Duo author event
Join us at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester April 1st at 7 p.m. for a special duo author appearance. Author Jung Yun will be here for her new book Shelter. She will be in conversation with James Scott, author of The Kept. Mrs. Yun's highly anticipated debut novel is receiving great accolades from The New York Times, and several other notable publications. A riveting story beginning with a violent home invasion, explores the depths of forgiveness and the lengths one goes to in order to provide for ones family. As "Shelter" veers swiftly toward its startling conclusion, Jung Yun leads the reader through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, chaos discovers hope.
Jung Yun was born in South Korea, grew up in North Dakota, and educated at Vassar College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her work has appeared in "Tin House" (the "Emerging Voices" issue); "The Best of Tin House: Stories, " edited by Dorothy Allison; and "The Massachusetts Review;" and she is a recipient of an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize and an Artist's Fellowship in fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband.
A kickoff to the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month
April 2, 1 p.m. April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month and we are starting it out with a most beloved and respected Vermont poet, Leland Kinsey, for his new collection of poetry, Galvanized. This much-anticipated collection ranges from Kinsey's home in the rugged mountains of northern Vermont to the towering stone lighthouses and highland shielings of his ancestors' Scotland. Drawing from seven previous, acclaimed collections, and with more than twelve new poems, Kinsey takes us with him on his travels to the brawling rivers of Labrador, the slopes of Kilimanjaro, the wheat fields and dinosaur digs of Alberta, and the ranches of the Tex-Mex border. With precise and original images – the Egyptian mummies used to stoke the furnaces of 19th-century steamships; the hardwood timbers of Swahili sailing freighters dating back three thousand years – Kinsey carries us deep into human history and into the natural world we were once all intimately a part of. With him, we visit the rough, country ballfields and raw girlie shows of his youth, and experience the endlessly fascinating intricacies of the work he's done, as a farrier, printer, horseman, dairy farmer, and teacher. In language so exact and powerful it appears to be galvanized itself, Kinsey is a poet of the "reaches of the world," and our place in it. He writes of love and loss, of family and friendship, of joy and sorrow, always with a hard-earned vision of hope, always straight from his own dauntless heart.
Leland Kinsey, was born and raised on a farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, where his ancestors settled in the early 1800s. He has conducted writing workshops for the Vermont Arts Council and the Children's Literacy Foundation at over 100 schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. Since receiving his MA, Leland has worked as a farmhand, printer, and horse trainer and has taught courses at Elderhostel.
He has published six collections of poetry, including In the Rain Shadow (University Press of N.E.)
Following Mr. Kinsey's event the Gossamer Stone Poets will be set up in our store with their well-known session of The Poet is In. Visit from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and have a poem written for you by one of the Gossamer Stone Poets while you wait. Poems are free but donations for our Book Angel's Program is appreciated.
Poet Major Jackson at Manchester Community Library
Manchester Community Library and Northshire Bookstore present "A Celebration of Poetry with Major Jackson" at the library on April 5 at 7 p.m. Jackson will discuss his newest collection, Roll Deep, and speak about the importance of poetry as it defines us as humans and serves as a record of our existence.
In his fourth collection, a breakthrough volume, Major Jackson appropriates the vernacular notion of rolling deep to capture the spirit of aesthetic travel that defines these forceful new poems and brazenly announces his steady accretion of literary and artistic influences. The confident and radiant poems in Roll Deep address a range of topics, most prominently human intimacy and war. And like his best work to date, these poems create new experiences with language owed to Jackson's willingness to once again seek a rhythmic sound that expresses the unique realities of the twenty-first century with humor and understanding. Whether set in Nairobi, Madrid, or Greece, the poems are sensuously evocative and unapologetically with-it, in their effort to build community across borders of language and style.
Jackson is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors. He teaches at the University of Vermont and is the poetry editor of the Harvard Review. His first book, Leaving Saturn, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. Each of his last two collections, Hoops and Holding Company, was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature Poetry. Jackson lives in South Burlington, Vermont.
The event is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave., at the corner of Rt. 7A and Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. Major Jackson's books will be available for purchase. Call the bookstore at 802-362-2200 or the library at 802-362-2607 for more info.