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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 …

Armada: Aliens are invading

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ernest Cline’s follow-up to Ready Player One, Armada, proves he has the ability to blend popular culture with exciting stories that appeal to everyone, especially readers who grew up in the 1980s. Zack is a high school senior, …

Kumin’s memoir and life are remembered at release event

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Maxine Kumin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet laureate, is well remembered by her friends, colleagues and neighbors in Warner. The opportunity to remember her continues a little more than a year after her death with the release of her …

After months of anticipation, new Harper Lee novel released

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Shortly after sunrise Tuesday, the doors opened at the Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville, Ala., and a bell tolled. In the hometown and residence of Harper Lee, it was time to start a marathon and occasionally painful reading …

Ray Duckler: Does Harper Lee’s sequel kill a man’s image?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sarah May Schultz swiped her thumb along the smart phone screen, moving deeper into the newspaper article about Harper Lee’s new book. It didn’t take long to notice sadness in her blue eyes, wide and hopeful just moments …

Harper Lee’s new novel is a story of lost innocence

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Like her classic To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harper Lee novel coming out this week is a coming of age story. And not just for Scout Finch. Go Set a Watchman is set in the famous fictional town …

Advice wrapped in humor

Saturday, July 11, 2015

In his compilation of articles from his Wall Street Journal column, “Ask Ariely,” Dan Ariely wraps in a clever bow all the questions we’ve ever wanted answered concerning the behavioral intricacies that dictate the decisions we make. He …

‘Room’ novelist Emma Donoghue writing young adult book

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Room novelist Emma Donoghue is the latest popular author to join the thriving young adult genre. Donoghue’s first book for middle graders, The Lotterys Plus One, will be published in 2017, Scholastic announced Tuesday. The novel will center on a large, unconventional family, the Lotterys, and the Victorian …

’Day Four’ sends a cruise adrift in supernatural waters

Saturday, July 11, 2015

For all the popularity of cruises, there are some things about them that scare people: close quarters with lots of other people, the threat of catching the gastrointestinal illness norovirus onboard and the distance from land and help …

Inheritance of father’s cello goes awry

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Silver Swan, Elena Delbanco’s first novel, is an enthralling tale about music and the passions it inspires. At the opening, a gifted cellist named Mariana Feldmann is called to a lawyer’s office. She assumes she’s about to …

Adults and teens struggle to relate

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It is a cruel fact that children enter the urgent drama of adolescence around the same time their parents plunge into the tedious wild of middle age. For the younger generation, everything is new: angst, ambivalence, reckless sexual …