One-of-a-kind journals + sketchbooks handmade in Maine

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Note from shop owner Broadway House Books is closed indefinitely. Thank you to all who have bought books and supported us. We're both busy working on other projects.

All the best,

Tom and Kate

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jan 20, 2016

Broadway House Books is closed indefinitely. Thank you to all who have bought books and supported us. We're both busy working on other projects.

All the best,

Tom and Kate

Tom Butler and Kate Russo

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Tom Butler and Kate Russo


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About BroadwayHouseBooks

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A Book in the Hand

I come from a book family. The kind of family that wouldn't move into a house without sufficient space for bookshelves. Akin to architecture, books defined the shape and flow of the house. And these days, even with e-readers, that is the case.
Well, I was a slightly funny fish. Books, were not my first love. Very much a visual thinker, I loved my pencils, my papers and drawing table. Gradually, I began to develop a visual language that was more discerning than my verbal. My books were art books and sketchbooks. But, physically, they were books.
Flash forward to 2005, I'm a graduate student at the Slade School of Fine Art where I meet this guy, a sculptor, that like me, seems to have a different understanding of books. While I am forever judging a book by it's cover, Tom is forever judging it buy its texture, its spine, its weight.
I went ahead and married him, because like the objects he makes, he seems to give me more dimension. We graduated from the Slade in 2007 and continue to maintain studio practices and exhibitions.
Now, back quickly to the book family of mine. In 2009, Tom and I, along with my writer father got this crazy idea that we might be able to make a book that somehow highlights equally what we each love about books. For my father it was the words, for me the art and for Tom the object itself. This was the birth of Interventions, a small press publication with Down East Books, where we set about rekindling the relationship between fine art and text in book form.
Well, Tom and I caught the bookmaking bug. Tom was fortunate to have learned binding skills at the Slade and my pattern drawings and fabric collection were just begging to become book covers. Enter Broadway House Books.
Our books are made from a fine art perspective. We want them to be unique, but functional. Beautiful in their own right, but still with plenty of space for you to make your own mark on them. We emphasize patterns and textures, because thats what we love. We think about size and weight, because the best thing about a physical book is how it fits in your hand, on your shelf or in your bag.
Many of the covers you see are designed/stitched/sewn by me. Tom does all the binding. He hand-stitches all the pages and uses all PH neutral adhesives to bind the books. He also makes unique stamped prints on the inside of our sketchbooks.
We try to be locally and environmentally conscious. This is a continual process of balancing cost and benefit with our will to do good. We're always researching ways in which local and environmentally sustainable materials can make our books and our binding more unique. Companies like the wind-powered Mohawk Paper and and our local antiques market, where I buy a lot of my fabrics, have been a great starting point.
Each book is a testament to how much we love the look and feel of the physical book.We're so pleased to share our story with you. Thank you for your interest in our journals and sketchbooks.


Kate and Tom

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  • Kate Russo and Tom Butler

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Tom and I are both fine artists, working in Maine. Broadway House Books is our first true collaboration since we met in 2005 in foggy London. I design the fabric and jotter covers, while Tom bind the books and makes unique prints for our sketchbooks

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Welcome to Broadway House Books! Your interest in our shop means a lot to us. We love making hand-bound, one-of-a-kind books. We're always learning new techniques and experimenting on new styles. We want to make books with real character and a handmade feel. All our books are made with patterns and textures we love. Please feel free to engage in a conversation about our processes and materials. We are husband and wife team of two fine artists that also have a passion for handmade books. Tom is the binder and makes the prints you'll see inside many of the books. Kate designs the jotters and fabric-covered books. All the books are made at our home in Rockland, Maine. A smoke-free and pet free environment.

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Returns and exchanges
We will honor refunds if you are unsatisfied with your purchase. We will refund your money plus shipping cost once you've supplied us with a tracking number indicating the item is on its way back to us.
Because many of our books are one-of-a-kind, if a book comes to you damaged it is unlikely that we'll be able to make the exact same book for you again. However, we'd be happy to exchange it for a book of the same price or a give you a refund.
We accept Paypal, all major credit cards and Etsy gift cards. Please note: all buyers from Maine will have a 5% sales tax added to their purchase.
As all of our items are made before listing, we are ready to ship right away! We will always attempt to ship an order within 24 hours of purchase. If we are unable to do this we will let you know immediately. If we are away, we'll put an "out of shop" message on all our items.
We like giving business to the U.S. Postal Service. All orders will be sent first class, so orders in the United States should be received within 3-5 days from shipment. Orders to Canada, Mexico and Europe should take 5-10 days from shipment. Everywhere else could be longer. We always get a tracking number, so we'll send it to you after we've shipped.
We don't want to make any promises for USPS that we can't keep, but we'll do our best to get it to you as soon as possible.
If you want an item sent priority, just send us a message and we'll try to work something out!

U.S. buyers: if you want to received an item for Christmas, please order by Dec. 19.
Everywhere else: We cannot be sure you'll receive your order by Christmas!
Additional policies and FAQs
At this time we are not doing any custom orders, but we hope to have the capacity to do this by summer 2013. Thank you for your patience!