Daily Poetry

Photograph by Felicia Martin
Tomorrow is the first day of National Poetry Month.

It seemed to us that the world could use more poetry just now so we will be posting a link to a poem by a different New Hampshire poet each day during April.

If you would like to link this daily celebration of Granite State poetry on your own website the link to use is http://nhbookcenter.blogspot.com/search/label/npm20

Each day's post will also include a photo by Felicia Martin, NHSL Acquisitions Librarian, and a regular contributor to this blog.


Book of the Week (3/30/2020)

One Track Mind by Mark Okrant (Concord, NH: Plaidswede Publishing, 2019).
First of the six Commissioner Katy Turnell Mysteries, this novella features Katy and his new task force investigating a murder that begins at the base station of New Hampshire's famous cog railway and its auto road, then proceeds to the summit of Mount Washington, before the action really ignites in a North County motel room. -- Publisher's blurb.
About the author: Mark Okrant is an author and professor emeritus of tourism management at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. He has conducted tourism research in New Hampshire, Maine, South Dakota, Alaska, Canada, Romania, and Puerto Rico, and is past president of a leading global organization for tourism researchers, the Travel and Tourism Research Association. Mark has been a guest contributor for El Coqui, a tourism magazine in western Puerto Rico, and provided a bi-weekly NH Travel Guru column for InDepthNH.org. Presently, he writes a weekly column for The Laker (thelaker.com).


Ladybug Nominees 2020

The Ladybug Picture Book Award committee has chosen the nominees for the 2020 Ladybug Picture Book Award.
New Hampshire children, from preschool to third grade, will select the winning picture book when they vote in November 2020. The deadline for sending in votes will be Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:30pm. Voting materials will be posted on the Ladybug web page by the end of July.

The 2020 nominees for the Ladybug Picture Book Award are:


Book of the Week (3/23/2020)

The Vanishing Sky bL. Annette Binder (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020).
"In 1945, as the war in Germany nears its violent end, the Huber family is not yet free of its dangers or its insidious demands. Etta, a mother from a small, rural town, has two sons serving their home country: her elder, Max, on the Eastern front, and her younger, Georg, at a school for Hitler Youth. When Max returns from the front, Etta quickly realizes that something is not right-he is thin, almost ghostly, and behaving very strangely. Etta strives to protect him from the Nazi rule, even as her husband, Josef, becomes more nationalistic and impervious to Max's condition. Meanwhile, miles away, her younger son Georg has taken his fate into his own hands, deserting his young class of battle-bound soldiers to set off on a long and perilous journey home.

The Vanishing Sky is a World War II novel as seen through a German lens, a story of the irreparable damage of war on the home front, and one family's participation-involuntary, unseen, or direct-in a dangerous regime. Drawing inspiration from her own father's time in the Hitler Youth, L. Annette Binder has crafted a spellbinding novel about the daring choices we make for country and for family.
" --Publisher's blurb
About the author: L. Annette Binder was born in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. as a small child. Her short fiction collection Rise received the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. She lives in New Hampshire.


Book of the Week (3/16/2020)

The Bear by Andrew Krivak (Bellevue Literary Press, 2020).
In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a “mountain that stands alone” (Mt Monadnock!). They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen. -- Publisher's blurb.
Join NH Author Andrew Krivak for a discussion of his new novel that take place near Mt Monadnock at The Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, NH on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 11 am.