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May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Rachel Lindsay

Rachel Lindsay: RX

Graphic novelist Rachel Lindsay as shares her memoir about the treatment of mental illness, treating mental illness as a commodity, and the often unavoidable choice between sanity and happiness.  A portion of the profits from book sales will be donated to the United Counseling Service.

This event will take place at the Manchester Community Library

Contact: The Northshire Bookstore

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Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

John Elder, Edward Gauvin, Elisabeth Jaquette and Claire Vaye Watkins (Bread Loaf Environmental and Translators' Conference)

John Elder: Picking Up the Flute

Edward Gauvin

Elisabeth Jaquette

Claire Vaye Watkins: Gold Fame Citrus

Lectures and readings are free and open to the public. Events are subject to change.
Call 443-5286 to confirm days and times.

This reading will take place in the Little Theater.

Contact: Bread Loaf

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Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

"Healing the Divide" with James Crews and Others

Join us as James Crews and other contributors present this new anthology of poems, Healing the Divide, which urges us, at this fraught political time, to move past the negativity that often fills the airwaves, and to embrace the ordinary moments of kindness and connection that fill our days. James will be accompanied at this reading by the following poets: Carol Cone, Alice Gilborn, Amy Fleury, David Axelrod, Todd Davis, Julia Shipley, and Michelle Wiegers.

Contact: Northshire Bookstore

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Jun
4
8:00 PM20:00

John Balcom, Jennifer Chang, Daniel Duane, and Helen MacDonald (Bread Loaf Environmental and Translators' Conference)

John Balcom

Jennifer Chang: Some Say the Lark

Daniel Duane: Lighting Out

Helen MacDonald: H is for Hawk

Lectures and readings are free and open to the public. Events are subject to change.
Call 802-443-5286 to confirm days and times.

Contact: Bread Loaf at Middlebury


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Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Ann Davila Cardinal

Ann Davila Cardinal: Five Midnights

Contact: Bear Pond Books

Please join Ann Dávila Cardinal in celebrating the release of her new novel, Five Midnights (Tor Teen, 2019). There will be Latin music, salsa dancing, and Puerto Rican appetizers from Café Anna at Vermont College of Fine Arts. There will be a short reading from the novel, and Bear Pond Books will be on hand with copies for sale.

Cash bar offering special El Cuco Mojitos.

This is a free, family-friendly event!

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Jun
14
5:00 PM17:00

Frost Farm Poetry Conference

From Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16, join a small community of people at the historic Robert Frost Farm learning, reading and writing formal poetry with contemporary award-winning poets in an intimate workshop environment. Choose your focus from a series of offerings designed to provide tools for beginning poets as well as perfect the mastery of published poets.

  • Conference registration includes:

  • A choice of one of five workshops on various aspects of metrical poetry, including a Master class

  • One-on-one meeting with your instructor, who will provide personalized input on your poems (submitted in advance)

  • Keynote speaker: Bruce Bennett

  • Poet in Residence, Rhina P. Espaillat, will be available for individual critiques throughout the conference

  • Saturday afternoon panel: TBD

  • Readings by Frost Farm Prize winner and award-winning conference instructors

  • Opportunity to read your work at the historic Frost Farm during our participant readings

  • Delicious Friday night Welcome Reception on Frost Farm grounds

  • Breakfast and lunch (Saturday and Sunday) and Saturday night dinner

  • Networking and encouragement in a convivial setting with other poetry lovers

Cost: $325

Registration: Register online. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact: The Frost Farm

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Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Jane Lindholm, Kit Norton, Maggie Cassidy (Strafford Town House Forum)

Jane Lindholm is the host for the Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition, producer and host of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids, and former director/producer of Marketplace. Kit Norton is a reporter for VTDigger, and he previously worked at public radio’s Living on Earth. Maggie Cassidy is the new editor of The Valley News daily newspaper; she had previously been a reporter and web editor for the paper.

Contact: Strafford Town House Forum

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Aug
18
5:30 PM17:30

Patrick Donnelly, Stephen Miller, and Michael Straus: Translators on Translating (Joan Hutton Landis Summer Reading Series)

Patrick Donnelly: Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin

Stephen Miller

Michael Straus

Readings will be followed by a moderated discussion with Steven Kleinberg. Doors open at 5:00 pm; the readings begin at 5:30 pm in the main gallery Refreshments will follow.

Contact: Big Town Gallery

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Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

Alexandra de Steiguer

Alexandra de Steiguer: Small Island, Big Picture: Winters of Solitude Teach an Artist to See

This event takes place in the third-floor Shaw Research Library.

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members

Reservations: Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call (603) 431-2538 ext 2 to reserve your seat.

Contact: Portsmouth Athenaeum

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May
20
12:00 PM12:00

Abi Maxwell Luncheon and Talk

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Luncheon and author talk with Abi Maxell, author of The Den.

This event will be held at Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Company.

Cost: $20, which includes luncheon, author talk and donation to North Conway Library. Purchase tickets by May 18, from the bookstore (603) 356-3200, or from the North Conway Library (603) 356-2961.

Contact: White Birch Books

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May
15
5:00 PM17:00

OSHER @Dartmouth Literary Night

You are cordially invited to join OSHER@Dartmouth members and Study Leaders as they read from their current work. Their writing encompasses both the personal and professional: lifetimes of rich and diverse experiences. We hope you can join us in this, our eleventh literary evening.

Participating authors:

Readings begin at 5:00 pm; reception begins at 6:00 pm

Cost: $10

Register: Register online

Contact: OSHER @Dartmouth

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Elayne Clift

Elayne Clift: Around the World in Fifty Years

Contact: Next Stage Arts

Next Stage Arts presents award-winning author Elayne Clift’s book launch event as part of its ongoing literary series, Next Stage Speaks hosted by Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord. Clift’s 13th book, Around the World in Fifty Years: Travel Tales of a Not So Innocent Abroad, is a collection of selected stories about her global travels, told in prose and poetry.

There is a suggested donation at the door of $10.

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May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Lunation Anthology Reading (Ferguson Reading Series)

The Ferguson Reading Series for May will feature readers from the Lunation Anthology, a poetry anthology featuring women poets from the Seacoast and beyond. It was published by the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program, directed by PPL Mike Nelson.

Featured readers:

  • Erine Leigh

  • Wendy Cannella

  • Jessica Purdy

  • Lauren Vermette

  • S Stephanie

  • Ali Marville

  • Trina Daigle

  • Nancy Jean Hill

  • Carand Burnet

  • Cleone Graham

  • Lesley Kimball

  • Katherine Towler

  • Priscilla Cookson

  • Mimi White

  • Rosemary Staples

Contact: Water Street Bookstore

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May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Janet Pocorobba

Janet Pocorobba: The Fourth String

Contact: The Galaxy Bookshop

Janet Pocorobba, author of The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sense and Me will be at The Galaxy Bookshop to read from her book, answer questions, and share the music of the three-string shamisen, an ancient and difficult to master Japanese instrument.

Free and open to the public.

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May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Walt Whitman's Birthday and Compost Awareness Week Celebration

Come celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (May 5 to 11) and the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth (May 31, 1819) with a reading of Whitman's post-Civil War poem, "This Compost," a celebration of the earth's redemptive power.

After the reading, Hanover photographer Evelyn R. Swett will guide us in two response activities. You can choose to create a written response to the poem, or to create a "Compost Collage" to mark the arrival of spring, with materials that will be provided. Evelyn will have some of her Compost Composition photographs on display as well.

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