I’ve been working with a brilliant composer to set part of my latest book, Chasing Eden: A Book of Seekers, to music and bring it to the stage.
I’ll be performing A Journey to the White Mountains in Words and Music at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH, on Thursday, April 14, 7:30 pm.
Tickets ($24) are available online: https://ccanh.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S1R00000Cc8NzUAJ or by calling the box office at the Capitol Center: 603-225-1111.
The show is about how the discovery of the White Mountains affects us to this day. Pioneering artists in the 19th Century taught Americans how to look at the wilderness. Americans were eager for the lesson, and, with guidebook in hand telling them where to see the views in the famous paintings, they followed the artists. Their art created a market for the views, filled hotels with tourists, and laid the bounds for national parks across the country.
Today’s tourists to the White Mountains may not know it, but they’ve come in search of an Eden created by a legion of nineteenth-century landscape painters.
The composer, Ben Cosgrove, writes landscape-inspired music, a spirited, Jazz-inflected piano in the tradition of Keith Jarrett. You can hear Ben at the keyboard here: www. BenCosgrove.com
Ben has held artist residencies and fellowships with the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. He has also written for Orion, Taproot, Northern Woodlands, Appalachia, and other publications.
His fourth studio album, The Trouble with Wilderness, an evocation of nature and wildness within the built environment, was released last year. The album was featured on NHPR’s Outside/In, and was deemed one of the best new releases of last spring by WBUR. The Trouble with Wilderness has been called “beautiful and fascinating” (The Maine Edge), “deeply impressive” (Independent Clauses) and “immediately evocative and fully arresting… brimming with technical mastery and emotional capital” (Seven Days).
We have been following each other’s work for years. When I first heard Ben Cosgrove’s music, it made immediate, emotional sense. In his music I hear the restlessness of America and the broad reach of the country.
As Ben says, he has been reading my books “for years, some of them over and over. He’s able to write about local history and sense of place in a thoughtful, conversational way that somehow feels both deeply personal and ringingly universal.”
You’ve all been loyal, coming to my readings and talks over the years, for which I’m grateful. This show is quite different. I hope that the words and music bring us all closer to an elemental, powerful place.
We bring the White Mountains to the Monadnock region. We’ll be performing our show, A Journey to the White Mountains in Words and Music, at Bass Hall in the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, Peterborough, on Saturday, June 4, 7:30 pm. Order tickets here.
I’m reading from Chasing Eden here:
February 8, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. – Durham Public Library. In person and on Zoom. Register for Zoom here. 49 Madbury Rd., Durham, NH, 603-868-6699
Here’s where I’ll be reading from Chasing Eden:
All events are currently planned to be in person.
September 25, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Multi-author signing at Peterborough, NH, Community Center (the old armory), 25 Elm St.
October 14, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Gibsons Bookstore, Concord, NH.
October 23, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. — The Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH.
October 30, Saturday, 2 p.m. — New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord, NH. Admission is $7 for adults and free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.
November 4, Thursday, 5:00 p.m. Fireside storytelling. Hot cider by an open fire outdoors behind the Hancock Inn.
November 8, Monday, 6:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. — Historical Society of Cheshire County. 246 Main St., Keene, NH. In person and online. Please pre-register here.
November 17, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Historical Society of Cheshire County. 246 Main St., Keene, NH . I am joining Medora and Ernie Hebert to discuss the new photo book, New Hampshire Now. Expect a lively, spirited discussion.
December 9, Thursday, 3:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. “Special guest” at the New Hampshire Historical Society trustee meeting.
It’s all on Zoom for now. I will be part of a conference on Zoom in October. I’ll be interviewed by Rodney Obien, College Archivist, at Keene State College, on October 15.
This fall I’ll be presenting my new book, The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down.
September 29, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – The Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH
October 4, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – The Toadstool Bookshop, Lorden Plaza, Milford, NH
October 17, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. — The Bookery, 844 Elm St., Manchester, NH
October 18, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
October 20, Saturday, 11 a.m. – The Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Emerald St., Keene, NH
October 24, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. – Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St.,Concord, NH
October 25, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Belmont Books, 79 Leonard St., Belmont, MA
November 1, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, MA
November 9, Friday, 6:00 p.m. – Everyone’s Books, 25 Elliot St., Brattleboro, VT
November 15, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Water St. Bookstore, Exeter, NH
December 8, Saturday, 1:30 to 2 p.m. – Nye Hill Farm Open House. 250 Middletown Rd., Roxbury, NH.
Howard Mansfield and Sy Montgomery will read. Nye Hill Farm grows organic food, has a small award-winning craft brewery, shelters abused and neglected animals, and is a beautiful, old farm with sweeping views to the south. More Info: http://nyehillorganic.com/
July 26, 7:30 pm at the Meetinghouse, Canaan Street, Canaan, NH.
I’ll be at the Meetinghouse Readings series to read from Summer Over Autumn, along with Robin MacArthur, author of the novel Heart Spring Mountain and short story collection Half Wild, which was a finalist for the 2016 New England Book Award.
March 25, Sunday, 11 a.m. to noon. — NH Preservation Alliance’s Old House & Barn Expo. Conversation with N.H. Authors Joe Monninger, John Clayton and Howard Mansfield about Place and Preservation. Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Admission $10; Seniors (65+), Veterans and Students $7; Children 12 and Under Free
This fall I’ll be reading from my new book, Summer Over Autumn: A Small Book of Small Town Life.
In twenty-one short essays Howard Mansfield calls on thirty years of his observations of life in a small New Hampshire town. He tells stories about neighbors, animals, tractors, trees, yard sales, funerals, money, and fidelity to time itself. But these stories also contain much more. Mansfield writes, “We get from stories what we bring to them, and in small towns we may bring entire lives to the reading, and sometimes a simple story runs deep.”
September 23, Saturday, 11 a.m. – Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, N.H.
September 28, Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord, NH
September 30, Saturday, 1pm to 3 pm. A Taste of Art at Nye Hill Farm, 250 Middletown Rd., Roxbury, NH. Pottery, woodturning, spinning, felting, quilting, and paintings. Farm tours. Howard Mansfield and Sy Montgomery will read at 1:30 and sign books until 3. The art festival runs from 10 to 5. Nye Hill is an organic farm, a brewery, a haven for rescued animals, and a beautiful place. More information: Nyehillorganic.com Or at Facebook on the Nye Hill Farm page.
October 5, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Water St. Bookstore, Exeter, NH
October 10, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, NH
October 13, Friday, 7 p.m. – Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls,Vt
October 14, Saturday, 1 p.m. – Toadstool Bookshop, Keene, NH
October 28, Saturday, 4:30 p.m. – Island Bound Bookstore, Block Island, RI
November 30, Thursday, 7.00 p.m. – Belmont Books, Belmont, MA.
December 5, Tuesday, 7.00 p.m. – Hancock Town Library, Hancock, NH. With Sy Montgomery.
If you’re in Maine this August, come hear me read as part of this wonderful reading series:
You can hear this talk on a podcast, The Grow Maine Show.2016
March 25, Saturday, 3 p.m. – Toadstool Bookshop, Milford, NH, Lorden Plaza, 614 Nashua St., Rte 101A, 603-673-1734.
March 30, Thursday, 7 p.m. – Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St, Cambridge, MA 617-491-2220.
I’ll be hosting the New Hampshire Home magazine Design Awards ceremony on January 25, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the Manchester Country Club, 180 South River Road, in Bedford. “The New Hampshire Home Design Awards is a program that honors and celebrates excellence in home design and the creative use of materials in new, remodeled and historic residences.”
I’ll be reading from Sheds and showing photos from the book at these bookstores:
September 17, Saturday, 11 a.m. – Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square, Peterborough, NH.
603-924-3543 email@example.com I’ll be reading from Sheds, along with the book’s photographer, Jo Eldredge Morrissey. The Toadstool is a great bookstore that’s worth the drive. Tell Willard & Holly that I sent you.
September 21, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Jo Eldredge Morrissey will be discussing Sheds at the annual membership meeting of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St. Keene, NH. For more information: 603-352-1895. firstname.lastname@example.org
September 21, Wednesday, 1 p.m. I’ll be signing Sheds at the annual conference for New England Independent Booksellers in Providence.
November 5, Saturday, 2 p.m. – Toadstool Bookshop, at the corner of Main and Emerald Streets, Keene NH. 603-352-8815 Come see the Toadstool in their new downtown store.
November 7, Monday, 6:30 p.m. – Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St., Lancaster, Mass. I’ll be visiting the Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative and the Bridging Writers Author Series to read and discuss Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter and also Sheds.
November 16, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – White Birch Books, 2568 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH. 603 356-3200
November 17, Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – Gibson’s Bookstore, 48 South Main St., Concord, NH. 603-224-0562.. If you haven’t been to Gibson’s since Michael Herrmann expanded it a few years ago, you’re missing out on one of the best independent bookstores in the U.S. of A.
December 2, Starting at 5 p.m. – Bauhan Publishing Open House and Christmas Party, at the Monadnock Center for History & Culture, 19 Grove St., Peterborough, NH. Books, food, drink, merrymaking and all that holiday cheer. What’s not to like? Stop by.
December 7, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – Riverrun Bookstore, 142 Fleet St., Portsmouth, NH 603- 431-2100
December 10, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon – Water Street Bookstore, 125 Water St., Exeter, NH 603- 778-9731. I’ll be signing books at one of my favorite bookstores. I’ve had the great fortune to know the owner, Dan Chartrand, for almost 30 years and to watch Dan create a bookstore that is a treasured place in town.
July 21, Thursday — Sheds. An illustrated talk at the Dublin Community Center (the Dub Hub). Special Guest: Edie Clark will talk about New Hampshire’s only surviving “Spotter Shed,” a World War II Aircraft Warning Observation Post. 7 pm.
July 23, Saturday — Tour de Sheds. Visit a half-dozen sheds – a grand barn, a sauna, an old schoolhouse, a sugar shack, a garden shed and organic gardens, carriage sheds, a lost bus in the woods, and more in this fundraiser for the Hancock Town Library. $25 includes the tour and the new Sheds book. Join us for a beer afterwards – Shed Brown Ale what else? – at the Hancock Inn. Tour starts with a short talk at the library. Tickets will be available starting in June. 11am to 3 pm.
March 13, Sunday — I’ll be at the New Hampshire Old House and Barn Expo, showing photos from the forthcoming Sheds. 11 a.m., Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
June 2 — I’ll be having breakfast with the Monadnock Rotary and talking to them about Dwelling in Possibility. Dublin Community Church, 7:30am -8:30 am.
June 28 — I am proud to be taking part in a tradition that goes back to 1828. I’ll be speaking at the Monadnock Summer Lyceum, Unitarian Universalist Church, Peterborough, Sunday, 11 am. I’ll be talking about Dwelling in Possibility: We know within seconds upon entering a new house if we feel at home. We know when a place makes us feel more alive. This is the mystery that interests Howard Mansfield — Why do some houses have life, are home, are dwellings, and others are not?
More information here.
July 12 — The Lyceum talk will be broadcast Sunday, July 12, 9 pm on NHPR.
December 6 – A holiday spectacle not to be missed: Next Saturday — 10 authors signing books. Come meet Ernest Hebert, Edie Clark, Sy Montgomery, Howard Mansfield, Rich Wallace, Sandra Neil Wallace, Alan Rumrill, Kevin & Rebecca Kelly and Joseph Steinfield in Keene at the Cheshire Historical Society, 11 am to 1 pm.
November 29 – Small Business Saturday. I’ll be joining authors all over the country at their favorite independent bookstores for the IndiesFirst promotion. I’ll be at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord NH from noon to 2 along with some writer named Sy Montgomery.
October 14 – I’ll be at Groton, Mass., Public Library as part of a town-wide discussion about how history shapes our towns. I’ll be reading from and discussing The Same Ax, Twice, and In the Memory House. Here’s a flyer announcing the Groton event:
October 4: I’ll be leading a History Weekend at The Hancock Inn:
New Hampshire Waterpower: Past, Present and Future
Once upon a time, water in New Hampshire was hoarded. Nearly every pond, lake, river, and brook was altered. Dams were built, swamps and pastures were flooded. The “unspoiled” lakes, beloved by summer visitors today, and the “pristine” ponds in nature sanctuaries, have a hidden industrial past. They were reservoirs. Impounded water was the coal heap of the early 1800s. The landscape was reshaped in a quest for power. The more water a mill claimed, the more machines it could run. Water was progress.
10:00 a.m. – Meet at the Hancock Inn for a brief overview of how waterpower was the driving force in industry – up until the 1870s 70% of industry relied on waterpower.
11:00 a.m. – Field trip to Historic Harrisville with Chick Colony, preservationist, Trustee of Historic Harrisville and Owner of Harrisville Designs. Harrisville is one of America’s great preservation stories: a rare, intact 19th Century mill village in a stunning setting.
Lunch – Harrisville General Store
6:00 p.m. – Dinner at the Hancock Inn, and a conversation with Bob King, hydroelectric entrepreneur.
Contact the Hancock Inn for more information: (603) 525-3318 email@example.com
November 15 – I’ll be giving a talk as part of TEDx AmoskeagMillyard. The event will be held at Southern New Hampshire University’s campus in Manchester, N.H.
December 9 – A breakfast talk about Dwelling in Possibility at the Monadnock Rotary, Dublin, N.H., 7:30 to 8:30 am.
June 14, Saturday – I’ll be on stage for “Round the Mountain, with Ken Sheldon.” “Round the Mountain,” says Sheldon, “celebrates the Monadnock region. The show features humor, music, and interviews with artists, writers and other folks who make this a wonderful place to live.” At The Monadnock Center for History and Culture (formerly, the Peterborough Historical Society), 19 Grove St., Peterborough, NH. 7:30 pm.
I’ll be reading from Dwelling in Possibility:
June 26, Thursday – New Hampshire Housing’s Awards for Compact Development. (Or call this: Learning from the towns we love.) Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord, NH. 1 to 4 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore will be selling books after my talk.
July 12 – Tory Hill Author Series, Warner, NH, Town Hall, Main St. 7 pm.
Appearing with Sy Montgomery. After the reading there will be a dessert reception with live-music and a book signing.
March 15, Saturday – Old House and Barn Expo, Manchester, NH, 1 pm.
This the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s annual festival of ideas, techniques and products to help old house and barn owners. Free hourly lectures about architecture, gardening, and preservation, over 60 exhibitors, and many traditional arts demonstrations.
At the Radisson/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, NH $10 for adults; $7 for seniors and students. More information here.
I’ll be reading from Dwelling in Possibility, at these bookstores:
September 21 – Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH 11 am September 29 – Bestsellers Cafe, Medford, MA 2 pm
October 2 – Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord, NH 7 pm
October 9 – RiverRun Books, Portsmouth, NH 7 pm
October 16 – Water Street Books, Exeter, NH 7 pm
October 17 – UConn Co-Op, Storrs, CT 6 pm October 18 – Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, MA (where else?) 7 pm
Oct. 19 – Boston Book Festival, at the UPNE table, 11-12 noon
Nov. 30 – Guest bookseller at Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord, answering Sherman Alexie’s call for authors to support Indie booksellers. 1-3 pm.
Dec. 5 – Hancock Library, Hancock, NH 7 pm
(Note: this reading was previously scheduled for Nov. 14.)
Dec. 6 – Open house at Bauhan Publishing, 44 Main St., Peterborough, NH. 5 -7:30 pm. Good books, good eats, good music.
Dec. 7 – Book signing with other authors at starting at the Historical Society for Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene, NH, starting at 2 pm
Dec. 8 – Roxbury NH Meetinghouse, 3 Middletown Rd., 4 pm
Dec. 9 – Rotary Club of Peterborough, Monadnock Country Club, 12 pm
NHPR, “The Exchange,” Sept. 19, 9 am. Listen here
WBUR, “Radio Boston,” Sept. 26, 3 to 4 pm. Listen here
WNHN, “The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen,” 94.7 Concord, NH, Sept. 30, 12:30 to 1 pm
WHUS-FM, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 91.7, Oct. 18, “What’s Up @ UConn,” 1 pm
KERA, Dallas NPR affiliate, “Think,” Nov. 5, 12 to 1 pm (CST), (1 to 2 pm EST) Listen here
VPR, “Vermont Edition,” Nov. 21, 12 to 1 pm. Listen here
WKBK, “Good Morning with Dan Mitchell,” 1290 AM, 104.1 FM, Keene, NH, December 3, 9:10 to 9:40 am.
“Writer’s Voice,” WMUA, Amherst, MA, and 14 other stations. Also on iTunes.