend! I'm already anticipating 2018!”

Stephen Kiernan, author of The Hummingbird - Booktopia 2016 Author
“Thanks so much for looping me into the wonderful world of Booktopia. You folks did a fantastic job. And what a pleasure it is to encounter such devoted readers. Total rejuvenation.”

Martin Seay, author of The Mirror Thief - Booktopia 2016 Author
“Thank you again -- so much -- for the opportunity to take part in Booktopia this year. I can't say enough good things about it, and about the engaged, enthusiastic, welcoming, and supportive group of people I met there; I imagine you've heard the same thing from the other authors. I've always been aware that there's an engaged community of readers out there that -- in cooperation with independent bookstores, of course -- keeps an organic literary culture alive and thriving, but I never expected to MEET so much of that community together in one place. It's pretty amazing, and extremely heartening.  Kate Green, one of your participants, came with her son to my event at Elliott Bay in Seattle. They're not even FROM Seattle! They were there on vacation!”

Cherylann Schmidt - Booktopia 2016 Attendee
“I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how fabulous this weekend was. I especially liked the relaxed and casual atmosphere of the weekend; it harkened back to the first Booktopia I attended in 2012. For me, I really liked the amount of time between events and where the events were held because it allowed me time to interact with the authors as well as other Booktopians. I have to say that I was a bit concerned when I first saw the author list - primarily because there were so many first time authors on the list. I put my trust in you and the book sellers, and I was not disappointed. I may not have loved every book, but after the sessions and conversations around these books, I have come away from the weekend with an appreciation of all of them. I also came away with a whole new stack of books to read and then introduce to my students thanks to Aubrey's suggestions, both in the session and then from conversation afterwards. I don't know if there's something beyond an unequivocal success, but if there is, then this weekend is that word. I always feel a twinge of sadness when I leave Manchester, but this year it was more than a twinge. We miss the Northshire the 51 weeks we're away from it and wish Central NJ had a store like this (or really any indy store). I'm very grateful for the time spent convening with the book culture and talking, and in some cases sharing a beer, with the authors. Words are not adequately capturing my thoughts and feelings about the weekend. Thank you for all your hard work. Looking forward to Booktopia 2017."

Carol Kubala - Booktopia 2016 Attendee
"Outstanding! If I had to choose just one word to describe Northshire’s recent gathering of authors and readers, outstanding describes my feelings well. What I particularly liked was how the Northshire staff made it their own while keeping the character and spirit of the prior Booktopia events. I can honestly say Booktopia 2016 has been the best yet with more to come I hope. My sincere thanks to all of you, some of who I met, and others in the background for providing me with a phenomenal weekend of camaraderie with those who write, those who read, and those who bring the two together.”

Nan Johnson - Booktopia 2016 Attendee
“I'm so glad the tradition will continue! I can't wait for next year!"

Northshire Manchester Store

Northshire Manchester
4869 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255
ph. 802.362.2200
ph. (toll free) 800.437.3700
Sun-Thu 10am-7pm Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Directions to Manchester

Northshire Saratoga Store

Northshire Saratoga
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
ph. 518.682.4200
ph. (toll free) 855.339.5990
Sun-Thu 10am-7pm Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Directions to Saratoga Springs