MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Writers’ Project has launched NH Writers’ Week, Nov. 30-Dec. 6, a way to recognize Granite State authors, and got some extra street cred on Nov. 12 when Gov. Maggie Hassan made it official with a proclamation.
Writers’ Week will be a celebration of New Hampshire “rich literary heritage” while also “putting a spotlight on the diverse writers living and working in our state.”
Look for special events around the state, held at bookstores, libraries, universities, bars and coffee shops.
See the calendar below to find something happening in your backyard, or to branch out into new territory, and contact NHWP to add a calendar event.
Sunday, Nov. 30
NEWINGTON – Krystal Ward Kent will be signing copies of her latest book, Harvest Maine. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 10 a.m.
BETHLEHEM – Leah Carey, Katherine Ferrier, Cathy Brown Strasser and Susan Wall will be on hand offering short readings and signing their books. Lite refreshments will be served. The Gallery at WREN, 3 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 1
ALL OVER THE STATE – Writers’ Night Out, mix and mingle with writers in ten different locations statewide. Grab a friend and check here for your closest venue, 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
DOVER – Chelsey Philpot, Amy Ray, Terri Bruce, Jed Power, Susan Oleksiw, and J.E. Seymour will be reading from their latest books and taking questions from the audience, Dover Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
DUNBARTON – Following a wassail and cheese reception, local authors will read from their works, Dunbarton Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 2
PLAISTOW – Marilyn & Steve Carter share recipes and music from their cookbook / double CD combo, No Fret Cooking. Plaistow Public Library, 6 p.m.
NEWMARKET – Prose, Poetry, Popsicles, a featured writer followed by open mic readings, Crackskulls Coffee & Books, 6:30 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH – Thriller writer Jeremy Robinson, true crime writer Kevin Flynn, and mystery/thriller writer Amy Ray read and discuss their writing, NHWP president John Herman moderates, RiverRun Bookstore, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 3
KENSINGTON – Former Portsmouth Poet Laureate Maren Tirabassi will do a program based on her new book, The Shakespeare Reader and Other Christmas Tales, Kensington Public Library, 11 a.m.
BARRINGTON – Local author celebration featuring J.E. Seymour talking about her two novels, Lead Poisoning and Stress Fractures, Barrington Public Library, 6 p.m.
EXETER – Picture book writer/illustrator JoAnn Adinolfi, middle-grade author Paul Durham, and young adult novelist Chelsey Philpot read and discuss their writing, Mystery/thriller writer Amy Ray moderates, Water Street Bookstore, 7 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH – Hoot Night, two featured readers and an open mic, Cafe Espresso, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Thursday, Dec. 4
MANCHESTER – A New Hampshire Notable Presentation featuring author Edie Clark reading from her books and talking about writing, Granite State College, 1 p.m.
NEWINGTON – Dennis Robinson will be discussing and signing copies of his book, Mystery on the Isles of Shoals. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1 p.m.
MANCHESTER – Type-in! Come write the old fashioned way. Bring your own typewriter or you can be supplied with one! NHWP trustee Rob Greene hosts, Café la Reine, 5:30 p.m.
CONCORD – Donald Hall, who served as Poet Laureate of the US from 2006 to 2007, will read and sign copies of his book, Essays After Eighty. Red River Theatres, 6 p.m.
MANCHESTER – Slam Free or Die, the New Hampshire Poetry Slam. Recite poetry, tell stories, do free verse. Milly’s Tavern, 7 p.m., $3 cover
PORTSMOUTH – NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) participants & friends are invited to join the Portsmouth Public Library at the Portsmouth Book & Bar for a Wrap Party! NaNoWriMo Winners (those who’ve written 50,000+ words during the month of November) receive 1 free drink each! Winners must present the (printed or digital) “badge” received upon completing the challenge. The Book & Bar serves wine, beer, coffee, and tea. Open Mic begins at 8:30 p.m.
NASHUA – Spend an evening chatting with nearly 50 local authors, browsing their books, and getting their advice on what it would take to get your own book published! Light refreshments served. Nashua Public Library, 7 p.m.
AUBURN – Cher Griffin shows writers of all ages how to enter the world of independent publishing. Book signing and copies of her books available as well. Griffin Free Public Library, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 5
EXETER – Coffeehouse, Open mic. First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6
SALEM – Rebecca L Matthews will be signing and selling her novels during the 15th Annual New England Holiday Craft Spectacular at the Rockingham Park Racetrack, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
KEENE – Edi Clark will be having a book signing. Cheshire County Historical Society, 11 a.m.
NEWINGTON – George A. Demoulas will be signing his book Illegit: A Memoir of Family Intrigue, Wealth and Cruel Indifference. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1 p.m.
MANCHESTER – The Craft of Flash Fiction with James Patrick Kelly (workshop). Registration required. 1 p.m.. Ford House on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 North River Road, Hooksett.
PORTSMOUTH – Paul Durham, Amy Ray, J.E. Seymour, Jed Power, Susan Colebank (aka Sydney Strand), along with Tom Holbrook, owner of Piscataqua Press. The authors will tell about their journeys to publication with Big 5 Publishers, small presses, Indie publishing, and straight to E-book publishing. Holbrook will talk about local authors who have used Piscataqua Press to make their writing dreams come true. Portsmouth Public Library, 2 p.m.