Buy online with Star Cat Books!

Just about every book in print (and journals and DVDs and audiobooks and games and, and, and!) are in our online store! Click on the blue BOOKSHOP image to the right of this post, and you’ll go to the page affiliated with our online store. We hope you’ll use this throughout the year for books for you, for friends, family, neighbors, your pets, whoever! Our books at Bookshop are often discounted (just like the Big A), are mailed directly to you (or wherever you want), and you can find just about every book in print!

Note that at the very bottom of the web page, there is a link to Gift Certificates, which you can send to anyone with an email address. Give the gift of books any time of the year!

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Unexpected Day Closed: Wednesday, Dec 6

Happy St Nicholas Day!

Star Cat Books apologizes that they will be closed Wednesday, December 6, due to suddenly announced major work on our building by the owner, Jared Shipman – work that surely needs to be done right away (I don’t envy him what he has to do tomorrow!).

Wesley the bookstore cat will get a day off & be ready to help everyone on Thursday and certainly over the weekend. Drop in and say hello – he’s a growing boy!

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Ever wished you worked in a bookstore?

Have you ever wished you worked in a bookstore?

Star Cat Books has an opening for Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting immediately. 

We need someone with a strong retail background, not afraid to converse with customers about books and just about anything else, can hand-sell, has a strong background in books and literature, is aware we’re going into the throes of the Christmas season, can do extra days during December (I’ll be there Sundays and Mondays for December & company is always appreciated!). A background in books is a big plus: we specialize in children’s, YA, and science fiction, but sell every genre in both new and used books. Must be a reader. Cannot be highly allergic to dust or cats.

Duties include light cleaning, keeping my beautiful but often neglected plants watered, reminding me when my phone’s alarms go off (yes, this seems redundant but isn’t), reading Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) during quiet times to help us decide on book ordering, making sure my bookstore-cat-in-training (Wesley) knows he’s loved.

This position will continue throughout the new year and isn’t just for the holidays.

Artistic prowess a big plus (we create chalkboard signs every few weeks).

Payment is on a hourly contractor basis via Square Team. Perks include free coffee (Melitta drip – your mug), a cute kitten (soon to be cat), discount on books purchased at the store, you don’t have to get up at dawn (store opens at 10am), laidback boss (or so I’m told).

CONTACT: or call 802-222-5826

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10th Birthday & Small Business Saturday!

Join Star Cat Books in celebrating 10 YEARS of bookselling in Bradford, VT, plus Small Business Saturday!

Saturday, November 25, 10am-5pm at Star Cat Books in Bradford (157 Main Street). From 1pm-2pm join us with author & master of the spooky in VT, Joseph Citro, at the Bradford Public Library to hear stories about haunted VT & Joe’s life as a master storyteller.

Sale! 10% off all new books, 15% off all used, throughout the store.

Gourmet cookies all day at the store, catered by Umbleby’s Bakery of Hanover, NH.

Contact: or 802-222-5826

Joe Citro 11/25/23 at Bradford Public Library 1-2pm

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Ever Dream of Working in a Bookstore?

Have you dreamed of working in a bookstore?

We’re looking for 1 self-motivated person who loves books, preferably is conversant with science fiction & fantasy, loves children’s and YA books, loves working with the public. We need someone who can help water my thirsty plants, help keep an increasingly forgetful bookstore owner on schedule, do some light “house”-keeping, shelve books, learn the trade of evaluating used & antiquarian books, be willing to read Advanced Reading Copies of books coming out.

We need someone Tuesdays and Wednesdays and every third Saturday (honest, it makes sense) — winter holidays’ weeks this will increase.

Please apply via email to — messages on Facebook sometimes get sidelined and I don’t want to miss your missive. Instagram messages: same deal. Yes, I’m “old.” But I also still code my own websites. 🤣

157 Main Street
Bradford, VT
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Another star cat poem…

My name is Spike
As you can see
Enjoy fatherhood
Though he may not
Really be my son
I groom and love
Like he is one
I teach him all
Of my best tricks
Like stealing hugs
And giving licks
But most of all
I teach him that
You get the best
Love from a cat ❤️

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Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day & at STAR CAT BOOKS we’re celebrating with a store-wide sale (15% used/10% new) and gourmet cookies from Umpleby’s Bakery & Cafe in Hanover, NH!

Come celebrate indie bookstores with us & get some yummy cookies (GF available!).

We’ll be open 10am-5pm, as always. Looking forward to seeing all of you!

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Independent Bookstore Day: Sat. April 29

Independent Bookstore Day is next Saturday (April 29), just like every year. And every year we have an event, sales, fun for kids and adults — and this year you won’t be disappointed! Come see what surprises we have in store for you & peruse the hundreds of new and used books we’ve added to our stock in the last few weeks. Total stock? Over 35k books.

Come to THE event of the year at Star Cat Books and help us celebrate independent bookselling. Indies are: stores where the workers know your name; stores where we know what you like to read; stores where we can individually and personally recommend books; stores where you find new treasures every time you enter because we stock what you like, what you want to find, what you didn’t even *know* you wanted to find.

Saturday April 29, 2023
10am – 5pm
157 Main Street
Bradford, VT 05033 /
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Voted 1 of 62 best Indie Bookstores in the World by Atlas Obscura
Voted 1 of Top 6 Best Science Fiction Bookstores in the US

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Tuesday: Snow Day!

In anticipation of the NWS/NOAA winter storm warning for Monday night through Wednesday morning, I am declaring the bookstore CLOSED ON TUESDAY.

Stay home if you can. Drive only carefully if you must — be careful out there. Power outages predicted.

While Bradford (Orange County) is expecting 4-6” of heavy wet snow, where I live is expecting closer to 6-12”.

Keep warm. Read a book!

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12th Night Sale!

While rumors run rife in the area about shop closings, WE ARE GOING STRONG & AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE.

In fact, we’re having a SALE on 12th Night – January 6 – otherwise known as Epiphany. All day Friday, Jan 6 come on in and save on all new & used books, including rare and antiquarian. Stock up on your reading for the cold months ahead!

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All the stuff in print & more! In time for the holidays!

Shameless plugging: Remember you can order books, games, Funko Pop figurines, manga, just about everything in print through me, your trusty local indie bookstore rather than give money to Jeff Bezos. Many books (like the new Stephen King) are discounted this week!

And here, have a star cat to gaze upon.

#bookshop #IndieBookstores #StarCatBooks

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