Book of the Week (3/19/2018)

Write All About It! Gene Sherman : the Making of Los Angeles Times Pulitzer Prize Reporter by Steve Sherman (Hancock, NH : Appledore Books, 2017).

Local author Steve Sherman tells the story of his father's amazing journalism career in "Write All About It".
"Some of us are born straight into the bloom of life. Some know who they are and what they want from the starting block go. Gene Sherman was one of these and this is the story of his inexhaustible passion for journalism, newspaper and ink. Adventuresome and immensely talented, he worked his thirty years with the Los Angeles Times from cub reporter to Pulitzer Prize winner, crime reporter to international roving newsman, war correspondent, atom-bomb watcher, Cityside columnist, submarine-rider, Arctic Ocean fact-finder, Op-Ed page analyst, television host, radio commentator, Los Angeles Times London bureau chief. This dual memoir by Steve Sherman weaves together his father's meteoric career with his own inherited genes for the written word. These are the tales of ace reporter Gene Sherman when the tireless pursuit of the true reigned supreme and fiery newspaper men and women invented the 20th century" --Back cover.


2018 Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominees

The Ladybug Picture Book Award committee has chosen the nominees for the 2018 Ladybug Picture Book Award.

New Hampshire children, from preschool to third grade, will select the winning picture book when they vote in November 2018. The deadline for sending in votes will be Friday, December 7, 2018 at 4:30pm. Voting materials will be posted on the Ladybug web page in July.

If you want to get ahead of the crowd you can go ahead and order your Ladybug Stickers anytime.

The 2018 nominees for the Ladybug Picture Book Award are:


NH’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud Champion named

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts announces that Alana Hoskins from Souhegan High School is the winner of New Hampshire’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud High School Championship, which took place at the State House’s Representatives Hall on March 9. Eleni Spiliotes from Holderness School was selected as alternate champion.

As state champion, Hoskins receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national championship. Her high school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Spiliotes will receive $100, with $200 for her school library.

Should Hoskins be unable to attend, Spiliotes will represent New Hampshire at the event.

A national program organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and led in New Hampshire by the N.H. State Council on the Arts, Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn great poetry through memorization and recitation, helping them master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Students, educators and parents consistently report that being identified as a talented presenter of great poetry is an experience that changes lives.

In New Hampshire, approximately 9,000 students from 44 high schools take part in the program each year; there is no cost to compete and all materials are provided to enrolled schools. A map of schools that participated in the 2018 program is available from the Poetry Out Loud section of the NHSCA’s website, nh.gov/nharts.

New Hampshire’s Poetry Out Loud supporters include the Putnam Foundation – a donor-advised fund of the N.H. Charitable Foundation – and the New Hampshire Writers Project. Other partners include New Hampshire Public Radio, the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, Slam Free or Die, the Frost Place, Granite State Ambassadors and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.

To learn more about 2018 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud or to find out how schools can be involved in future competitions, visit
nh.gov/nharts and click on the Poetry Out Loud button. For additional information, contact Julianne Gadoury, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at 603-271-0791, julianne.gadoury@dncr.nh.gov.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding for programs is provided through state appropriations, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at nh.gov/nharts.


Book of the Week (3/12/2018)

Nature, Light and Peace - in Poems and Photos by Beverly West Schmidt, Photos by Richard J. Schmidt (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017).

When I saw the cover of this book I immediately yearned for Spring. After this long New Hampshire winter, we could use some butterflies and flowers in our lives! Beverly's poems and Richard's photographs capture the beauty of New Hampshire's wildlife and their love of nature.

Join Beverly and Richard as they read and discuss their book Nature, Light and Peace at the Toadstool Bookshop in Keene on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11:00 am.


Book of the Week (3/5/2018)

2018 marks one-hundred years since the first publication of My Antonia by Willa Cather (Houghton Mifflin, 1918). Raised in Red Cloud, Nebraska Willa Cather was dubbed "Nebraska's foremost citizen" by Sinclair Lewis. Cather lived much of her life in New York City, but she spent time regularly in New Hampshire and was buried there, at the Old Burying Ground, Jaffrey Center,  when she died in April 1947. Beginning in the summer of 1917 she was staying at the Shattuck Inn in Jaffrey and spending her mornings writing in a tent pitched in a nearby field. You can learn more about this period in Cather's life in the Spring 2009 issue of Book Notes (p. 9).
“It was the high season for summer flowers. The pink bee-bush stood tall along the sandy roadsides, and the cone-flowers and rose mallow grew everywhere. Across the wire fence, in the long grass, I saw a clump of flaming orange-coloured milkweed,  rare  in  that  part  of  the  state.  I  left  the  road  and went  around  through  a  stretch  of  pasture  that  was  always cropped short in summer, where the gaillardia came up year after year and matted over the ground with the deep, velvety red that is in Bokhara carpets. The country was empty and solitary except for the larks that Sunday morning, and it seemed to lift itself up to me and to come very close." (My Antonia)