Welcome to The Toadstool Bookshops of southwestern New Hampshire, the Monadnock Region's Most Fascinating Bookstores

Our stores are open to conscientious shoppers. We appreciate your willingness to join the worldwide  effort to combat Covid.

       Curbside pick up is available for those who prefer.

Just give us a call. 

 Masks are no longer required in our stores but are strongly suggested for the unvaccinated and the vulnerable.


Our bookstores are for sale.

      In late May of 1972, a few days before my 20th birthday I and my sister Jenny, four years older, along with other family members as investors opened The Toadstool Bookshop on Main Street in Peterborough. Now 50 years later, and still loving the business of bookselling, I know it is time for a transition to new ownership and new energies. What began as one store is now three bookstores - in Peterborough, Keene, and Nashua. The growth and success of the stores is the result of the very strong support from the local community. The intent is to find a new owner or owners who will continue the traditions of the bookstores, maintaining the local connections, while continuing to earn the support of the readers in southwestern New Hampshire. I encourage anyone interested in pursuing this transition to contact me in Peterborough at 603-924-3543 or by email books@ptoad.com.  Thank you, Willard Williams


Thank you!

Looking for gift ideas or reading suggestions? Check out the links on this website to Indie Picks for adults and for kids, our new arrivals page, staff picks,  and review the books discussed in past events.


Use this website to find out about the world of books available to you through our stores or online. We have thousands and thousands of titles in stock in our stores waiting for you to peruse. This website will show the new books that are on our shelves now. Be sure to click on the title to see which store has it. We also carry many thousands of used books. These do not show up on our website. Call or email if you are curious about a title.

You can order from this website and have books shipped directly to you, or you can order and request "store pickup" at the store most convenient to you. We'll let you know when your order is ready to be picked up.

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 In case you missed any of our Zoom events please click on the Menu link above for Event Recordings .               


  Now available EBOOKS from KOBO.

      Kobo offers a huge variety of ebooks and many are at discounted prices. Their E-books are compatible with most E-readers including their own Kobo, the Nook, Ipads, and Android devices. But not the Kindle. Please check out the KOBO link to your right. As an affiliate we will benefit financially in a small way if you go through our link and set up your account after having linked from us. Your future purchases through that account, whether originating here or direct to Kobo will generate a little revenue for us. This will be most helpful as we continue to maintain the "bricks and mortar" stores filled with real books which we hope you enjoy. Thank you! 

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