Book of the Week (8/22/2016)

A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice: a True Story by Karen Beaudin (Mustang, Oklahoma : Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2016.)
"A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice is the result of six years of research and interviews done by Karen Beaudin, sister of murdered victim Kathy Lynn Gloddy. Brutally beaten, raped, strangled, and run over by a vehicle, Kathy was left naked in the woods three miles from her home on November 21, 1971. Still searching for answers, Karen attempts to gather information about Kathy's murder from law enforcement, forensics and medical professionals, and classmates. Karen, driven by truth and justice, researched medical terms, people, places, and dates, looking for answers. A child is missing: searching for justice is a heartfelt and insightful look into the long reaching effects of a major loss to a family. What this book shows us is that although the police's investigation may have come to an end the families does not. Without finding out the truth and bringing closure to the incident it can tear a family apart. This book sees the family take steps forward consulting forensic and investigative experts to give them an insight to new evidence and re-examine evidence that may have been overlooked through the original investigation. Consulting with Karen on this book has been a perceptive experience that has re-enforced for me that there is a need for police departments to establish and invest in cold case investigative teams. This book should leave the reader and anyone involved in the criminal justice process with one clear thought --- 'The investigation only ends when the truth is revealed'. (Harry J. Smy, Course Lead and Lecturer: Forensic Science, City of Westminster College, London)"--Back cover
Karen Beaudin will be at Gibson's Bookstore at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26th, 2016 for a book signing, and to talk about "A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice".
Karen Beaudin will be at The Franklin Public Library at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 for a book signing, and to talk about "A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice".


2nd Annual NH Poetry Festival -- September 24

MANCHESTER, NH, August 16, 2016 – This fall, the Granite State celebrates its strong poetry tradition with the 2nd Annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival. Organized by two leading literary organizations, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire and The New Hampshire Institute of Art, the event takes place Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.                                                                          
“Last year’s inaugural New Hampshire Poetry Festival exceeded expectations, bringing together poets and poetry lovers from around the world,” said Jennifer Militello, director, New Hampshire Poetry Festival. “With a thriving poetry community, New Hampshire is the ideal home for this literary event and we look forward another inspiring day on September 24, celebrating the reading and writing of poetry.” 
The conference features readings, panels, and workshops by some of the country’s best-known poets. Highlights include: 

  • Headliner reading by Former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Ellen Bryant Voigt.
  • Workshops by award-winning poets Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Wyn Cooper, Cate Marvin, and January Gill O'Neil.
  • Readings from diverse poets from around New England and the world.
  • Panel discussions on topics including a tribute to Maxine Kumin; translation; short poems and social media sharing; poetry and community; poetry and art collaborations; and more. 

Poetry has always been an essential part of New Hampshire’s rich literary culture. Five U.S. Poets Laureate hail from the state, and each year poets from across the state win awards, publish books, teach workshops, give readings, and share poetry with students of all ages. 
The NH Poetry Fest brings together a broad community including poets winning prestigious awards; Guggenheim, MacDowell Colony, Cave Canem and National Endowment of the Arts Fellows; former and current Poets Laureates; heads of literary organizations; professors; well-known editors, and students of poetry at multiple levels. 
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is an event supporter. Gibson’s Bookstore from Concord, NH, will sell speakers’ books onsite. Participants also have the opportunity to talk with exhibiting publishers and educators including Folded Word, Hobblebush Books, Tupelo Press, Zephyr Press, New Hampshire Institute of Art, The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College and New England College MFA Creative Writing Program. 
For more information or to register, please visit: www.poetrysocietyofnewhampshire.org/fest/ or find us on Facebook (facebook.com/nhpoetryfest) or Twitter (@NHPoetryFest).


Book of the Week (8/15/2016)

One-room Schoolhouses of New Hampshire: Primers, Penmanship & Potbelly Stoves by Bruce D. Heald (Charleston, SC: History Press, 2014.)

Driving through New Hampshire, I’ve seen many historical one-room school houses that sparked my curiosity. I’m so glad this book was written so that I could learn about some of these quaint historical school houses and the early history of NH education.
The quaint one-room schoolhouses dotting New Hampshire formed the backbone of the early Granite State education system. Education-minded communities began building these bare-bones schools in the late seventeenth century. In a modest log or clapboard structure, a single teacher faced the challenge of instructing students of all grades through farming seasons and the daily rigors of rural life. Often, these determined educators were limited to instructing students from whichever books pupils brought from home. Despite this, education was highly valued, and students trekked through the weather of all seasons and endured corporal discipline to become literate and learned. Author Bruce Heald explores the evolution of New Hampshire's one-room schoolhouses and shares the firsthand accounts and memories of former pupils.  --Back cover


The Return of Book-of-the-Week

You have probably noticed that our Book-of-the-Week, which has featured over 400 New Hampshire books since it began in 2007, has been absent from the blog this year. This was because while interesting books from New Hampshire authors continue to show up in my office (thank you for the donations!) new responsibilities have prevented me from having time to read through them and write posts about them.

Luckily, two fabulous librarians who work here at the NH State Library have volunteered to step in and write Book-of-the-Week so the Center for the Book can continue to share the many wonderful books written by granite state residents and about our state.

Rebecca Stockbridge is a Reference Librarian who moved here from Rhode Island and has a background in cultural anthropology. She is particularly interested in genealogy and local history and is a World War history buff. She is also interested in music and is married to a jazz guitarist.

Felicia Martin is an Acquisitions Librarian from Western Massachusetts who, as a toddler, lived on a 211-acre apple farm with one-hundred rabbits. She loves to create things and is interested in photography, gardening, and music. She is drawn to the stories of underdogs.

Felicia and Rebecca are both voracious readers and will be featuring a wide variety of books connected to New Hampshire in their Book-of-the-Week posts. I have added a signature to the end of all the posts on this blog so you will be able to tell who is writing each post. Book-of-the-Week will resume on Monday.


Readers' Choice Voting Going on Now

In partnership with the NH Writers' Project, the NH Center for the Book invites readers to vote for their choice among the titles nominated for the 12th New Hampshire Literary Awards.
Vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHLitAwdRC2016 before midnight on September 30, 2016. The Readers' Choice winners will be announced at the New Hampshire Literary Awards event on November 3, 2016.