2018 Canaan Meetinghouse Readings schedule

By Phil Pochoda

Dear Friends of the Canaan Meetinghouse Readings,

A much too protracted winter seems to have shifted precipitously into summer today, so it seems time to distribute the dance card for the 2018 Canaan Meetinghouse Readings. I am particularly pleased with the books and authors this year, and think that every one of the four weekly Readings in July (and one in August) seems exciting. If you want a jump on the summer, the Canaan and Lyme library will have all the 2018 books in stock, and they will also be on sale at the Norwich bookstore. (If you buy them now, the authors will sign them at Canaan).

I urge you to dig into some of these books if you're able, and please join us at the Meetinghouse this summer and enjoy this diverse array of great authors.

Canaan Meetinghouse Reading Series: Summer 2018
Moderator: Phil Pochoda                                     

July 12:  
 Peter Manseau:  The Apparationists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography
                          and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost. Chosen by Publisher’s
                          Weekly as One of the Ten Best Books of  2017 by NPR and LA Times, and        book of the month by Oprah Winfrey and EW.

July 19:  
 Christopher Wren:”Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain
                              “Boys and the American Revolution. Wren was New York Times            Bureau Chief in Moscow, Peking, Johannesburg, Cairo and Ottawa.
  Lauren Groff:        Florida (short stories); her previous novel, Fates and Furies, was a
                               finalist for the National Book Award in fiction, the National Book
                               Critics Circle Award, and the Kirkus Award. Was Amazon.com #1
                               book of 2015

July 26:
  Howard Mansfield: Summer Over Autumn: A Small Book of Small-Town Life.
                                Mansfield is the author of eight previous popular books about local
                                history, architecture, and preservation, including  In the Memory
                                House and The Same Ax Twice

MacArthur:  Heart Spring Mountain” (fiction). MacArthur’s previous book of
                                 short stories, Half Wild, was a finalist for the 2016 New England
                                 Book Award, and chosen by Barnes & Noble as a “Discover Great
                                 Writers” book
 Aug, 2:
    Lloyd Schwartz: Little Kisses (poems); Author of three previous books of poetry,
                                 Schwartz is the classical music commentator for NPR’s Fresh Air
                                 and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
    Joan Silber:           Improvement“fiction); Winner of the 2017 National Book Circle
                                  Critics Award in Fiction, and Winner of the 2018 PEN/Faulkner
                                  Award. Silber is the author of six previous highly acclaimed books
                                  of fiction.

All readings start at 7:30 at the Meetinghouse, Canaan Street, Canaan, NH.
The Norwich Bookstore will sell current and past books by each author at the Meetinghouse.