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Center for the Book Comes to New Hampshire

For Immediate Release
October 18, 2010
Contact: Mary Russell, Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library
603-271-2866, mary.russell@dcr.nh.gov

NH Center for the Book hosts readings on October 23rd
as part of the Concord Literary Festival

What do novelist Katherine Towler; Moose of Humor, Rebecca Rule; journalist Kevin Flynn, and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Walter Butts have in common? They have all had books featured as books-of-the-week on Book Notes New Hampshire, the Center for the Book's blog (at http://nhbookcenter.blogspot.com). This outstanding group of New Hampshire authors will all be reading at the NH State Library, at 20 Park Street, Concord, on Saturday, October 23, 2010 as part of the Concord Literary Festival.

The Center for the Book began featuring a book-of-the-week on its blog in January 2007 and has included novels, history, biography, poetry, children's and young adult literature, cookbooks, and various other books that struck the fancy of the Center's director in the nearly 200 weeks since then. "When the New Hampshire Writer's Project asked us to be part of the Concord Literary Festival," explains Center director Mary Russell, "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 work." The writers who were invited to read 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, many of which also feature authors whose books have been books-of-the-week (John Walters and Marty Kelley, for example.)

Katherine Towler will read beginning at 10am. She is author of the novels Snow Island, Evening Ferry, and Island Light. This trilogy of novels set on a fictional New England island chronicles the lives of two generations in two island families and the impact of the wars of the twentieth century on the island community. Praised by the Boston Globe as "luminous and moving," Snow Island was chosen as book-of-the-week #52 in 2007. Katherine has received fellowships from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. She has published poetry, short stories, and a series of interviews with prominent writers and poets. She has taught creative writing to students of all ages, including working with public school students through the artists-in-the-schools program in New Hampshire. Currently she teaches graduate students in the low residency MFA Program in Writing at Southern New Hampshire University and works as a freelance writer specializing in publications and promotional materials for schools and non-profits. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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 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 www.nhwritersproject.org.

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 http://nhbookcenter.org.


NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about the Concord Literary Festival, the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, or to arrange an interview, please contact Mary Russell, 603-271-2866, mary.russell@dcr.nh.gov.

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