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Author Interview: Lisa Gardner

on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 16:51

Bestselling author Lisa Gardner answers readers’ questions and shares her best secrets on writing crime fiction

By Lisa Allard

Everybody loves detective novels for their ability to keep you guessing. But what exactly is required to craft the perfect mystery novel? Since psychological thrillers that promise endless twists and turns are Lisa Gardner’s forte, I decided she would be the perfect candidate to interview.

With over 22 million books in print across the world, Lisa Gardner is a force to be reckoned with. She has written three crime fiction series, the Detective D.D.

Break Bans: Honoring Banned Books

on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 19:56

Banned books week began in 1982, taking up the days between September 27th and October 3rd.  This was meant to draw focus on the dramatic increase of challenged books.  To this day, over 11,300 books have been challenged.

 “Sexually explicit,” contained “offensive language,” and “unsuited to age group” are the top three reasons why written materials are challenged and potentially banned.  Even with these conventions now being stretched, there are still blank pages within our societal book.

The top five most challenged books of 2014 were:


1)   The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time

Author Interview: Jessica Lahey

on Fri, 10/02/2015 - 20:42

Jessica Lahey discusses her new book, The Gift of Failure, and offers personal insight into raising a resilient child

by Lisa Allard

In her New York Times bestselling novel, The Gift of Failure: Why Parents Need to Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, Lahey declares that failure is inevitable- and completely acceptable. It is important for children to experience these moments of setback and defeat so that they can grow into adept, courageous young adults.

Parents naturally want to keep their children safe from harm, and as a result, they are over parenting without even realizing

Why Aren't You Reading? How to Make Reading a Part of Your Everyday Routine and How It Will Positively Impact You

on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 05:24

By Lisa Allard

When my supervisor Rob Greene asked me what books I’ve read over the summer, I couldn’t think of a single novel I had read from beginning to end.  Three whole months spent without having to go to class and being swamped in homework and all I could say was, well I finished the new season of Orange is the New Black. How embarrassing.

I asked my friends and family what books they had been reading all summer.  My brother had read at least six. Everyone else had only read, maybe, one book, if any at all.

The Right Time and the Right Place

on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 21:48

By Lea Page

I began writing four years ago in the warm room of the Laconia Ice Rink, where my son had hockey practice three times a week. I wrote the lion's share of my first book, PARENTING IN THE HERE AND NOW, which was just released by Floris Books, with the sound of pucks slamming the walls and a version of the "Bill and Chuck Show" running (two dads who always came to watch practice and kept up a hilarious commentary). It was the only time and space I had.

I wrote a second book, a memoir about rural Montana, while sitting in our pickup truck in the parking lot of the Tritown Ice Rink.

Writers' Week 2015 - celebrating the journey of the NH writer

on Mon, 09/21/2015 - 15:42

Writers' Week 2015

The 2nd annual Writers' Week is a time to celebrate all things regarding writing in New Hampshire. From seminars for aspiring authors and poets, to readings and events with the state's accomplished writers, there is plenty for readers and writers alike.

Here are some of the events scheduled for the week of November 8 through November 14.



The Writer's Journey (11/8-11/13)

For all aspiring writers, these series of statewide discussions are designed to help you get that story from your inspiration to the page (or screen) all the way to the register.

For times and

The New Hampshire Poetry Festival is Nigh!

on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 21:52

This fall, the Granite State celebrates its strong poetry tradition with the inaugural New Hampshire Poetry Festival. Organized by two leading literary organizations, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire and The New Hampshire Institute of Art, the event takes place Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.                                                                             

“With a thriving poetry community in New Hampshire and surrounding areas, we thought the time was right for this type of event in the state, celebrating the reading and

Made in NH– Authors: Janis Hennessey

on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 20:19

Made in NH– Authors: Janis Hennessey

By Amy Ray

This is the last in a series of interviews of authors who represented NHWP at the Made in New Hampshire Expo booth.

Janis Hennessey writes children’s books for ages two through eight. In her A Max & Colby Adventure series, two very different dogs have adventures in the backyard and prove that friendship and napping are essential elements of life.

Janis will signing books at the Animal Rescue League of NH Pet Fair, 3M Road Race & Dog Walkathon on Saturday, September 19th at Derryfield Park, Manchester, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Made in NH– Authors: Margaret Porter

on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 19:51

Made in NH– Authors: Margaret Porter

By Amy Ray

This is the fourteenth in a series of ten-question interviews of authors who represented NHWP at the Made in New Hampshire Expo booth.

Margaret Porter’s historical novel, A Pledge of Better Times, is a sweeping tale of ambition, treachery, and passion incorporating 17th century historical figures, royalty, and events. Margaret will be at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth on Thursday, September 17th at 6:30 pm. 

NHWP will be offering a workshop “Writing and Researching Historical Fiction” on Saturday, October 17th. Click here for more

Would you like an opportunity to put yourself in front of an audience during New Hampshire Writers' Week this November? 

During N.H. Writers’ Week, from Sunday, November 8 through Friday, November 13, we're hosting six consecutive events around the state. Each event will feature a topic that chronologically represents a step in "The Writer's Journey." We'd like you to be the speakers at these events.

We're soliciting applications from current NHWP members for five speaking slots at each of these six events.