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Smyth Turns Passion for Reading Into Profession

Peter Smyth has turned his passion for books and reading into a job he loves.

Name: Peter Smyth

Street: Maple Street

Family: Wife, Suzan and daughters Jamie and Michelle. Michelle is married to Kurt (Hilse) and they have two children, Dylan and Samantha.

Occupation: Smyth owns Booksmyth, located at 240 S Main Street in Middleton. First glance at the store and one would be either overwhelmed or in heaven, as Booksmyth boasts over 30,000 books on hand. Peter bought this store ten years ago and previously owned the store on Elm Street.

Peter explained that the way the store works is: book owners can bring in gently read books and he will give you a credit that can be used on up to 50 percent of the next purchase. Most books are discounted by 50 percent. So, an avid reader would find this store a treasure!

A recent Facebook Post by user Krista Hoey stated, "This is my favorite book store!!! This place is pure relaxation and fun for me :-) and Peter can answer just about any question I have!!"

Peter also sells American Girl Doll clothing all original and handmade by his wife, Suzan, who makes her own patterns and even makes special parochial school outfits when asked.

Hobbies and Interests: "My favorite thing to do is spending time with my grandchildren Dylan and Samantha," said Peter. He also enjoys reading, following the Red Sox and painting (his daughter Jamie is also an artist.)

Favorite Book: Peter listed several. Peter enjoys Daniel Silva novels, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee as well as reading military history books. Peter is currently reading "The Glass Rainbow" by James Lee Burke.

Favorite Movie: "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Searchers."

Favorite Eatery:

Favorite Store:  and of course, Booksmyth!

Favorite Mechanic: Roy Cote,

Dream Vacation:  "I would love to go to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to visit the national parks."

How long have you lived in Danvers: 37 years, 34 of which in his current home. 

Why did you choose Danvers: Peter lived and worked in Boston and was transferred to Peabody. A friend told Peter about apartments in Danvers, and the rest has been history.   

Where would people find you around town: Peter can sometimes be found reading on his porch, but reports that he is either at the store, or doing things around the house.

What would you like to see changed in town: Peter would like to see an improvement in down town traffic. "It gets backed up, but the lights at the intersection of Maple, Hobart and Locust are a big improvement!"

Laura Hinds August 22, 2011 at 01:39 PM
My favorite book is The Elves of Lily Hill Farm by Penny Kelley. Booksmyth is a wonderful resource for books of all kinds. I once had a glimpse of the storage room and was awestruck by it. Peter is a really nice guy, too, and it is fun to shop there.
Teresa Collins August 22, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Peter has always been very helpful to me and my fellow teachers. Thanks, Peter!
Carla King August 22, 2011 at 11:31 PM
yes Laura I caught a glimpse of the storage room too! WOW! that is all i can say!!

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