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Running the Goat

The local bookshop, which is a short 4-minute walk from the Newfoundland Ocean Lodge, is known for producing its own letterpress-printed books, chapbooks, broadsides, and pamphlets.

Step into the world of enchanting tales, fascinating local history, and captivating characters at our beloved local bookstore nestled in the heart of Tors Cove.

From the moment you step into "Running the Goat" you'll feel like you've been transported to another era. Its rustic wooden shelves are laden with carefully curated titles, some of which are rare finds. The delightful scent of old pages, combined with the gentle hum of conversations and the occasional chime of the doorbell, creates a truly magical atmosphere.

From its origins as a quaint fishing village sustained by cod fishery, Tors Cove has always been a place where stories are born. The local bookstore is an extension of this tradition, preserving the tales of our ancestors while introducing us to new worlds through literature.

Running the Goat Bookstore in Tors Cove, Newfoundland
Marnie demonstrates the subtle magic of the press

Many of Running the Goat's publications are letterpress printed at the print shop, using moveable lead type, and sewn by hand. Publications are a collaborative effort. Authors and artists are consulted, coffee and cookies fuel conversations and everyone has an opportunity to offer suggestions. Although the press has limited staff, its spirit is collective. Marnie's daughter and local kids are lured into the fun, cranking the press, collating and folding pages, and sewing the pages together, making it a collaborative community space for all.

Why 'Running The Goat', and what is it running from?

I'm glad you asked - it's a set dance, like square dancing, but not. Think promenade and dosey-doe, with special arrangements and configurations for couples. The owner Marnie, explains it best on her site:

This bookstore stands apart from the rest. It's not just about the vast collection of books or the rustic charm of the old building. It's about the sense of belonging, the passion for storytelling, and the commitment to sustainability that sets it apart. We'll explore these unique features and why they make our bookstore a must-visit destination.

Discover the inspiring works of local authors who channel the spirit of Tors Cove into their writing. From historical accounts to fictional narratives, our bookstore offers a diverse selection that reflects the eclectic tastes and interests of our community.

A Perfect Afternoon Itinerary
Imagine this: You wake up in your cozy room at the Newfoundland Ocean Lodge, enjoy a hearty breakfast while overlooking the ocean, and then take a leisurely 4-minute walk to "Running the Goat Press." Spend your afternoon getting lost in a novel, sipping on a hot cup of tea, and maybe even striking up a conversation with a local or two. Sounds perfect, doesn't it?
Tors Cove Bookstore
Photo courtesy of Google Maps. They certainly picked a fine day to drive though Tors Cove

In an age of digital reading, our bookstore remains committed to the joy of holding a physical book while being mindful of our environmental impact. Learn how our bookstore is making strides in sustainability, from sourcing responsibly to promoting a culture of reusing and recycling.

Hear from our loyal customers about their favourite bookstore experiences and find out about the exciting events that take place within these hallowed walls. From book clubs to author signings, there's always something happening at our bookstore.

The local bookstore in Tors Cove is more than just a store; it's a testament to the power of stories and community. It's a place where the past, present, and future come together in the form of books.


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