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Saying Goodbye….

Posted by on Jun 14, 2020 in In The News | 0 comments

Dear friends,

We hope this note finds you and yours doing well and safely navigating this challenging time.

Zoom has been a good way to adapt, however, book clubs, poetry and coffee chats are still better in person.  We miss the conversations, the debates, the laughter, and of course the coffee and other surprises you share with us.  Ollie and Katie especially miss their hugs!

So it is with mixed emotions that we announce that after 8 years The Book Garden will be pausing its operations effective July 31st with plans to reopen as Frenchtown’s “new” favorite Indie Bookshop in early 2021.

This pandemic has reinforced many truths. Truths such as life is unpredictable and sometimes even the best laid plans … well, you know the rest.

As a few of you knew, a transition of the shop was already in the works before COVID-19. We were preparing to hand over the reins and begin new chapters doing whatever exciting things former booksellers choose to do with their time.

That transition was delayed but our other commitments were not, so after much debate and discussion, we decided that rather than half-heartedly keeping the shop open, it was best to just pause.

We do so with the understanding that soon enough Frenchtown will once again be home to a wonderful Indie Bookshop in this very same spot. And it will be run by booksellers who are, like us, dedicated to this community.

We are so grateful to all of you for having joined us on this journey, supporting us in many ways beyond buying books. Thank you to the beautiful little fairies, elves and gnomes who took part in Imaginarium summer camps led by our favorite fairy queen, Grace. Thank you to the teachers who taught poetry and writing workshops and to all the participants who gathered around the kitchen table and bravely shared their often difficult stories. Thank you to the musicians who brought song to our front porch and the poets who brought healing verse into the garden. Thank you to every author who chose to include our little shop as a place to proudly share your finished work and to entertain, enlighten and inspire others through your stories. Thank you to our Frenchtown community for making us feel right at home from the very beginning.

Thank you to every person who made it a point to visit us and share your favorite bookstore memories. And now we have so many of our own – River Town Radio Theatre live on WDVR, the Harry Potter Midnight Party, Frenchtown History book launch, Signature of All Things FBPA Fundraiser, Bastille Day, Riverfest, Zombies, The Haunted Book Garden and more. We are honored to have had you as part of our celebration of stories – yours, ours and the thousands of others that have graced our shelves.

At the risk of being overly sentimental and forgetting the practical side of pausing a business, we invite each of you to stop in for a visit – and to shop – beginning June 15th, when we are allowed to reopen our doors (albeit with social distancing, masks and at limited capacity). During your visit we’d also be most appreciative if you would purchase a book or two or a t-shirt, some socks … all on sale of course, so that we can clear our inventory and leave the space ready for its next chapter.

There is one final truth we would like to leave you with: The Book Garden is the place where our lives were forever changed and enriched thanks to each and every one of you.

Yours in good reading,

Caroline & Robert





Surreal Signs of the Times

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in In The News | 0 comments

Surreal Signs of the Times

We are fortunate to have a wonderful local newspaper, The Bucks County Herald and grateful that they always find room to share upcoming events and celebrations at The Book Garden and throughout Frenchtown and the Delaware River area.

So it was with mixed feelings that we turned to the Living Section of this week’s paper to find a photo of our little shop all closed up. In the window we hung words of encouragement:

Stay Safe.

Stay Calm.

Stay Kind.

Three weeks since we closed our doors and joined millions at home to #flattenthecurve and await the passing of this pandemic. We miss seeing old friends and meeting new ones and look forward to the day when we will do so again. And we know the Herald will be there to capture that moment too.

Be well.

Small Business Saturday Author Double Feature

Posted by on Nov 23, 2019 in author, In The News | 0 comments

Small Business Saturday Author Double Feature


The Book Garden in Frenchtown is keeping it local to kick off the holiday season with visits from two area favorites – Carrie Havraneck and Brandi Megan Granett on Saturday, Nov. 30th for Small Business Saturday.

Food writer, Carrie Havraneck will be sharing stories on local favorites plus a few holiday meal tips from her new cookbook, Tasting Pennsylvania: Favorite Recipes from the Keystone State, from 2pm to 4pm.

Tasting Pennsylvania  showcases 108 recipes from the best restaurants, inns, diners, cafés, and bed-and-breakfasts across the state. Mouthwatering photographs complement each recipe. Carrie Havranek writes about food and travel from Easton, where she is a dedicated shopper of the Easton Farmers’ Market. She is the co-author of “Frommer’s Philadelphia & the Amish Country” and the blogger behind The Dharma Kitchen.

Author Brandi Megan Granett is celebrating the launch of her fourth novel, Ever Glad, from 3pm to 5pm. In the novel, eleven-year-old Willow wants to be a scientist like her father. She enjoys discovering and recording what she sees, from the trees to the mushrooms to the plants and animals in her forest home in Pennsylvania. But after a mysterious encounter with the owner of the Odds and Ends Shop in the tiny town where her family shops, she discovers she has a new gift—the ability to see into others’ past lives.

Moving from the cool forests of the Allegheny Mountains to the exotic wildlife of the Florida Everglades, and then to the city streets of Washington D.C., this family saga with touches magical realism is set in the 1960s. It will delight and enchant its readers.

Learn more about Brandi Granett.
Meet and greet with a glass of wine and a sampling of cheeses from our own favorite local gourmet shop, Olive With A Twist. Personalized, signed copies of these books will make great gifts for the food and story lovers and in your life.


For details, email us at or call 908-996-2022; and follow The Book Garden Frenchtown on Facebook and Instagram.


Learn to Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle

Posted by on Apr 23, 2019 in author, In The News | 0 comments

Learn to Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle

The Book Garden in Frenchtown welcomes author Mindy Mutterperl on Saturday, May 4th to share her expertise on how to work toward holistic sustainability. Her new book, Choosing Sustainability: Your Guide to the What, Why and How covers nearly every aspect of this subject in an easily digestible format. Find out more about sustainable living and why it’s so important for each of us today. She will also discuss her three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social and related approaches that can work in tandem to help us achieve a much greater impact.

Mindy Mutterperl is a communications consultant and writer with a passion for living sustainably and helping others find their own sustainable paths. She publishes, offering ideas, insights, resources and inspiring stories to help readers continue their journey toward a more sustainable way of life. In addition to writing about sustainable living, she has written extensively about such topics as disability issues, financial literacy, retirement planning, charitable giving, education and the arts.

Learn how you can increase your impact by choosing organic food, driving hybrid vehicles, reducing household toxins, supporting environmental causes and in many other ways without feeling overwhelmed.

Mindy will be at The Book Garden on Saturday, May 4 from 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments will be served. More information at 908-996-2022 or

Celebrate the Launch of Gloria Takes a Stand and Women’s History Month

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in author, books, family, In The News | 0 comments

Frenchtown, NJ will be the gathering place for women celebrating women on March 16th. The community is invited to join author Jessica Rinker in the launch of her children’s biography of one of the most iconic figures of the women’s movement, Gloria Steinem.
From an unconventional childhood, to Smith College, to Ms. magazine, to the women’s liberation movement, to feminist icon—Gloria Takes a Stand brings to the page a spirited look at Gloria Steinem’s influential life, energizing a new generation of women to stand up and demand equal rights for all people.
Rather than host a traditional book launch it was important to Rinker to celebrate the ongoing work of women who bring positive change to their lives and their communities.

“I want to celebrate my book, but I also want to celebrate the collective work of women. And bringing together a group of community leaders in what Gloria refers to as a talking circle to discuss how better to help or change their communities is my way to continue her teachings,” explains Ms. Rinker.

A diverse group of community leaders will join Rinker in a panel discussion and talking circle. The conversation will focus on how these women make change in their communities through the various facets of their lives – as mothers, daughters, professionals, artists and activists. Participants are Caroline Hann and Barbara Cannell, founding members of META Theatre Company, which focuses on influencing social change through performance art; Krystal Sital, author of critically acclaimed memoir SECRETS WE KEPT: Three Women of Trinidad; Nicole Valentine, Committee Person and Secretary of the East Goshen Democrats and author of THE TIME TRAVELER’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY, and Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck, authors of If These Stones Could Talk: African-American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountains, and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey, and Caroline Scutt, Community Impact Director at United Way of Hunterdon County and co-owner of The Book Garden, which will be involved in the event.
“Celebrating stories is what The Book Garden is all about and we are honored to be celebrating the story of our friend and neighbor, Jess. I can’t think of anyone better to introduce Gloria Steinem to a new generation because Jess’ personal story reflects what Gloria Steinem wants women to embrace – their own strength and resilience,” adds Ms. Scutt.

The discussion will be preceded by a reading and followed by a book signing. Children can enjoy creating a book cover that tells their story and light refreshments will be served.

The launch party and community talking circle will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 5pm to 7pm at the United Methodist Church, Third Street, Frenchtown.

This is a free event; books will be available for purchase.

Email or call 908-996-2022 for more information.

Folk Music Singer and Songwriter to Perform in Frenchtown

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in books, family, In The News | 0 comments

The Book Garden in Frenchtown welcomes New York City-based songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Dan Rauchwerk on Saturday, January 12.
A founding member of the internationally touring folk band, the Lords of Liechtenstein, Rauchwerk will perform at a record release party for his debut album, We Are More Than What We Leave Behind.

The record’s subject matter was inspired by Dan’s life-long passion for books and he seeks to educate as he entertains. Mixing historical references into love songs and weaving eras into each other, Dan introduces characters who never met in order to see what happens when they interact. This curiosity winds its way through the music and the listener feels as if they are reading stories in an old library on the New England shore.
Come enjoy an afternoon of music with Dan Rauchwerk at The Book Garden at 28 Bridge Street in Frenchtown on Saturday, Jan.12 from 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments will be served. More information at 908-996-2022 or

Miracles, Spiritual Journeys, Spirits of the Literary Type and More Throughout October in the Garden

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in family, festival, In The News | 0 comments

The Book Garden is falling back into autumn with a colorful array of author and lit-themed events. Join us for a conversation with special guest acclaimed author Jonathan Miles about his new novel, Anatomy of a Miracle on Tuesday, Oct. 9th at 7pm during Evening Reads Book Club. Find out the inspiration for this incredible story and chat with one of our favorite authors. And we aren’t the only ones who love him. Check out this review in the LA Review of Books. RSVP for this event is highly recommended as space is limited.

Go on a spiritual journey of a different kind with author Sarada Chiruvolu when she visits on Saturday, Oct 13th to discuss her new book, Home at Last. “I felt as though it was preordained and was in a sense imposed on me; a journey meant to be completed because it was my time to pursue it. The book explains how I reached that state without relinquishing the life I was given; having a family, a career, and an active social life with all the responsibilities inherent in those roles….”
Come learn more and share your stories of self-discovery at 3pm on October 13th.

Frenchtown area writers – both published and aspiring-to-be-published are invited to join in the first Wine-n-Chat Frenchtown Writers gathering on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 7pm to 9ish. Wine and other refreshments will be served and a donation of $5 is requested to defray refreshment costs. Come meet, mingle and be inspired and reassured that the life of a writer is a life worth pursuing.

Red Dashboard poets will share their work on Sunday, Oct. 21st from 2pm to 4pm. Featured poets will be Ryan Torres, reading from his new collection, Barry Gross and Kate Nardone.

Last but not least, The Book Garden is excited to announce our first ever Haunted Garden brought to you by the Frenchtown Fright Club. Doors will open at 5pm on Tuesday, Oct. 30th. Children of all ages (and brave adults) are invited to come be part of the fun. There is no cost and we promise a few screams, some laughter and surprises.

To RSVP for any of the events above or for more information, email or call 908-996-2022; updates are also posted on Facebook.

Meet Food Expert and Author Hannah Howard on May 12

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in author, family, In The News | 0 comments

Meet Food Expert and Author Hannah Howard on May 12

Hannah Howard’s raw and relatable memoir FEAST: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen is the story of a woman in conflict—with herself, with her body, and with food—all while working in the not-always glamorous New York City culinary scene.
She will be sharing her story at The Book Garden in Frenchtown on Saturday, May 12 from 3pm to 5pm.

Hannah Howard is a writer and food expert who spent her formative years in New York eating, drinking, serving, bartending, cooking on a hot line, and flipping giant wheels of cheese in Manhattan landmarks such as Picholine and Fairway Market. Her work has been published in New York magazine, VICE, and Self. She also mentors women recovering from eating disorders by helping them build happy, healthy relationships with food and themselves.

“We are looking forward to hearing more from this amazing young woman who tells her story so honestly,” said Caroline Scutt, co-owner of The Book Garden. “Hannah’s story resonates with women of all ages who have struggled with weight, body image, and self-esteem. This beautifully written memoir absolutely resonates with me.”

On Saturday, May 12, The Book Garden welcomes Hannah Howard to celebrate her remarkable first memoir, “FEAST: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen.” The talk and signing will be from 3 to 5 p.m., with a reading at 4 p.m. For more information follow The Book Garden on Facebook, email: or call 908-996-2022.

NY Times Bestselling Author Christina Baker Kline Kicks Off Speaker Series

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in In The News | 0 comments

History, art and architecture are themes that run through the Prallsville Mills 2018 Speakers Series. The series kicks off with a special evening with acclaimed New York Times Bestselling author Christina Baker Kline on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Kline will discuss her most recent novel, A Piece of the World, which brings to life another little-known part of America’s history: the story of Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece Christina’s World.

An Evening with Christina Baker Kline will also feature a wine tasting by award-winning local winery, Mount Salem Vineyards. Tickets are $40 and include a copy of A Piece of the World. A portion of the proceeds will support The Prallsville Mills.

Tickets are available through The Book Garden in Frenchtown, 908-996-2022 or on their website at This event is expected to sell out, so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.

They are excited to have M. Kline kick off our Speakers Series for the coming year as part of their ongoing commitment to showcasing informative and entertaining programs, so more of the community can enjoy this beautiful and historic complex, said Prallsville Board Member, Brandi Granett.

“We are fortunate to have this unique venue that is both a wonderfully preserved piece of our history and a perfect setting to come together for everything from author talks to holiday celebrations.”

Linda J. Barth, author of A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone, will be at the Mills on Sunday, March 2th at 2pm. She will share surprising inventions connected to the Garden State including like Bubble Wrap, the boardwalk, the Band-Aid, and even professional baseball.

Historian Stacy Roth will host a Revolutionary Tea: An 18th Century Tea Experience on Sunday, April 15, at 2. Why was tea so important in the lives of 18th-century people that fashion-conscious families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose her American Colonies over “the cup that cheers?” Find out in this unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry, living history display, and demonstration.

On Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m., Joe Donnelly will lead an interactive presentation – More than You Ever Will Want to Know about the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge. Inextricably linked to its namesake communities, this river crossing’s history includes an illegal bank, state receivership, tolls on pedestrians and livestock, a failed trolley line, and nearly a century of public ownership. The bridge’s story will be told in pictures and words.

The Delaware River itself will be the focus of a talk by author Hal Taylor on Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. The Illustrated Delaware River: The History of a Great American River will discuss the earliest explorers and how they interacted with the native population, and make its way upriver from the Delaware Bay and it’s legendary oyster industry, to the ornate Victorian era lighthouses, historic military sites like Fort Delaware on Peapatch Island, Red Bank Battlefield and Fort Mifflin, the industrial giant that was Camden, the first steamboat in the country, the commercial hubs of Burlington and Bordentown with their illustrious residents, the extraordinary triumph of Washington at “Trent Town,” the growth of the canals during the industrial revolution and many more fascinating places and events.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., Joe Macasek will present Doing Business on the Morris Canal. The Morris Canal crossed the northern part of New Jersey connecting New York Harbor at Jersey City with the Delaware River at Phillipsburg. Completed in 1831, this 102-milelong canal was built across the rugged North Jersey Highlands to transport anthracite coal from the mines in Pennsylvania to the growing New York market.