Congratulations to the 2016 NH LAL Semi-finalists!

  • Molly Beaupré, Meriden
  • Sarah Savannah Carberry, Somersworth
  • Jordan Cassily, Brookline
  • Kaitlyn Grant, Somersworth
  • Jade Gregg, Milford
  • Lily Krause, North Haverhill
  • Samuel Lappin, Meriden
  • Ashly N. Lavery, Somersworth
  • Belle Leonard, South Hampton
  • Stephanie Lo, Somersworth
  • Andrew Mahoney, South Hampton
  • Jack McGarrahan, Hampstead
  • Ella Murray, Atkinson
  • Julia Noel, Milford
  • Jahnavi Palarapu, Nashua
  • Anthony Perriello, Meriden
  • Liliana Pistor, Brookline
  • Britney Sayegh, Nashua
  • Susanna Serrano, Durham
  • Darby Simmons, Atkinson
  • Emily Sullivan, Milford
  • Elizabeth Woidyla, Hampstead
  • Leah Zamansky, Durham
Please note that in addition to the students listed here, there were 2 more students honored as semi-finalists who had not given us permission to announce their names as of today. New Hampshire's winning letters will be selected from these semi-finalist letters and announced the first week of May. The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library will award $100 to each first place winner. State winners will advance to the national Letters About Literature competition.  If you want to get the latest LAL news, you can subscribe to LAL news email feed at the NH Letters About Literature page.


NH Authors Database Better Than Ever!

This morning we launched the new interface to our NH Authors Database. There are now more searching options (name, place, awards, and genre) and the advanced search option gives you the ability to craft your own search for whatever you need:

Check it out! If you don't find your favorite NH author you can complete the NH Authors Form to get them added.


Poetry at Frost Farm in 2016

DERRY, NH, April 18, 2016 – The Robert Frost Farm offers exceptional opportunities to poetry lovers and learners during its 2016 season. 
The Hyla Brook Reading Series, now in its 8th season, kicks off on Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm with poet Anton YakovlevOriginally from Moscow, Russia, Yakovlev lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey and works as a college textbook editor. He studied filmmaking and poetry at Harvard University. His work is published or forthcoming in The New YorkerFulcrum, American Arts QuarterlyMeasureThe Raintown ReviewThe New Verse News and elsewhere. He is the author of two chapbooks. 
Additionally, Chester resident and Hyla Brook Poet Midge Goldberg will read from her new collection, Snowman’s Code, winner of the 2015 Richard Wilbur Award, and other work. 
The event launches this year's series of nationally acclaimed poets reading in the intimate setting of Robert Frost’s barn. The season also features appearances by Timothy Steele (June 17), New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel (July 14), Melissa Balmain (Aug. 11), and Johnny Longfellow (Sept. 8). 
The series, held in the Frost Farm located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28), is free and open to the public. An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work. 
The June reading highlights the winner of the Annual Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry, and is the kick off event for the 2nd Annual Frost Farm Poetry Conference on June 17-19, 2016. 
Founded in 2015, the conference provides two days of intense instruction by award-wining poets Timothy Steele, Midge Goldberg, A.M. Juster, Deborah Warren, and Alfred Nicol. The instructors will immerse participants in the art and craft of formal poetry writing, valuable skills for both free verse poets and formalists. Through generous support, this special weekend has been modestly priced for all participants. 
Starting in May, the Hyla Brook Poets’ monthly writing workshop will meet on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at its summer home at the Frost Farm. 
About Frost Farm Poetry
Frost Farm Poetry’s mission is to support the writing and reading of poetry, especially metrical poetry. The Hyla Brook Poets started in 2008 as a monthly poetry workshop. In March 2009, the monthly Hyla Brook Reading Series launched with readings by emerging poets as well as luminaries such as Maxine Kumin, Sharon Olds and Richard Blanco. From there, the Frost Farm Poetry Prize for metrical poetry was introduced in 2010, with the Frost Farm Conference beginning in 2015. 
For further information, email hylabrookpoets@gmail.com, or visit www.frostfarmpoetry.org 


2016 Dublin Shortlist

Ten novels have been shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award, proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Public Libraries. The list includes four novels in translation from Brazil, France, Germany and Spain, Academy Street by Irish author Mary Costello, and novels from India, Jamaica and the USA.

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. The award was launched in April 1995. The New Hampshire State Library has been a nominating agency, through the NH Dublin Committee, since 1999.

2016 Shortlisted Titles: 

  • Outlaws by Javier Cercas (Spanish) translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
  • Academy Street by Mary Costello (Irish) First Novel
  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers  (American)
  • The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (German) Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaican)
  • Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub (Brazilian) Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
  • Our Lady of the Nile  by Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwandan) First Novel. Translated from French by Melanie Mauthner
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (American)
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (American)
  • Family Life  by Akhil Sharma (Indian-American)


Shakespeare at the Currier

An original collection of William Shakespeare's greatest plays will be on view at the Currier Museum in Manchester April 9 through May 1 in First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. The exhibition brings one of the remaining copies of this important historic publication to the Currier as its exclusive New Hampshire and Boston-area venue.

Stop by today to view the Library focus exhibition, Shakespeare's Potions. Explore some of the 16th and 17th century original texts Shakespeare may have used as sources for his recipes and references. Herbals-collected works of plants with medicinal properties-often included beautiful woodcut illustrations. View some of these books from the Library's rare book collection alongside film stills and movie memorabilia.

There are also Shakespeare Events: 
Shakespeare Family Day, April 9 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
ARTalk: First Folio, April 10 from 2 p.m. -  3 p.m.
First Folio: Late Night, April 21 from 6-9 p.m.