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Charles Simic talks with the audience after receiving the 2015 Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry Tuesday night at the Concord Audi. Simic went on to recite some of his New Hampshire work.

Poet Simic cherishes N.H. life with Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New Hampshire poet Charles Simic has received many accolades throughout his seven-plus decades of life, including the Pulitzer Prize and the MacArthur Fellowship. On Tuesday night, one more award was added to that list. Simic, 77, received the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry at the Concord City Auditorium, in front of an audience that turned out to congratulate …

Fassbender plays man versus machine

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

When is someone going to open a window in Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs? Alas, wrong operating system. Sorkin has dispensed with the traditional format of the biopic, instead framing the life of the Apple co-founder and turtle-necked tech deity in three backstage dramas ahead of major product launches: the Macintosh in 1984, NeXT …

Director of Currier Museum to retire in June after 20 years

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Susan Strickler, the director and CEO of the Currier Museum since 1996, is retiring next June. Under her guidance, the museum gained more than 33,000 square feet of space and added two large communal areas. The museum has expanded its holdings of photography, prints and decorative arts, initiated a collection of craft and added major paintings and sculpture. The Currier’s two most popular …

Author Darrell West to speak about money in politics in Manchester

Monday, September 21, 2015

Author Darrell West will speak about his recently released book on the influence of money in politics tonight at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. West’s new book Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust explores the rise of wealthy …

Wes Ball, Hollywood’s new blockbuster visionary

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Wes Ball didn’t mean to have a signature hat. He can’t even remember where he got the tattered, sweat-stained, beige baseball cap with the white embroidered “Catskill Mountains” stitching. But he knows one thing for sure – he’s …

A Poem By Charles Simic: The Great Horned Owl

Sunday, September 20, 2015

On Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Concord City Auditorium, Charles Simic will receive the 2015 Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon Award in American Poetry and present a reading of his poems. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and are available at Gibson’s Bookstore, the Concord Monitor …

Son becomes the provider and caretaker

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? set a high bar for memoirs about caring for aging parents. Jonathan Kozol’s The Theft of Memory can stand proudly beside Chast’s on the growing shelf of literature about …

Space less scary than dealing with wife

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The recent disastrous launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket offered a fiery reminder that space remains a distant, final frontier. Who could have guessed our progress toward the stars would be so slow and problematic? In the …

‘Not a Game’ a cautionary tale about fame, fortune

Saturday, September 19, 2015

This is a depressing book, and I mean that in a good way. It pricks the skin and provokes a response. But that response is dismay, not delight. Allen Iverson was a great basketball player, a coiled spring …

‘The Marvels’ explores themes of time and family

Saturday, September 19, 2015

‘You either see it or you don’t.” That epigram opens and appears throughout The Marvels, Brian Selznick’s mysterious, inventive novel aimed at young adults but sure to intrigue readers of any age. Once again, Selznick showcases the cinematic …

Colorful agent Sue Mengers on center stage in Hollywood bio ‘Can I Go Now?’

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Movies that were brash and downbeat, mature and ambitious, even nasty and vulgar marked the new Hollywood of the late 1960s. Matching them in temperament was a new kind of talent agent, and Sue Mengers may have been …

Mindy Kaling charms her fans in ‘Why Not Me?’

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Mindy Kaling may be gearing up for the fourth season of her TV show, The Mindy Project, but that didn’t deter her from writing another wildly entertaining and completely relatable book, Why Not Me? Her first memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), spent time …

‘Fear and Clothing’ unbuckles U.S. fashion 1 belt at a time

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Author Cintra Wilson takes a studious peek under the veil (or pinstriped suit, as it were) to expose the implications beneath the clothes we wear in Fear and Clothing. While traveling across mountains, cornfields, shorelines and cities, Wilson …