NaNoWriMo: Pelham Public Library

Today's NaNoWriMo guest post was written by Rebecca Crockett, Adult Services, Pelham Public Library.

Pelham Library supports National Novel Writing Month this November
PelhamPublic Library is hosting a month-long celebration of National Novel Writing Month, known to those in the trade as NaNoWriMo. For veterans and newcomers alike, this is an exciting time for writers looking to translate all of the amazing ideas in their heads to words on the page. The goal, ostensibly, is for writers to pen 50,000 words – the average number of words in a novel – within the 30 days of November. Some may aim higher, some lower, what matters is working toward and meeting your goals as a writer.

The library will be holding a series of programs, including a kick-off event, evening “write-ins,” and a wrap party to celebrate writers’ achievements. Many Wrimos won’t write anywhere near 50,000 words – and that’s OK. What we’re looking to do more than anything is create an encouraging space where writers can come together and feed off the creative energies of other writers, forge connections and keep their dedication to the written word going strong.

Where do public libraries come in?
The link between libraries and literacy has always been substantial, and even now when more focus is placed on emerging technologies, public librarians are still committed to doing our part to ensure that promoting literacy remains an important part of public service. This means supporting not only readers, but writers too!

Despite the so-called shrinking of the publishing world, more books are being published than ever before. Writers also have more options: they can take the traditional publishing route or strike it on their own as an independent author. With more people using smartphones, tablets and eReaders to devour their media, these authors now have more opportunities than ever to get their works out to the public.

Whether a writer is looking to publish or not, they still need a time and a place to get their words out, and this is exactly what Pelham Library is hoping to provide – by offering a little encouragement and a setting filled with kindred spirits working to keep each other motivated!

NaNoWriMo Events at the Pelham Library
The Pelham Public Library’s schedule of events is as follows:

NaNoWriMo Kick-Off  (Sat Nov 1, 12-2pm) Writers can come, meet and mingle, share their ideas or works in progress and take the opportunity to begin their first words toward their NaNoWriMo 2014 goal.

NaNo Nights (Thurs Nov 6, 13 & 20, 6-8pm) The library will offer writing prompts and the opportunity for writers to “Read Out!” sections of their work. Writers can also simply come and be with other writers while they work toward their word-count goals. (No meeting on Thanksgiving.)

 “TGIO!” Wrap Party (Saturday December 6, 12-2 pm) “TGIO” stands for ‘thank goodness it’s over’ – which is exactly how writers will feel after a month-long writing blitz (along with an enormous sense of satisfaction, of course!). Writers can share successes, commiserate over setbacks, and generally celebrate the massive achievement of “surviving NaNoWriMo.” It is set to correspond with the final day of New Hampshire Writers Week (Nov 30 – Dec 6).

For more information, please contact Rebecca Crockett, Adult Services: rcrockett@pelhamweb.com. To find out more about different “write-ins” in your area, click here.

 If your library is supporting NaNoWriMo this year please leave a comment letting us know about your plans!


Book of the Week #44

With Halloween this Friday what could be more appropriate for this week's book than a ghost story?
How about a ghost story by NH's own Joe Hill? How about one that you can get a signed copy of through the Upstream project at Water Street Bookstore?

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2008)
"Imogene is young, beautiful . . . and dead, waiting in the Rosebud Theater one afternoon in 1945. . . 
Francis was human once, but now he's an eight-foot-tall locust, and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .
John is locked in a basement stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children, and an antique telephone, long since disconnected, rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .
Nolan knows but can never tell what really happened in the summer of '77, when his idiot savant younger brother built a vast cardboard fort with secret doors leading into other worlds. . . .
The past isn't dead. It isn't even past. . . ." --publisher's blurb


November is NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NoNoWriMo) was established in 1999 and is a nonprofit organization that believes stories matter. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. Want to join in? Signing up is easy (and free). If you want to support the nonprofit that runs the project check out the Donation Station and Store.

Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. See a full list of NaNoWriMo published authors.

Each year, authors offer encouraging pep talks to participants. The 2014 author mentors are Veronica Roth, Tamora Pierce, Brandon Sanderson, Chuck Wendig, Kami Garcia, and Jim Butcher.

During NaNoWriMo 2013: 
  • 310,095 participants started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
  • 651 volunteer Municipal Liaisons guided 595 regions on six continents.
  • 89,500 students and educators created worlds through the Young Writers Program.
  • 650 libraries opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
During November 2014 Book Notes will publish a series of posts featuring New Hampshire participants in this international creative writing event. Look for new posts in the series on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Note: Image Courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.


Book of the Week #43

The Boat of Quiet Hours: Poems by Jane Kenyon (St. Paul, Minn.: Graywolf Press, 1986).

One of the poems from this volume, Kenyon's second of her own poems, was featured recently on The Writers' Almanac recently: "Coming Home at Twilight in Late Summer."  It captures the time and place perfectly.

 Jane Kenyon was a New Hamphire poet in whose honor, along with her husband Donald Hall, the Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry is given annually. This year's recipient is Sharon Olds who will give a reading in Concord, NH on October 30 at 7pm when she accepts the award.


B. A. Shapiro in Nashua

B. A. Shapiro

B. A. Shapiro, author of the 2014 Nashua Reads book, The Art Forger, will appear at the Nashua Public Library on Friday, October 24, at 7 pm. 
She will be interviewed by Lisa Allen, vice president of the Friends of the Library; answer audience questions; and then do a book signing. 

Tickets are $10 and are available either at the Nashua Public Library circulation desk or online at www.mktix.com/npl.