NH's Route 1 Read 2016

Route One Reads is a virtual reading trip along Route One. The Center for the Book in each state along Route One was asked to select a mystery novel for adult readers.

We conducted a poll of our blog readers, asking them to select from 6 great NH mysteries and the resounding choice was Blood on Hampton Beach by Jed Power.

Following Route 1 into downtown Portsmouth NH you will come to a a junction NH Route 1A which will lead you into the heart of Hampton Beach. Despite the high body count found in Jed Power's fictional version, Hampton Beach is a beautiful beach and well worth a visit.

A summer resident of Hampton Beach, NH author Jed Power’s latest installment in the Dan Marlowe series has Dan facing death from a cast of crooked beach dwellers as he investigates the murder of Hampton Beach’s premier property owner. A murder the police want to hang on him.


2017 Dublin Award Nominees

The NH Dublin Committee has selected its nominees for the 2017 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. These are fictional works of high literary merit published in English during 2015. After reading and discussing many excellent books, the committee selected these titles for nomination:

Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay by William Boyd
Brilliant. We loved the insertion of photographs, the juxtaposition of 1977 and the past, and the voice of Amory Clay.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff
It peels back the layers of a marriage from the perspective of each spouse, revealing that the glue holding their relationship together was made from their secrets as much as their truths. 

A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell
A darkly humorous multi-generational story about a 'cursed' family legacy that began in World War I.


Nominations Now Open for the 2016 NH Literary Awards

In recognition of the rich and varied literary talent in the Granite State, the New Hampshire Writers’ Project in partnership with the Center for the Book at the NH State Library will present the 12th New Hampshire Literary Awards on November 3, 2016 at a special reception and ceremony held at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. 

Books by New Hampshire natives, books by New Hampshire residents, and books that have New Hampshire as a prominent aspect of their content are eligible. Books published between June 1, 2013 and March 31, 2016 may be nominated by May 31, 2016 in the following categories:

• Outstanding Work of Fiction

• Outstanding Book of Poetry

• Outstanding Work of Nonfiction

• Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature

• Outstanding Young Adult Book

Additionally, The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library will present Readers’ Choice Awards for Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Children’s Literature, and Young Adult Book based on online voting to be held later this year. All titles nominated for the NH Literary Awards will be included in the Readers' Choice voting.

Nominations are encouraged and welcome from everyone, including writers, publishers, organizations, and the general public. Self-nominations are also welcome.

Details on how to submit a nomination, including the required nomination form, are at http://nhwritersproject.org/content/nh-literary-awards. Please note that there is a $50 fee (payable by check to NHWP) required for each nominated title to cover administration costs.

Nominations must be postmarked by May 31.


Congratulations to the 2016 NH LAL Winners!

Liliana Pistor, a sixth grader at Captain Samuel Douglass Academy (Brookline), wrote the 2016 Level I NH winning letter to R. J. Palacio

Anthony Perriello, an eighth grade student at Plainfield Elementary School (Meriden), wrote the letter that was selected as the 2016 Level II NH winning letter to Paul Volponi

Kaitlyn Grant , a senior at Somersworth High School and Career Technical Center, wrote the 2016 Level III NH winning letter to Neil Hilborn

A complete list of the 2016 NH semi-finalists is available on the Letters About Literature website. 


Choosing A Route 1 Reads Mystery

The east coast Centers for the Book are collaborating again this year on a Route 1 Reads project. The theme for 2016 is Mysteries. Please vote within the next 48 hours for your favorite from among the titles under consideration for the New Hampshire selection!

If you want to forward the link for voting to other NH readers it is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R1Rnh2016