Purpose: To enable New Hampshire high school and college students to share their stories and ideas about critical contemporary issues in order promote civil discourse through the transformative power of the written word.
Procedure: Students are invited to submit an essay of up to 500 words to their school liaison, a designated teacher or administrator at their school, in response to a specific question.
There is a lot of hype surrounding New Hampshire debut novelist, Pratima Cranse and her new book, All the Major Constellations. Publishers Weekly wrote “Cranse’s compassionate debut astutely conveys the joys, heartaches, and angst of coming-of-age”. Like many other young adult fiction books, the story explores the themes of self-discovery and friendship. So what exactly makes this book any different than other books in its genre?
Perhaps it is the point of view that seventeen- year-old Andrew has to offer.
Debut New Hampshire author Pratima Cranse took a few minutes recently to talk about her first novel, All the Major Constellations, and offered some insight as to how her past has acted as her muse.
Cranse, a New England native, was born and raised in Vermont. She now lives in southern New Hampshire, after earning her MFA in fiction writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She said she draws much of her inspiration from her parents. “My father is also a writer and, just as important, he’s a really great reader,” Cranse said.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity of interviewing bestselling author, Elizabeth Atkinson. (Check it out here.) After our interview, she even sent me a copy of her newest middle-grade novel, The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball. I am delighted to share my thoughts about this great winter read with you!
The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball tells the humorous, relevant, and heartwarming story of two best friends, Ruby La Rue and Eleanor Bandaranaike as they try to reach their dreams in the small ski town of Paris, New
As you begin to approach that forever present holiday season, it’s time again for the Genre Spotlight to fall upon a seemingly underappreciated genre. This month brings us closer to the roots of childhood with everyone’s nostalgic favorite: fairytales.
Once upon a time. Fairytales extend way into the past, expressing many morals and hidden truths about the world of our ancestors. Most tales come from oral folklore passed on throughout generations.
Elizabeth Atkinson discusses writing for middle grade readers, inspiration, and travel
By Lisa Allard
Middle grade author Elizabeth Atkinson recently released her newest book, The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball, a relevant story that explores cross-cultural sensitivities and differences. It tells the story of two girls, Ruby and Eleanor, who couldn’t be more different. Ruby has always lived in Paris, New Hampshire and Eleanor ‘s family is from Sri Lanka. But what these girls share is an irreplaceable friendship and a strong desire to reach their dreams.
Last week people across New Hampshire and throughout the United States sat down to gorge themselves of endless amounts of turkey. The leftovers of this legendary meal are still making their way into sandwiches today. The holiday of Thanksgiving has shifted definition to become a period of time before insane shopping rushes. Yet, those who gathered around family and gave the thanks the day was intended for, were still debating on watching the parade, football, or the dreams of a peaceful nap.
Around Thanksgiving, we are reminded to be thankful for the things in our lives that matter the most –our loved ones, a roof over our heads, and food in our bellies. Well, writing matters too. So, this year, let’s show our gratitude for being a writer! Here is a list of six things you should be thankful for.
1. The Privilege of Writing
If you are lucky enough to have a career in writing, you are able to do something you love every day. For the rest of us, writing is an amazing stress reliever and a great way to remove ourselves from the world for at least a little while.
Richard Adams Carey, past NHWP president and author of “In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town,” took a moment out of his busy book-promoting schedule to share insight into his past and how his unanticipated move to New Hampshire led him to write one of the most shocking murder documentaries yet.
Carey, now of Sandwich, grew up in suburbs of Harford, Conn. and enjoyed the great outdoors from an early age.
“I basically spent my childhood out in the woods or playing games of baseball or touch football,” Carey said.