Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Closing of North Country Books brings new opportunities for Adirondack authors

Local bookstore owners establish Adirondack book wholesale and distribution business

The announcement in late October that North Country Books would close at the end of January 2021 sent dismay through the ranks of authors, publishers, and retail accounts who’d come to depend on the Utica-based company to distribute books and related products with an Adirondack focus.

The company, founded in 1965, had been a bridge between small specialty publishers and authors and their markets for Adirondack-themed books, maps, and sideline products and there was no other entity to fill the gap.

Enter Sarah and Marc Galvin, owners of The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid.

The Galvins have established Blue Line Book Exchange to distribute an outstanding line of Adirondack literature, including guidebooks, local history, art books, fiction and non-fiction, children’s titles from board books through young adult, as well as maps, calendars, posters, note cards and more. It’s a natural extension for the bookselling couple, as The Bookstore Plus is widely known for the extensive Adirondack offerings in the Main Street, Lake Placid store.

Working with Rob Igoe, Jr., who’d purchased North Country Books in 2005 after working there since 1989, the Galvins have quickly put together a plan to have the business operational by late February 2021, locating warehouse space in Lake Placid and hiring Nick Gulli, long-time manager and buyer at The Mountaineer in Keene Valley to manage the business.

“We knew first hand the necessity of having a supplier of Adirondack materials for independent stores in the Adirondack Park, from museums to outdoor gear suppliers to general stores,” said Sarah Galvin. “Rob has been wonderful in helping make this a smooth transition to meet that need. We look forward to working with North Country’s customers and suppliers.”

Marc agrees: “We’re excited about this opportunity to offer exceptional customer service and on-time delivery, while striving for a carbon neutral footprint in our operations.”

Blue Line Book Exchange’s first catalog will be available late February. For more information, call 518-637-5647 or email

Marc and Sarah Galvin have established a new wholesale and distribution company in Lake Placid, NY. Photo provided.

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3 Responses

  1. Vanessa says:

    Excellent! This reader thoroughly approves!

    I’ve made this plug before, but! – it bears repeating. Both the Bookstore Plus and the bookshop section of the Mountaineer are on So if you’re not in the area and you want to buy some books AND support these excellent local institutions, you can use and they will receive part of the sale. This is a GREAT way to support local bookstores when otherwise we all know you’d be using a certain “big box” website where you’re anyway buying your face masks and toothbrushes and etc.

    Or another handy option is to buy online directly when available. I know the Mountaineer is online, and I believe the Bookstore Plus is too- that’s a simple Google to confirm.

  2. Chris says:


    Very excited to see such a strong effort by this couple. Thank you for your work and dedication!

  3. HikerVa says:

    This is great news! Sorry to see NC Books go however very glad to see this new initiative. I’ve been a customer of NC books for years.