Northshire Boosktore is located in Manchester. Events are free and open to the public.
Oct. 13, 6 p.m.: Join us for an evening of poetry as Tim Mayo reads from his new book, "Thesaurus of Separation" and Jayne Benjulian from her new book, "Five Sextillion Atoms."
Mayo holds an ALB, cum laude, from Harvard University and an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. A six time Pushcart Prize Nominee, and a top finalist for the 2009 Paumanok Award, Mayo lives in Brattleboro where he was a founding member and organizer of the Brattleboro Literary Festival author committee. Thesaurus of Separation is his second collection.
Benjulian holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. And is the winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award. She grew up in suburban backyards near New York City and spent summers swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. She began writing as a young girl, leaving letters under the mattress to read years later to see who she had been. Her work appears in numerous journals, and she has taught and lectured in the states and abroad. Five Sextillion Atoms is her first collection.
Oct. 14, 6 p.m.: Stephen Long, "Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England." A groundbreaking account of the cataclysmic hurricane of 1938 and its devastating impact on New England's inland forests. The hurricane that pummeled the northeastern United States on Sept. 21, 1938, was New England's most damaging weather event ever. To call it New England's Katrina might be to understate its power. Without warning, the storm plowed into Long Island and New England, killing hundreds of people and destroying roads, bridges, dams, and buildings that stood in its path. Not yet spent, the hurricane then raced inland, maintaining high winds into Vermont and New Hampshire and uprooting millions of acres of forest. This book is the first to investigate how the hurricane of '38 transformed New England, bringing about social and ecological changes that can still be observed these many decades later. The hurricane's impact was erratic. Some swaths of forest were destroyed while others nearby remained unscathed; some stricken forests retain their prehurricane character, others have been transformed. Long explores these contradictions, drawing on survivors vivid memories of the storm and its aftermath and on his own familiarity with New England's forests, where he discovers clues to the storm's legacies even now. Thirty-Eight is a gripping story of a singularly destructive hurricane. It also provides important and insightful information on how best to prepare for the inevitable next great storm.
Long is founder and former editor of Northern Woodlands magazine and author of "More Than a Woodlot: Getting the Most from Your Family Forest." For more than 25 years he has been writing about the forests and people of New England.
Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: Caitlin Shetterly, "Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future." A disquieting and meditative look at the issue that started the biggest food fight of our time — GMOs. From a journalist and mother who learned that genetically modified corn was the culprit behind what was making her and her child sick, a must-read book for anyone trying to parse the incendiary discussion about genetically modified foods. GMO products are among the most consumed and the least understood substances in the United States today. They appear not only in the food we eat, but in everything from the interior coating of paper coffee cups and medicines to diapers and toothpaste. We are often completely unaware of their presence. Modified is a rare breed of book that will at once make you weep at the majestic beauty of our Great Plains and force you to harvest deep seeds of doubt about the invisible monsters currently infiltrating our food and our land and threatening our future.
Shetterly is the author of "Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke," "Finding Home" and the bestselling "Fault Lines: Stories of Divorce." Her work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Elle, and Self, and on Oprah.com and Medium.com, as well as on This American Life and various other public radio shows.She lives with her family in Maine.