New Hampshire is just bursting with literary events this week, thanks in part to the Concord Literary Festival taking place October 21-23 in the capital city. For all of the writers, poets, and readers out there, this is your weekend to take in as much of the arts as you can possibly handle. So check out all that’s being offered and plot your literary weekend!
October 21, 2010
Concord: The Concord Literary Festival, presented by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, will bring three days of performances, readings, Literary Flash, discussions, an outdoor market, and more to the streets of New Hampshire’s capital city (603-314-7980).
Concord: Gibson’s Bookstore will partner with the Women’s Fund of NH, as part of the Concord Literary Festival, to hold a brown-bag discussion of the novel Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristoff, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and Sheryl WuDunn. At 12 p.m., Gibson’s Bookstore (603-224-0562; [email protected]).
Concord: New Hampshire Technical Institute and the Capital Area Colleges will sponsor a luncheon with Firoozeh Dumas, author of two humorous short story collections, including Funny in Farsi. Tickets cost $25. At noon, Crocker Wellness Center, NHTI (603-314-7980; www.concordchamber.com).
Concord: The UNH School of Law and the Lawyers for the Arts/NH Business Committee for the Arts will co-sponsor a presentation, Legal Concerns of Authors, Writers, and Publishers, followed by a Q&A. From 2 to 4 p.m. in the Rich Room, University of NH Law School (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: Helvetica, a feature-length independent film about typography by Gary Hustvit, will be shown. The film will contain a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type, and the creative process. Tickets cost $8 for general public, $6 for Red River members. Tickets may be purchased online at www.redrivertheatres.org. At 5:30 p.m., Red River Theatres (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: As part of Concord Reads, author Firoozeh Dumas, known for his book Funny in Farsi, will give a presentation and sign books at 7 p.m., Concord High School Auditorium (603-314-7980; www.concordnhchamber.com).
Portsmouth: Kate Leigh, Mike Nelson, Dennis Camire, Michael Pallechia will read with the Larry Simon Ensemble followed buy an open mic, 7 p.m., Press Room, 77 Daniel Street, Portsmouth 603-431-5186.
Concord: Two-time National Poetry Slam Individual Finalist Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo will weave her poetry with a musical style while relating stories of self-empowerment, social responsibility, and peace. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets may be purchased online via www.ccanh.com. At 7:30 p.m., the Spotlight Café, The Capitol Center for the Arts (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Hampton: Mystery writer Brendan DuBois will speak about the use of history in fiction writing at the Hampton Historical Society’s annual meeting. At 7 p.m., Tuck Museum (Bill, 603-926-2813).
Milford: John Walters will read from and sign his book Roads Less Traveled: Visionary New England Lives at 7 p.m., Toadstool Bookshop (603-673-1734).
Pelham: Poetry Contest participants will read their work at 6 p.m., Pelham Public Library (603-635-7581).
Portsmouth: Acclaimed writer Geoffrey Wolff will talk about his book The Hard Way Around at 7 p.m., RiverRun Bookstore (603-431-2100).
Rochester: The Rochester Opera House will present a stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Tickets cost $20 and $22. Show begins at 8 p.m. (603-335-1992).
October 22, 2010
Concord: John Walters, winner of the 2009 Donald M. Murray Outstanding Journalism Award from NHWP, will read from his book Roads Less Traveled: Visionary New England Lives. At noon, Gibson’s Bookstore (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: Authors published in a recent anthology of horror stories, Live Free or Undead by editor Rick Broussard, will read. From 5 to 7 p.m., The Barley House (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: Leslie Dunton-Downer discusses The English is Coming, 6 p.m., Borders, 76 Fort Eddy Rd., Concord (603.224.1255).
Concord: Bring your best three-minute flash fiction piece and be prepared to take the stage in front of a panel of judges. Winner will be dubbed NHWP Literary Flash Champion. Limited space available. Interested participants will perform on a first-come, first-serve basis. At 7 p.m., The Barley House (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: Fox News host Bill O’Reilly will headline the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Awards. These awards will recognize New Hampshire residents or organizations for exemplary support of free press and speech. Orchestra seat tickets cost $75 and include admittance to a press reception where O’Reilly will make a brief appearance. Balcony seats cost $50. At 7 p.m., The Chubb Theatre, The Capitol Center (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
October 23, 2010
Concord: The award-winning Concord Arts Market will hold its weekly juried outdoor artisan and fine arts market. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eagle Square (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: George Geers, executive director of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and the New Hampshire Press Association, will moderate a panel discussion on ethics, journalism, current and controversial affairs. Newspaper Editors on the First Amendment will include panelists Felice Belman, editor of the Concord Monitor, Rod Doherty, executive editor of Foster’s Daily Democrat in Dover, and Jim Smith, executive editor of Connecticut’s Bristol Press and New Britain Herald. At 10 a.m., Ransmeier and Spellman Building (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: NH Center for the Book of the Week Readings will present New Hampshire authors whose work has been featured on the Center for the Book’s blog. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Genealogy Room, New Hampshire State Library (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: Participants who took a three-part workshop of writing, directing, and enhanced stage-reading with Dana Biscotti Myskowski will perform Petite Plays: A “Scripts-In-Hand” Performance. Tickets cost $5. Tickets may be purchased online through www.redrivertheatres.org. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Red River Theatres (603-314-7980;
Concord: Rene Pape will capture the ambition of a nation as he presents his production debut, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Tickets cost $26 for adults, $15 for students; and $22 for seniors, Met and Capitol Center members. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ccanh.com. From noon to 5 p.m., The Chubb Theatre, Capitol Center for the Arts (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: An Eric Carle Museum educator will inform educators about how to evaluate a picture book as an art form in the workshop, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Workshop: The Whole Book Approach. Open to adults only. Costs $25 per person. Ticket information will be posted as it becomes available. From 1 to 4 p.m. (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Salem: Local children’s author Tracy L. Carbone will discuss her book The Man of Mystery Hill, set at Salem’s own America’s Stonehenge, 1 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 125 S Broadway Route 28, Salem, (603-898-1930).
Concord: Join 18 local authors for signing and discussion of their titles at the New Hampshire Author Fest, 1 p.m., Borders, 76 Fort Eddy Rd., Concord (603.224.1255).
Keene: Meet author K Spirito and her La Rosa Chronicles, 1 p.m., The Toadstool Bookshop, 222 West St., Keene (603-352-8815).
Concord: The mastermind of The Red Green Show talks about the new book, How to Do Everything, 2 p.m., Borders, 76 Fort Eddy Rd., Concord (603.224.1255).
Concord: The Concord Public Library Foundation will sponsor Meet the Author: Marty Kelly — Children’s Literary Activities. Marty Kelly, author and illustrator of the Ladybug-nominated Winter Woes will conduct an interactive elementary-aged presentation to keep kids laughing while they learn about writing. At 2 p.m., Concord Public Library Auditorium (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: John Milne, the editor of Crosscurrents of Change: Concord, N.H. in the 20th Century, and Richard Osborne, the project manager and contributing writer, will lead a Concord Historical Society panel discussion, covering the history of Concord and how the book was conceived, financed, researched, written, edited, and published. Books will be on sale. At 2 p.m., Ransmeier and Spellman Building (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: Video documentary Uprooted: Heartache and Hope in New Hampshire will portray the personal stories of five resettled refugees as they survived war, persecution, and refugee camps and remade their lives in New Hampshire. At 2 p.m., Red River Theatres (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: David Sibley, recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award presented by the American Birding Association for a lifetime of achievement, will discuss and sign his books. Sibley revolutionized the field guide to birds and carries his skills to the identification and illustration of more than six hundred tree species of North America. At 3 p.m., Gibson’s Bookstore (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Concord: Celebrity Autobiography is a buzzed-about New York City show that pokes giant-sized fun at ridiculous A-lister celebrity memoirs. Tickets are $45 for gold circle, $35 for orchestra mezzanine, and $25 for balcony. Contains adult material. Tickets may be purchased online through www.ccanh.com. At 8 p.m., The Chubb Center at the Capitol Center for the Arts (603-314-7980; www.nhwritersproject.org).
Manchester: Craig Price will sign and discuss his novel Half a Glass from 2 to 4 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 1741 South Willow Street, Manchester (Karen or Lauren, 603-688-0022; www.bn.com).
October 24, 2010
Meredith: Annie Barrows, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, will be the featured guest for Lakes Region Reads 2010. At 1 p.m., Inter-Lakes High School (603-279-4303; www.lakesregionreads.wordpress.com).
Keene: Paul Wainwright signing his book, A Space for Faith: Colonial Meetinghouses of New England, 2 p.m., The Toadstool Bookshop, 222 West St., Keene (603-352-8815).
October 25, 2010
Manchester: The Manchester City Library and the Currier Museum will present an art-related story, followed by a gallery talk. Recommended for children ages three to five, although all ages are welcome. At 11:30 a.m., Manchester City Library (603-624-6550).
Portsmouth: MacDowell fellow Michelle Hoover, author of The Quickening, and W. K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts from Vassar College recipient Daphne Kalotay, author of Russian Winter, will discuss their novels. At 7 p.m., RiverRun Bookstore (603-431-2100).
October 26, 2010
Exeter: Toby Ball, business manager at the Crimes against Children Research Center and the Family Research Laboratory at UNH, will talk about his new thriller, The Vaults, at 7 p.m., Water Street Bookstore (603-778-9731).
Portsmouth: The DangerMilana law firm will present an open forum, Shakespeare, Copyrights, & Protecting Your Work: There’s More to Protecting Your Creative Efforts Than You Think! Jenny Milana and Mitchell Bragg will educate artists and writers about searching, registering, and obtaining copyrights and trademarks to protect their work. Free. At 7 p.m., RiverRun Bookstore (603-431-2100).
Manchester: Join Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson as they discuss their new book, Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time, 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 1741 South Willow Street, Manchester (603-668-5557).
October 27, 2010
Barrington: Darcy Scott will read from and discuss her debut novel, Hunter Huntress. Scott will also sign books at 7 p.m., Barrington Public Library (603-664-9715).
Farmington: The Goodwin Library will present the local publishers of a horror fiction magazine, Shroud Publishing, to share scary stories and inform people how to submit original works. At 6 p.m., Goodwin Library ([email protected]).
Hooksett: Rosamond van der Linde will discuss her book A Piano In Every Room. At 6:30 p.m., the Hooksett Public Library (Mat, 603-485-6092).
Portsmouth: Bruce Machart will read from his novel The Wake of Forgiveness. Writer Steve Almond will introduce Machart. At 7 p.m., RiverRun Bookstore (603-431-2100).
Rye: Authors Brendan DuBois, Michael DeLuca, Elaine Isaak, and Andy Richmond will read from their stories in the new anthology Live Free or Undead: Dark Tales From the Granite State. At 7 p.m., Rye Public Library.
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Have a great weekend!