Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

Ben Kilham

Ben Kilham (Out on a Limb, and Among the Bears) will be presenting a talk titled, “The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human.” Ben will be available to sign books after the lecture.

This event will be held at the Fairlee Town Hall.

Cost: $10 for adults; free for students. Register online or pay at the door.

Contact: OSHER@Dartmouth

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Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Storytelling for Social Change Workshop

Storytelling is a powerful tool for the documentation of voices, memories and histories. It can also be a catalyst for activism and social change. In this workshop we will explore the ethics and techniques of oral history, ethnography, and storytelling as activist research methodologies. Attendees will be introduced to these three merging methodologies through a combination of short media pieces and discussions, will be invited to take a critical and analytical look at the history of documentary work, and will learn the basics of skills such as interviewing, story circle facilitation, and ethnographic observation. We will also cover the technical aspects of storytelling, providing an introduction to tools for minimal-resource and mobile audio recording.

This event will be held at the Saint Albans Museum in Saint Albans, Vermont.

Cost: $95 ($50 for students)

Registration: Register online, by email (info@vermontfolklifecenter.org) or by phone (802-388-4964).

Contact: Vermont Folklife Center

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Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Visual Verse - Ripple Effects

Please join us for a very special afternoon celebrating our local poets and photographers: “Visual Verse - Ripple Effects,” photography and poetry inspired by Lake Sunapee. A joint venture from the Literary Arts Guild of the Center for the Arts, the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, and The John Hay Poetry Society. Conceived and developed by Larry Chase, Joan T. Doran, June Fichter, Sandra Little, Nancy Marashio, Lea McBain, Catherine O'Brian, and Dianalee Velie.

Contact: MainStreet BookEnds

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Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

Kilton Book Buffet: Coming to America or the UK

What experiences bring newcomers to English-speaking countries? And is life after arrival even more difficult? What experiences are the same no matter which culture or country of origin?

Bring along a brownbag lunch and a book on the theme.  A selection is on display, or you may bring another favorite to discuss.

Contact: Kilton Library

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Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Louise Penny

  • Capitol Center for the Arts, Chubb Theatre (map)
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Just in time for the holidays, Louise Penny once again astounds and delights readers with the latest entry in her sublime Chief Inspector Gamache series. She explores the line between sacrifice and sin in Kingdom of the Blind.

Cost: Single ticket: $38.00, includes signed copy of Kingdom of the Blind (not personalized) Single ticket, signing line: $38.00, includes signed copy of Kingdom of the Blind and access to the meet and greet signing line to get your book personalized. This purchase option is available to only 150 purchasers. Double ticket: $47.00: includes admission for two and one signed copy of Kingdom of the Blind (not personalized)

Contact: Capitol Center for the Arts

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Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Tracy K. Smith

New Hampshire Public Radio is proud to announce United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith as the 2018 winner of the Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.

The award honors the late Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon—married poets who lived and wrote at Hall’s ancestral home in Wilmot, New Hamspshire. Hall is a ormer poet laureate of the United States and a recipient of the 2010 National Medal of the Arts, and Kenyon is a former poet laureate of New Hampshire. After a long and lauded career, Donald Hall passed away this past June.

Smith will accept the award at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. The evening will include a reading from Smith as well as a remembrance of Donald Hall. 

Cost: $10 general admission; $5 students. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the poet. Purchase tickets online.

Contact: New Hampshire Public Radio

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Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

The Mudroom - Holiday Disasters

Live storytelling at the AVA Gallery and Art Center. This quarter's theme, "Holiday Disasters," will be brought to life as six pre-selected individuals will share personal accounts of their experiences with this theme. Delicious Asian food by Pon will be available for purchase before the performance. Music will be provided by the band Never Too Late.

If you would like to tell a story at this or any other Mudroom, please send a story summary that contains the beginning, a sentence or two about the plot, and the ending. Please email your submissions to mudroom@avagallery.org.

Cost: Tickets for the general public go on sale November 13. 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.

Contact: AVA Gallery

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Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Mary Ann Esposito

Gibson's Bookstore is pleased to host Mary Ann Esposito, host of CIAO ITALIA, the groundbreaking PBS cooking show, in conversation with J. M. Hirsch, the former national food editor for The Associated Press, as they discuss Mary Ann’s new book, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy.

Contact: Gibson’s Bookstore

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Jan
6
7:00 PM19:00

Seth Abramson

  • New Hampshire Institute of Art, French Hall (map)
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As part of NHIA's Graduate Programs Winter Residency, affiliate faculty member Seth Abramson will be giving a talk about the poetics of digital storytelling.

As we stand at the precipice of the 2020s, digital literacy is now a mandate not just for consumers of digital media but for authors of every stripe. Abramson will talk about how to develop a superlative digital creative writing practice and why it means not just having an aesthetic perspective in your genre(s) of preference but also a complex and idiosyncratic relationship with the media, platforms, and hardware of the digital age. Thinking about short- and long-form storytelling in the digital sphere—how we teach it, how we learn it, and how we grow in it—lets us consider how an inductive "poetics" rather than a deductive "aesthetics" is what enables distinctive, memorable, and finely wrought creative writing in our time.

This event is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.

Registration: Register online

Contact: New Hampshire Institute of Art

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Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Travel Writing for the Fearless Workshop, with Dan Szczesny

From the other side of town to the other side of the world, bringing a sense of place to your writing takes more than knowing geography: you have to get comfortable with discomfort! Immersing yourself into another culture is never easy. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to be a fish out of water—the pitfalls, dangers and joys of exploring another culture and how to turn that experience into a sellable travel essay or travelogue. Be prepared to bring your own travel adventure, or one you want to take, to the discussion. This workshop will be led by author Dan Szczesny.

This event will be held at The Ford House on the campus of SNHU.

Cost: $50 for NHWP members; $70 for non-members.

Registration: The workshop is limited to 12 students. Register now to ensure your spot.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Jan
27
3:00 PM15:00

Martin Luther King Celebration with Kevin Young

Please join us for the 2019 MLK Multi-Faith Celebration featuring the Dartmouth Gospel Choir directed by Walt Cunningham.

Dr. Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Young is also poetry editor at The New Yorker.

This event will be held at Rollins Chapel in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Contact: The Leslie Center for the Humanities

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Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian: The Flight Attendant

Contact: Vermont Humanities Council

“When is art activism and when is it escapism? Artists can take the risks that politicians won’t, and art can often reach people in ways that politics can’t. Author Chris Bohjalian discusses how he has used fiction to address issues as diverse as genocide, domestic violence, and teen homelessness.”

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Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

The Telling Project

  • Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center (map)
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Follow local military veterans and family members on a journey as they shape their experiences into a powerful stage performance with the help of The Telling Project , a national performing arts nonprofit that uses theater and storytelling as a tool to deepen civilian understanding of the military experience. Since 2008, The Telling Project has produced over 57 original performances in 21 states in which veterans and military family members stage their stories of military life for the communities, bridging the civilian/military gap.

This event will be held at the Redfern Arts Center.

Contact: Keene State College

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Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

Mary Ann Esposito Dinner

  • Amato Center - Boys & Girls Club of the Souhegan Valley (map)
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The Toadstool Bookshop and Bookside Cafe are very excited to host a book signing and dinner party with TV host and author Mary Ann Esposito!

From 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Mary Ann will be introducing and signing her latest cookbook, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Adventures in Italy." The book signing portion of the program is free and open.

The dinner party immediately follows the book signing and features a five-course Italian Feast designed using only recipes from Mary Ann's new book! As the dinner proceeds, Mary Ann will introduce all the courses and her husband Guy, a certified wine educator, has selected and will introduce the wine pairings.

This event will take place at the Amato Center at the Boys & Girls Club of the Souhegan Valley, in Milford, New Hampshire

Cost: The signing is free. The all-inclusive dinner (dinner, 4 wine pairings, tax & gratuity) $95/per person. The Toadstool is also extending a special book price for dinner guests of $25 (regular price at signing only and store $39.95).

Reservations: Reservations for the dinner are required.

Contact: Toadstool Bookshop - Milford

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Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Yogurt Poets in the Gallery

Please join us in The Gallery for an afternoon with the Yogurt Poets.

The Yogurt Poets originated from a workshop with Wes McNair in 1993. Wanting to continue working together, the original members began meeting at Concord’s Frozen Yogurt shop (thus the name) and have met monthly ever since.  The current Yogurt Poets includes more than 12 members and meets at Kimball Jenkins estate.

Contact: MainStreet BookEnds and Gallery

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Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Become a Centurion: Strategies for Submission and Rejection Workshop

NaNoWriMo too easy? Become a Centurion by earning 100 poetry, essay, or short-story rejections in twelve months. Lead by R. W. W. Greene, this two-hour workshop hosted by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project will “take you through the steps of submitting your work, the mystery of rejectomancy, and the best methods of recuperation from a ‘thanks but no thanks.’”

Cost: $50 for NHWP members; $75 for non-members

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Rewriting: A Guide For the Perplexed Workshop

You are looking at a sentence that doesn’t work, a scene that has gone flat, an essay with a weak ending and pages and pages of scribbled notes from your writers workshop. Diagnosing writing problems is easy; prescribing the right treatment is hard. So how do you cure a sick manuscript?

Join author James Patrick Kelly in this workshop that will look at specific techniques you can use to work on your narratives and questions you will have to answer to before you can proceed. We’ll consider the difference between revising on the fly during composition and re-configuring a finished draft. We’ll also discuss how to respond to comments from your editor.

This is an online workshop.

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

Registration: Register now to ensure your spot.

Contact: New Hampshire Writers’ Project

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Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Linus Owens (Landmark Academic Speaker Series)

  • Landmark College, O'Brien Auditorium (map)
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This talk will focus on the issue of free speech on college campuses. Linus Owens brings first-hand experience of the challenges faced by Middlebury College during the March 2017 visit by author Charles Murray, which was disrupted by hundreds of student protesters.

As an Associate Professor of Sociology at Middlebury College, Owens thinks about movements, places, and the conflicts that bring them together and push them apart. In past work, he has brought these interests together in exploring how anarchists organize online and the place-making and storytelling practices of squatters in Amsterdam.

This event will be held in the Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium at Landmark College.

Contact: Landmark College

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Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

Poetry of the Great War

  • Portsmouth Athenaeum, Research Library (map)
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The Portsmouth Athenaeum’s 2018 Program Series: “Remembering the Great War, Home and Abroad” concludes as Douglas Aykroyd leads the program, “Poetry of the Great War.” One hundred years ago, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, World War I ended in Europe. The poetry written during or shortly after this war expresses a wide range of emotions and helps us to gain a deeper understanding of the personal impact of that conflict. Join us to explore the thoughts and feelings of those dramatically affected by the “war to end all wars.”

Cost: Free for Athenaeum Proprietors, Subscribers, and Friends. All others, $10.

Reservations: Reservations are required as seating is limited. To serve a set, please call (602) 431-2538.

Contact: Portsmouth Athenaeum

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