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NH Center for the Book hosts readings at Concord Literary Festival

As part of the Concord Literary Festival, New Hampshire authors Katherine Towler, Rebecca Rule, Kevin Flynn and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Walter Butts will give readings of their work at the New Hampshire State Library, 20 Park Street, Concord, N.H., on Saturday, October 23, 2010.

Towler, Rule, Flynn and Butts have all had books featured as Book-of-the-Week selections on Book Notes New Hampshire, the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library's blog (at

The Center for the Book began its Book-of-the-Week feature on its blog in January 2007 and has included novels, biographies, poetry, children's and young adult literature, cookbooks and various other genres in the nearly 200 weeks since then.

"When the New Hampshire Writer's Project asked us to participate in the Concord Literary Festival," explains Mary Russell, director of the Center for the Book, "it seemed like a great opportunity to bring the Book-of-the-Week out of cyberspace and into the Library with a group of featured authors reading from their recent works."

Participating writers are all local authors and were chosen to show the diversity of Book-of-the-Week titles as well as to complement the other programs that are planned as part of the Festival.

The schedule is:

Katherine Towler: 10 a.m.
Author of Snow Island, Evening Ferry and Island Light, a trilogy set on a fictional New England island which chronicles the lives of two generations in two island families how the wars of the twentieth century impacted the island community.

Rebecca Rule: 11 a.m.
Author of Headin’ for the Rhubarb! A New Hampshire Dictionary (well, kinda); Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire and Could Have Been Worse: True Stories, Embellishments and Outright Lies as well as numerous articles and short story collections; her book The Best Revenge was named Outstanding Work of Fiction by the New Hampshire Writers Project.

Kevin Flynn: noon.
Co-author, with his wife Rebecca Lavoie, of Our Little Secret: The True Story of a Teenage Killer and the Silence of a Small New England Town and Wicked Intentions: The Sheila LaBarre Murders.

Walter Butts: 1 p.m.
Author of several poetry collections, including Sunday Evening at the Stardust Café and the chapbooks What to Say if the Birds Ask, Sunday Factory, White Bees and A Season of Crows. His poems appear frequently in such magazines as Atlanta Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, Cimarron Review, Mid-American Review and Poetry East, and have been anthologized in numerous publications including Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets.

The Concord Literary Festival is sponsored by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and thirty community partners, including the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. Events will be held throughout the downtown Concord area on October 21-23, 2010 and include author readings and book signings, poetry readings and slam performances, workshops, films, New Hampshire horror story readings, plays and First Amendment discussions. Festival details are available at

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was founded in 2003 to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy and the literary heritage of New Hampshire, and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State. It is the New Hampshire affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Information on the New Hampshire Center is available at




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