May
24
12:00 PM12:00

News Literacy with Dennis Stern

These days, thanks to the internet, anyone can be a publisher, offering "alternative facts" and outlandish conspiracy theories to receptive audiences. Inconvenient truths from legitimate news organizations are frequently being attacked as "fake news." How did we get into this mess and what can we do about it?

Dennis Stern has worked as a journalist and newspaper executive for most of his career, including 28 years at the New York Times.

Cost: Osher Member: $30; Non-Member: $40 (fee includes lunch and lecture)

Registration: Pre-registration is required.

Contact: OSHER @Dartmouth

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May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Rachel Lindsay

Rachel Lindsay: RX

Graphic novelist Rachel Lindsay as shares her memoir about the treatment of mental illness, treating mental illness as a commodity, and the often unavoidable choice between sanity and happiness.  A portion of the profits from book sales will be donated to the United Counseling Service.

This event will take place at the Manchester Community Library

Contact: The Northshire Bookstore

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Jun
1
4:00 PM16:00

Shomari Wills

Shomari Wills: Black Fortunes

Brooklyn journalist and author Shomari Wills will read from selected parts of his book, Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires, in the historic Barn House at the Clemmons Family Farm. Q&A, discussion, refreshments and socializing to follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase!

Contact: Clemmons Family Farm

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Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

John Elder, Edward Gauvin, Elisabeth Jaquette and Claire Vaye Watkins (Bread Loaf Environmental and Translators' Conference)

John Elder: Picking Up the Flute

Edward Gauvin

Elisabeth Jaquette

Claire Vaye Watkins: Gold Fame Citrus

Lectures and readings are free and open to the public. Events are subject to change.
Call 443-5286 to confirm days and times.

This reading will take place in the Little Theater.

Contact: Bread Loaf

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Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

"Healing the Divide" with James Crews and Others

Join us as James Crews and other contributors present this new anthology of poems, Healing the Divide, which urges us, at this fraught political time, to move past the negativity that often fills the airwaves, and to embrace the ordinary moments of kindness and connection that fill our days. James will be accompanied at this reading by the following poets: Carol Cone, Alice Gilborn, Amy Fleury, David Axelrod, Todd Davis, Julia Shipley, and Michelle Wiegers.

Contact: Northshire Bookstore

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Jun
4
8:00 PM20:00

John Balcom, Jennifer Chang, Daniel Duane, and Helen MacDonald (Bread Loaf Environmental and Translators' Conference)

John Balcom

Jennifer Chang: Some Say the Lark

Daniel Duane: Lighting Out

Helen MacDonald: H is for Hawk

Lectures and readings are free and open to the public. Events are subject to change.
Call 802-443-5286 to confirm days and times.

Contact: Bread Loaf at Middlebury


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Jun
7
5:00 PM17:00

Shaina Gates and Anna Von Mertens: Opening Reception

The Thing in the Spring presents Shaina Gates and Anna Von Mertens, two New Hampshire-based artists with national acclaim. Gates and Von Mertens use carefully rendered drawings to examine and subvert language in our contemporary environment. Gates makes graphite drawings of text collage, torn, pasted, and folded to reveal new meanings, while Von Mertens grapples with the world of emojis and their implications when words are stripped away.

The opening reception is June 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The exhibit will be on view through June 16.

The reception and will take place at the Sharon Arts Center Exhibition Gallery.

Contact: New Hampshire Institute of Art

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Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

"Helping the Poet Make a Better Poem," Workshop with Steven Cramer

In this three-hour workshop led by poet Steven Cramer, we’ll honor both the critical and creative faculties of our brains (perhaps discovering that they’re closer siblings than we might have thought). We’ll first discuss work-in-process by participants—how many poems by each will depend on how many we are—asking ourselves the only question worth asking in a workshop: how might we help the poet make this poem the best it can be? Then we’ll engage in one or two writing “experiments” designed to encourage using language more as paint than as a vehicle for conveying information, favoring the sensory over making sense. Everyone will be invited, but not required, to read the results of their experiments out loud.

Cost: $65 for NHWP members; $85 for non-members

Registration: Registration is limited to 10 students. Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Ann Davila Cardinal

Ann Davila Cardinal: Five Midnights

Contact: Bear Pond Books

Please join Ann Dávila Cardinal in celebrating the release of her new novel, Five Midnights (Tor Teen, 2019). There will be Latin music, salsa dancing, and Puerto Rican appetizers from Café Anna at Vermont College of Fine Arts. There will be a short reading from the novel, and Bear Pond Books will be on hand with copies for sale.

Cash bar offering special El Cuco Mojitos.

This is a free, family-friendly event!

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Jun
13
6:30 PM18:30

The Mudroom - What I Did for Money

Live storytelling at the AVA Gallery and Art Center. This quarter's theme, "What I Did for Money," will be brought to life as five or six pre-selected individuals share personal accounts of what this theme means to them.

Starting at 6:30 pm, delicious Asian food by Pon will be available for purchase before the performance. Music will be provided by the band Concrete and Shea. Storytelling begins at 7:00 pm.

Cost: Advance tickets are available online at $7.50 for members; $10 for non-members; tickets at the door are $20.00 and sold as space permits. Tickets for the general public will be available on May 13.

Contact: AVA Gallery

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Jun
14
5:00 PM17:00

Frost Farm Poetry Conference

From Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16, join a small community of people at the historic Robert Frost Farm learning, reading and writing formal poetry with contemporary award-winning poets in an intimate workshop environment. Choose your focus from a series of offerings designed to provide tools for beginning poets as well as perfect the mastery of published poets.

  • Conference registration includes:

  • A choice of one of five workshops on various aspects of metrical poetry, including a Master class

  • One-on-one meeting with your instructor, who will provide personalized input on your poems (submitted in advance)

  • Keynote speaker: Bruce Bennett

  • Poet in Residence, Rhina P. Espaillat, will be available for individual critiques throughout the conference

  • Saturday afternoon panel: TBD

  • Readings by Frost Farm Prize winner and award-winning conference instructors

  • Opportunity to read your work at the historic Frost Farm during our participant readings

  • Delicious Friday night Welcome Reception on Frost Farm grounds

  • Breakfast and lunch (Saturday and Sunday) and Saturday night dinner

  • Networking and encouragement in a convivial setting with other poetry lovers

Cost: $325

Registration: Register online. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact: The Frost Farm

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Jun
16
11:30 AM11:30

Bloomsday Celebration with Jim Heffernan

June 16 is Bloomsday, a commemoration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, observed annually in Dublin and elsewhere with particular focus on Joyce's novel Ulysses. It is called Bloomsday because the novel represents the thoughts, feelings, memories of the character Leopold Bloom on a single day – June 16, 1904. To celebrate the occasion, Joyce scholar (and Osher member) Jim Heffernan will, during the brunch, introduce and deliver brief passages from four different chapters of the novel. Discussion will follow.

James Heffernan, Professor of English Emeritus at Dartmouth, has published studies of literature ranging from Homer's Odyssey to the fiction of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. He has also recorded 24 lectures on Joyce's Ulysses for the Teaching Company.

Cost: $32, includes brunch and lecture

Registration: Register online

Contact: OSHER @Dartmouth

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Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

NHWP Write-In

  • Southern New Hampshire University, The Ford House (map)
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Need a quiet, inspiring place to write for the day? Need a one day retreat to edit? Want to be inspired by a bunch of NH writers busily working around you and sharing their productivity?

The NHWP holds seasonal Write-Ins for its members where they can come and hang out with fellow writers at our headquarters on Southern NH University (the Ford House) and have a dedicated time to write. We write all day, break for a social lunch, and then get back to writing or take part in an optional ad hoc critique session with fellow writers.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching

Held each year in June, the Conference on Poetry and Teaching is a unique opportunity for teachers to work closely with both their peers and a team of illustrious poets who have particular expertise in working with teachers at all levels: K–12, graduate and undergraduate, and nontraditional and community-based instructors. Over the course of 4½ days, faculty poets will share specific, hands-on techniques for teaching poetry. The emphasis is on the reading-conversation-writing-revision cycle, and our teaching approach aligns with the Common Core anchor standards for reading and writing. Graduate-level credits are available through Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Certificate of completion includes 33 hours of Continuing Education credit.

This year’s faculty include Jacques J. Rancourt, Tina Cane, Dawn Potter, and Kerrin McCadden.

The 2019 conference runs from June 22 to 26. The optional Writing Intensive runs from June 26 to 27.

Cost: $25 application fee; conference rates from $925 to $1125.

Registration: Apply by May 30 (apply for scholarships by May 1).

Contact: The Frost Place

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Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed: Wild

New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Strayed will speak in celebration of Brattleboro Area Hospice’s 40th anniversary. A Wild Life: Growing Through Life’s Challenges is an evening of inspiration, wisdom and storytelling. There will be a book signing after the talk.

Cost: $25-100. This is a fundraiser for Brattleboro Area Hospice.

Contact: Catamount Arts

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Jul
6
5:00 PM17:00

The Frost Place Conference on Poetry

Spend a week at “intensive poetry camp” with writers who are deeply committed to learning more about the craft of writing poetry. The Frost Place Poetry Conference offers daily workshops, classes, lectures, writing and revising time in a supportive and dynamic environment.

This year’s faculty includes Tyree Daye, Oliver Baez Bendorf, Sandra Lim, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Ross White, and Philip Metres.

The 2019 conference runs from July 6 to 12.

Cost: $25 application fee; conference packages range from $250 to $1750.

Registration: Apply by June 15 (apply for scholarships by May 30.

Contact: The Frost Place

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Aug
4
5:00 PM17:00

The Frost Place Poetry Seminar

Join a select community of poets for 5-1/2 days at the beginning of August to refresh your artistic inspiration in a setting of great natural beauty. Have your poems-in-progress given generous and focused attention in this intimate setting. Our specialty is unparalleled access to a faculty of celebrated contemporary poets, and our goal is to send you home charged up to re-enter your own work.

This year’s faculty include Rajiv Mohabir, Maggie Dietz, and Patrick Donnelly.

The 2019 seminar runs from August 4 to August 10.

Cost: $25 application fee; seminar rates range from $225 to $1600. Optional manuscript review is $575.

Registration: Apply by July 1 (apply for scholarships by May 25).

Contact: The Frost Place

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Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Jane Lindholm, Kit Norton, Maggie Cassidy (Strafford Town House Forum)

Jane Lindholm is the host for the Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition, producer and host of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids, and former director/producer of Marketplace. Kit Norton is a reporter for VTDigger, and he previously worked at public radio’s Living on Earth. Maggie Cassidy is the new editor of The Valley News daily newspaper; she had previously been a reporter and web editor for the paper.

Contact: Strafford Town House Forum

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Aug
18
5:30 PM17:30

Patrick Donnelly, Stephen Miller, and Michael Straus: Translators on Translating (Joan Hutton Landis Summer Reading Series)

Patrick Donnelly: Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin

Stephen Miller

Michael Straus

Readings will be followed by a moderated discussion with Steven Kleinberg. Doors open at 5:00 pm; the readings begin at 5:30 pm in the main gallery Refreshments will follow.

Contact: Big Town Gallery

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Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas-HD Film Presentation

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, will be published on September 10, 2019. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.

With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humor and intellect.

Contact: Spruce Peak Arts

Tickets: Tickets $17 adults, $10 ages 12 and under, AARP discount $13.60

There will be an encore showing on Wednesday, September 18 at 1 pm.

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Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

Alexandra de Steiguer

Alexandra de Steiguer: Small Island, Big Picture: Winters of Solitude Teach an Artist to See

This event takes place in the third-floor Shaw Research Library.

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members

Reservations: Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call (603) 431-2538 ext 2 to reserve your seat.

Contact: Portsmouth Athenaeum

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Oct
14
4:00 PM16:00

David Smuts

  • Dartmouth College, Sanborn Library (map)
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The Dartmouth College Department of English and Creative Writing welcomes Namibian Supreme Court Justice David Smuts.

Justice Smuts was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2019. His book, Death, Detention and Disappearance : A lawyer's battle to hold power to account in 1980's Namibia, will be published by Tafelberg in South Africa next year.

Smuts was appointed to the High Court in 2010, and has been very active, writing a number of key opinions. He also, during apartheid, founded the Legal Assistance Centre, a non-profit legal aid center that remains one of its kind in Namibia.

This event will be held in the Sanborn Library on the Dartmouth College Campus.

Contact: Leslie Center for the Humanities

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Oct
16
5:00 PM17:00

Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards

  • Dartmouth College, Moore Building, Filene Auditorium (map)
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Winners of the Literary Arts Awards along with the judges, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, will have a panel discussion. Open to the public with a book signing and reception to follow.

See the 2019 Book Shortlist and 2019 Play Shortlist.

This event will be held in Filene Auditorium in the Moore Building on the Dartmouth College campus.

Contact: Neukom Institute for Computational Science

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Oct
23
4:30 PM16:30

Speculative Fiction Roundtable with N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin is currently one of the best known and respected science fiction and fantasy writers in the world. In 2018, she became the first author to win three Hugos in a row for her Broken Earth novels. She has also won a Nebula Award, two Locus Awards, and a number of other honors. She recently published her first collection of short stories, How Long ‘til Black Future Month.

The location for this event is still to be determined.

Contact: Leslie Center for Humanities

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May
20
12:00 PM12:00

Abi Maxwell Luncheon and Talk

  • Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Company (map)
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Luncheon and author talk with Abi Maxell, author of The Den.

This event will be held at Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Company.

Cost: $20, which includes luncheon, author talk and donation to North Conway Library. Purchase tickets by May 18, from the bookstore (603) 356-3200, or from the North Conway Library (603) 356-2961.

Contact: White Birch Books

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May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Memoir Writing Workshop with Katherine Mayfield

Memoir is one of the hottest-selling genres today. Do you have one cooking in the back of your writer’s mind? Now’s the time to get it on paper! This workshop will get you started. You’ll learn what makes a compelling memoir, how and why to choose a theme, the importance of eflection in memoir, and techniques which are specific to the art of memoir-writing. You’ll also learn what “creative nonfiction” means in relation to memoir, and how to weave your truth into a riveting description of your life experiences.

This workshop with Katherine Mayfield is based on the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, and begins with presentation and Q&A, followed by several writing exercises, after which you’ll be invited to read your work if you wish, for positive commentary. Handouts are included. Comments from others are invaluable in learning how to tell your story so that readers can understand the depth and breadth of your experience, and also offer much-needed validation in the intensive process of writing memoir.

Cost: $65 for NHWP members; $85 for non-members

Registration: Registration is limited to 12 students. Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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May
16
7:00 PM19:00

"Stealing from Theater: Character Creation," Workshop with Will Alexander

Create new characters and expand your understanding of your current cast via theatrical games and exercises in this online webinar. Taught by William Alexander, National Book Award Winner and current chair of the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at VCFA.

Cost: $20 for NHWP members; $30 for non-members

Registration: Register online to ensure your spot in the class.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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May
15
5:00 PM17:00

OSHER @Dartmouth Literary Night

You are cordially invited to join OSHER@Dartmouth members and Study Leaders as they read from their current work. Their writing encompasses both the personal and professional: lifetimes of rich and diverse experiences. We hope you can join us in this, our eleventh literary evening.

Participating authors:

Readings begin at 5:00 pm; reception begins at 6:00 pm

Cost: $10

Register: Register online

Contact: OSHER @Dartmouth

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May
14
6:30 PM18:30

Poetry and Haiku Printing Workshop

  • Dartmouth College, Baker-Berry Library, Book Arts Room 25 (map)
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If you have a poem or several poems that are aching to be printed, the Book Arts Workshop can help you print them. Using the traditional letterpress process of movable type, you will receive instruction in type setting, paper selection, press work, and if more than one page, book binding.

We will meet for two 2 1/2-hour sessions with extra time available during our many open studio times.

This workshop will meet in Book Arts Room 25 in the Baker-Berry Library on the Dartmouth College Campus.

Contact: Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop

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May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry Workshop with Deborah Brown

Join former UNH English professor Deborah Brown, author of Walking the Dog’s Shadow and the just released The Human Half, for a monthly Poetry Workshop. Bring a poem you like. The first session will include discussion of our format. For the novice to the published, 9 to 99 years. Join at the beginning or when you can.

Contact: MainStreet BookEnds

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Sean Cole

Sean Cole: The December Project

Contact: Marlboro College

In a event leading up to Marlboro College Commencement 2019, This American Life producer and master storyteller Sean Cole will give a talk and lead a discussion based on his experiences in public radio—specifically making radio stories out of books and poems. Sean has made a career in radio journalism for 20 years, working on popular shows such as All Things Considered, Only a Game, Studio 360, Marketplace, Radiolab, and 99% Invisible. He is also the author of two small volumes of poetry and a full-length collection of postcard poems called The December Project (Boog Literature). Reception with cash bar on the patio from 6:30 - 7:00 pm, followed by the talk. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in Whittemore Theater.

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Elayne Clift

Elayne Clift: Around the World in Fifty Years

Contact: Next Stage Arts

Next Stage Arts presents award-winning author Elayne Clift’s book launch event as part of its ongoing literary series, Next Stage Speaks hosted by Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord. Clift’s 13th book, Around the World in Fifty Years: Travel Tales of a Not So Innocent Abroad, is a collection of selected stories about her global travels, told in prose and poetry.

There is a suggested donation at the door of $10.

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May
9
4:30 PM16:30

Elaine Brum

  • Dartmouth College, Rockefeller Center, Room 002 (map)
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Eliane Brum, a Brazilian writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker will give a lecture entitled "Why the Amazon is the center of the world. And why that means we are screwed."

This event will be held in Rockefeller Center room 002 on the Dartmouth College campus.

Contact: Dartmouth College

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