Book of the Week (9/18/2017)

Cog Days: A Boy's Life and One Tragic Summer on Mt. Washington by Joe McQuaid (Concord, NH : Plaidswede Publishing, 2017).

Granite State's own Joe McQuaid delivers both an intriguing memoir of his teenage years, as well as an important part of New Hampshire history in "Cog Days".
Joe McQuaid, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News, grew up in the newspaper business. But his teenage years were spent high up in the White Mountains, working on the world-famous Mt. Washington Cog Railway for the Teague family. In this memoir, McQuaid writes with humor and wistfulness of a wonderful era that time and circumstance have all but erased, and of Colonel Arthur S. Teague, whose recongnition as one of America's outstanding World War II heroes is long overdue.
Cog Days is also the story of one terrible summer that claimed the lives of Colonel Teague and a daughter, and ended with the worst accident in the Cog's storied and colorful 150 years of operation. --Publisher's blurb.
Join Joe at one of these events celebrating his new book:

Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 am with the Sandwich Historical Society at Quimby Park at the Transportation Museum.

Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 pm at the Conway Public Library

Saturday, Oct. 7 at 4 pm at Gibson's Bookstore


3rd Annual NH Poetry Festival is Sept. 23, 2017

Pulitzer Prize Winner Gregory Pardlo Headline Reader 

MANCHESTER, NH, August 15, 2017 – This fall, the Granite State celebrates its strong poetry tradition with the 3rd 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 23, 2017 at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. 
“The New Hampshire Poetry Fest has quickly become an annual tradition in celebration of poetry in New Hampshire and beyond,” said Jennifer Militello, Festival director. “We are gratified by the festival's rate of growth and continued enthusiasm of participants.                                                                             
The conference features readings, panels, and workshops by some of the country’s best-known poets. Highlights include: 
  • Headliner reading by Pulitzer Prize Winner Gregory Pardlo.
  • Workshops by award-winning poets Oliver de la Paz, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Michael Dumanis, and Elizabeth Powell.
  • Readings from diverse poets from around New England and the world.
  • Panel discussions on topics including Writing Through Collaboration and Technologies; Poetry of Witness; Alternative Facts and Poetic License; An Introduction to the Epic; Obsession and Poetic Forms, 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; Poets Laureate; 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. 
For more information or to register, please visit:  www.poetrysocietyofnewhampshire.org/fest/ 
or find us on Facebook (facebook.com/nhpoetryfest
or Twitter (@NHPoetryFest).


Ladybug Nominee Profile

Albert had an amazing time on his trip to Maine, but everyone sees "amazing" a bit differently. This fun picture book from New Hampshire's own Marty Kelley was a nominee for the 12th NH Literary Awards and was chosen as the 2016 Readers' Choice winner for Children's and YA Literature. Intrigued? Check out the trailer. When you visit the page with the trailer be sure not to click on the button that tells you not to click on it --dog poop is involved. 

This is Mr. Kelley's second Ladybug nomination: Winter Woes was nominated in 2005.  

This is one of the ten titles nominated for the 2017 Ladybug Picture Book Award.


Book of the Week (9/11/2017)

Marred by Sue Coletta (Tirgearr Publishing, 2015).

Crime writer Sue Coletta's first book of the Grafton County series, set locally in New Hampshire, is a suspenseful thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat!
When a serial killer breaks into the home of bestselling author, Sage Quintano, she barely escapes with her life. Her husband, Niko, a homicide detective, insists they move to rural New Hampshire, where he accepts a position as Grafton County Sheriff. Sage buries secrets from that night, secrets she swears to take to her deathbed. Three years of anguish and painful memories pass, and a grisly murder case lands on Niko’s desk. A strange caller torments Sage. She can’t outrun the past. When Sage’s twin sister suddenly goes missing, Sage searches Niko’s case files and discovers similarities to the Boston killer. A sadistic psychopath is preying on innocent women, marring their bodies in unspeakable ways. And now, he has her sister. Cryptic clues. Hidden messages. Is the killer hinting at his identity? Or is he trying to lure Sage into a deadly trap to end his reign of terror with a matching set of corpses? -- Publisher's blurb.


Ladybug Nominee Profile

It isn't always easy to do the right thing, and this brightly illustrated book follows a young man who really wants a new bike as he struggles with a moral dilemma. The story is by Maribeth Boelts and the illustrations are by Noah Z. Jones. There is a teacher's guide available from the publisher.

This is one of the ten titles nominated for the 2017 Ladybug Picture Book Award.