I’m the Events Coordinator for RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I live and breathe for books, hence the name of this blog.  Literary fiction is my favorite, but I also love poetry, creative nonfiction, and short stories.

I’m also a freelance writer and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. I’ve written for The Star Tribune, The Brooklyn Rail, CBS News, Bookslut, Identity Theory, The Book Studio and The Quarterly Conversation.

You can contact me at: mfilgate at gmail dot com

Books for review can be sent to:

Michele Filgate

P.O. Box 4274

Portsmouth, NH 03802

Follow me on  Twitter


7 Responses to About

  1. Kevin Avery says:

    Michele, in response to your recent tweet, I’m a publicist with a couple of authors with books. Please e-mail me at kevin@merewordsmedia.com.


  2. Michael Pokocky says:

    Great site and nice to see you on the @thecalvenigroup community on twitter.

    Nice to meet you once again.

  3. Margaret Hallowell says:

    I’ve just spent an hour on your blog – love, love, love it! I haven’t made my way through many blogs other than Maud…but judging by yours, I have been missing out. I long to connect with other like minded compulsive readers. I do have my beloved book group friends but frankly, we spend 3/4 of our meetings discussing politics, gossiping and talking about our kids and education. I do have one or two friends equally devoted to reading, reviewing and collecting books but I need more! I frequent Nantucket Bookworks which I see on your sidebar but I am compelled to take the list of half a dozen of the books I’ve jotted down from your blog, and go to RiverRun’s new site and purchase them. Kudos to you. You’ve also inspired me to join Twitter – the more book related chatting (twittering?!), the better!

  4. readandbreathe says:


    Thanks for your kind comments! I hope you continue to support your local indie bookstore- Wendy is an incredible bookseller! But it’s nice of you to support RiverRun Bookstore as well. I’m glad you like this blog.


    Nice to “meet” you as well, Michael!

  5. readandbreathe says:

    By the way, Margaret, what’s your Twitter name? I’d love to add you as a friend!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Hi Michele,

    Enjoyed your blog! Mindstir Media is publishing an up and coming author from the Portsmouth, NH area in July. Would love to chat. Please send me a note at jwood@mindstirmedia.com.

  7. Socialpaws says:

    Hello Michelle, you have an excellent blog, I shall enjoy browsing around here and reading some more of your thoughts! I too am a British writer and share your love of books immensely! Very hard to find such dedicated and good content blogs these days,
    Wishing you all the best,
    SP @booksyoulove

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