One magic month: Panoply of authors set for Gibson’s Bookstore
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
Radiance of Tomorrow
There Are No Do-Overs: The Big Red Factors for Sustaining a Business Long Term
Pigs Cant Swim
From sci-fi machinations to genocide survivors to mysterious murders to insider baseball on basketball and the boardroom, Gibson’s Bookstore is gearing up for an eclectic month of visiting authors.
The bookstore will kick off its cavalcade of writers with Helen Peppe today at 7 p.m. She will bring a photographic presentation on perspective and memory with respect to her book Pigs Can’t Swim: A Memoir. The book is the Maine native’s take on her oft-outrageous and at times touching childhood as the youngest of nine children in an eccentric family.
“It’s cute,” said Elisabeth Jewell, Events Coordinator for Gibson’s Bookstore. “Because you remember your childhood memory very differently (than the reality). So when you look at a picture and you start to think, ‘I didn’t realize, so and so was much shorter, ‘or ‘I didn’t realize Susan was with us that day, remember how fantastic we thought we looked in those swimsuits.’”
March will bring a hint of PG-13 danger when young adult author Shannon Hale stops by March 7 at 5 p.m. to discuss her latest sci-fi offering, Dangerous.
Hale published her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and was a New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. The sequel, Palace of Stone, was also a Times bestseller. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
What’s remarkable about Hale, Jewell said, is that she has quickly become a favorite for not only young girls, but boys as well. In Dangerous, Maisie Danger Brown applies for space camp to get away from home for a spell. But instead, she finds herself falling in love and becoming entangled in a frightening plot that has her running for her life.
Following the interplanetary adventures of Maisie and the gang, author James Scott will be on hand to discuss his novel The Kept. The appearance was recently rescheduled to March 20 at 7 p.m.
This debut novel is receiving positive early reviews. In the book, Elspeth Howell is a midwife returning home after a long absence. After a long, hard journey, she comes home to her remote farmhouse only to find her husband and four of their children murdered. The sole survivor is 12-year-old Caleb, who witnessed the killings.
Ishmael Beah will visit March 25 at 7 p.m. Following up his powerful memoir, A Long Way Gone, in which he told his story of being forced to become a soldier in Sierra Leone while still just a child, Beah revisits his homeland after the fighting is done and continues the story of his country’s civil war in Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel.
“That one is on what happens to villages after a civil war when people try to go back,” Jewell said. “What the novel focuses on is rebuilding the community. And they try to find themselves (in the process.)”
Beah, the UNICEF ambassador and advocate for children affected by war, tells the story of Benjamin and Bockarie, friends who return to their war-ravaged village, intent on rebuilding the community. They intend to pick up their old jobs as teachers, but hunger, retaliation, scattered acts of violence, and a foreign mining concern slows their progress.
“He’s a big deal,” Jewell said. “It’s very exciting that we have him.”
As for what Jewell hopes crowds take away from hearing Beah speak, “I hope they take away just how lucky we have it here. . . . And even though a terrible situation could surround you, . . . you can still make something beautiful, and you can still try.”
Rounding out the month, local business experts and a Basketball Hall of Famer will discuss There Are No Do-Overs: The Big Red Factors for Sustaining a Business Long Term on March 27 at 7 p.m.
Retired American professional basketball player and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee David William Cowens has teamed up with New Hampshire’s own Tom Raffio, CEO of Northeast Delta Dental, and Barbara McLaughlin, retired director of corporate relations at Northeast Delta Dental, on this management book that offers readers insight on how to create a winning team at the office by reviewing lessons from the basketball court.
“These coaches can get these teams to work as a team to get done what needs to get done,” Jewell said. “It just really shows you is how to bring your ‘A Game,’ in a really interesting way.’”
The book combines lessons from the boardroom with lessons learned from big wins in the NBA.
All of the events will be held at Gibson’s Bookstore, at 45 S. Main St in downtown Concord. For information, call 224-0562, visit gibsonsbookstore.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have a signed book set aside.