Thursday, March 3, 2011

Warren Cassell, Passionate Reader and Bookseller

It is with great sadness that we tell you of the passing of Warren Cassell, longtime bookseller, who worked at Broadway Books for several years. Regular customers will remember Warren, with his distinctive white beard. Warren was a voracious reader and a passionate book recommender. Many a customer has engaged Warren in long discussions of recently published books -- he was never shy with his opinions.

Before moving to Portland in 2002, Warren owned Just Books in Greenwich, Connecticut, for many many years. Although the bookstore had only 600 square feet, Warren and his store loomed large in the bookselling world, and he hosted several well-known authors at off-site events.

After "retiring" and moving to Portland with his wife Melisa, Warren worked part-time at Broadway Books. More recently he had become involved with Operation Paperback, a group dedicated to providing gently used paperbacks to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, to VA hospitals, and to families with members serving overseas.

Here is a link to a wonderful article in the Greenwich paper about Warren.


  1. Thanks for sharing this. Sad to hear. He was always gracious when I chatted with him in the store.



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