February 22nd at 7:00pm: Poetry After Hours
We are xcited to announce that YOU are the featured reader for February! That’s right! We are doing an ALL AGES, ALL OPEN MIC NIGHT for February 22nd, 2017 from 7-9 pm
The event is free and open to all!
This is open to ALL levels of poets, singers, rappers, and comedians! ALL levels of talent welcome you can read original work or read someone else! Come have some fun and celebrate with us! You can SLAM, RAP, READ, SING, JOKE, ACT, whatever you want the only open mic RULE is one poem (or song, or piece), two pages (if written), two minutes or fewer to provide enough time for all those that wish to share!
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
February 26th at 9:00am
Sunday Morning Civics: Representative Carol Shea Porter
RiverRun continues its Sunday morning series, bringing citizens together to learn about important issues on the state and local level.
All are invited this Sunday as we look to national politics for a change with our State Rep Carol Shea Porter, who will talk about representing New Hampshire issues in Washington. As usual, we will focus on learning how to best engage with the political process.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is free and open to the public.
There will be coffee.
March 7th at 6:30pm: Mary Lawrence, Death at St. Vedast
Bianca and John are delighted to share in the glad fortune of their friend, Boisvert, the silversmith, who is to wed Odile, the wealthy widow of a goldsmith. But a pall is cast over the upcoming nuptials when the body of a pregnant woman is found beneath the bell tower of St. Vedast, the very church where the betrothed are to be married.
Tragedy strikes again at the couple’s reception, when Odile suddenly drops dead in the middle of her wedding feast. The constable suspects Boisvert poisoned his new bride for her money, but there’s not a trace of poison in her food or wine. Could the two deaths be connected?
To prove Boisvert’s innocence, Bianca will need to employ her knowledge of alchemy–for if she can determine how the bride was killed, she may find the person responsible for her murder–before another victim is added to the death toll.
Death at St. Vedast is book three in the Bianca Goodard Series, set in Tudor England. The mysteries take place in London during the 1540s in the final years of Henry VIII’s reign. His legacy as king can be characterized as extraordinary not only in the religious changes that shaped future England, but also in the political intrigues that defined his tenure.
March 11th at 6:30pm: Audrey Dillon, The Girl Who Said Yes
Do you know what the book category “New Adult” means? It’s a fairly recent designation for fiction aimed at 17-25 year olds. More adult than “Young Adult,” but focused on themes of interest to the younger generation.
The Girl Who Said Yes is just such a book, and it’s published by our own publishing company, Piscataqua Press. In this novel, Tess Ryan is once again in love, but this time is different. It’s senior year of college and, well, she’s running out of time. Smart and confident yet hopelessly romantic, Tess believes she has found her soul mate. The very strict no dating professors or their hot TAs policy is only a slight problem compared to the fact that no one else in her life seems to support her endeavors to make him love her. Do they know something she doesn’t? Determined to prove that happily ever does still exist, Tess battles the pull to follow the rules against her mission to make her fairytale fantasy come true.
March 15th at 6:30pm: Roger Ekirch, American Sanctuary
The extraordinary story of the mutiny aboard the frigate HMS Hermione in 1797 (eight years after the mutiny on the Bounty)–the bloodiest mutiny ever suffered by the Royal Navy, that led to the extradition from America, and the hanging by the British, of the martyred sailor Jonathan Robbins. This event plunged the two-decade-old American Republic into a constitutional crisis, and powerfully contributed to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election of 1800. It propelled to the fore the fundamental issue of political asylum and extradition, still being debated today–more than two hundred years later.
A. ROGER EKIRCH was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, and Delmar, New York. He is the author of Bound for America, Birthright, and At Day’s Close. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and John Hopkins University, and is a professor of history at Virginia Tech.
March 29th at 6:30pm: Abby Fabiaschi, I Liked My Life
“Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, this hard-to-put-down, engrossing debut will have readers wondering until the very end. It examines life and death, despair and faith, parenthood and marriage, the choices we make, and, most of all, love.”
—Library Journal, STARRED review
I LIKED MY LIFE unfurls the story of the Starlings, a seemingly happy family whose matriarch, Madeline, dies tragically in what is deemed a suicide. Madeline was a model wife and mother who chose to stay at home after many successful years in the corporate world; she was the glue that held her family together. Through alternating points of view, Fabiaschi reveals her characters: Madeline, postmortem, as she attempts to make things right for her family; Brady, as he struggles to balance his high-powered career with the demands of single fatherhood; and Eve, as grief thrusts her into adulthood and she grapples to find her identity without her mother by her side. The result is a “vivid, gripping”** and achingly beautiful portrait of a father and daughter trying to redefine their understanding of family and a striking depiction of the transcendent power of unconditional love.
In explaining her inspiration for the story, Fabiaschi writes, “I was inspired by a sentiment from Adrienne Rich’s poetry: If we could learn to learn from pain even as it grasps us. I love the idea that slivers of beauty exist in life’s most agonizing moments, if only you know where to look. Madeline, Eve, and Brady learn exactly that, each on their own timeline and in their own way.”