Welcome to Sundial Books

Sundial Books is your independent, locally owned bookstore on Chincoteague Island.  Our shelves include an eclectic mix of new and used books, local favorites and unexpected treasures. We also have a great selection of gifts and local art as well as new and used music CD's. Stop in and browse! If the book is still in print but not on our shelves, we can order it for you. Our online store lists books that are available from our primary book distributor but may not be in stock in our physical shop. Give us a call if you need to know if we have it on our shelves. 

Thanks to Best of Virginia for naming Sundial as one of the top ten bookstores in the Commonwealth.  Read the article and find out about the other nine winners. 


On Saturday, May 19 at 2:00pm meet Monica Hesse, author of American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land to celebrate the release of the paperback edition of the book.  Ms. Hesse will read selected passages from the book and have a brief Q and A followed by a book signing.  The event is sponsored by the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization and will be held at the Island Theatre. Tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased at Sundial Books (cash or check only) or at the door. 

The paperback edition of the book is now available to pre-order here. 10% of profits from the book sales for the event will be donated to the Chincoteague Island Library. 


    Check out the new refrigerator magnets by Darcy Cole of DSC Photography. This design is sold only at Sundial Books. 
    Magnets can be purchased online by clicking here

   Enter code DSCM at check-out for $1.00 off shipping. You can also purchase online and pick up at the store. 


New from Cat and Mouse Press! Eastern Shore Shorts by Gail Priest  

The compelling characters in Eastern Shore Shorts visit familiar local restaurants, inns, shops, parks, and museums as they cross paths through the charming towns and waterways of the Eastern Shore. From the female barber who runs into an old flame to a man who’s held out for love too long, and from a cranky dog trainer to a meddling mother-of-the-bride, these folks will make you laugh, cry, and cheer as they follow their hearts and dreams. Visit Berlin, Cambridge, Chestertown, Chincoteague, Easton, Rock Hall, Salisbury, St. Michaels, and Tilghman Island in this wonderful collection of intersecting stories. Note the cover art by Erick Sahler. 

Available Now at Sundial Books! 

NASA rocket explosions and a series of unsolved murders disrupt the idyllic calm of Chincoteague Island, a quiet barrier island on Virginia's east coast better known for its annual pony swim. Put-in-Bay investigative reporter Emerson Moore's relaxing fishing vacation to Chincoteague Island is interrupted as he works his way through a maze of suspects, including some local troublemakers and rocket experts from Russia, China and Europe--any of whom might be motivated to sabotage the U.S. space program. Mixed with local Chincoteague Island flavor and characters, Chincoteague Calm is a breathless roller-coaster ride as Moore works furiously to break through the fog of deception that has enveloped the once-peaceful island.

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