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Poet Charles Simic is shown at the City University of New York, May 13, 2003. Although Simic is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, he understands that poets in the United States aren't followed with the same enthusiasm as rap stars or other pop culture icons as they may be in Europe. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

UNH professor Charles Simic wins Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize for poetry

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Poet and University of New Hampshire professor Charles Simic was recently selected as the sixth winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. Simic, 77, is a writer who has published many books of poetry and won some of the most prestigious awards in the country, including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize and the Wallace Stevens Award He served as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2007 to 2008. The Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon prize is co-sponsored by the Monitor and the Concord City Auditorium, with assistance from the Kimball Jenkins Estate. Simic was selected for the prize by fellow poet …

A delicious book on the changes of food

Saturday, August 22, 2015

What’s cooking? This was not a terribly difficult question for our grandparents or great-grandparents to answer. Yet somewhere along the way in the great prosperity that came over most of North America in the post-World War II era, the question became more complicated. We didn’t know what we were eating. Oh sure, we …

New book urges parents to let kids fail

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A new book written by a schoolteacher has a simple yet compelling message for parents: Back off. In The Gift of Failure, author Jessica Lahey pushes back against helicopter parenting, which she acknowledges having fallen victim to when raising her own children. “(T)oday’s parents simply are not allowing their child to muck about …

Felicia Day embraces her geek stardom status in ‘Weird’

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Felicia Day fills her memoir with stories of her wacky childhood and a handful of bizarre circumstances that led her down the path to becoming an online media mogul. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) chronicles her …

Al Roker’s ‘The Storm of the Century’ dives into 1900 storm

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Al Roker’s new book, The Storm of the Century, reads like a blockbuster movie script, but the Today show weatherman said the drama, heartache and strife of the Great Hurricane of 1900 that hit Galveston, Texas, is all …

Son recounts his father’s struggle in new Holocaust memoir

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Holocaust memoirs published in the decades following the Nazi genocide of Europe’s Jews serve as gripping and historically necessary evidence to unimaginable personal suffering. However, few such memoirs are at once remarkable testimony and remarkable literature. But a …

Tornado tragedies

Saturday, August 22, 2015

As a massive tornado approached their Oklahoma house in 2013, an elderly couple named Jerrie and Hemant Bhondem had little time to prepare. Hemant’s osteoporosis prevented him from making it down into a storm shelter, so the two …

World Cup soccer star Carli Lloyd has book deal

Saturday, August 22, 2015

World Cup soccer star Carli Lloyd, whose three goals in the 2015 final led the U.S. to a 5-2 victory over Japan, has a book deal. The 33-year-old Lloyd is working on a memoir that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt …

African American and space histories mingle

Saturday, August 15, 2015

On April 12, 1961, Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space. The timing was significant because the Russians had accomplished something the United States had not. Indeed, they were far ahead of us in …

Unspeakable acts

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Why do we spend good money to read horror stories, watch horror movies and climb aboard amusement-park rides that will have us howling with fear? Presumably for the thrill of facing danger and surviving. As Winston Churchill said, …

A lost love is rediscovered

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Nina George’s international best-seller The Little Paris Bookshop looks like a triumph of the confectioner’s art: pink, glossy, garlanded with icing rosettes in the form of admiring blurbs from readers and authors. It’s oozing with the sort of …

Stoddard tracks the steel industry

Saturday, August 15, 2015

When romantic poets speak of the sublime, they are usually thinking of Mont Blanc or the Simplon Passor other ­awe-inspiring natural vistas. The term sublime, after all, suggests a combination of power and magnificence, touched with terror or …

Book is soundtrack of female power

Saturday, August 15, 2015

When I was 12, I was riddled with angst and the overwhelming feeling that no one could possibly vocalize the cocktail of emotions that powered my preteen existence. My dad sensed that – was it the pouting, the …