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Fall 2010 Reading Program

Dear Friends:

  • Fall is in the air and the gang at Left Bank Books has been busy bringing new books into the collection and enjoying lots of Bookstore Magic moments. Last week alone brought us two memorable ones: A Dartmouth ’64 gentleman came in and told us he was looking for a Dartmouth student interested in acting to give his collection of theater books to because he and his wife were moving to smaller digs. Happily, I knew a student of just such an interest. We made the connection and the books have a new home with a Dartmouth ’14. On the heels of that great connection, a Dartmouth ’78 came in and found a Dartmouth literary anthology that included a story he had written in 1976 when Bill Cook was his teacher. He has been looking for a copy of this story somehow, any way how. And there it was on our shelf!! He was totally surprised and delighted to find it.

SPECIAL EVENT: Artist Reception on Thursday, October 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 for Water Color Painter Jenifer Brown, whose paintings are currently hanging in the shop. This is part of the Art Walk project initiated by downtown merchants to celebrate artists and the venues supporting artists in Hanover. There will be multiple receptions October 7-9 in conjunction with the publishing of a new downtown Hanover map highlighting places where art can be viewed and the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Hood Museum of Art. Check the Valley News for specific announcements closer to the dates.

As always, our wonderful staff of book-loving folks welcomes you to come browse or buy. We have many gift-quality books. BRING A FRIEND AND PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR LITTLE SHOP. For those of you who are far afield and sometimes buy books from Amazon, we would appreciate it if you would check out our Amazon Storefront by following this link: There you will find the books from our collection that are listed for sale on Amazon. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, where we post events, photos, and tidbits of news from the store and about Hanover happenings.

PROGRAMS: Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m, with a reception to follow.

September 28—Patrick Gillespie, Poems and Aesopian Fables

Patrick Gillespie of South Strafford will be reading old and new poetry, along with one or two short Aesopian Fables of his own making. He is the proprietor of PoemShape, Vermont’s foremost poetry blog, which recently achieved a quarter of a million visits. The blog includes his own poetry along with general opinion, advice, scansions, and analyses of great poems from Shakespeare and Wordsworth to Frost and Ferlinghetti. When he’s not writing, Patrick works as a carpenter. His first book of poetry will be freely available to all visitors.

October 5, 7 pm—Grassroot Soccer Benefit—Youth Especially Invited!!!

Left Bank Books is proud to host Sarah Callaway and Allen Bourdon, Intern Alumni from Grassroot Soccer, an international 501c3 based in Norwich, VT, whose mission is to use the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. Sarah and Allen will share powerful experiences, stories, and photos from their service year in South Africa. Founded by former professional soccer players in 2002, GRS trains African soccer stars, coaches, teachers, and peer educators in the world’s most HIV-affected areas to deliver a highly effective HIV-prevention and life skills curriculum to youth. To raise funds for GRS, children’s books written by GRS co-founder, Ethan Zohn, will be available. Proceeds from Ethan˙s books— Soccer World South Africa and Soccer World Mexico—will go directly to providing GRS HIV-prevention programs to youth in Africa. A reception will follow the presentation.

October 12—Harvest Poetry Reading, with Julia Shipley, Greg Joly, and Dudley Laufman

The love and hard work of creating poems and of the homesteading life bind these three agrarian poets together. Julia Shipley of Craftsbury, VT, is a freelance writer, teacher, subsistence farmer, and caretaker of the Writer’s Retreat. Her chapbook, Herd , won the Sheltering Pines Press Award. She was recently awarded a grant from the Vermont Arts Council to complete a book of personal essays about small-scale agriculture. Greg Joly lives, works, and writes in the southern Green Mountains and has spent the last 20 years coaxing a house and gardens from some 20 vertical acres. He is the editor and printer at Bull Thistle Press, and he believes that writing, like agriculture, should not be a mining operation. Dudley Laufman is a musician, barn dance caller, and poet in Canterbury, NH. He began writing small prose-poem trotters after falling in love with Hemingway. He has published poems in magazines, as well as with his small publishing company, The Wind in the Timothy Press, bringing out limited editions of booklets and hand-bound books.

October 19—Neil Goodwin, We Go As Captives: The Royalton Raid and the Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier

The Royalton Raid of 1780 was the last Indian raid in New England. Well-known to Upper Valley history buffs but otherwise obscure, the raid was significant in a series of events that would determine the fate of independent Vermont and the endgame of the Revolutionary War. Neil Goodwin has written the first deeply researched, book-length account of this episode, newly published by the Vermont Historical Society. He is a writer-producer-cinematographer of historical and wildlife documentary programs for Public Television and has two previous books to his credit, The Apache Diaries and Like a Brother , both non-fiction narratives based on unpublished field notes of his anthropologist father, Grenville Goodwin. He is a resident of Royalton, VT, and Cambridge, MA.

October 26—Carol Westberg, Slipstream

Upper Valley poet Carol Westberg will read from Slipstream, her first full-length collection, just published by David Robert Books, and from new work. As David Wojahn says, these poems express the “venerable desire to truthfully inhabit the moment.”

November 9—Ted Degener, Outsider Artists Come to Hanover

Photographer Ted Degener of Cornish, NH, will show video and still photos of self-taught artists created during his 25 years of documenting outsider artists and folk art environments from around the world. Come hear Ted speak about his work, much of which was shown last spring at an exhibit at the Baker-Berry Library at Dartmouth College. Check out this other facet of the founder-proprietor of Hanover’s venerable shop, Folk.

November 16—Season Finale, with Giavanna Munafo and Cynthia Huntington

Join us to hear these Dartmouth faculty members read new work in prose and poetry. A poet for many years, Giavanna Munafo is turning her hand to fiction and will read a short story entitled “After Thomas.”  She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and also studied writing while pursuing her BA and PhD at the University of Virginia. She has taught writing since 1985 at various colleges and universities, and currently teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Dartmouth. Followers of Cynthia Huntington’s writing will be treated to new work in progress from an untitled manuscript. Her latest poetry collection, The Radiant, won the Levis Prize in 2003; she previously published The Fish-Wife and We Have Gone to the Beach, as well as a prose memoir, The Salt House. Huntington has won numerous prizes and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts grants in poetry; she served as Chair of the Poetry Jury for the Pulitzer Prizes in Poetry for 2006. Former New Hampshire State Poet Laureate, she is Professor of English at Dartmouth College, where she serves as senior faculty in creative writing.

We look forward to seeing you soon! We appreciate your support!

Nancy Cressman
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