15th Anniversary Celebration: All Month
Two things going on throughout April to celebrate our annivrsary:
- Great Gift Card Giveaway: Buy a special $150 gift card, receive a bonus $30 gift card, and be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card
- Extra Credit: Get $3 credit per book on trade-ins (usually $2). Bring us your good quality used books!!
April 22nd, all day. Earth Day Used Book Sale
Celebrate Earth Day with us. ALL used books are 50%off. Buy one of our Anniversary Gift cards and you could walk away with enough reading material to last you the rest of the year!
One day only!
April 23rd at 9:00am Sunday Morning Civics, Health Care
Our Sunday morning series keeps on going, with a talk about national health care policy, events in Congress, and implications for health care in NH. We are happy to welcome Joan Jacobs as our guest.
Joan was raised in Newton, MA and attended public school. She earned an undergraduate degree in government from the University of Michigan. After teaching school and a stint as a community health educator with Planned Parenthood, she went to graduate school at the University of Hawaii and earned a Masters of Public Health. Her 25 years of service with the US Department of Health and Human Services included a policy analysis position the Office of Minority Health and a one-year fellowship in the U.S. Senate in the office of Harry Reid of Nevada.
Please join us. There will be coffee…
April 24th at 6:30pm Chuck Collins, Born on Third Base
We are so excited to welcome back Chuck Collins, who was last here many years ago, talking about income inequality before people were talking about income inequality. He is still at it, and the topic is more topical than ever.
Collins, born to great privilege, takes a thoughtful, well-written, and carefully researched approach to solving the extreme imbalance in wealth distribution, directed toward one- and 99-percenters alike. Refreshingly, Collins not only talks the talk but walks the walk: at age 26 he gave up his $500,000 trust fund and dedicated his life to ending inequality. The book’s first half outlines the problems of uneven wealth distribution, which have been made even more evident by the 2008 economic downturn. This part includes a section addressing racial issues in the U.S. and making the case for federal reparations for slavery. What Collins does even better than describing the challenge is, in the book’s second half, outlining significant and specific solutions. He includes 10 elements of a program for the wealthiest 1% to follow, imploring readers to connect with both “people around us” and “people who are completely different.” He makes an appeal for “humanity and empathy” at the book’s very beginning, shows how he and others have worked to embody it, and reinforces the importance of this approach at the conclusion. Wherever readers fall on the economic scale, this is a worthwhile book to read, digest, and share. –Publisher’s Weekly
April 26th at 7:00pm: Poetry After Hours
Our series continues. Come at 7pm to hear from some up and coming young authors, and stay for the open mic afterward.
Alice B Fogel is the Poet Laureate of New Hampshire (2014-2019). In addition to Strange Terrain, a guide to appreciating poetry without necessarily “getting” it, she is the author, most recently, of A Doubtful House (April 2017). Other collections include Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s Goldberg Variations (2015), which won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and the New Hampshire Literary Award in Poetry, and Be That Empty, a national bestseller. A nine-time Pushcart nominee and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship and other awards, her poems appear in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry and Poet’s Choice. She works with learning disabled students at Landmark College in Putney, VT, and hikes mountains whenever possible.
Ella McGrail is a 17-year-old Senior at Portsmouth High school. She is a writer, fantasist, and dragon-rider, not necessarily in that order, as well as a close personal friend of Hermione Granger. This year she was honored to become New Hampshire’s first youth poet laureate. She hopes to use her position to encourage young writers to pursue their craft, and to create opportunities for them to share and improve their writing. Ella’s own writings include A Trick of the Dark, a fantasy novel that received a Scholastic Gold Key Award, as well as multiple social justice speeches, articles, and narratives. You can find her speeches on YouTube, and her other social justice writing at her blog on Seacoast Online, Civic Teen.
Mike Nelson has been hanging around the seacoast poetry scene for nearly two decades. He is the Host of Beat Night at The Press Room, the founder of Tribe Poetry Project (tribepoetry.org) and the new Poet Laureate of Portsmouth.”
Andrew Lapham Fersch is a teacher and writer. Fersch is the founder of The Penn Program, an alternative education cooperative. He also quite enjoys spending his time outdoors hiking and biking, and writes poetry and books for young people that will likely never get published because they treat young people as actual people. Find out more at www.afersch.com.
April 30th at 7:00pm: 15th Anniversary Party
All day long, enjoy a 15% discount on everything in the store, and stick around for our Gift Card Giveaway drawing at 5pm.
May 2nd at 7:00pm Elliott Baker, The Sun God’s Heir: Rebirth
The Count of Monte Cristo meets ancient Egypt in this riveting sequel to The Sun God’s Heir: Return. Set during the wave tossed years of white slavery and Barbary pirates, this is the epic story of René Gilbert, a journey that defies time as he must draw on a larger awareness earned in previous lifetimes.
The plague’s dark fingers curl around Bordeaux. René must return home to save those he loves. But first he has to escape a Moroccan sultan’s clutches. In Bordeaux, an enemy waits, filled with a hatred three thousand years old. Only René can defeat this dark power, and only if he reclaims his own ancient past. In this arena, death is but the least of failure’s penalties.
May 7th at 5:00pm John Splaine, Mr. M’s Notebook
In this novel, you are introduced to Mark Blenchard who teaches in Bailey T. S. Memorial High School. Bailey High is located in the fictional, Gorham, Massachusetts. This is Mr. M’s story about the teachers he has worked with and the students he has taught. Blenchard’s -notebook- enlightens educators and the general public about education issues that are still relevant today. If you are a teacher, a prospective teacher, a parent, a school administrator, or any member of the public, then Mark Blenchard’s story informs readers about the kinds of things that happen every day in schools and society. Mr. M’s Notebook inspires us to think about what could be changed.
May 11th at 6:30pm Leah DeCesare, Forks, Knives, and Spoons
There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is the final lesson that Amy York’s father sends her off to college with, never suspecting just how far his daughter will take it. Clinging to the Utensil Classification System as her guide, Amy tries to convince her skeptical roommate, Veronica Warren, of its usefulness as they navigate the heartbreaks and soul mates of college and beyond. Beginning in 1988, their freshman year at Syracuse University, Amy and Veronica meet an assortment of guys—from slotted spoons and shrimp forks to butter knives and sporks—all while trying to learn if the UCS holds true. On the quest to find their perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves—and not to settle in love or life.
DeCesare runs the popular Mother’s Circle website. You can find out more about her, and it, here.
May 21, 6:00pm Donna Buiso, Nothing But My Voice
Despite enduring years of verbal and emotional abuse, nothing prepared Donna Buiso for the disastrous consequences of leaving her manipulative husband. She thought it couldn’t get any worse. She was wrong. Nothing But My Voice traces the destruction of one woman’s life as a result of her husband’s manipulations and the complicity of the Family Probate Court, which refused to acknowledge the existence of abuse. When the Judge awards custody of their children to the father, the mother is left with nothing but her voice. This memoir serves as a battle cry to all women – and men – who lose their children to abusive partners and a corrupt court system that fails to protect the human rights of parents and their children.
Donna Buiso lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In 2002, she shared her story of how she lost her children when she testified at the Massachusetts State House Grand Staircase for the Battered Mothers Testimony Project (BMTP). In the many years since then, she has heard from countless mothers with similar stories. She hopes that this memoir might help them to also have a voice.