"You read that right," wrote store owner Becca Morton in an Instagram post in October. "We have final approval from the city and we are OPEN FOR BUSINESS!"
|Back Cove's space once housed a bank; the bookstore uses the vault for nonfiction.|
Located in the historic Odd Fellows Building in Portland's Woodfords Corner neighborhood, the 2,200-square-foot store has a focus on community and sells books with diverse topics, characters and authors. Morton held pop-up shops in Portland earlier this year, and prior to opening Back Cove Books was a bookseller at Portland indie Print for about two years.
The bookstore's first author event will be held on December 1 and feature Chelsea Conaboy, author of Mother Brain, in conversation with Leah Deragon, co-founder of Birth Roots. Morton noted that even though she'd planned to not host any events until 2023, she couldn't pass up the opportunity.