New books focus on the state

For LiveWell
Monday, October 10, 2016
The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Memoir of Place, Solitude, and Friendship

By Katherine Towler

One of my very favorite writers is Seacoast writer Katherine Towler, author of the trilogy Snow Island, Evening Ferry, and Island Light spanning several generations on a New England island. She has now written the most eloquent and thoughtful memoir on the life of her dear friend, Robert Dunn, know as the Penny Poet of Portsmouth. Giving away his poems for pennies, he lived completely unconventionally and with complete authenticity in a world filled with noise and clutter.

Towler will discuss this book, Robert, and her writing at MainStreet BookEnds on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m.

One of Us is Lost

By Robert Dunn with forward by Katherine Towler

Experience this wonderful collection of poems from Robert Dunn. Katherine Towler writes, “He created a life that allowed him to spend his time doing what mattered to him most and was free in a way few are.”

Waters of the Monadnock

Photography by Lawrence Bickford, poetry by Richard Brandt

These two local men have collaborated in the most beautiful of books about our region and our way of life, through the stunning photography of Lawrence Bickford and the accessibility and beauty of Richard Brandt’s poetry. The perfect regional book as a gift or a keepsake.

Presumption of Guilt

By Archer Mayor

Just out this month is the newest Joe Gunther who-done-it from the master storyteller of Vermont and New Hampshire’s small towns. Once again in Presumption of Guilt, Mayor seems to know how we talk, how we think and how we live. His mysteries are always a fun ride, and once you start you’ll be hooked.

N is for New Hampshire

By Rebecca Rule, photography by Scott Snyder

MainStreet BookEnds could not be more excited to launch this new book from Rebecca Rule on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. N is for New Hampshire is an alphabet book all about our beloved New Hampshire – our history, the sights and the culture. Not just for children, we are once again gifted with Rule’s marvelous art of storytelling on each page.

Islandport Press out of Maine chose Scott Snyder from Henniker to provide the photographs, and they are fantastic. His photographs will be on display in The Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds leading up to this event. You won’t want to miss this book signing, and to track down one of the best holiday gifts out there.

(Katharine Nevins is co-owner of MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, an independent community bookstore since 1998.)