William Shatner Beat Night

Shatner Beat Night

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On Sunday, March 22, devotees of William Shatner gathered at Portsmouth Book and Bar to pay tribute to the actor/writer/singer/living legend at William Shatner Beat...

Spreading the spoken word

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Beat Night celebrates 16 years and gets ready to go global Few poetry reading series live to celebrate their 16th birthday and even fewer make...

The journey and the destination

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Above, Atticus Lish In their new novels, Atticus Lish and John Benditt explore odysseys both internal and external By Craig Robert Brown In their latest...

White spaces

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Discover Portsmouth presents Shay Stewart-Bouley on being a “Black Girl in Maine” By Chloe Kanner On her blog, Shay Stewart-Bouley writes about marriage, parenting, working,...

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“Hausfrau” by Jill Alexander Essbaum “Hausfrau” is the perfect Valentine’s Day antidote: Anna is a restless American housewife living in Switzerland with her banker husband...

Pours and pages

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Throwback Brewery’s new book club brings together beers, books, and people who love them Words and photo by J.L. Stevens The first rule of Throwback...

Literary legacies

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New Hampshire Writers’ Project’s Literary Hall of Fame honors Granite State writers past and present By Charlie Weinmann The Granite State has its own halls...

Author’s note

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Nicholson Baker discusses writing, Seacoast-based characters, and saving newspapers by Craig Robert Brown Nicholson Baker made his mark on the literary scene with his debut...

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“Get in Trouble: Stories” by Kelly Link Brace yourself for unabashed fangirling: Kelly Link is one of the most amazing writers working today, and hopefully...

Telling tales

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Pat Spalding helps first-time storytellers discover their voices and refine their tales Words and photo by Craig Robert Brown Pat Spalding thinks the older woman...

Delivering the message

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Photographer Lionel Delevingne captures the Clamshell Alliance and the history of anti-nuke activism in his new book by Larry Clow, photos by Lionel Delevingne Photographer...

The women behind Wonder Woman

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Author Jill Lepore reveals the hidden history of the world’s most popular female superhero By Liberty Hardy In “The Secret History of Wonder Woman,” Harvard...

A perfect storm

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The Salem Witch Trials engulfed Salem, Mass., and surrounding areas for a little more than a year. Twenty people, most of them women, were executed....

A tangled history

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Rev. Robert Thompson remembers when the Ku Klux Klan came to Exeter in the 1990s. Thompson, an African-American minister at Phillips Church at Phillips Exeter...

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“Almost Famous Women” by Megan Mayhew Bergman Mayhew Bergman’s second fantastic collection of stories revolves around lesser-known historical women, including Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sister,...

38 in ’15

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The new year promises to be an excellent one for readers of all varieties. Here are 38 titles to look for at your local library...

Fine lines

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by Larry Clow For comics fans, 2014 was a very good year. In fact, there are a lot of arguments to be made for declaring...

Overlooked and awesome

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With upwards of a million books published in the United States each year, the percentage mentioned in reviews is a teeny, tiny representation. With 2014...

Cut and paste community

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When Sam Paolini returned to her hometown of Brentwood after dropping out of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010, she felt inspired...

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“Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain” by Alan Light The title alone was enough to make me read the book, but...

True detective

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Just a few feet from the stone wall separating Portsmouth’s South Cemetery and Route 1A are two gravestones cut in white marble. The graves are...