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 is 6-8:00pm on March 12, 2016 in the Hatbox Theatre in the Steeplegate Mall complex (270 Loudon Rd, Concord, New Hampshire) [map and directions]. There will be three readings.
NAILS: A TALE OF JAPAN by Ian Rogers
Twenty-three-year-old Theo is a grocery clerk turned English teacher fresh off the plane in Japan with no clue when to bow or even how to say Excuse me. Unfortunately, his new bosses at the ONIX Corporation just need him to smile and teach his English lessons their way, even though his students can’t stand it!
(GREEN HOUSE ON THE CORNER OF TAYLOR AND CILLEY ROAD)
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.
Vanessa Myhaver, a recent graduate of Central High School in Manchester, is the first winner of the NHWP's Charley Allen Faulk Memorial Scholarship. To apply for the scholarship, Vanessa had to write an essay about a book that changed her life. She chose "The Little Engine That Could." This interview was conducted by NHWP board member Stephanie Davidson, daughter of Charley Faulk and founder of the scholarship.
What was your favorite class in high school?
What was your favorite memory from high school?
Visiting the observatory, which is off-limits to students,