There are so many great literary events around the Granite State this week, October 3-9, 2013, it's hard to narrow it down. Why not pick a few to attend and bring a friend?
October 3, 2013
Concord: Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, this year’s recipient of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Poetry Award, will give a reading of his work. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through New Hampshire Writers' Project, 7 p.m., Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St, Concord, 603-228-2793.
Exeter: Local author Phyllis Edgerly Ring will sign copies of her novel, Snow Fence Road, 7 p.m., Water Street Bookstore, 125 Water Street, Exeter, 603-778-9731.
Hooksett: Dan Szczesny and his nine-year-old hiking partner, Janelle, with Dan’s memoir, The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, 6:30 p.m., Hooksett Public Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way, Hooksett, 603-485-6092.
Manchester: Visiting author Jami Attenberg will read from her bestselling novel, The Middlesteins, followed by a reception and book signing, 7 p.m., Walker Auditorium, Robert Frost Hall, Southern New Hampshire University. For more information, contact the School of Arts & Sciences at 603-639-4626 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portsmouth: James McPherson will read from and sign copies of his book, War on the Waters. Tickets are $5 (available at RiverRun Bookstore) and can be redeemed for a $5 credit toward purchasing one of McPherson’s books, 7 p.m., RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet Street, Portsmouth, 603-431-2100.
Portsmouth: Bill Bryson will discuss his new book, One Summer: America, 1927, as part of Writers on a New England Stage. Tickets are $13 each and may be purchased through the Music Hall, 7:30 p.m., Historic Theater, Music Hall, 131 Congress St, Portsmouth, 603-436-2400.
October 4, 2013
East Kingston: Michael Tougias will discuss what happened when the crews of the ships the Sea Feaver and Fair Wind were ambushed by a storm at Georges Bank off the New England coast. The discussion will be based on his book on the same subject, Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea, 7 p.m., East Kingston Public Library, East Kingston.
Milford: Writers United, a gathering of area authors of all genres, will meet to share, critique, and explore their craft of writing, hosted by Tammy McCracken. Space is limited, 6:30 p.m., Toadstool Bookshop (email@example.com).
New London: Telling Our Own Stories, a program in words, music, and art, will include readings by entrants into the Falling into Folk Art short memoir contest, 5 p.m. at the Meeting House. For more information, contact Joan Doran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portsmouth: Carol Rifka Brunt will read from and sign her book, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, 7 p.m., RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet Street, Portsmouth, 603-431-2100.
October 5, 2013
Newport: Novelist Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls, That Old Cape Magic, and several other books, will accept the Sarah Josepha Hale award, presented by the trustees of Richards Free Library, 8 p.m., the Newport Opera House. For more information, contact the Richards Free Library.
Peterborough: Martha Schaefer will discuss and sign her memoir, Therapeutic Misadventures, 11 a.m., Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square, Peterborough, 603-924-3543.
Portsmouth: The 4th annual Dead Poets Rememberance Day will be observed with readings by poets Kim Cloutier Green, Jennifer Militello, James Rioux, S. Stephanie, and Mark DeCarteret, followed by a reception at Portsmouth Book & Bar, 12:30 p.m., the grave of Walter Butts, Calvary Cemetery (http://deadpoets.typepad.com/rpgs/).
Richmond: Rebecca Rule, author of Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, will draw on the research for her book and discuss the uniquely New England tradition of town meeting, 5 p.m. at Putnam Family Performing Arts Ctr (Nancy Lescynski at 239-6277).
Wolfeboro: Author and illustrator Karel Hayes will introduce her newest picture book, Christmas Visitors, 11 a.m., The Country Bookseller, 23a North Main Street, Wolfeboro, 603-569-6030.
October 6, 2013
Dover: Michele Albion will read from and sign her new book, The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt, 9 a.m., Dover Arts Market, Cocheco Millworks Courtyard, Dover.
Keene: Gilford author Michael Nethercott will sign his mystery novel, The Séance Society, 4 p.m., Toadstool Bookshop, 222 West St., Keene, 603-352-8815.
Warner: Edie Clark will discuss and sign her newest book, What There Was Not to Tell, 1 p.m., MainStreet BookEnds, 6 E. Main Street, Warner, 603-456-2700.
October 7, 2013
Concord: Carol Rifka Brunt will discuss and sign her first novel, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, 7 p.m., Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main Street, Concord, 603-224-0562.
October 8, 2013
Dover: Michele Albion will read from and sign her new book, The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt, 7 p.m., Dover Public Library, Dover.
Exeter: Lauren Grodstein will sign her new novel, The Explanation for Everything, 7 p.m., Water Street Bookstore, 125 Water Street, Exeter, 603-778-9731.
Portsmouth: Amy Grace Loyd will read from and sign her book, The Affairs of Others, 7 p.m., RiverRun Bookstore, RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet Street, Portsmouth, 603-431-2100.
Portsmouth: As part of the Innovation and Leadership Series, UNH professor Jeff Bolster will read from and sign his book, The Mortal Sea. Tickets are $36 and include reserved seat, hardcover book, beverage, presentation, Q&A, and book signing meet and great, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth.
October 9, 2013
Durham: Aimee Fogg will discuss her book, The Granite Men of Henri-Chapelle, 7 p.m., Durham Public Library, Durham.
Hanover: Janet Groth will discuss and sign her memoir, Meet the Receptionist, about her twenty-one years at the reception desk for the New Yorker magazine, 7 p.m., Howe Library, Hanover.
Henniker: J. Dennis Robinson, author of Under the Isles of Shoals, will explore the truth behind the romantic legends of Smuttynose Island as he discusses the island and the scientific “digs” that are changing its history, 7 p.m., Tucker Free Library, Henniker.
Hooksett: Jeremy D’Entremont, author of more than ten books on New England lighthouses and coastal legends, will give a presentation titled New England’s Haunted Lighthouses, 6:30 p.m., Hooksett Public Library, Hooksett Public Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way, Hooksett, 603.485.6092.
Portsmouth: Howard Mansfield will read from and sign his latest book, Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter, 7 p.m., RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet Street, Portsmouth, 603-431-2100.
North Conway: Cathie Pelletier, author of The One-Way Bridge, 7 p.m., White Birch Books, Main Street, North Conway, 603-356-3200.
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Have a great weekend!