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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 …

Diary allows access to ‘Saint Mazie’s’ past

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mazie Phillips-Gordon, the so-called Queen of the Bowery, was a cartoonishly large real-life heroine that no fiction writer would dare make up. A busty bottle-blonde with a green celluloid eyeshade and a booming voice, Mazie occupied the ticket …

150 years of Wonderland history

Saturday, July 25, 2015

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, probably the most beloved children’s book in English, as well as the most parodied, quoted and analyzed. Its 1871 sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What …

Coach’s misdeeds protected by town

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rape, an ugly reality once mostly whispered about, is now everywhere in the news: rapes by college boys and star athletes, in fraternity houses, prisons and the military – even rape used as an instrument of war. Allison …

DuBois thriller brings a gunfight to the beach

Thursday, July 23, 2015

When most people think of Hampton Beach and New Hampshire, they don’t tend to think about car chases, missing persons, gun fights, mobs or nuclear meltdowns. But in Brendan DuBois’s Lewis Cole series, that is just what readers …

‘The Fixer’ is another worthwhile novel from Joseph Finder

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Joseph Finder takes a familiar story and gives it a unique spin in his latest page-turner, The Fixer. Finder crafts tales that force his characters to step outside their comfort zone and confront their fears if they are …

Musical duo will have new biography in 2018

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A biography of Rodgers and Hammerstein, written with the cooperation of the late Broadway team’s publishing arm, will be come out in 2018. Henry Holt and Company announced Monday that Todd S. Purdum’s book, Rogers and Hammerstein, also …

Bush biography forgets nothing

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Some Washington memoirs come out too soon. Written when the relevant administrations are still in office and before the authors, fresh from their awkward farewell gatherings, have fully processed the events they’re describing, these books are great for …

HOPE: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Many middle-class parents today look back on our free-range childhoods with amazement. Did our moms really kick us out the door, telling us to be home only for dinner or when it got dark? Did we really ride …

New anthology reveals Arnold’s creative process

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Chances are, you’re more familiar with Eve Arnold’s photographs than you are with the photographer herself, who died at the age of 99 in 2012. Arnold’s images, published in an array of legendary periodicals including Life and London’s …

Single Handed: Surviving the unimaginable

Saturday, July 18, 2015

After surviving the Holocaust and a year in a notorious Nazi concentration camp, Tibor Rubin fought as a U.S. Army infantryman in Korea, displaying the kind of raw courage associated with Hollywood war movies and going on to …