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The Bookshelf features authors from around New Hampshire and the region, as well as books about New Hampshire by authors from anywhere. Covering mostly fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, it also features literary conferences, events and trends. Hosted by Peter Biello, The Bookshelf airs every other Friday on All Things Considered. What's on your bookshelf? Let us know by sending an email to books@nhpr.org .

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The Bookshelf features authors from around New Hampshire and the region, as well as books about New Hampshire by authors from anywhere. Covering mostly fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, it also features literary conferences, events and trends. Hosted by Peter Biello, The Bookshelf airs every other Friday on All Things Considered. What's on your bookshelf? Let us know by sending an email to books@nhpr.org .

    The Bookshelf: N.H. Poet Laureate Will Be Your Reader

    The Bookshelf: N.H. Poet Laureate Will Be Your Reader

    Alexandria Peary is New Hampshire’s new poet laureate , and she’s ramping up her work as the state’s official advocate for poetry and the literary arts more broadly. As part of her work as poet laureate, she’s been reading work sent to her by New Hampshire poets. NHPR’s Peter Biello spoke with Peary about this effort and about her new collection of poetry, The Water Draft . Read Alexandria Peary's Top Five Reading Recommendations: 1. Wallace Stevens, The Collected Poems. This book is a must-read

    • 8 min
    The Bookshelf: Keene Author Recalls 'Cub' Reporting Days in Graphic Memoir

    The Bookshelf: Keene Author Recalls 'Cub' Reporting Days in Graphic Memoir

    When Cindy Copeland was in seventh grade in the early 1970s, an English teacher encouraged her to become a writer. Shortly after that, the Keene resident landed an internship as a “cub reporter” with a local journalist, following her to public meetings and learning how question people powerful people—most of them men. And Cindy did all this while navigating the tricky minefield of fraught friendships, cliques, and bullying that so often characterize life in junior high. This month, Copeland

    • 7 min
    The Bookshelf: Author John Brighton Remembers the Sullivan County of the 1960s

    The Bookshelf: Author John Brighton Remembers the Sullivan County of the 1960s

    When New Hampshire author John Brighton was six years old, his family bought a lakeside farm in Washington, a small town in New Hampshire's Sullivan County. There he met farmers, road workers, and war veterans who, to Brighton, were the very essence of the rapidly changing rural New Hampshire landscape. Brighton's new memoir recalls the Washington of the 1960s and 70s, and the people who lived there. NHPR’s All Things Considered host Peter Biello sat down with Brighton to discuss his new book,

    • 4 min
    The Bookshelf: Poet Marie Harris and 'Desire Lines'

    The Bookshelf: Poet Marie Harris and 'Desire Lines'

    If you've ever been on a college campus or a public park, you may have seen desire lines. Those are those well-worn paths carved by travelers who, for whatever reason, preferred a route that diverged from the ones carefully cured in concrete by city or campus planners. Such a metaphor proved irresistible to Marie Harris. The Barrington, New Hampshire poet's new collection, Desire Lines, keeps these paths in mind as it explores aspects of her own life. Harris, a former New Hampshire poet laureate

    • 13 min
    The Bookshelf: N.H. Writers Face the National Novel Writing Month Challenge

    The Bookshelf: N.H. Writers Face the National Novel Writing Month Challenge

    This November, writers across the world are participating in National Novel Writing Month. Organized by a non-profit, its goal is to encourage anyone who has dreamed of writing a book to just do it...over the course of one month. With a little more than a week remaining, NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with writers from New England giving it a try. Elisabeth Jewell of Penacook has been trying to find time to put her feet up on her couch, open her laptop, and work on her novel. "I like fun books, so I

    • 4 min
    The Bookshelf: Author Alex Myers Challenges Gender Norms in New Novel

    The Bookshelf: Author Alex Myers Challenges Gender Norms in New Novel

    Novelist Alex Myers came out as transgender in the mid-90s, when society's understanding of what it means to be transgender was less clear than it is today. In his new novel, "Continental Divide," Myers writes about 19-year-old Ron, who was born female, and grew up in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Ron decides to reinvent himself as a man by moving west to work on a ranch in Wyoming. Alex Myers is an English teacher at Philips Exeter Academy. NHPR's Peter Biello stopped by his classroom earlier this

    • 8 min

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