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And on the subject of Writers' Week 2016

on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 17:32

 

This week, Gov. Maggie Hassan made it official with a proclamation; Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 is the Granite State's third annual Writers’ Week. The centerpiece is Nov. 3’s New Hampshire Literary Awards, a biennial event curated by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP), but there are plenty of activities during the rest of the week.

On Monday, Oct. 31,  via the social-media network Twitter, the NHWP will host a horror nanofiction contest. Writers who enter, via a single Tweet with the hashtag #NHWrites, that day will be entered into a drawing for a prize package from Spotlight Publicity

Spooky Stories to Read for Halloween

on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 17:15

On Halloween, I love to sift through my bookshelf to find stories that terrify me and make going to sleep nearly impossible. I convince myself afterward that what is likely the sound of some ancient monster crawling around beneath my bed is just the house “settling.” I don’t know how often a house actually “settles,” but it’s a better option than imagining a Scary Thing that probably lives off of human blood.

Although I do love reading about monsters and other creepy creatures, I also enjoy reading stories that induce paranoia, uncertainty, and fear.

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 19:49

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and friend
The Board of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project has selected Elizabeth Marshall Thomas as the recipient of the 12th New Hampshire Literary Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Thomas is one of the most widely read American anthropologists, a novelist, and a woman who has observed and written about dogs, cats, and elephants during her long career.  When she is not travelling the globe she lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Among her many books are The Hidden Life of Dogs, Reindeer Moon, The Social Lives of Dogs, The Harmless People, The Hidden Life of Deer, and Dreaming of Lions.

Ms.

Contemporary Writing for the Contemporary Mind

on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 18:22

Have you ever wondered what novelists do today that is different than what they did in the past? In order to answer this question, we must ask another question. What realities do we face today that we were not necessarily facing as much in the past (and then putting into writing)?

We live in a world plagued by worries over the past and the future without any concern for the present.

The Literary Chic : 5 Most Stylish Writers in History

on Fri, 10/14/2016 - 16:42

                Although most of us know better than to judge a book by its cover, it is fascinating to observe the way people dress and ponder what influences their fashion decisions. For a writer, there are numerous factors that come into play. Some writers are concerned with comfort rather than trend, however, there are others whose style of dress is just as influential and spectacular as their literary talents.

I have compiled a list of five writers and their contributions to not only the literary world, but the world of fashion.

Oscar Wilde

“One’s style is one’s signature,” Wilde once

Identity, Anonymity, and Authorship

on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 00:03

Elena Ferrante, an acclaimed pseudonymous Italian author, unwillingly had her identity revealed in a recent article that was published by The New York Review of Books, along with various news outlets in Italy, Germany, and France. Claudio Gatti, an Italian journalist who reported these discoveries, found “an answer” by uncovering Ferrante’s private real estate and financial records. These findings caused angry readers to wonder if the question of her identity ever truly warranted an investigation.

Book Review : The Island of Beyond

on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 19:56

Last winter, I had the pleasure of reading Elizabeth Atkinson’s heartwarming story, The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball. The middle-grade author has released her newest title, The Island of Beyond, a charming story of adventure, friendship and so much more.

Eleven-year old Martin is perfectly content spending his summer playing video games or perfecting his toy soldier town of Martinville. But his father has other ideas. He believes that Martin should be “more of a boy.” Go on adventures, explore the great outdoors, and most importantly, try new things. 

Which is exactly why his parents have

Readers' Choice Voting is Open!

on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 19:37

The New Hampshire Writers' Project, in partnership with the Center for the Book at the NH State Library, invites readers to vote for their choice among the titles nominated for the 12th New Hampshire Literary Awards.

Vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHLitAwdRC2016 before midnight on September 30, 2016.

The Readers' Choice winners will be announced at the New Hampshire Literary Awards event on November 3, 2016.

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McLeod was 'amazing storyteller,' champion of the arts

on Tue, 07/19/2016 - 17:26

On July 18, 2016 New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources Commissioner Van McLeod passed away at Concord Hospital. First confirmed as commissioner in 1992 he was, as he would say, “the longest-serving commissioner in captivity.” More important than his long tenure though, was his deep commitment to the arts in our state.

Van McLeod was a tireless champion for art and culture in all forms.


Next Hatbox Readings: May 14, 2017 6pm

This event will be 6-8:00pm on May 14 in the Hatbox Theatre in the Steeplegate Mall complex (270 Loudon Rd, Concord, New Hampshire) [map and directions]. There will be three readings.

 

RUBEN’S WEB by Julie Schappals

Ruben’s Web is a historical fiction set on the New Hampshire frontier at the height of the French and Indian War.  Philip Moore, an illegitimate blacksmith who moonlights in his uncle’s smuggling and counterfeiting ring is blackmailed by ruthless French spy, Ruben Gates.

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