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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To apply for this event, see below:
Readings at the Hatbox Theatre in Concord is a series NHWP began for its members in 2016. This is a semi-regular event where actors read entertaining selections from 'works in progress' by three NHWP authors, and the audience offers feedback, critique, and reactions.
This event will not only allow the author to "hear" some of their
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BRING A SIDE DISH OR DESSERT TO SHARE AND A GENTLY USED OR NEW BOOK FOR OUR BOOK GRAB BAG. SIT BACK WITH OLD FRIENDS, OR MAKE NEW ONES AS YOU SIP ON ICE TEA SWEETENED BY HONEY CREATED BY THE BACKYARD BEES OF 6 TAYLOR ST.