11/13/17

Book of the Week (11/13/2017)

A Colored Man in Exeter by Michael Cameron Ward (U.S.? : Creative Plutonium, 2017).

Local author Michael Cameron Ward's memoir tells the stories and experiences of his father, and family in Lee, New Hampshire at a racially tumultuous time in history.  
In the summer of 1957 the Ward family moved from Brooklyn, New York to Lee, New Hampshire to escape gang violence. It was an era when racial tensions were high and they were the first “colored family” in the area. Needless to say, over the years they encountered many interesting experiences and created a storied life. They also became respected members of the community, led by parents, Harold and Virginia Ward, a couple with strong convictions and compassion.

Harold, Michael Cameron Ward’s 94-year-old father, was hospitalized in the beginning of May 2015 with only weeks to live. On the 20th he made a request of his son: “Michael, I want you to write the stories of our existence. I want my great grandchildren to know where they came from.” Then, as Michael sat beside his father’s bed on the 4th floor at Exeter Hospital, his father recounted stories of his life that had never been told before. If not captured, they would be lost forever. On June 9th, 2015 Harold died, and Michael has been fulfilling his father’s request ever since. --RiverRun website
Join Michael Cameron Ward at River Run Bookstore on November 14th at 6:30 pm in Portsmouth, NH!

11/7/17

Dublin 2018 Longlist Announced

There are 150 titles nominated by libraries worldwide (including the NH State Library) for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand.
The book that received most nominations this year is Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, chosen by 15 libraries in Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Sweden and the USA. The 2018 shortlist will be published in April 2018 and the Lord Mayor of Dublin will announce the winner on 13th June. 

11/6/17

Book of the Week (11/6/2017)

The Contrarian Voice: And Other Poems by Ernest Hebert (Peterborough, NH: Bauhan Pub, 2017).
In this new collection of poetry, award-winning author Ernest Hebert writes of the trials, tribulations, and worsening plight of the working man, memorializing the “dirty-face people” who “put down the asphalt for the highways, stoked the foundry fires, built the rockets, and packed the computer chips. . . .”
NH Author Ernest Hebert will be visiting Gibson's Bookstore on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:30pm.

10/30/17

Book of the Week (10/30/2017)

Ghost Stories From the Elm City by Kitty Mervine (N.H.? : K. Mervine, 2017).

With Halloween only a day away, it seemed fitting to post about a collection of local ghost stories by one of our talented Granite State authors. Kitty Mervine, author of both children's and adult books, offers a glimpse into the supernatural world of Keene, NH with her new book! The stories within "Ghost Stories From the Elm City" are accompanied by amazing illustrations by NH artist Noah Whippie that only add to the spookiness.
["Ghost Stories From the Elm City"] offers a peek at Keene, New Hampshire's paranormal history, featuring a ghostly cat, a zombie in search of a heart, and a skeleton driving way too fast! --Amazon.com